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.
Stargirl- Finish the book and 10 jots for Tuesday, Sept. 27th meeting
Donuthead- Read to page 75 and 10 jots for Tuesday, Sept 27th meeting
Loser- Read to page 180 and 10 jots for Wednesday, Sept. 28th meeting
Blubber- Finish the book and 10 jots for Thursday, Sept. 29th meeting
Here are the assignments that need to be completed for the meeting on Friday, 9/23/16:
Donuthead- read up to page 75 and write 10 jots
Loser- read up to page 90 and write 10 jots
Blubber- read up to page 80 and write 10 jots
Stargirl- read up to page 90 and write 10 jots
*Students need to write the page # where they found their idea on their jots.
Here are the new assignments as of today.
The Fierce Elders of Earth- Toliver's Secret-
The Flying Thorny Zebras- The Sign of the Beaver- Finish the book and write 20 jots for Thursday, 4/28
The Crazy Fun Lemon Elephants- I Am Regina- Finish the book and write 25 jots for Tuesday, 4/26
The Broncos- My Name Is Not Angelica- Finish the book and write 25 jots for Thursday, 4/28
The Pretty Pink Unicorns- We Are Patriots: Hope's Revolutionary War Diary- Read 56 pages and write 10 jots for Tuesday, 4/12
Due to club members being sick and absent, the clubs that were planning to meet today (The Fierce Elders of Earth, The Crazy Fun Lemon Elephants, and The Pretty Pink Unicorns) will meet tomorrow. Please check with your student to make sure they have completed the assignment, have their materials packed in their backpacks, and are ready to meet tomorrow. The groups meeting Thursday will still meet then as planned.
The Fierce Elders of Earth- The Sign of the Beaver- Finish the book and write 30 jots for Tuesday, 4/12
The Flying Thorny Zebras- The Sign of the Beaver- Read up to chapter 14 and write 35 jots for Thursday, 4/14
The Crazy Fun Lemon Elephants- My Name Is Not Angelica- Finish the book and write 30 jots for Tuesday, 4/12
The Broncos- The Winter of Red Snow- Finish the book and write 25 jots for Thursday, 4/14
The Pretty Pink Unicorns- Five Smooth Stones- Read 60 pages and write 30 jots for Tuesday, 4/12