You can 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, September 4th 8:00 - 5th grade will kick off our social-emotional skills study in the elementary school with a presentation on Responsibility.
- Thursday, September 7th - Meet the Teacher Night
- Week of September 11-15th - Elementary MAP testing (see website for specific tests and times)
- 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
The 5th graders are learning to use abstract thinking skills as we work with numbers smaller than 1. They are also flexing their thinking to think of numbers not only in standard form (1,000) but also expanded form (10 x 10 x 10), and exponential form (103). We will continue to work with place value next week, comparing and ordering decimals as well as rounding decimals.
Last week, we studied point of view, and analyzed how an author’s point of view influences a text. We will consider to explore that lesson as we continue reading our class novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Students will be bringing the book home each night to read for homework. It is a great book that can be enjoyed by all ages - ask your 5th grader to tell you about it! Besides academic concept, it is also a good way to discuss relevant social-emotional themes, such as kindness, inclusion, and growing up.
We will continue to study ways we can use science to conserve the Earth’s natural resources, and look for ways to make connections with our own community. We will also continue our study of Earth science by studying the following:
· Atmosphere: the air (and other gases) in the area above the earth
· Hydrosphere: the water on the earth (remember, hydro means water)
· Geosphere: the solid part of the earth—land (geo means rock)
· Biosphere: Any of the other three where there are living things (bio means living)
We will continue our study of primary and secondary resources, and begin to use primary and secondary resources to study indigenous populations of the Americas and life before European colonization.
Homework will continue to be nightly math, either one Zearn lesson or a review worksheet. Homework for the week is always posted on the class website. In addition, students are asked to read at least 20-30 minutes daily. Next week’s homework will be assigned reading from our class novel Wonder.
I hope to see many of you at our Responsibility presentation on Monday morning, as well as next Thursday at 4pm for Meet the Teacher night! Have a wonderful and restful weekend!