Amana Fifth Grade Newsletter Update

Friday, November 13, 2015

Classroom News

This week we read a biography of Cesar Chavez focusing on how biographies contain deeper connections about what we can learn about humanity, not just an important individual. We drew connections between an earlier biography we read this year about Malala Yousefzai - both individuals worked toward human rights. Fifth graders are digging deeper into the lives of others and what can be applied to our own lives.

In math, we constructed many rectangular prisms with cubes to discover that volume can stay the same even if the dimensions of the box change.

We are working to peer revise and edit our collaborative fairy tales to share in the near future! Illustrations of each author's visualizations are also underway!

Learning Goals this Week


I can begin to understand volume and cubic units.


I can read a biography and pick out the key ideas.

I can use sequence to understand a story and its order.

I can use suffixes such as -ic, -ion or -ist to help figure out what a word means.


I know the 7 continents, 5 oceans as well as the difference between latitude and longitude and several landforms.


I can edit and revise my own and others work.

Important Dates


11-25 to 11-29 No School Thanksgiving break

Monday 12/1 - Holiday Craft Workshop Form due!

Wednesday 12/2 - Visit the Tannenbaum Forest in Amana

Saturday 12/5 - Holiday Craft Workshop (1:30 - 3:00 pm for 4th/5th grade)

Tuesday 12/8 - Family Holiday Party 6 - 8pm in the gym

Reminder: All Band students should bring instruments every Tuesday and Friday.