Fifth Grade News

Issue #10

Keep In Mind for week of October 28th

  • 5th Grade is headed to Grand Caverns this Wednesday, October 30th. Please send in $6 and the permission form.
  • October 31st we will have a Fall Party. If you can contribute, please let us know!
  • No school for students November 4th and 5th.
  • November 8th we will go to MLK Performing Arts to watch ....

We are always in need of playground equipment. If you are cleaning out your garage, please keep an eye out for bases and kickballs. Thank you for your support!

Math Corner

Reinforcing concepts and terms is important in the fifth grade math curriculum. When working with your student, please feel free to ask your student about the terms and processes used in our classroom. For instance, when working with division, students could always use the practice with the terms, "divisor," "dividend", and "quotient".

When problem solving, students tend to forget that division can be represented in different ways. As we work with fraction-to-decimal conversions, division is a key process. Please take a look at the following steps, if your student needs reinforcement when referring to division:

http://www.themathpage.com/arith/fractions-into-decimals-1.htm#frac







From the Science Lab of Mrs. Agee

Our field trip to Grand Caverns is this Wednesday. Ask your student to explain karst topography to you, of which the caverns is an excellent example. Do you know which formation hangs from the ceiling of caves and caverns, stalactites or stalagmites?

We're also working on an independent project related to geographical characteristics of our area. Please watch for the rubric to come home this week.

Hope to see some of you on Wednesday!


From the Historical Perspective of Ms. Deal

We will spend the few class days we have this week finishing our Pack Your Trunk projects. Students have come up with some really thoughtful and creative items to pack in their trunks. This has been a great project and the final product is sure to impress!


Next week we will have a small quiz on Jamestown. Look out for a study guide to come home this week.


We have begun to discuss the early Colonial government and will continue to explore early Colonialism as we move into learning about the Revolutionary War.




From the Writing Desk of Mrs. Garbaccio

It was a dark and stormy night.

English Victorian novelist, playwright and politician, Sir Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton, is known for his use of "a dark and stormy night." It has become an ongoing joke in the writing world to utilize this sentence at the beginning of a written work, but this week I say, "Let's go for it!" Bulwer-Lytton didn't just give us that sentence. He is also known for "the great unwashed" and "the pen is mightier than the sword."

Our writing prompt this week is to write a fictional tale with the beginning sentence, "It was a dark and stormy night." Have a fun week!