Week of Monday, September 16, 2024   Stickney’s 5th grade Newsletter

Greetings from 5th grade, on this short week!

Reminder: NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, September 20th

Staff Development Day

Thursday is our ERE FUND Run!

Homework this week:

PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW STUDENTS TO USE CALCULATORS

PLEASE have your child SHOW THEIR CALCULATIONS 🙂

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Math:

We are up and running in our Math groups, along with our Math Interventionists. These Math Specialists will help to guide math groups and ensure greater success with our students.

This week, we continue to work on Volume.

V= W x L x H

Most Math groups are on Lesson 3 this week. Please look for Math guidance from your student’s Math teacher. Continue to practice multiplication and division facts!

Science:

Our class completed our Penny Experiment, using the Scientific Method. As our class had varied results in our experiment, we reviewed the Scientific Method process, and the need to follow the directions/steps in the procedure identically, in order to have valid results. We will continue to learn about Matter this week.

Literacy:

In our Literacy block, we continue to explore essential questions in our learning. This week and last, we are reading about technology. How might technology change over time? Does technology benefit us? What are the drawbacks? What are the benefits?

Our smaller reading groups are focused on cooperative learning, in a smaller shared reading book about Robots. In writing, we are learning how to do a ‘Quick Write’, about a topic. Last week we wrote about an animal, and how to build the perfect ice cream sundae. We reviewed making a plan using a web, or a list. Lastly, we worked a great deal on vocabulary as it is associated with our Wonders reading, and in Science.

Students are feeling very comfortable looking up word meanings in a dictionary, or their book’s glossary. The biggest strategy that we continue to solidify is finding text evidence. How might we support our answer? Where in the text is the evidence telling us that this is the correct answer?

This week’s words follow the rule of: LONG VOWELS

See your child’s pre-test in their plastic folder for the words

-Students will be coming home with their graded Spelling PRE-TEST

-They will need to finish writing a 5th grade sentence for each of the spelling words, in order to show their understanding of the word meaning, and the ability to use it in the correct context. Students will try to expand their vocabulary through writing varied, and more complex sentences.

Reminder on Social Studies: As a team, we have chosen to divide the year in half with Science and Social Studies. Therefore, our learning about Social Studies will occur starting in the second semester. If you aren’t aware yet, our 5th grade curriculum will also include a big field trip to Young Ameritowne

Extra tid-bits:

As kids need at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day, sending in sliced apples, an orange or a banana is a terrific healthy sack late morning. String cheese goes a lot further than chips or Cheetos. Our snack break is 10:30 ish—and lunch is at 12:25.

Eagle Ridge FUND Run Link:

The link and the flier were sent to you in a separate email. Please be sure to register your kiddo. EVERY STUDENT will participate in the fund run, regardless of any funding donated to the school. This is a healthy way for kids to get moving, train their hearts and keep making their bodies healthy!

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