Monday, November 18, 2019

Updates and announcements

Happy Week 6! It is hard to believe that we are over half way through the semester. Our students have been working so hard on their turkey essays (mostly completed in class) and science fair essays. I am so excited to read these and see their hard work come to fruition through presentations in the following weeks.

Thank you to everyone who has informed me of a planned absence. Please continue to do so, especially as we approach Thanksgiving and Winter Break.

Our week in learning

Students will learn about the idiom “A miss is as good as a mile.”

Students will learn about the roots agon, dromos, and mons. Students will be quizzed over these roots next Wednesday. Students should expect a similar quiz each week.

Students learned about the poem “The Snowstorm” on 11/13 and recite it on 12/4. We are giving extra time for this poem because it can be challenging. The poem does not have a rhyme scheme. It has been helpful for students in the past to listen to a recording while in the car or getting ready in the morning.

Here are some good recordings of “The Snowstorm”:

In Literature, students will continue reading “Where the Red Fern Grows”, ending the week with chapter 11. Students will journal every day we read in Literature about a given prompt. We are a spoiler-free school, so if students or older siblings know the end, please encourage your child to discover the text on their own (especially the ending). 

In Grammar, students will use the writing process to construct an essay from the perspective of a turkey around the holidays who is convincing a farmer to not eat him/her. Students will work through the revising and editing steps, handwriting a final draft and typing a final draft this week. Starting Friday, students will read their finished drafts for the class. Students will have class time to work on all of these components, then what they do not finish is homework.

On Monday, student science fair essays are due to their homeroom teachers. Their posters will be due on Friday, November 22nd to their homeroom teacher. Students will present their projects to their classes on November 25th-26th. These presentations should be no more than two minutes in length, and should focus on their hypothesis, procedure and conclusions. Posters will remain at school until the science fair on December 4th. We will begin studying cells this week. There will be no major unit test for this unit; instead, students will be assessed with several short quizzes and prepare using their notes. The first of these will be on December 3rd and will be over the parts of the animal cell.

This week in history we will finish our unit on England. Study guides are due Thursday, 11/21. The test will occur on Friday, 11/22. On Monday we will discuss the reigns of Charles II who restored the monarchy, and his brother James II, who was the first Catholic monarch of England since Queen Mary I. On Tuesday we will finish our instruction, covering the Glorious, or bloodless, Revolution. On Wednesday students will be given an assignment to create a newspaper article about the execution of King Charles I of England. Students will have the day to work on this, with a rough draft of their ½-1 page article due on Monday, 11/25. Final drafts are due on Tuesday, 11/26. Students will be provided with construction paper to complete this assignment, and will be given a half sheet with detailed instructions.

As we explore this period in the history of England, please utilize this student reader, and other free resources on Core Knowledge’s website:

In math, students will finish the unit on multiplying and dividing fractions, taking their test on Tuesday. We will begin our unit on area, surface area, and perimeter on Wednesday. Students will learn about square units, the area of rectangles, symmetry, and perimeter. There are no more math groups dates 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).