5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of January 21st

Math: Last week, students learned how to multiply fractions and mixed numbers, and we introduced the meaning of dividing fractions. This week, we will learn the procedures for dividing fractions and mixed numbers.

ELA: We are working hard researching our presidents! If your child needs extra time, you can sign him or her up for Treehouse on Wednesdays. I work in the homework help room on Wednesdays, so I will be there to provide assistance. On Monday, I will introduce our outside reading novel for the quarter, The Watsons Go to Birmingham.

Science: We are concluding Investigation Two this week. Investigation Two allows students to explore the effects of gravity in the context of unbalanced forces. Students make a small and a large object, find the mass of each object, then conduct trials to establish the time that it takes for these objects to fall to the ground. In analyzing these trials, students are introduced to the formula for calculating acceleration. Through collating and presenting their data, students come to understand that while the force of gravity is dependent on the mass of the object, acceleration due to gravity is a constant 9.8 m/s2.

History: This week we continue to discuss westward expansion after the Civil War. We will learn more about the cattle frontier, the expansion of the Transcontinental Railroad, what it was like to be a cowboy, and farming the west. Students will create a creative writing piece that will showcase some of the topics we’ve discussed thus far. Students will also get to share their stories around a “campfire” and enjoy s’mores all while dressed as cowboys (of course, optional). It’s such a fun day!

Other: In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we watched his “I Have a Dream” speech and students created their own speech with changes they would like to see in our world. They are extremely moving speeches and on display in the classroom! I’ve also given students an extra credit opportunity! I’ve challenged him or her to be the change they want to see in the world by completing a selfless act of kindness. For many, caring for our environment was something important to them. So, he or she could help pick up litter at a local park! Or, help a friend or family member do something you normally would not. They are suppose to snap a picture of the selfless act and bring it in by Wednesday to earn bonus points.

The 100th day of school is on Thursday! We will celebrate with our book buddies! On Thursday, we also have our meeting about Camp Widjiwagan. It will be held in my classroom following dismissal. Please let me know if you are unable to attend, and I am happy to send home the paperwork with your child on Thursday.

Week at a Glance:
Wednesday: Selfless Selfie Bonus Assignment Due
Thursday: 100th Day of School; Camp Widjiwagan meeting
Friday: Cowboy Day