- Veterans Day Assembly: Fifth graders got to hear from veterans this week during a special assembly. Students learned what life is like for a person in the armed services. Very eye-opening and inspiring!
- US Government Research: In Social Studies, students conducted research with their group members as they worked to become experts on their US Government topic. They read from digital magazines, watched Brainpop videos, and safe-searched the internet looking at URLs and domain names carefully before trusting the source.
- Close Reading: We analyzed the song "Believer" by Imagine Dragons, close reading the lyrics to better understand what songwriter Dan Reynolds meant with his words. Students love the song, and were surprised to learn that it's all about how pain can make a person stronger and more alive.
- 2-Digit Division: Students learned how to divide by 2-digit divisors in Math this week. They taught each other strategies to tackle the tediousness of such extensive division.
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- In Math, we didn't get to interpret remainders, and many students still need help to divide by 2-digit divisors.
- In Reading, we still have a few more close reading strategies to cover.
Upcoming Special Events
Monday, November 6th:
- Picture Retake Day
- Author Visit from Greg Mone --We'll learn about the creative writing process from this fantastic author. Check out his website.
- First Grade Buddies! --Ms. Sullivan and I have coordinated to give students the opportunity to buddy up across grade levels. We'll meet with our 1st grade buddies for the first time this Wednesday at 2:15pm.
- Fire Safety Presentation --The Sherborn Fire Department meets briefly with each class to review important rules about fire safety.
- Veterans Day Celebrated --No School. Some students are singing in the 5th grade Chorus at the local ceremony in Sherborn.
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
- Close Reading --continue to learn strategies for determining what a text says explicitly and drawing inferences.
- Analyze Character Development --with teacher read aloud of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
- Current Events Reading & Response --using Time For Kids.
- Writing Introductions --how to hook readers, orient them to the story elements, and set up a situation.
- Providing Closure with a Strong Ending --what is closure and how to provide it through realizations, character changes, and big ideas.
- Bringing Out the Heart of Your Story --using flashbacks for backstory or flashforwards for future visions to give your story a deeper meaning.
Unit 2: Whole Number Place Value and Operations
- 2-digit Divisors --use a menu of multiples to divide by 2-digit numbers.
- Interpret the Remainder --solve division number stories and practice interpreting remainders.
- Review for the Unit 2 Assessment --here's the Study Guide.
- Take the Unit 2 Assessment on Whole Number Place Values and Operations
Unit: US Government and Civics
- Government Inquiry Project --create a group presentation and teach the class about your topic.
- Using the Power of Images --how to use a slideshow filled with helpful images to teach about a topic.
- Being Engaging and Informative --how to engage your audience in your topic without being silly; and how to inform your audience without being boring.
Please see the Homework Page for more details. Students will need to do the following at home this week:
- Homework Project: New project this week --Government in Outer Space. Due Monday, November 20th. Here is the planner.
- Reading Response Blog: Students must write back to their partner's comment by Friday. See the Reading Response Rubric for expectations.
- Independent Reading: Read 20 minutes each day (or 140 minutes per week -120 this week) and log the title, author, and time spent reading in your Planner.
- Math: There will be a math page each night. Students will also need to review for the Unit 2 Assessment. Here is the Study Guide.
How to Help Your Child
Parents, here are some things you can do at home to help your child succeed with school life this week:
- Have your child show you how they divide and explain each step to you. Students have learned the Partial Quotients algorithm for division, which focuses on place value and powers of 10 --different than how you and I learned how to divide. It enables them to estimate more easily and therefore do some division in their heads without pencil and paper.
Thanks for Reading!
So that's the plan for the week! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or feedback. Have a great week!