5th Grade Weekly Update Week of March 25th

We were so impressed with our students at Camp Widjiwagan! They showed compassion, bravery, and an eagerness to learn something new each day we were away! We hope everyone was able to get a good night’s sleep and we look forward to only one more week until Spring Break! Remember, early release is on Friday at 1:00! Individual spring pictures are this week. If you still have not sent in the form, or want another, let us know ASAP and we’ll make sure to sneak you in before picture day!

Math: We will continue to review decimal operations this week as we begin to incorporate decimal of the day activities into our daily routine. Before we left for our field trip, students used their knowledge of decimal operations to complete a mosaic coloring sheet. Those who did not finish were instructed to finish it this weekend and bring it in on Monday. I would check with your child to see if he or she is one that needs to finish! This week, we will see how decimal operations can help us with metric conversions!

Science: We will head into lab this week to learn more about our final simple machine, the inclined plane. Since we are approaching the end of our unit, students will also receive the short response test question, so they will have plenty of time to perfect their responses and practice. Our unit test will take place the week we return from our break.

This week, we will focus on English/Language Arts subjects and will not have history. It will allow us extra time to, hopefully, get our research papers finished up and begin our next unit of study, poetry.

ELA: This week, we are starting our Poetry Unit! We will review some key terms that we will see throughout our unit and practice using those terms while reading poems by Tony Medina, Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, and William Shakespeare. Students will also be introduced to our outside reading for the quarter, Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. This week’s assignment will cover the first six chapters of the book (21 pages) and will end with a discussion on Thursday. Pairing Tiger Rising with a poetry unit is a match made in heaven! Tiger Rising is full of figurative language that we’ll also notice all throughout our poetry unit. And just in case that’s not enough to do for the week, we’re also going to be typing up our research papers. Any extra typing practice you can work on at home will help us fine tune those typing skills is helpful! Mrs. Butcher has some great links on her blog to help practice, her favorite is Typing Club. http://wamediatech.weebly.com/5th-grade1.html

Week at a Glance:
Tuesday: Spring Pictures
Thursday: Tiger Rising Discussion Chapters 1-6
Friday: Spring Party and Early Release @ 1:00