5th Grade Gazette

October 2016

Upcoming Events:

October 17th - 25th - Popcorn Orders Due (no late orders accepted)

October 24th- Driftwood Informational Meeting @ 6 PM in the cafeteria

October 24th - 28th - Book Fair

October 24th-28th - Red Ribbon Week

October 25th - Pumpkin Judging

October 27th - Grits With Grands (3rd-5th)

November 3rd- poetry recitation

November 7th - 8th - Professional Learning (No School)

November 16th - Picture Retakes

May 24-26- Driftwood Field Trip (You can find more information on the 5th grade webpage.)

Driftwood Meeting

October 24th at 6 PM

Please come out and meet with the teachers to learn more about the Driftwood field trip to St. Simons Island, Georgia. We will share all the information you need to know about this trip. This is the only meeting we will have about the trip, so please make plans to join us this night in the cafeteria.

Career Project

Your student will need to write a 4-5 minute speech on a career that they are interested in. They will need to research what kind of education they will need, what the job involves, and any other information that might be interesting about that career.

Once, they have written their speech, they need to create a minimum of 3 posters that will be displayed during their speech. Links are posted below to show you some examples of past speeches. We fully expect you to help them research, and write their speech, and help them create posters that are colorful and easy to read. This project is your chance to help your child stand out!

This project will be presented in November. You will be invited into the classroom to see your child's presentation that day....Your child's teacher will let you know what time as we get closer. This project will count as a grade in the English Language Arts class and will be worth more than a normal classwork grade. Last, but not least, students should try to "dress the part" of the job they choose to report on...any props that can help them stand out would be terrific! If a student does really well with their classroom speech, we will let them know that they need to compete in the next level of the competition. Awards are given out at the end of the year for students who compete at a higher level! This is a big deal!

An example of a good speech about a career!

Another good speech....notice the eye contact, and memorized speech. Not about a career, but you get the idea!

This video isn't about a career, but shows great posters and creativity!

Literacy Days

Students will be participating in literacy days by memorizing a poem and reciting it to the class on November 3rd. You should have already received information and a choice of poems. If you have not received it, you can locate a link on the 5th grade webpage. You can view the rubric used to grade the poem on the WES 5th grade webpage. They will also writing a narrative piece in class to be entered in the literacy days competition.

Curriculum News


All students should know and/or be able to:

 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left

 Explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10

 Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10

 Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths  Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths

 Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place/Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies

Language Arts

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text • Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning • Read and comprehend texts, including stories, dramas, and poetry on grade level text (S/T) • Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says • Compare and contrast the overall structure of events in two or more texts • Explain how an author uses reasons support particular points • Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences

Social Studies

  • Explain westward migration
  • Explain industrialism and technology
  • Explain immigration
  • Describe Indian Wars
  • Explain spatial patterns of economic activity


  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of learned behaviors and of inherited traits.
  • Discuss what a gene is and the role genes play in the transfer of traits.
  • Demonstrate how animals are sorted into groups (vertebrate and invertebrate) and how vertebrates are sorted into groups (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal).
  • Demonstrate how plants are sorted into groups.

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