~Ms. Taddeo~

Outstanding October

Monthly Curriculum Highlights!

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  • Topic 4: In math class, your child will learn how to divide with one-digit divisors. Learning this skill will require his or her understanding in the areas of estimating quotients, remainders, connecting models and symbols, dividing with one-digit divisors, and using zeros in quotients. You can expect to see work that provides practice in dividing whole numbers with one-digit divisors and checking the answer with multiplication. Your child should continue to practice basic facts in multiplication and division. Here is an activity that you can do with your child to help him or her learn about dividing by 1-digit divisors.
  • Topic 5: In this chapter, your child will take division of whole numbers a step further. He or she will learn how to divide any whole number by a two-digit divisor. In order to do this, your child must understand how to divide multiples of ten. Certain skills such as estimation, substitution, finding one- and two-digit quotients, and dividing greater numbers will be learned and practiced. Here is an activity that you can do with your child to help him or her learn about dividing by 2-digit divisors.
  • In Social Studies your child will understand that Native Americans were the first people to travel to North America and their ways of living varied based on their environment. Students will develop an understanding that cooperation within each group and/or other groups of Native Americans was essential for survival. Additionally, your child will understand that Europeans were prompted to explore new lands to obtain the wealth and riches of Asian trading centers. Students will describe how European explorers discovered a new continent in their search for a water route to the trading centers in Asia. Students will understand that Columbus’ discovery encouraged other explorers to find and claim land in the new world. This quest for riches prompted great advances in technology. Students will describe how European and Native American ideas were exchanged and how both cultures were changed forever as a result of these interactions .
  • In English Language Arts, your child will be reading texts from the realistic genre of literature. It is essential that students have opportunities to experience realistic fiction as it mirrors real life. As students engage with realistic fiction they readily identify with characters that are his/her age and reflect many cultures and social classes in which we live. Story characters are believable and their language and actions are appropriate for the story setting. Understanding that realistic fiction is based on people, their problems and their challenges leads readers to expand their horizons and interests as students realize that their problems are not unique. Realistic fiction is an excellent genre for students to develop an understanding of story elements, themes, points of view, interpret meaning and apply word analysis strategies.
  • Writer's Workshop: It is an important experience for your child to to create original narrative stories. Students should be given time to use their imagination and creativity to develop believable realistic fiction stories. Students will be creating an original character, setting, problem and solution. Students should pull from their own life and the experiences of others to create this believable narrative. Students will have writing experiences where they craft a narrative over a long period of time and they will have the opportunity to write in shorter periods.
  • Goal setting is a necessary and important component of students' motivation, self-regulation, and achievement in academic settings. Goal setting refers to the process of establishing that behavior or outcome to serve as the aim of one's actions. Goals can exert positive effects in achievement. By directing learners' attention to important activities and away from distractions and by focusing their effort and persistence toward goal attainment, students will be successful in achieving their goals as readers and writers. Setting clear goals and using strong samples of mentor texts will play an integral role in goal setting throughout the year.

Welcome to 5th Grade!

  • Mechanical pencils or sharpened pencils
  • 2 erasers
  • 1 pair of scissors (labeled with child’s name)
  • Erasable pens (only blue or black ink)
  • 5 large glue sticks
  • 1 box of 24 count crayons or colored pencils (labeled with child’s name)
  • 1 pair of headphones (labeled in ziplock)
  • 1 soft, zipped pencil case (labeled with child’s name)
  • 3 different colored highlighters
  • 4 marble composition notebooks(100 sheets)
  • 1 five subject spiral notebook
  • 4 double sided durable pocket folders
  • 1 package of post its
  • 2 Low odor expo markers and 1 eraser

Some classroom items that will be helpful and greatly appreciated are tissues and wipes.