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
- October 30th - Parent Conferences (sign up here!)
Report cards for quarter 1 will be sent home on Friday, October 27th. Parent-teacher conferences will be the following Monday, October 30th. Because we’ve already missed six days due to hurricanes, the 30th will be a half day of classes for students, and conferences will be from 1 to 5 pm. Please sign up for your preferred time using this link. This will be a 20 minute conference to discuss your 5th grader’s progress so far and think about goals for the year. I look forward to meeting with you all!
Working Toward Mastery
The 5th graders are growing and becoming more and more responsible for their own learning. Part of this entails reflecting on assessments after they take them and storing them in their Portfolios. Students who would like to improve their grade on a particular standard are always welcome to stay after school from 3-3:30 for review. On Fridays, we have a designated time where students may retake assessments in order to improve their score. Students may also use this time to complete enrichment projects and expand their knowledge. It’s really impressive how they’re taking ownership of their learning!
We continued our study of decimals this week by adding and subtracting decimals. The class did well with these skills, and will move on to multiplying decimals when we return from vacation. The important thing to remember when multiplying decimals is to be aware of place value. The number of digits total behind the decimal points in the factors should be the same as the number of digits behind the decimal point in the product.
This week, we used details from the text to analyze the attributes, actions, and words of characters. Students were able to compare (find the similarities) and contrast (find the differences) between two characters in a story, accurately citing evidence from the text. Ask your 5th grader which two characters in Wonder he or she chose to analyze! When we return from vacation, we’ll be finishing Wonder and determining theme.
This week we wrapped up our study of the earth’s spheres with student presentations of the models they had constructed to demonstrate the way spheres interact. They went above and beyond and used their creative skills to make detailed models of the spheres, and did an excellent job explaining the science behind their models to the class. Check out photos of the models and presentations on our class website!
This week we started studying culture, or the way a group of people behave. The fifth graders were very engaged in our class lesson on different elements of culture: food, religion, governance, clothing, holidays, etc. Next, we’ll be doing a research project where they choose one culture to study and represent in a visual model.