5th Grade Weekly Update for Week of January 27th

Math: This week, we are continuing to learn more about dividing fractions and students will practice dividing mixed numbers. We will play a fun board game with partners to help us practice all of the new skills we have acquired. Then, we will shift our focus to problem-solving, which is the most challenging aspect of the unit.

ELA: We are continuing to work hard researching! I’m so proud of the efforts the children have put forth so far. If we work as hard this week as we did last week, I think we will be wrapping up our researching stage soon and begin to develop our thesis statements! Students have created posters of their president on display in the classroom. These posters include what students knew about him before our research, the questions they had regarding him, and facts they have learned so far while researching. Check them out when you get the opportunity!

Since our class time this quarter focuses so heavily on completing our research papers, I will continue to send home ELA minilesson worksheets as homework to make sure that we are practicing those basic reading skills. Students also received our outside reading novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham. They created project calendars that included quiz dates and an individualized reading plan. These were sent home in Friday Folders.

Science: We are jumping into Investigation Three of Earth’s Forces. During Investigation Three, students begin to investigate the force of friction. Students first learn about normal contact forces in order to provide a context for discovering friction. Students then investigate the effect of an object interacting with three different surface types. Through multiple trials, students measure the distance an object travels on these three surfaces. Students draw conclusions regarding the type of surfaces that provide the most and the least degree of frictional force.
History: Cowboy day was such fun last Friday! We had a great time sharing our western writing and eating smores! This week, we will finish up our Westward Expansion unit by discussing what life was like in the plains, the Oklahoma land rush, the close of the western frontier, and famous characters of the west like Billy the Kid, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, and Jesse James. Our last lesson discusses how the United States gained Alaska. We will test the following week.

Other: We would love to see you at our Open House Sunday! It is from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Our sixth grade teachers are so excited to speak with you and share the aspects of our 6th grade experience that makes Wood Acres unique!

Thank you for attending our informational meeting about our trip to Camp Widjiwagan! For those parents who were unable to attend, I sent home forms with your child. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Week at a Glance:
-Sunday: Open House from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.