What we've been doing...
Reading: This week we've learned some strategies to help us become more powerful readers. Some strategies include: setting goals for ourselves, keeping a reading log, and reading smoothly and with expression.
Math: The 5th graders continue to work hard on fractions! This week we tackeled adding & subtracting fractions with uncommon denominators. There are many students who are struggling with converting mixed numbers into improper fractions and improper fractions into mixed numbers. This is a skill they learned in 4th grade, but are having a hard time remembering. If you could take some time this weekend to review that skill with them, it would be very helpful. I put a link here of a video we used to use to teach this skill, but no longer use, as it's covered in 4th grade. They do not have to watch this video, it is simply a resource. Also, I have sent home some practice problems for the kids who need it with them today...if your child didn't bring one home, then they have shown me they already know how to convert.
Science: After delving into food webs in a woods forest last week, we began constructing food webs in a marine ecosystem this week. Some important information we covered was: predators, prey, and competition between predators. Next week we'll really dig into decomposers by building our own Earthworm habitats! I am VERY excited (seriously, that's not sarcasm)!
Language Arts: We started writing our personal narrative stories on the Chromebooks. Your child is welcome to bring home their writing notebook to show you the writing they have been doing. They just need to make sure they bring it back to school.
Social Studies: A study sheet is going home today for their first Social Studies test. On the top of the paper it states that they should review vocabulary in google docs, however, we will do that in school if you don't have internet access at home. We will also do a review game online on a site called Quizlet. Your child can also access that at home if they would like. We won't be doing Quizlet until next Tuesday and Wednesday in class so they don't know how to get in quite yet. There is also a place for a parent signature for extra credit. If you sign the sheet and they turn it in test day they will get extra credit. Mrs. Bush's class will take their test on Thursday and Mrs. Compau's class on Friday.
What's to come...
10/3: Jersey/Sports Team Day
10/4: Pajama Day
10/5: Tie Dye Day
10/5: Count Day (please make every effort to have your child at school)
10/6: Twin Day
10/7: Black & Gold Day
10/7: Popcorn Day ($0.25 per bag...one bag limit per child)
10/7: Box Tops Due (see flier below)
10/7: Homecoming game