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:
- November 23-24th - School Holiday (no classes)
- Friday, December 1 - 5th Grade Morning Circle Presentation 8:00 am
- Thursday, December 14th - Holiday Show
- December 22 - January 8th - Holiday Break (no classes)
- Monday, January 8th - Professional Development Day for Teachers (no classes)
- Tuesday, January 9th - School Resumes
As you may have heard from your 5th grader, our new student teacher Mr. Frank had to go back to Canada on Monday due to family issues. Fortunately, it seems things are okay with his family and he is planning on joining us again as soon as possible!
This week we began our study of fractions. First, we used fraction models to make equivalent fractions, which is a very important skill for adding and subtracting fractions. Then, we used our equivalent fractions skills to add fractions with unlike denominators (ex. ½ + ⅓). The standards ask that students not only find the answer, but show why we get the answer we do by drawing a model. We will continue using models to add fractions next week, and begin subtracting. Then, we will combine these skills in order to solve fraction word problems. Word problems can be intimidating for students, but we practice word problem strategies daily in addition to building math vocabulary in order to build confidence and eliminate “word problem anxiety.” Homework will continue to be a digital review of the day’s lesson on the Zearn program. Students who are having trouble completing this at home due to internet or other issues are welcome to stay after school to complete their homework.
We are focusing on nonfiction reading and writing skills this quarter. This week, we’ve been looking for the main idea of a text, and supporting details to go with it. We will also be writing opinion essays using what we’ve learned about how to protect the Earth’s resources. Next week students will be choosing a topic and researching their chosen topic. Students have also been given feedback on their narrative essays. Those who would like to revise their essay to improve their grade have been asked to do so by November 30th. Students needing additional help are invited to stay after school any day between 3:00 and 3:30.