For the Week of February 19- February 22
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: For the week of February 19:
Reading/Language Arts - This week we will be reading the realistic fiction story Lunch Money by Andrew Clements. Our comprehension lessons will center around understanding author's purpose, identifying traits that reveal the author's voice, and the use of visual elements in literature. Instead of the usual comprehension packet, this week we will be writing a response to the story. We will be writing our reading response on Wednesday. Spelling words will be introduced on Monday, 3X each will be due on Tuesday. Our grammar lesson this week will be on adjectives and the Spelling Test and Fix-it Quiz will be on Thursday.
Math - This week in math we continue to work on multiplying fractions as well as mixed numbers. Instead of problem solving each day, we will be working on "Teach and Talk" concepts. This is a way to reinforce concepts we have learned throughout the year and dig a little deeper to check for understanding. Students will be receiving points each day based on their participation during these classroom discussions.
Social Studies/Science - Students received their research project assignment on Friday. Each student has been assigned a biome to research and then create a powerpoint or google slide presentation for that biome. We will be working on this project in class as well as using our text book to learn about land biomes this week.