CASH Fifth Grade

"Little House on the Playground"

Math

We are working on chapter 12 (of 13 chapters) in math. This chapter covers surface area and volume of prisms. The current plan is to have a practice test on the material on Thursday and the final test on Friday.

We worked on surface area first. Just as a review, surface area of a box is the outside of the box. Or, in a practical application, you are calculating how much wrapping paper you need to cover a box. This is difficult for some of the students because of the number of steps involved. You are finding the area of six faces of the rectangular or square prism.

However, today, we discussed finding the volume of a box, which is calculating what the box will hold (or the inside of the box). The volume is figured by multiplying the length times the width times the height. This skill was easier for the students.

We also reviewed the steps of surface area today. After working a few more problems, their understanding seems to be better. I have asked the students to take home their workbook so you can review with them at home. If your child is not bringing home the materials and you would like to review, please remind them that you want to see it.

English and Reading

We are continuing to spend classroom time with our writing. Students have been working on a D.A.R.E. essay that Officer Staggs will read. We have also begun working on Imagine This essays. This year fifth grade will be writing their very own fractured fairy tales. Both of these essays will be judged so all work is being completed in the classroom.

We have also been learning about figurative language used in speech and writing. I loved the students' "Me as a Simile Project!" Students have also created onomatopoeia, idiom, and proverb art. I have shared some of the samples of their work below. We will have a test at the end of the week. I believe will be easy for the students where they identify the type of figurative speech. We have read and discussed several books that incorporate figurative language, and the students seem quite skilled at identifying the various types.
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Reminder - Memory Verse Test Tomorrow

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7