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5th Grade Newsletter - February
5th Grade Newsletter - February
Jana Vartanian
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Hope you all had a great start to the New Year.  We have many upcoming events for February.

Reading 

 We are currently working on Unit 2 in our ReadyGen curriculum. This unit is more social studies based. We have been reading books on past injustices and inequalities such as slavery, women’s rights, and rights of workers.  The skills we will work on will be the main idea and key details, theme, compare and contrast historical events to the text, and cause and effect. We are also learning to state our opinions and back them up with evidence from the text. Please ask your child what they are learning about in ReadyGen.

Math

In Math, the fifth graders are currently working on Topic 7, which is adding and subtracting fractions, finding common denominators, and simplifying fractions. We will soon work on Topic 8, which is multiplying fractions.  Please continue working at home on Reflexmath.com to help with memorizing math facts.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we are in chapter 10 and 11, which covers the Bill of Rights, the War of 1812, and 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! We have also begun research for our Historical Wax Museum, which will be held on Wednesday, February 26 from 10:15-11:45. Parents are welcome to join us!

Science

In Science, we are working on our next units, which are matter and chemical reactions.  Two classes are working on matter and 2 on chemical reactions. When we complete these units, we will switch. 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 and some experiments to observe chemical reactions. 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 seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, February 13 from 11:30-8:00.

The Fifth Grade Team