I hope that you all had a very relaxing Fall Break!! I know that the week off to rejuvenate was such a necessity for everyone! I have loved hearing all about the things that the students were able to do, whether it was appreciating the down time at home with family or cruisin’.
Here is a curriculum update, so that you are aware of all that is going on in the classroom!
Math – We will continue multi-digit multiplication through the rest of this week. In 5th grade, students are required to fluently multiply a three-digit factor by a two-digit factor using the standard algorithm. On Friday the students will take a test on multiplication using the standard algorithm, and next week we will move to division. Students will be working to master multi-digit division, specifically up to four digit numbers divided by two digit numbers.
*This is the time of the school year where the students’ math fact fluency really comes in to play, and can be the determining factor in their overall proficiency. As our daily math practice starts to increase in rigor, their basic math fact fluency is very important. We are already seeing quite a few students making calculation mistakes on a regular basis, so although they understand the math concepts we are learning their fluency in all basic operations covers up their true abilities and understanding. Students can practice strictly math fact fluency using all operations on Moby Max, and are encouraged to practice regularly at home.
Science: Thank you to everyone who has sent in materials for our STEM project next week. If you signed up for something but haven’t had a chance to send it in yet please do so soon so that we know what still needs to be purchased for the grade level to complete the activity. We are currently studying constructive and destructive forces in our Earth Science unit. Students will have an Earth Science Unit Assessment next Friday. This will cover landforms, how constructive and destructive forces change Earth’s landforms, weathering, erosion, deposition, and how technology is used to limit and impact the effects of constructive and destructive forces.
Reading: Students are working hard to continue building their reading abilities specifically focusing on fiction texts. We focused on identifying the theme by analyzing using specific details in the text. We will continue working on fiction reading skills and including constructed response practice for comprehension checks also.
Writing: We are almost done with our Narrative Writing unit, and the students have worked SO hard! It is so fun to teach them, because of their excitement and effort about their own writing. They soak up every detail of what they are taught and I can not wait to read the story that they have been working on perfecting over the last few weeks. We will take our post on-demand narrative writing next week.
Please, please, please make sure your child is spending a little bit of time each night reviewing what we worked on at school. Even if it is nothing more than talking to you about the different things we are working on, that time is critical to their performance and growth. Also, all students have accounts on Moby Max and Front Row, two educational websites that they can practice all standards/skills/subjects on. I would love to see each student use these educational opportunities regularly outside of school.