For the Week of March 27 - March 31
We're Doing It The "Wright" Way in 5th Grade!
For the past 14 years the 5th grade students have worked on an engaged learning unit on aviation. During this unit students have studied the history of flight, designed kites, balloons and airplanes, blasted off rockets, researched aviation topics, presented multimedia presentations, worked with experts in flight, and more. It is both interesting and fun and I am looking forward to learning about aviation with you the "Wright Way"!
Read! Read! Read! This is what you will be doing a lot of in 5th grade. If you want to get good at something then you have to practice. Getting good at reading requires you to read (and read a lot). You will be required to have a book of your choice every day for reading. You will set goals each quarter about the reading you will do. At the end of the quarter you and I will meet and discuss the reading you did during the quarter, your strengths and weaknesses, and we will set goals for the next quarter. Homework in reading each night will be to read your book for 30 minutes and get your reading log signed by your parent. We will also be reading stories together from our reading text book and novels together in class.
Writing workshop will be an important part of our Language Arts class. You will learn the steps of the writing process and be using these steps throughout the year. You will have opportunities to publish your writing and share your pieces with our class. Included in our writing workshop will be weekly "Fix-its" in which we will improve our editing skills. We will learn new spelling words each week and work on spelling strategies as well as the rules of grammar.
Math Counts in 5-R! We will be working very hard this year developing our skills in problem solving and math facts as well as working with decimals, fractions, geometry, probability, measurement and whole numbers. We will use the Accelerated Math program for our daily math work. Most of you are familiar with this program from 3rd and 4th grade. What I like best about this math program, is that it allows each of you to work at a pace that is both comfortable and challenging for you. I will be challenging you to meet individual and team goals. You will use your math text book, math folder and handouts as resources to help you on math concepts that are difficult for you. In order for you to reach your goal in math you will have to work hard both at school and at home. I know you will do your best to make this a good year for you in math and I promise I will work hard too!
Along with Accelerated Math we will also concentrate on your ability to problem solve and communicate about your problem solving methods. Problem of the Day will begin many of our math classes. We will discuss strategies for solving these problems and you will share with your classmates the success you had solving the problem. I am looking forward to seeing the creative and different ways each of you solves problems.
We will learn about the history of North America in Social Studies this year. Our Social Studies book this year will take us on a journey through time as we discover the events and people that formed North America. From Native Americans, to the Age of Exploration, Revolutionary War to World Wars we will explore all of these topics through reading, discussing, writing, acting, drawing, activities and projects.
In science we will be flying high through aviation. We will learn about the history of flight. Our flight unit has become a 5th grade favorite. Other topics of study in science are space, ecosystems and matter. Get ready to learn about the world around you!
Spelling Words for the week of March 27th:
Reading/Language Arts - Our story for this week is a historical fiction piece by Gary Paulsen, Tucket's Travels. Students will be working on recognizing metaphors, using vivid words in writing and sequence of events and flashback. The comprehension packet will be assigned on Wednesday. Spelling Words will be introduced on Monday with 3 X each assigned and a worksheet will be assigned on Tuesday. Our grammar lesson will focus on the forms of the verb be and have. The Fix-it quiz will be on Friday.
Math - This week we will continue working on converting customary units of measurement and also learn how to convert metric units of measurement (which is much easier!). Our AM math goal for the week is 22%.
Social Studies - (We will be working on Science lessons this week.)
Science - This week in science we will continue to work on our Research Project. Students will be learning about a planet in our Solar System and then they will go to work for Out of This World Space Travel to write an advertisement that will persuade people to visit their planet. In addition to the persuasive writing they will be designing a picture of the planet to hang in the hallway with their advertisement! Lots of fun. In our text book we will continue to learn about planets, asteroids and comets as well as space travel. (pages D16-D27) Our Science Test on this chapter is tentatively scheduled for the week of April 3rd.