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5th Grade Newsletter - December/January
5th Grade Newsletter - December/January
Jana Vartanian
Wednesday, December 04, 2019

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday.  Now is a good time to check in with your child to see if they need any supply replacements for the new year.  Thank you!


We have completed Unit 1 of our Readygen curriculum.  Coming up in December and January in Reading and Language Arts, we will read the novel “Jacob’s Rescue.”  This will cover our learning standards for the Holocaust. We will do most of the reading in class, but if your child is sick or leaving for vacation, please let us know so we can make sure your child stays caught up.  The skills we will work on will be the author's viewpoint, drawing conclusions, theme, compare and contrast characters, and more. We will also read the story “The Road to Freedom,” which will incorporate a social studies theme of slavery and the Civil War.


In Math, the fifth graders are currently working on Topics 5 and 6, which is long division of decimals and whole numbers.  Once we return from break, we will work on coordinate grids and then begin Topic 7, which is adding and subtracting fractions, finding common denominators, and simplifying fractions.  Please continue working at home on to help with memorizing math facts.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we are in chapter 9 that explains the U.S. Constitution and specifically the three branches of government. When we get back from break, we will work on the Bill of Rights, the War of 1812, and eventually move into the Lewis and Clark expedition and the expansion of our country.  The students will be working on Google Classroom to submit different projects, graphic organizers, watch videos, and much more. It is a great experience using this technology!


In Science, each classroom has completed work on Aquatic Ecosystems. The students really enjoyed creating our ponds and we even got to dissect owl pellets to learn more about consumers in ecosystems.  After the break, we will begin our next units, which are matter and chemical reactions. There will be some great hands-on experiments that students can do to show how the states of matter can change between solid, liquid, and gas.  Ask your child what their favorite part of our science ecosystem unit has been!

Thank you for all of your support.  We look forward to the second half of the year with your students!

The Fifth Grade Team