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5th Grade Newsletter - October
5th Grade Newsletter - October
Jana Vartanian
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Welcome to fifth grade!  We are looking forward to a wonderful year with your students.


We are almost to the end of our first module in our new Readygen reading curriculum. We have finished three stories and are now comparing characters and themes across texts.  The students have been working on responding to texts and citing evidence.  Also, we are currently creating a narrative short story applying all of the elements that we have learned during our whole group reading time.  Students have been practicing all of these skills during guided reading stations.


In Math, the fifth graders are currently working on Topics 2 and 3, which are adding and subtracting decimals and multiplying multi-digit numbers and decimals.  Topics 4 and 5, we will continue multiplication and then begin working on long division.  We strongly encourage parents to be practicing math facts at home with your child. is a great website that students can use at home to continue to practice math facts.

Social Studies:

In Social Studies, we began to learn about the events that led up to the American Revolution. We will discuss the reasons why the colonists continued to be angry with King George III and how these tensions will eventually lead to the American Revolution.  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 is working on Aquatic Ecosystems.  Our four units for the school year are Aquatic Ecosystems, Solar System, Matter, and Chemical Reactions.  Ask your child what they are learning about in Science this quarter!

Please be checking your child’s work, especially on their home learning day.  It is difficult for us to continue on with lessons when students are not caught up with their work.  This is a partnership.  We need your support at home to make sure they are doing what is expected on their home learning days. 

Upcoming Dates:

October 9 - No School (Institute Day)

October 12 - No School (Columbus Day)

Thank you,

The Fifth Grade Team