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:
- Week of October 2-6 - October Break: No school
- October 13th - Dia de la Raza celebration
- October 27th - End of Quarter 1 - report cards go home
This week we used what we’ve been learning about decimal place value in order to round decimals. Students are getting more confident with this skill each day, but decimals are still an abstract concept that they are getting used to. Remind your fifth grader that thinking about numbers smaller than one is new, but with practice they will keep getting better and better! Next week we’ll start adding and subtracting decimals. The concept is similar to adding whole numbers, but it is very important they line up the decimal points so the place value is correct.
This week we practiced summarizing a text using the Somebody Wanted But So strategy. Next week we’ll use a strategy called FAST in order to compare and contrast characters. FAST stands for Feelings, Actions, Sayings, and Thoughts, which are the details students should look for when analyzing character. We’ll be continuing with our class novel Wonder, which has a lot of great lessons about kindness and growing up. Ask your 5th grader about what they’re reading, or better yet - read it together!
Now that MAP testing is complete, we’ll be spending more time on science in class. We’re continuing our earth science unit by studying the earth’s four spheres: hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Next week we’ll be looking at how the difference spheres influence one another. For example, the hydrosphere influences the geosphere through erosion. Once students are able to explain how the different spheres influence one another, they will be making models to demonstrate how they interact. Stay tuned!
We’ll continue to use primary and secondary sources to study indigenous cultures of the Americas. A primary source is a first-hand account from someone who witnessed an event, or an artifact from the time (photographs, diaries, prehistoric tools, etc). A secondary source is information that was written after the time of the event (textbooks, encyclopedias, internet articles, etc). We’ll also begin our study of culture by reviewing what was learned about culture previously, and thinking about our own individual cultures.
Next week’s homework will be nightly math review (a mix of Zearn, Front Row Ed, and a worksheet), and nightly reading assigned in our class novel Wonder.