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5th Grade Newsletter - November
5th Grade Newsletter - November
Jana Vartanian
Thursday, November 12, 2020

5th Grade November Newsletter

Wow!  We made it through the first quarter of this crazy school year.  Thank you for meeting with us during parent teacher conferences. It was great to talk to you about your child’s progress. Here is what is coming up this month in fifth grade!

Reading

We have completed Unit 1 of our Readygen curriculum.  Coming up in November in Reading and Language Arts, we will focus on narrative and informative texts.  The skills we will work on will be theme, comparing and contrasting characters and events, and quoting accurately from a text.  We will also be writing an opinion essay and a biography later in the quarter.  We are still working with small groups at the students’ reading levels and using these skills and strategies at the guided reading table.

Math

In Math, the fifth graders are currently working on Topic 4, which is multiplying decimals.  Topic 5 and 6 will move us in long division.  It is extremely important that the students know their multiplication facts at this point.  Long division will be frustrating for students without that foundation. Please continue working at home on Reflexmath.com to help with memorizing math facts.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we are in chapters 8 and 9 that tell the events of the American Revolution. We will discuss the major battles of the American Revolution and then the process of writing the United States Constitution.  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, especially in this remote/hybrid setting!

Science

In Science, each classroom is working on Aquatic Ecosystems. We have created our ponds with fish, snails, black worms, daphnia, elodea, and dragonfly nymphs.  The students are observing the ponds and looking for behaviors and interactions between the organisms.  We will be wrapping up this unit soon. Our four units for the school year are Aquatic Ecosystems, Solar System, Matter, and Chemical Reactions.  Ask your child about their ponds!

Remember, no school on November 25, 26, and 27 for Thanksgiving break.  Please contact your child’s teacher with any questions.

The Fifth Grade Team