Mason's 5th Grade Newsletter

Subject Updates, News, Events, Interactive Links, & More!!!

Graded E-Work

Your students have been recieving some feedback and grades via their district email. Students have been showed and are encouraged to forward all grades to you. Please let them know of your preferred email address, and as soon as they get a grade they will email it to you.
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Science Corner

We have started our 2nd unit in Science. This unit is over Ecosystems and how they interact. We will work allot with vocabulary. We will be journaling observations in our science notebooks about the ecosystem around us. We will visit Burr Oaks and discover how to classify different types of consumers in a Missouri ecosystem. We will create models and diagrams to display our learning about the flow of energy and healthy, balanced ecosystems.

Unit 2: Learning Targets:

Learning about different biomes:

  • I can identify characteristics of various ecosystems
Learning about the interactions within an ecosystem:
  • I can classify organisms as producers and consumers
  • I can identify the role decomposers play in an ecosystem
Learning about the flow of energy from one organism to another:
  • 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.
Learning about Plants (Producers) in an ecosystem:
  • 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
Learning about a healthy, balanced ecosystem:
  • 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:

  1. Scientific Practices (Our current unit)
  2. Ecosystems <-- Our current unit
  3. Structures and Properties of Matter
  4. Earth Systems
  5. Stars and the Solar System
  6. 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.

Math Corner

We are well underway in our unit on multiplication. "I can" statements for this unit are:

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 This work is individualized based on the end of 4th grade assessment completed recently at school. Please have your child visit 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!

Reader's Workshop

They are setting up their notebook and reading expectations. They are also building up GRIT. Ask your child about what they are reading. When they finish each book they are to fill out a form. The form is located on our homepage for fifth grade. Or you can view it below. Keep up the reading at home. Students need 150 minutes a week and 13 Fiction and 7 nonfiction books by the end of the year.
Holland's Class - Fill out when you finish each book!

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.

Technology Time

We have been using google classroom to see and manage assignments in almost all of the classes. Have your student show you their classes. This is a great way for them to manage their assignments and for us to see who's finished. This is also a great platform for asking questions, getting grades, and feedback.

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

Cyberbullying Tip Sheet for Parents

This tip sheet comes from our Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Interactive Notebooks in Science!

Science, Math, Reading, and Writing all require a notebook this year. We are working in each class of creating interactive notebooks. These notebooks help us collect, organize, and process information. Check them out!
Click here for information on Growth Mindset

Each class wrote a pledge. We hope to change our words to be positive as we approach challenges in the classroom