5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of September 3rd

Photo Highlight of the Week: We had so much fun getting to know our book buddies by completing a “My Big Buddy and Me” keepsake booklet! Check out more pictures below!

Math: This week, we are wrapping up our place value unit. We will practice problem-solving and estimating sums and differences using rounding. Then, we will prepare for our unit test with a fun Jeopardy review game! Our unit test will be Monday, September 9th. Remember, the best way to study for a math test is practice, practice, practice! Students should look back at previous homework assignments in their workbook. There are also additional practice pages in the textbook located at the end of each chapter and in the back of the book. This week, I will show students where these are located and everyone will be required to bring home textbooks over the weekend to have for review.

ELA: We are enjoying our novel study, Tuck Everlasting, and we can’t wait to find out if the Tuck family will tell Winnie Foster about the magical spring! This week, students will dive deeper into character descriptions as they work in groups to create acrostic poems of our different characters. On Wednesday, we will have a vocabulary test for chapters 5-8 of our book. Our vocabulary tests consists of two sections. The first section is a matching section where students are expected to match the term with the given definition. In the second section, students are expected to apply their understanding of the word by completing a sentence using the correct vocabulary term. On this particular vocabulary list, there are some terms with very similar meanings. Therefore, I will narrow down the choices for the two sections in order to avoid confusion. On Thursday, we will introduce a new set of vocabulary words for chapters 9-14.

This week, we will create project calendars for our outside reading project. Please have your child bring in his or her book. If you have ordered the book and it has not arrived yet, no problem! Just have him or her bring in the date is expected to arrive and the number of pages. We will need that information in order to discuss how to set attainable goals and mark them on a project calendar.

Last week, students learned the basics of diagramming sentences. We learned how to diagram simple and compound subjects and predicates. This week, we will build on that knowledge as we learn the difference between direct and indirect objects.

Science: I am excited to jump into Investigation Three of Microscopic Explorations this week! Within this investigation, students will learn the difference between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells. They will learn the different organelles and functions within animal cells, and they will examine their own cheek cells under the microscope as we learn to identify the different organelles!

History: Our states and capitals test will take place on Tuesday. I will orally give the state or capital and students will write down the coordinating state or capital. They will receive one point for spelling/capitalization and one point for accuracy. After the test, we will continue our study of the United States regions, focusing on the Great Plains region, the Southwest, and the West Coast. Each week, we look at the states within the region, what they share to be part of the same region.

Week at a Glance:
-Tuesday- States and Capitals Test; Bring in first quarter outside reading book for project calendars
-Wednesday- Tuck Chapters 5-8 Vocabulary Test
-Thursday- Spanish quiz