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5th Grade Curriculum News

News Updated: 10-24-18

Reading Workshop - We are finishing Book Clubs soon. We've been diving deeper by looking at Author's Message / Theme. We're looked at Author's Craft by analyzing the techniques and goals they have used in their writing. Students are continuing to have discussions and grow their thinking about the books together. We are trying to study the characters in more depth and form our opinions which we can back with evidence from the book during our discussions. 

       Students"Stop and Jot" their thinking using Icons of Depth and Complexity. These will be used all year.

       Students will then make a "Frame" using the Icons of Depth and Complexity for their book club book. The Frame is somewhat like a mini book report showing that students have read the book and sharing their understanding.

       Students should be making Frames in their journals for any book that they are finishing at school and home too!

            Please ask your student to share with you their Book Log showing what books they've finished. They could also show you the frames that they've completed in their Reading Journals.

Writing Workshop - We are beginning our Literary Essays. This work ties in nicely with the work that we've been doing surrounding Theme and Author's Message. Students will write a thesis about a story/book and share with the reader their opinion about the Author's Message/Theme. Students will then give reasons and evidence to support their thinking and conclude their essay with a final thought to the reader. 

               We will continue to work on our Editing skills such as: 1.) Rereading our work word-by-word 2.) Checking for complete sentences 3.) Capitalization 4.) Punctuation 5.) Verb-Subject agreement (i.e. I am running; They are running) 6.) Spelling 7.) Common mistaken words (i.e. two, to, too; they're, their, there) 8.) Paragraphing

Math -  Eureka Math is our district adoption.

         We are most of the way through Module 2: Multi-Digit Whole Number and Fraction Division Operations (Multiplication and Division).

Here are Module Parent Tip Sheets and Math videos for each lesson of every Module.



Testing Schedule Sci. and S/S: Look at your teacher's homepage calendar (ex: Jacobson look at Jacobson's Calendar)

Science -- Science Labs are twice a week for each 5th Grade class.

         In the second part of Semester 1 we are studying about Life Science: Energy and Organisms in Ecosystems. We will learn about such things as photosynthesis, food webs, and how energy flows through ecosystems. The Energy Pyramid model helps us visualize the flow of energy. Here is the NGSS Life Science Page. We recently finished studying Physical Science about atoms, elements, and physical and chemical changes.

We will be emphasizing the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which include an engineering aspect to teaching science. The Engineering portion of the standards will be taught within the Science Lab. The curriculum standards "Core Ideas" will be taught by the homeroom teacher. 

Social Studies - In the second half of Semester 1 we are discovering more about Explorers and Colonizing the Americas.


         We will be emphasizing the newly adopted Social Studies state standards

P.E. - It is important to wear appropriate close-toed shoes each day so students may be prepared to run around. 5th Grade as a whole will run a mile once a week. Please help your students remember to be ready to run and to drink plenty of water each day.

It is important that students not only learn all of the academics in school, but students must also practice good eating habits and have plenty of physical activity each day as well, to ensure a happy and healthy life.

P.E. with a P.E. teacher will be on Thursdays. Monday mornings at 8:00 all of 5th grade has P.E. Please wear appropriate shoes so you are able to run.

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