Week of 10/15/2018
Happy Thursday, Fifth Grade Parents! Here’s what’s been happening this week:
Reading: We finished our stories from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. With your child, reflect on the excerpts “Becky Returns,” “Games in the Woods,” and “Camp-Life.” Then discuss Tom Sawyer’s character. What is Tom Sawyer like?
Read Aloud: Students have been listening to the story Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone. We have been learning about a character named Samuel Collier. He’s a rough and tough young orphan who becomes the page of Captain John Smith as they head for the New World. Brought up in poor conditions and street-smart, Samuel has to learn to control his anger and to use his head instead of his fists. During the journey on the ship, Samuel begins his lessons in determining right from wrong. Through interactions with other boys his age, as well as key figures such as Captain John Smith, Reverend Hunt, and Master Wingfield, Samuel encounters conflict and discovers ways to avoid it.
Some questions you can ask your child:
- What have you learned about Samuel? What have you learned about Captain John Smith, Reverend Hunt, and Master Winfield?
- What are some conflicts in the story? How do the characters respond to the conflicts? How would you have reacted if you were Samuel?
Science: This week in science we explored how the sun’s path changes with the time of the year. Students learned that on summer days the sun comes up earlier, rises higher in the midday sky, and sets later than it does in winter.
If you find that your child is curious when the sun rises and sets, Google now provides sunrise and sunset times simply by typing “sunrise” and “sunset” in Google. Many weather apps for smartphones also feature this information included with the day’s forecast.
Math: This week, your child took the Mid Module 2 assessment. We will use this data to continue to review any skills needed to better meet students’ needs. In the meantime, please continue to check out our parent resources to support your child at home. Here’s a resource for this upcoming topic!
Any questions, please let your child’s teacher know!
Fifth Grade Team