5th Grade News from P1

February 2, 2016

Parent-Teacher Communication

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In the Classroom...

Daily 5 and CAFE

We are focusing on identifying literary elements such as setting, point of view, perspective, plot, and theme. Students are also getting lots of practice using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words, and expand their vocabularies. Throughout our literary studies, the classic novel The Sign of the Beaver has been our mentor text. Every day, we look forward to joining Matt in his adventures as he struggles to survive in the wilderness of Maine.


5th grade has been working hard to improve their story problem solving skills...particularly story problems that require the division and multiplication of fractions. We've had a lot of fun with "Stick It Together," a collaborative problem solving activity that fosters academic discussions and deepens students' mathematical reasoning skills.


We began our exploration of informative and opinion writing with book reviews. Students analyzed well-written book reviews and together we charted "good moves" that reviewers make in their writing. Lastly, we wrote our own book reviews!

Social Studies

Wow! Our 5th graders are really learning how to think like historians! They are tackling some challenging primary and secondary sources that address the earliest European settlements in America, and learning to consider multiple perspectives and ethical questions as they read about cooperation and conflict between the Native Americans and European settlers. Students have been learning how to annotate and comprehend historical documents, and have just begun working on small group projects in which they will use their writing and presentation skills to teach the rest of the class what they have learned.


Our study of water resources hits very close to home. Check out this video we watched as a class!


Dates to Remember

  • 5th Grade Mother Daughter Tea, Thursday February 4th, 7:00 in the MPR
  • 5th Grade Valentine's Party, Wednesday February 10th
  • Canyon View Open House Thursday, February 11th, 6:00-7:30

For more important dates, click on this link...http://www.iusd.org/cv/