Parent Teacher conferences will be held Tuesday, October 11th. Please use this sheet to sign up for a 20 minute slot for us to discuss your child’s progress so far and set goals for the year. Thank you to those who have signed up already!
This week’s focus in reading was theme - recognizing common themes, such as friendship, perseverance, survival, etc., as well as identifying themes in selected literature. We also applied this idea to our personal narratives in writing, as students highlighted a lesson they learned from a particular story in their own lives. In language, we studied the comma - this is a tricky one but I’m impressed with how familiar the students are with using commas to separate introductory elements in a sentence and items in a series. It seems they are internalizing the examples of good writing they encounter in their reading and emulating them in their own writing. Thank you for supporting your fifth grader in building a daily reading habit; this is the most important thing they can do to make progress!
This week was all about division! Because of the multistep nature of this skill, division can be tricky and requires a lot of practice. The students have been working hard and made tremendous progress. They have even been able to apply their skills to word problems, analyze common errors, and draw upon their critical thinking skills in order to interpret remainders. This is a skill we will continue working on throughout the year to reinforce and master. Next, we’re moving on to decimals! Next week we’ll review decimal concepts - place value, comparing and ordering decimals, and writing decimals in standard and expanded form. After break, we’ll use these skills to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals.
We’re continuing our study of Mesoamerican civilizations with an investigation of the Maya. This week, students studied the Mayan social hierarchy and compared it to the structure of our own school community. The highlight, however, was our guest lesson with Mr. Brown on Mayan numbers. Ask your 5th grader to show you what they learned!
Next week is a science week; we’ll continue our study of engineering by examining how engineers define problems and design solutions. This is a very inquisitive class; they love tackling tough scientific concepts and any opportunity to engage in hands-on learning!
Today we kicked off our second pillar: respect. We will be focusing on and highlighting examples of respect in our daily life: respectful language, respect for the environment, respect to others, and respect for ourselves. You can help reinforce this at home by praising examples of respectful behavior and encouraging respectful language.