Happy New Year! We have been back from break for a while now, and working hard. The second half of the year always brings a renewed commitment to learning and growing within our classroom and school communities. It is exciting to see things really click for students as they bring greater maturity to situations with more focus on their work. January also brings winter assessments required by the district in reading and math. As always, thanks for all you do to support us at school!
Liz Elder and Soleil Sonoda
Language Arts: Students are learning how to write argument based essays – stating a claim and supporting it with reasons, evidence and explanations. They explore an issue by reading texts to find reasons for or against a particular issue. Currently in reading we are researching debatable issues and learning how to take discriminating notes.
Math: We will begin unit 5 in Everyday Math- Operations with Fractions – next week. Please refer to the Family Letters in your child’s Home Links book at the start of each new unit.
Social Studies/Science: After learning about the Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth settlements – reasons why people came, the hardships they had to overcome to succeed and the negative impact their arrival had on the Native Americans, we learned about the New England, Middle and Southern colonies. We compared the geography, government, reasons for founding and economies of these colonies. Students created broadsides (advertisements) highlighting these ideas to entice new settlers. We have recently started a brand-new to fifth grade science unit titled, “Earth & Space Systems.” We will learn about the basic properties of our solar system, create models to help us understand our world, the hydrosphere and the Earth-Moon-Sun system, and try to understand why we see different constellations in the night sky during different seasons.