Welcome to 5th Grade

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Please ask your child to explain what we are learning about in school. Here are our current units of study:

Reading - Comparing and Contrasting Characters across Texts

The focus of this unit includes critical study of character behaviors and response to challenges. Students will uncover how character point of view, as well as story setting, influence character behavior. Students begin this work of analyzing one character and then move to comparing one character to another. Students will use a variety of reading strategies that assist them in the process of sustaining comprehension through increasingly challenging text with complicated characters. Characters can be studied throughout a book as well as across books in a series for more advanced readers.

Mathematics - Unit 2 - Addition and Subtraction with Decimals

In this unit, students extend their understanding of the base-ten system to decimals to the thousandths place. Students apply whole number strategies based on place value to adding and subtracting decimals. Students will use concrete models including number lines and visual drawings to aid in their computation and understanding of decimals. Additionally, students will relate their decimal learning to money and the metric system.

Science-Sifting, Sorting, Separating

Students will investigate how physical properties can be used to separate simple mixtures. This includes separating a variety of mixtures that involve a combination of solids, liquids, and/or gases. Some ideas for this unit may include: separating recycling, trail mix, salad, screws/nails/bolts, wood/iron mixtures, salt and water, and carbonated beverages. This unit only involves dissolving one solid into a liquid for the purpose of understanding that boiling is a way to separate dissolved solids from mixtures. Physical properties in this unit include: particle size, color, texture, magnetism, simple boiling point, and state of matter at room temperature. As a result of this unit, students will be able to use multiple physical properties to separate simple mixtures into their smallest parts.

Social Studies - The "Roots" of America: Emergence of a New Nation

In the beginning of this unit, students learn about two of the nation’s earliest colonies: Jamestown and Plymouth. Students analyze maps and other geographic sources to develop a sense of “setting” for our nation’s story. Students describe the impact of physical geography on settlement, economics and cultural interactions. Students also investigate reasons for human migration and settlement locations of people along the Atlantic coast. With these foundations in place, students explore early social/political institutions and compare social/political institutions of the past with the present to explain how and why they have changed over time. Next, students apply economic thinking and identify how people of the past got what they wanted or needed. Students examine 1) subsistence living and “barter and trade”, 2) specialization where people provided a good or service needed in the community, 3) regional economics, and finally 4) mercantilism and the Triangle Trade. These economic eras provide a chronological story so students can explain how we arrived at today’s global marketplace. Last, students examine various cultural interactions of the past and demonstrate historical thinking that includes multiple perspectives, explaining why interactions took place, and identifying elements of cooperation and conflict. Ultimately, this unit is focused on deep immersion into our nation’s early history through the analysis of sources used by historians and geographers: maps, charts/graphs, and primary/secondary sources.