Week of 12/10/18
Happy Thursday! We can’t believe we have one more week left before quarter 2 ends! Here’s what’s happening in fifth grade before we are off to winter break:
Reading: This week, students completed the Level Set (reading test) on Achieve3000. The purpose of this test is to establish your child’s reading level, so we can continue to support your student’s reading skills. Note that this is only one measure of your child’s reading level.
Math: Students are continuing to work on seeing that fraction addition and subtraction are analogous to whole number addition and subtraction. Students add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators by replacing different fractional units with an equivalent fraction or like unit.
Students also move away from the pictorial altogether as they are empowered to write equations clarified by the model.
We also are moving towards adding and subtracting fractions greater than or equal to 1 so that students begin to see and manipulate fractions in relation to larger whole numbers and to each other. This leads to an understanding of and skill with solving more complex problems, which are often embedded within multi-step word problems.
Need another math resource? Check this one out!
Science: We are towards the end of our matter unit! Students engaged in scientific dialogue and developed conceptual understandings of the nature of matter, and how matter changes from one form to another. Students explored those characteristics of matter (i.e.,physical and chemical properties) that are useful to classify and differentiate substances. Throughout this unit, students analyzed scientific data by collecting, using, interpreting and comparing experimental results. Check out this website that shows pretty cool videos of physical and chemical changes!
Blood on the River Read Aloud: Students have enjoyed getting to know the characters in the story! To continue the conversation at home, here some guiding questions you may ask your child:
- Which place would you rather live, in Namontack’s village or James Town? Discuss the positives and negatives of each.
- Reverend Hunt has another conversation with Samuel about making right decisions. Do you believe it is true that you will always know the right decision when you choose from love? Give examples of how this may or may not be true.
- Samuel says to Reverend Hunt, “Thank you for treating me like I was worth something.” What does Samuel mean by this? What difference did Reverend Hunt make in Samuel’s life? How might Samuel have been different without his influence?