# Laker News

## January Dates to Remember:

1/3: Return from Winter Break

1/7: AR Goals Due for 2nd Quarter Reading

1/14: End of 2nd Grading Period

1/17: No School- Martin Luther King Day

1/26: 2-hour Early Release

## Science

This month fifth graders will continue space studies as we explore all the characteristics of the 8 different planets.

We are finally wrapping up our earth science unit with soil, which is comprised of mostly rocks and minerals. We will explore the different properties, layers, and the importance of soil on our earth. I am challenging sixth graders this month to think about how to reuse their wastes in a useful way, like recycling or composting to preserve top soil.

## Math

In Grade 5, students extend their understanding of fraction operations by using equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. In Chapter 6, students learn to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators using models and/or equations to represent the problem. They use benchmark fractions to estimate sums and differences, and they find equivalent fractions with common denominators. They also use patterns to write a rule to describe a sequence of fractions. Understanding patterns enables students to discover numerical relationships and sets the foundations for work with functions in later grades.

In Chapter 7, students investigate multiplication of fractions by whole numbers and use models to learn how to multiply fractions by fractions and mixed numbers. Students learn to relate multiplication to scaling and to predict the relative sizes of factors and products

(5.NF.A.1, 5.NF.A.2, 5.NF.B.4a, 5.NF.B.4b, 5.NF.B.5a, 5.NF.B.5b, 5.NF.B.6)

triangles and their properties

area of geometric figures

surface area and volume of right rectangular prisms

(6.EE.C.9, 6.G.A.1, 6.G.A.3)

## Social Studies

The 5th graders have been busy studying ancient civilizations of the Western Hemisphere. Instead of taking a traditional assessment, they will be creating a small performance based project to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained.

We will be exploring the reasons behind the European Exploration of the Western Hemisphere. They will also be making the connections of the lasting influences of the exploration and colonization. They will learn about the Columbian Exchange, the mystery behind the Lost Colony of Roanoke, the first successful settlement of Jamestown, as well as the Plymouth Colony.

The 6th graders will be wrapping up their study of the 5 major world religions with the last two, HInduism and Buddhism.

They will finish out the month with the Ancient Civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia. We will look at each civilizations' unique government, economic system, social structure, religion, technologies and agricultural practices and products that flourished as a result of favorable geographic characteristics. The cultural practices and products of these early civilizations can be used to help understand the Eastern Hemisphere today.

## ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

The first part of 5th grade has flown by as we work toward reviewing ELA components and learning new ones.

Writing has improved with each and every attempt. This quarter, we will place our focus on informational writing. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn new content as well as share it through our writing.

Another focus for reading this quarter will be to determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges.