5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of January 13th

Photo Highlight of the Week: Ushering in 2020 with our book buddies! We had fun helping our book buddies create 3-D party hats with goals for 2020!

Math: Last week, we introduced the concept of multiplying fractions. We used an on-line tool available on our fifth grade technology website to help us better understand the concept of multiplying a fraction by a fraction. We also learned how to multiply fractions by whole numbers. Students discovered that there are two different reasons that this may occur. We may multiply fractions by whole numbers due to repeated addition, or we may multiply a fraction and whole number in order to find part of a whole. This week, students will learn how to simplify fractions before multiplying by using GCF. We will also learn how to multiply mixed numbers. Also, our chapter five math test went home in Friday Folders. Please sign and return on Monday.

ELA: We are officially beginning our research for our American president research paper! Very exciting! Students will begin by using a resource that I’ve provided for them. On Monday, they should arrive to school with their research materials. This includes a new pack of index cards, notecard storage box, notecard dividers, report cover, and two books with information about his or her president. Please remember that the two books should NOT be lengthy novels. In my e-mail to parents, I included pictures of various series to look for that will provide students with an appropriate amount of detail. If you have any questions regarding the books or you are having trouble finding appropriate resources, just let me know!

In grammar, we are continuing to build upon our knowledge of parts of speech. We are currently working on identifying adjectives and adverbs that are a little more tricky, including adjectives that come before other adjectives and adverbs.

Science: In Investigation One of Earth’s Forces, students were introduced to Newton’s three laws of motion. In lab, we focused on the first law of motion and studied how unbalanced forces affect stationary and moving objects. Students are discovering that as an object’s mass increases, the gravitational pull acting on the object also increases. In Investigation Two, we will study acceleration due to gravity and clear up several misconceptions that others often have regarding this concept.

History: On Monday, students will take their final Civil War test that covers lessons 18-25. After they finish their test, we will complete a short unit that covers westward expansion after the Civil War. It’s a fun unit that has some interesting activities to really understand the history of the expansion. Students will work through an interactive experience throughout the unit that will give them an idea of what it would be like to go on a cattle drive. This week, we will investigate the gold rush that happened 8 years after the Civil War, the transportation changes of the time period that caused a huge population to migrate to the western part of the country, and study a map to study the geographic location of the various trails and physical features.

Other: Report cards will come home on Thursday, January 16th. Please sign and return the following day. As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Also, we are out of school on Monday, January 20th in honor of MLK Day!

On Thursday, January 23rd, I will hold a parent meeting about our upcoming field trip to Camp Widjiwagan. The meeting will be held in my classroom following afternoon dismissal. You will learn all about the exciting details of our trip! I will share the details with students prior to our meeting, so this meeting will be just for parents. Treehouse services are available for the children if you need it. Please just make the reservation in advance. We have a few who have expressed interest in possibly chaperoning. If you are a dad that is interested, please let me know, and I will add your name to the list of those who are willing to volunteer. The dates of the trip are Wednesday, March 18th- Friday, March 20th.

Another important January date is Sunday, January 26th! Please join us for Open House from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. We have an incredible Upper School team and program to get excited about, so please join us to find out more!

Week at a Glance:
-Monday: Research materials due; Return signed math test; Civil War Unit Test
-Thursday: Report cards sent home