Week of 11/26/2018
Welcome back and happy Wednesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! Here’s what’s happening this week:
Reading: Welcome to our next unit of study, “Comparing Points of View.” We hope you’ve enjoyed our first three units and are ready for “Comparing Points of View.” In this unit, we’ll be reading plays, humor, and science fiction as well as a diary and folktales. To compare points of view, we’ll study familiar stories that have been given fresh twists. For example, we’ll read an entry in Cinderella’s diary and then a play that dramatizes how her stepmother and stepsisters feel about her. Likewise we’ll hear how the giant and giantess feel betrayed by Jack, and we’ll even learn what the cow Jack sells thinks of him, too. By looking at differing points of view, your child should gain a better understanding of story elements and literature. It’s our hope, as well, that our students will also gain insights into their own lives. And since so many of our reading selections are silly and humorous, we think we’ll have a lot of fun, too.
Math: We started Module 3! The beginning of this module, students will revisit the foundational Grade 4 standards addressing equivalence. When equivalent, fractions represent the same amount of area of a rectangle and the same point on the number line. These equivalencies can also be represented symbolically.
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Science: A variety of online videos, strategies of think–pair-share, model drawings, and writing pieces will help students understand the following essential questions:
- How can matter be described and identified?
- How do physical and chemical changes affect matter?
As we begin our matter unit, your child will learn that matter is made up of particles too small to be seen, but we can prove it exists. We will learn that the amount of matter is conserved when it changes form. They will also identify matter based on properties which can be measured and observed.
During this unit of study, students will observe, measure, and identify materials based on their properties and begin to get a conceptual understanding of the particle nature of matter (i.e., all matter is made of particles too small to be seen). In the first portion of the unit, students will focus on describing a variety of physical properties. These observations and measurements will be used to produce data that will serve as the basis for evidence that will be used to identify materials.
Writing: We are continuing on the process of informative writing. Currently, students are learning about sharks and whales and eventually write compare and contrast informative essay on these two animals. As we guide them through the process we are making sure students are:
- Responding to all parts of the prompt
- Introducing a topic clearly and providing a general observation and focus.
- Grouping related information logically.
- Developing the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.
- Providing a concluding statement or section related to the information or explanation presented.
Have a great rest of the week! Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
Fifth Grade Team