5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of January 6th

Welcome back! We ended the year with lots of laughs and in high spirits! Now, we are recharged and ready to hit the ground running in 2020!

Math: After a two week break, students will need to brush up on the skills we learned before our holiday break. Before we left, a few students took on a challenge of creating a class review game to help us refresh those memories upon our return. Beckett created a Jeopardy review game, which we will play on Monday. Jackson and Logan worked hard to design a game where students race against one another to solve a variety of problems, which we will complete on Tuesday. Mixed review worksheets will also be sent home as homework as well. Our unit test on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers will be on Wednesday. Then, we will kick off our new unit on multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers!

ELA: I am so excited to return to school and begin our research paper! Students selected an American president to research and approved choices were sent home in the previous Friday Folder. All parts of this project will be completed in class. This project builds on what they learned last year when writing a research paper. Last year, students learned how to gather facts and write a paper that helps inform others about the state. Within this paper, students will research a former president and form an opinion about his presidency. Students will learn how to form a strong thesis statement that expresses this opinion and write a paper in support of it. This is a big step up in critical thinking! This week, students will bring home a packet that provides more details and lists the materials students will need to provide in order to complete our project. All materials are due on Monday, January 14th.

Science: Our next unit of study is Earth’s Forces. During this CELL, students will perform several investigations designed to reveal the Earth’s forces of gravity and friction, and the way that these forces affect the motion of objects on Earth. Through discussion and experimentation, students learn about the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on stationary objects as well as objects in motion. Students realize that balanced forces means that a stationary object remains stationary, or a moving object continues at the same speed in the same direction. Through the systematic investigation of variables, students draw conclusions about the effect of gravity on objects found on Earth. Students learn that the force of gravity is dependent on an object’s mass, but that acceleration due to gravity is a consistent 9.8 m/s2. Students also connect the concepts of weight and gravity. These facts are established through hands-on experimentation followed by analysis that includes collation and graphing of results

History: Welcome back! We are coming back in full force, with plans to finish the Civil War! We’ll review some concepts talked about before the break: Reconstruction in the South and the plan left by President Lincoln after he was assassinated and President Johnson’s plan for Reconstruction. Our last few lessons cover different groups of people that were an influence on Reconstruction in the South; groups such as: scalawags, carpetbaggers, and members of the KKK. We will also discuss the final results of Congressional Reconstruction and the Jim Crow Laws that followed.

Other: On Monday, we will meet with our book buddies to kick off the new year! We plan on helping them create festive 3-D hats that will help them reflect on their goals for 2020!

Week at a Glance:
Monday: Meet with book buddies
Wednesday: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers Test