Monday, October 21, 2019

Updates and announcements

We are running full force into this second quarter! I love this quarter because students get to learn about some of my favorite topics, like the Reformation, the Golden Age of England, Classification, fractions, and persuasive writing. Coupled with this is a wacky weekly schedule filled with 3 day weekends and 2 or 3 day weeks. We use every day to its fullest during this quarter. If your child has a planned absence, please let me know so I can coordinate their work and assessments (especially around Thanksgiving).

There are no clubs or tutoring this week due to the half days.

Please send in “Where the Red Fern Grows” with your child next week.

Our week in learning

Students will learn about the idiom “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

Students will learn about the roots pais, schole, ludo, and iatros. Students will be quizzed over these roots next Wednesday. Students should expect a similar quiz each week.

Students learned about the poem “Narcissa” on 10/16. Students will recite “Narcissa” on 10/30. 

In Literature, students will start a poetry unit, learning about and identifying alliteration, assonance, consonance, rhyme schemes, slant rhymes, and imagery. 

In Grammar, students will learn about interjections and possessive notes. They will get a practice test containing questions on complex sentences, independent clauses, dependent clauses, and direct objects, which will be due on 10/29. Their grammar test will be on 11/1.

This week in science, students will continue their study of Kingdom Animalia. They will take a deep dive in Phylum Cnidaria on Tuesday. The study guide questions for Kingdom Animalia will be spread out throughout the week as homework. Students should have their research completed by Tuesday, with all the information and sources recorded in their packets. Their hypothesis for their experiment should be completed  by Thursday, and students will have a chance to workshop their completed hypothesis with their homeroom teacher. If your child is planning an experiment with a longer time frame (this includes many experiments with plants and animals), it is a good idea to start early so the results are ready by early November.

This week in History, students will finish instruction in our unit on the Reformation. We will finish our lesson on the Counter-Reformation, and discuss the revolution in science that was seen most prominently with Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei. Study guides are now due on Tuesday, October 29th; our unit test will be on Wednesday, October 30th. On Thursday, students will be quizzed on the Rocky Mountains, Southwest, and West Coast regions, and will learn about Alaska and Hawaii. On Friday, students will be quizzed on the location of Alaska and Hawaii and review all 50 States to prepare for their location test over all 50 States on Wednesday, November 6th. Please encourage your children to utilize their paper protectors, as well as the website for practice.

In math, students will solve word problems involving fractions and review for their test on 10/24. Students will start another unit on Fractions on Friday, starting with finding a fraction of a fraction. Here are the dates for math groups for the rest of the quarter:


When a “test b” (multiplication test) is assigned for homework, it contains questions very similar to a quiz the following day. We take a lot of low-stakes math quizzes in fifth grade. All math workbook assignments are half of every type of problem. Please keep in mind that students may do test corrections on any math quiz for partial credit (fill in the blank sheets, not multiple choice homework sheets).