5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of December 10th

Math: We are soaking in a lot of new information in our current unit as students learn how to rename mixed numbers and fractions in order to add and subtract. This week, we will practice all of these skills together as we work on problem-solving and estimation. Students will practice these skills with fun partner games and holiday themed art projects! Our unit test will be on Monday, December 17th.

Science: On Friday, all families should have received an e-mail with a Jeopardy review game in preparation for our unit test on Monday, December 10th. On Monday, students should turn in databooks and unit flash cards, as well as return his or her study guide. We are excited to begin our Earth’s Forces Cell next!

ELA: In grammar this week, we will continue to practice the use of commas in sentences. We will start to do some cumulative practice this week to review all the lessons we’ve learned. We will start our mini-writing unit before the break to review parts of a paragraph, color-coding paragraphs, and constructing topic and concluding sentences.

History: Thursday is our Civil War Food Day! Students should bring in their dish in an appropriate serving container, a serving utensil, their recipe (with source used), and their paragraph sharing how they know their dish is from the Civil War time period or their dish’s history. We will continue our study of the Civil War this week by watching a biography about Stonewall Jackson, comparing the leaders and soldiers from the different sides, learning about the Emancipation Proclamation, the heroic Massachusetts 54th Regiment, and women in the war effort.

Other: On Friday, students read through our Reader’s Theater skit that we will be performing on Thursday morning before the break for our Book Buddies. Please confirm with your student that they will be here that morning before they choose a part on Monday. Our set will consist of a decorated cardboard gingerbread house. If you have any large boxes, please send them in some time this week! We will begin construction on Friday!

Info was also sent out about our Winter Wishes Gift Exchange this week. Wrapped gifts should be brought in on the last week before break, no later than Wednesday, the 19th. Don’t forget the include the tag with the receiver’s name as well as a clue about the giver!

We can’t wait to see everyone for our band concert on Thursday! The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. Tell family and friends to come a little early and stop by the art room to enjoy some tasty treats and support the eighth grade fundraiser for Spain! Please be on the look out for additional information this week from Mr. Gissendaner regarding the concert.

Week at a Glance:
– Science test on Monday, December 10th
-Civil War Food Day on Thursday, December 13th
– Band concert on Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 p.m. (Students will need to arrive earlier.)