5th - Team

What a full week!

We took our first Social Studies test on Lakes of the world, and even had a chance to extend our learning into writing by comparing two lakes.  Our first science test has been postponed until Tuesday in order to give us a chance to fully review and make sure we are ready.  A study guide and vocabulary sheet is in purple Take Home Folders.

In The Secret Garden, we have reached the climax (when the main character faces the most important problem), and are eagerly reading on to find out if Colin will find the will to live.  We have predicted that he will, but the fun part is now we get to find out how he will discover the "magic" of the garden.

Homework:
Spelling packet 1.4 due Thursday September 19th 
Spelling test on Thursday September 19th
Students should be working on their book project due Monday October 7th

Content Covered:
Reading comprehension strategy: Visualizing the setting through sensory details
Reading Street Story: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Writing: Descriptive writing, compare and contrast
Math: Multiplication and Division
Science: Review Investigating Matter
Social Studies: Unit 2 - Maya, Inca, and Aztec Civilizations
Core Novel: The Secret Garden
Core Knowledge Saying: Taking the Bull by the Horns

Important Dates to Remember:
Friday September 20th - NO SCHOOL, teacher in service day


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Week three is done! 


It is crazy how fast this school year is going.  We will have our first Social Studies test on Tuesday and our first Science test on Thursday.

For those of you that were not able to join us for Back to School Night, please let me know if you would like a paper or emailed copy of the handouts.

A quick reminder as graded papers are beginning to come home - any assignments with a grade below a 70% are expected to be corrected and resubmitted, however any assignment turned in on time can be corrected for a higher grade.  In-progress grades are entered into Campus on a weekly basis.  When an assignment is flagged as "Missing", the program automatically enters a "0" as the score.  Missing assignments can have a dramatic impact on overall percentages.  This can be immediately resolved when the missing assignment is turned in and a grade is entered to replace the "0".


Please reach out to Mrs. Deeter with any math questions, sdeeter@rmae.org as all fifth grade students switch for reading and math instruction.   

Content Covered:
Reading: Reading Street Story Thunder Rose
Genre - Tall Tale
Comprehension Strategy - Cause and Effect
Writing: Compare and Contrast
Math: Multiplication Patterns
Science: Conservation of Matter
Social Studies: Lakes of Eurasia 
Government and Civics: Constitutional Government, Rights vs. Responsibilities
Core Novel Study: The Secret Garden
Core Knowledge Poem: A Wise Old Owl
Random Acts of Kindness: complements
Core Virtue: Responsibility

Homework:
Spelling Packet 1.3 (unit 1, week 3) - having spelling homework turned in by Thursday of each week is very helpful.  This allows us to use study hall time to get students caught up and ready for their spelling test on Fridays.
Science Chapter 3 - students should read the science chapters to reinforce lessons and concepts presented in class.  Reading these chapters will help prepare them for the end of unit test, and act as a study guide.
Math should be completed up to lesson 1.6 (Chapter 1, lesson 6) in Go Math workbooks, and up to lesson 3 in Simple Solutions.


Important Dates to Remember:
Friday September 20th - NO SCHOOL, teacher inservice
Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the first part of October


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Week of August 26th

I can not believe another week has already come and gone!


5th Grade Back to School Night has been rescheduled for Tuesday September 3rd at 6:00 pm.  We look forward to meeting with you and sharing an overview of the year.  
We had an amazing class discussion around our Core Virtue of Respect.  Students gave very thoughtful answers about what is respect, how we show respect to others, and why it is important to show respect.  Some answers were: 

Respect keeps us safe.

Being kind and respectful makes you feel amazing.

Respect is being kind physically and mentally.

Being respectful helps you be responsible because you will know what to do.

Not respecting is kind of like bullying.

Respect is important because others feel equal to you.


After thinking it through, we realized that respect is a component of teamwork.  We all have a part, we have to work together, mistakes are going to happen, and we cheer each other on.  


Homework:
A new spelling packet has been sent home in Purple Folders.  Students will be taking a spelling test over these words on Friday.
Our first book project is due Monday October 7th.  The requirements and grading rubric have been sent home.  Students should have an Adventure or Survival book picked out by Friday September 6th.


Content Covered:
Reading - Frindle
Comprehension Strategy - Character and Plot
Writing - Parts of a Paragraph
Math - Place value
Core Novel - The Secret Garden
Science - Properties of Matter
Social Studies - Lakes of the World
Core Virtue - Respect
Core Saying - Well begun is half done

Important Dates:
Thursday September 5th - Picture Day 

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Week of August 19th
First week of school!

Welcome to Fabulous Fifth Grade!  We are working hard to build our community of learners, and have a great year ahead of us.  Our first Random Act of Kindness unit focuses on Respect, which is also one of our Core Virtues for September.

Content Covered:
Reading: Character Traits, Summary versus Retell
Math: Beginning of the year testing
Writing: What Makes a Good Friend?
Science: The Scientific Method
Social Studies: Maps and Globes
Core Novel: The Secret Garden

Important Dates:
Monday September 2nd - NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
New Time Tuesday September 3rd - Back to School Night 6 - 7:30 pm