Mason's 5th Grade Newsletter
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Unit 2: Learning Targets:
Learning about different biomes:
- I can identify characteristics of various ecosystems
- I can classify organisms as producers and consumers
- I can identify the role decomposers play in an ecosystem
- I can identify the diets of the following consumers: herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores
- I can categorize organisms as predator or prey within various ecosystems
- I can identify the sun as the primary source of energy
- I can sequence the flow of energy through a food chain beginning with the sun.
- I can use diagrams and flowcharts to describe that energy in animals' food was once energy from the Sun and is used for body repair, growth, motion and warmth.
- I can understand the process of photosynthesis
- I can identify that plants get the material for growth mainly from air and water, not from soil
- I can describe the components of a healthy ecosystem.
- I can determine what an organism needs to survive in an environment.
- I can develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment
- I can explain how the balance of an ecosystem can be disrupted.
All of our Units:
- Scientific Practices (Our current unit)
- Ecosystems <-- Our current unit
- Structures and Properties of Matter
- Earth Systems
- Stars and the Solar System
- Immune System - 2 Project Lead The Way labs
Students will be assessed with performance events, projects, and traditional end of the unit assessments. Students will be keeping track of notes, vocabulary, and important information in their Science Notebook. Study guides for assessments will be sent out a week in advanced.
I can explain a pattern for the number of zeros in a product.
I can multiply whole numbers that end in zeros, like 50 • 60.
I can explain how to multiply whole numbers with more than 1 digit.
I can easily multiply whole numbers with more than 1 digit and check
that my answer makes sense.
I can explain a pattern for the placement of a decimal point in a
I can multiply decimal numbers by whole numbers that end in zeros, like
6.75 • 10.
I can explain how to multiply decimal numbers and how to know where
the decimal point is placed in the product.
I can multiply decimal numbers and check that my answer makes sense.
Support for this unit can be found in Chapter 3 of the math textbook. There are also links for practice that can be found on the 5th grade webpage in the Math tab.
Remember that your child now has "Personal Work" set up on Tenmarks.com. This work is individualized based on the end of 4th grade assessment completed recently at school. Please have your child visit Tenmarks.com for 15-20 minutes at least 4-5 times each week.
The next unit will be division concepts. This unit will include division of whole numbers by 2-digit divisors, and the division of decimal numbers by whole number divisors. Knowing basic multiplication and division facts from memory will be very helpful in this unit!
This will help us see what you're reading and keep track of your progress for a READING CIRCLE CERTIFICATE. The goal is 13 fiction and 7 nonfiction.
At Home Reading...
Please encourage your student to do some consistent reading at home. Set aside a time for your child to relax and read. It is so important!
Each Friday we will check their calendars in their assignment book for 150 minutes read that week.
We also would like each child to set a goal to finish at least 13 fiction and 7 nonfiction books this year. Have your child fill out the quick form when they finish a book. You can find it below.
Assignments on google classroom - students can turn in work on google classrooms. Once it is graded we return the graded assignment to them via email. Your student should be keeping all graded assignments from google classroom and google forms in their email.
Reminder: Charge Chromebooks Every Night
Interactive Notebooks in Science!
Failure is part of learning!
We've pledged to try to change our dialogue and thinking about challenges and learning
Challenges make our brains grow!