This week we applied our knowledge of decimals in order to add and subtract. The key to success with this skill is to line up the decimal points. Once the fifth graders had that down, they really took off with the skill! I’m so proud of their performance with this important concept; it is a testament to their hard work and aptitude. Next week we’ll continue our study of decimals with multiplication. On Monday we’ll multiply decimals by whole numbers, Tuesday we’ll multiply decimals by decimals, Wednesday we’ll use rounding to estimate products, and Thursday we’ll practice multiplying decimals in word problems. This is very similar to multiplication with whole numbers, but with the added step of making sure the same number of digits appears behind the decimal point in the product as in both factors combined.
In language this week we reviewed verb tenses - past, present, and future- and practiced correcting sentences with inconsistent tenses. Next week we’ll be learning how to use commas to separate introductory elements from a sentence (Example: Before we go to bed, we brush our teeth.)
In reading, we’ll review this week’s study of informational text structures (chronological order, compare and contrast, problem and solution, and cause and effect). Students understood each of these types of nonfiction writing structures well as we practiced in isolation. Monday we will practice identifying all four text structures together, and Tuesday we will have a text structures assessment. For the rest of the week, we will continue to build nonfiction reading skills by studying main idea and supporting detail. Remember, Newsela is a great way for students to practice nonfiction reading at home and is always available as a homework option!
This was a big week in writing! We published our personal narratives and I’m so proud of the tremendous growth and talent the students showed with this assignment! Each student proudly read their narrative to the class, and I was amazed at the support they showed one another as they clapped and identified positive aspects of their peer’s writing. This not only shows what caring, positive citizens they are, but it also proves that they recognize elements of strong narrative writing. Way to go 5th graders! Next up we’ll be practicing persuasive/opinion writing. I look forward to seeing the students apply their talent for arguing to an academic assignment!
We had so much fun in science class this week! We practiced the engineering standards by designing methods to drop eggs without cracking. It was a fun way to practice critical thinking skills; this is a very scientific group! Ask your fifth grader if their eggs-periment was a success! Check out photos of the engineers in action on our 5th grade page.
Next up we’ll be completing our social studies unit on the Mayans, Inca, and Aztec. Next week we’ll be studying the Mayans, including a reader’s theater on their trade and economic system, Google slides of Mayan daily life, and an investigation into their mysterious decline.
In addition to the respect pillar we’ve been focusing on as a school, we’ve been talking a lot about empathy in 5th grade. The 5th graders really enjoyed watching videos about empathy on our Class Dojo program, and we’re able to articulate the importance of putting yourself in other people’s shoes. The video suggests taking deep breaths in order to calm strong emotions and treat others with kindness, even in stressful situations. The fifth graders really took these discussions to heart, and I’m so proud of the many examples of kindness and empathy I’ve been seeing at school.
Student Blogger: Egor!
This was a great week because we studied my favorite thing in math which is subtracting decimals and everything else to do with them. One thing we learned this week was cause and effect. You read a few paragraphs and then you obtain information from the text you read and you write the problem and solution of the paragraphs. I hope everyone else has the same wonderful week as me. =)