MAP TESTING this WEEK (TUESDAY, SEPT. 19TH AND THURSDAY, SEPT. 21). PLEASE BE SURE YOUR STUDENT GETS A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP AND EATS A GOOD BREAKFAST.
A Word About Reading Homework...
This year, the 5th grade classes will forego the nightly reading log in favor of another challenge. We will begin the Tower of Books Challenge! We cannot stress the importance of regular reading, but we want to encourage your children to read different authors, different genres, and different types of texts. We are hoping that this challenge elicits more enjoyment of reading rather than simply a chore to be done every night. Below, please take a peak at the challenge list. Hard copies will go home along with the parent letter and "book spine" strips within the first two weeks of school.
Math Homework in 5th Grade
Math homework will also look a little different than fourth grade. The most important skill to help your children be successful in fifth grade and beyond is their ability to fluently multiply single up to 12 X 12. Therefore, students will be responsible for practicing their math facts each night. During the first week of school, your children will be assembling math toolkits (see image below). In this kit, your children will have strategy cards, dice, a deck of cards, a flip book, and a suggested schedule to follow for practice. During the course of the school year, we will schedule dates to assess progress. You will be notified prior.
Spelling in Grade 5
Lastly, we will be implementing differentiated spelling this year. Beginning on the first day of school for six days, we will give a 25 word spelling assessment, totaling 150 high-frequency words. Once complete, students will identify the words they know using a highlighter. For each week following, your children will choose 10 words that they missed plus 10 words focusing on our weekly spelling strategy. Lists will be in take-home folders to practice during the week. They will be tested on Fridays. For each high-frequency word they master, students will highlight on their master sheet. These sheets will be shared with you during conferences so your are aware of their progress. Our goal is to make spelling more relevant to your children and to provide them with more autonomy over word choice.