5th Grade Weekly Update Week of September 17th

Math: Students received the multiplication unit test in Friday Folders. Please sign and return on Monday. If you would like a copy to keep at home, please just include a note indicating so, and I’ll make a copy for you. This week, we will wrap up our multiplication unit with a few chapter review lessons and take our unit test on Thursday. Our next unit will be division!

Science: Last week, everyone received the details for our cell models project. This week, I will send home a sheet asking students to share their plan for each model. Once students share their plan with me, they do have flexibility in changing it if they need to. However, I just ask that a parent emails me with any of those changes, so I may also plan accordingly in the sharing of the projects. Fifth grade is all about helping students learn time management and planning, especially with project planning!

In the lab, students enjoyed examining their own cheek cells under the microscope. Last week, we also studied plant cells. We learned about photosynthesis and students created comic strips illustrating the concept, which are on display! This week, we will wrap up our discussion of the plant cell and begin turning our focus to comparing tissues found within plants and animals.

ELA: In grammar this week, we will focus on adjectives and adverbs. Sometimes the two can get mixed up! Especially, if an adjective is before an adverb. We will practice identifying these tricky parts of speech within the sentences before we start diagramming them. Our novel study, Tuck Everlasting will end this week. After we finish our last few chapters on Monday, students will be given a study guide to help them recall the main characters and main events throughout the novel. Our test will take place on Friday, before the Constitution Day Rally. The test will include vocabulary matching from terms we studied throughout the unit, matching with the main characters, true/false, and multiple choice questions. At the end of the day, we will celebrate by watching the movie and enjoying some tasty treats!

History: In Studies Weekly this week, students will learn about the time known as the “Gilded Age” during the Industrial Revolution. They will learn about company owners or “robber barons” and about the Progressive Movement. Students will also learn about the life of the factory workers and about the unions who tried to help the workers. We will also begin our next unit of study, Westward Expansion Before the Civil War. This week, we will focus on what the country was like before most states were formed and who was helping explore the land at this time.

A couple of dates have changed this week-
Constitution Day is on September 21st at 9:30 in the Quad (due to Florence’s rain coming our way)
Southern Museum Field Trip is now on Wednesday, October 17th (due to a bus scheduling conflict)

Picture Day Reminder:
Please send in picture money and forms on Monday. Pictures for Mrs. Rozier’s homeroom will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd and Thursday, October 4th for Mrs. Armstrong’s homeroom.

Week at a Glance:
Thursday-Multiplication Unit Math Test
Friday-Tuck Everlasting Novel Test, Constitution Day (9:30am in the quad), and Tuck Movie Celebration at the end of the day!