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:
- Wednesday, October 18th - No reinforcements after school (teacher meeting)
- Thursday, October 26th - Field trip to the Brave Soles workshop in Puerto Plata
- Friday, October 27th - End of Quarter 1 - report cards go home
- Monday, October 30th - Parent Conferences (sign up here!), half day of classes
- Monday, November 6th - School Holiday - no classes
Thank you to all those who have signed up for your 20 minute parent-teacher conference on Monday, October 30th! If you have not, please use this link to write your name next to the time slot you would like to conference. Remember, this is a half day of classes for students. Students will leave at 1, and conferences will take place between 1 and 5 pm. We have a lot of families to pack into that time frame, so please be on time for your conference!
Field Trip - Thursday, October 26th
To support our study of ways people protect the earth’s resources, we will be going to visit the Brave Soles workshop in Puerto Plata. This will include a stop at the dump to see where the tires come from and discuss why they pose and environmental and health threat. Then we will head to the workshop to meet the Brave Soles team and learn about the process of making the shoes and accessories. Finally, we will go to the Malecon to eat lunch and debrief about more ways we can protect resources in our community. This will be an all day field trip, and students are asked to wear their white ISS polo shirt that day. They are also asked to not bring electronics, in order to be fully present during the trip. Thank you so much to the parents who have volunteered to drive on that day! Everyone - please look for field trip permission slips that need to be signed next week.
This week we studied different methods for multiplying decimals, including using disks on a place value chart, making an area model, and using the standard algorithm. This is a complicated skill, but I am so proud of the 5th graders for persisting and making progress. Next week we will be studying long division, another complicated skill that takes time and effort to fully master. This week in our Morning Meetings we talked about the power of “yet” - remembering that if we haven’t fully mastered a skill, it’s not that we don’t get it. It’s that we don’t quite get it YET. Remind your 5th grader of this idea at home if you sense they are getting frustrated with some of the tougher math concepts, or anything else that may be a challenge. We’ve also talked a lot about how challenges and mistakes are what grow our brains!
This week we finished reading our class novel, Wonder! We have been discussing the themes of the novel: friendship, family, accepting differences, kindness, inclusion, etc. and looking for details from the story that demonstrate those themes. Next, we will be using this story as a model for our own narrative writing.
We had so much fun this week combining geography, math, and science skills in order to determine how much of the earth’s water is usable. Ask your 5th grader what we found out! You can see a photo of our final graph below. Next week we will be studying the earth’s rotation around the sun and the patterns it causes in the day and night. Students are asked to bring a flashlight on Thursday for a simulation activity - any simple household flashlight will do, and they will be able to bring it home the same day.
This week we combined our knowledge of culture with research and technology skills in order to start working on a culture mobile project. Each student chose a culture to study and research, and will be representing the elements of their chosen culture on a hanging mobile. The bulk of the work is being done in class, but some students have asked for additional time to research at home. This is optional, but allowed. Next week they will practice their speaking and listening skills by presenting their final projects. We will also be discussing the difference between surface culture and deep culture, and why it is important to be aware of both our own and other cultures. You may want to share more about your own culture with your 5th grader to help them make connections!
Student Blogger: Bianny!
This week we are learning how to multiply decimals. In social studies we started doing a project on different cultures. In ELA we are able to determine the theme of a story. In science we figured out how much salt water, frozen water, and fresh water in the world.