5th Grade News

  • Thursday, October 31st – Halloween!  Students may wear their costumes to school following the costume guideline.
  • Friday, November 1st – No School
  • Wednesday, November 6th – Picture Retake Day

Math- We are still currently working on dividing. Students have been practicing hard with their multiplication facts to help them check their division work. I also introduced Khan Academy, which is an online program that helps students target skills they need to work on. This will help us improve our ACT Aspire math scores as well. Our test on chapter 2 is tentatively scheduled for November 5. Two Simple Solution lessons are due every week on Thursday. We are currently working on lessons 9 and 10, which will be due Thursday, October 31.

Science- We have just began our unit of engineering! This unit will help prepare students for the innovation fair. In fifth grade students build inventions and become engineers to help solve real world problems. More information about the innovation fair will go out in the coming weeks! Students are learning about the engineering process, fields of engineering, and famous engineers, like Thomas Edison. Next week we will begin talking about how technology plays an important role in engineering.

Social Studies – have started our second chapter in the textbook called Native Americans in North America. Students will be learning about the Iroquois League, describing the culture of the Great Plains region, and describing the environment of the Southwest Desert cultural region.  During this chapter, students have chosen how to take notes: on their Chromebooks or in their notebooks.

Religion – We are currently in chapter 3 in Religion.  Students will be reviewing the seven sacraments and learning about the sacraments of initiation, healing, and service.  We will continue to use file folders for our notes; it’s going very well!  Students are doing a great job working together and independently.

English and Language Arts -The students will continue to practice stamina writing.  In writing, we are writing vignettes and focusing on incorporating details into our writing.  Students have been analyzing figurative language and are challenging themselves to incorporate similes and metaphors into their vignettes.  Students will practice how to “show not tell” in their writing.   In spelling, we are in Unit 5 and reviewing short vowel spelling patterns.

Reading –  we will be finishing up Night of the Spadefoot Toads.  Students are working on comparing and contrasting character traits and identifying plot elements in a novel.  Next, we will be moving on to a digital text, Washed Up!, where students will work on quoting accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences.