Mrs. Weitman's 5th Grade

News to Know!

April 10, 2016

A short week is ahead of us, with no school on Monday and a fieldtrip on Thursday. Lots of learning still going on though!

Field Trip Forms Due Wednesday

A field trip permission slips, health forms, and liability release forms were sent home with the students last week. Please be sure to return these forms to school by Wednesday, April 13, so the paperwork is on file before we head to the Team Leadership Center this Thursday.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Team Leadership Center, here is a link to their site We will be outside for part of the time, so please be sure your child dresses in layers and wears comfy shoes. And don't forget to pack a lunch for them!

Thank you to those of you who volunteered to chaperone, but due to the nature of this fieldtrip, we are not in need of additional help this time around.

What We are Learning this Week

Fractions continue to be the concept being taught in Math. This week we will be finding fractions of fractions and learning about multiplying fractions.

Last week in Writing, the students tried their hand at ekphrastic poetry. The results were impressive! It's interesting how the same piece of art can evoke such varying thoughts and reactions among viewers. This week we are back to our regular curriculum and will be starting our unit on opinion writing. Now mind you, this is not just writing down what you believe, it is researching both sides of an argument and THEN presenting an opinion backed up with facts.

Book Clubs have been formed in ELA and will begin meeting this week. Club members are composed of students who indicated an interest in the same historical fiction book. While the clubs are based around a particular book, the students will spend the first few days getting to know each other as readers better, setting goals and guidelines, and practicing the different aspects of being a club member.

Two valuable, real-life concepts will be taught this week in Math Extension: area and perimeter. The students will have the opportunity calculate the area and perimeter of regular and irregular shapes.

Upcoming Events

April 11

No School-Professional Development Day

April 14

5th Grade Field Trip to Team Leadership Center

April 26

5th Grade Field Trip to The Clearing