Fifth Grade News

Issue #11

Keep In Mind for week of November 4th

  • 5th Grade is headed this Friday, November 8th, to MLK Performing Arts for the Virginia Film Festival school screening of "William and the Windmill." Remember to pack a lunch or to please let us know ahead of time for those who will buy in the cafeteria before leaving school at 9:30a.m.
  • Wednesday, November 6th -Leadership Club meets after school
  • Best of Young Filmakers Academy on Saturday, November 9th at 1:00 in UVA's Campbell Hall, Room 153 - viewing of Mrs. Agee's class movie, "The Glasses"

Math Corner

Here is a fun Math resource for students and parents alike.

We would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of reinforcing skills in long division, fractions, decimals, and percents. The link above is a helpful resource and hopefully will continue to be as we move into the second quarter of our math studies. We are venturing into the wonderful world of measuring 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes.

From the Science Lab of Mrs. Agee

Students are busy creating different projects about some of our interesting geological traits in the area. Our topics range from Grand Caverns to earthquakes in Central Virginia. We're doing the work in class but your student may have chosen to continue work at home. When projects are complete, we'll share information with you digitally.

From the Historical Perspective of Ms. Deal

Wednesday and Thursday we will be discussing culture. We will explore the many different cultures that immigrated to Virginia, and how they influenced the way we live today.

I am assigning a small homework assignment this week, too. It is called Cultural Landscape, and this gives students the opportunity to explore their own culture. They will need your help. Please take some time this week to go over your heritage with your child. Students can chose 1 out of the 4 assignments to share their culture with the class. The Cultural Landscape is due Monday, November 11th.

From the Writing Desk of Mrs. Garbaccio

We have a limited week, but we will be busy! I am sending in our submissions to the UVA Writer's Eye this week. It will also be a week of learning the art of note-taking to prepare for writing some expository pieces. We will be using our guided reading to gather background information for the Daughters of The American Revolution essay contest.

Here is a sneak peek of this opportunity for our writers:

Topic for 2013-2014 is to pretend to be a boy or girl during the colonial fight for freedom. Using historical facts, discuss how the war is affecting your life.

The fifth grade team has selected several useful books for students to choose from and gather information and ideas. We will walk them through this process to write their own historical fiction essay.

Kid Snippets: "Presidential Debate" (Imagined by Kids)