5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of August 27th

Photo Highlight of the Week: Students enjoyed playing partner games like Trap It as they reinforced their skills of comparing decimals!

ELA: We read chapters 1-5 last week in our novel study Tuck Everlasting. We will continue reading this week through chapter 12. We will start the week off by reviewing some of the figurative language found within our novel; specifically similes, metaphors, and personification. We will use quotes from the text to practice identifying these three types. We will create acrostic poems using our characters’ names to display the attributes we’ve noticed within our novel so far. Students were introduced to vocabulary from chapters 5-8 last week, we will test on these terms Wednesday, August 29th. The next day, students will be introduced to vocabulary from chapters 9-14. We practice these terms by creating flashcards, completing crosswords, and using them in context.

History: In Daily Geography, we will study grid maps. We will create an index and use relative direction to describe location of geographical features. We will also continue our study of regions, focusing on the Midwest, the Great Plains, and the Rocky Mountain region. Our first group of presenters will share their Current Event assignment on Friday. For Mrs. Armstrong’s class Sammy and Lily and Garratt and Davin for Mrs. Rozier’s class. This is an individual assignment. Students are not presenting with the other students listed. Please let me know if you have any questions about this assignment, as it is weighted as a project grade.

Math: This week, we will continue to practice our decimal place value! Students will practice reading and writing decimals, rounding, and comparing decimals. We will also practice adding and subtracting large numbers by identifying the mistakes that students often make as students play the role of teacher for a day!

Science: This week, we will move forward in Investigation Two as students learn the advantages of each of the objective lenses. We will learn how our field of view changes as we increase in magnification. Students will examine cross fibers and cork specimens as we discover these principles. At the end of the investigation, students will take an oral microscope quiz. Last week, they received a study guide to help them prepare. They should be reviewing a little each night!!!

Other: On Friday, we will meet with our book buddies from Mrs. Bratcher’s first grade class! Students will share an All About Me book with their buddy and participate in get to know you activities. In Friday Folders, please look for a parent letter describing our Genius Hour projects. This is an in-class assignment that is driven by students’ passions. We are very excited to begin the journey! This week, students will submit their research question for approval.