You can always see upcoming assignments, presentations, Free Dress days, etc. on the calendar on the top of our class website http://www.issosua.com/grade-5.html.
Here are a few to note:
- Monday, October 30th - Parent Conferences (sign up here!), classes until 11:50
- Monday, November 6th - School Holiday (no classes)
- November 23-24th - School Holiday (no classes)
- Friday, December 1 - 5th Grade Morning Circle Presentation
- Thursday, December 14th - Holiday Show
- December 22 - January 8th - Holiday Break (no classes)
- Monday, January 8th - Professional Development Day for Teachers (no classes)
- Tuesday, January 9th - School Resumes
Exciting news in 5th grade! We’re getting a student teacher for the next six weeks! His name is François Chiasson and he is joining us from Quebec. He starts on Monday, and the 5th graders are quite excited to meet him!
Thank you all for your flexibility and understanding with the change in our field trip date. We’re set to visit the Brave Soles workshop next Thursday, November 2nd. The timing will be the same - leave ISS at 8:15 and return by 2:30. Because of the date change, I will be sending home new permission slips to be signed on Monday. As before, students should wear their white ISS polo shirt and comfortable shoes. They should bring water, snacks, and a lunch (those that normally eat lunch at school will have a bag lunch packed for them). No electronics, please.
We are wrapping up our study of division with two-digit divisors. This is a complicated topic, and some students may want to stay after for reinforcements for additional review and to retake their assessment. It takes practice, but I’m really proud of how much the 5th graders have improved! Next week, we will be studying how to evaluate expressions using the order of operations.
We’re busy writing narrative stories, and the students have enjoyed listening to various mentor texts in order to hear how good writers introduce their stories, use transition words, write descriptively, and conclude their stories. The final product is due Friday. We are working on the stories in class, but some students may want additional time to work, so next week’s ELA homework will be to work on their narrative and submit the final copy Friday.
As we start quarter 2, we begin our study of life science. We will be investigating how plants get the materials they need from air and water, and then moving on to explore the way energy is transferred and shared through the food chain.