Mrs. Weitman's 5th Grade
News to Know!
February 7, 2016
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, which makes it a perfect time to tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate your children. As my students will tell you (because I tell them often!), I think they are awesome students who make my job as a teacher fun and rewarding. How fortunate I am to teach them, help them learn to make good choices, and get to know them better. How can you not love them?!
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Valentine's Day Celebration
5th grade will be celebrating Valentine's Day on Friday, February 12, with a valentine exchange and a bit of noshing on goodies. We will begin our celebration at 2:30.
Handing out valentines is optional, but we are asking that all students bring a decorated box, bag, or container to hold the valentines they receive from the other students. Students have the option of exchanging valentines with just our class or with the entire 5th grade. Whichever they choose, we stress that they give valentines to every student (our class or the whole 5th grade).
More information on our celebration and a list of 5th graders were sent home with your child on Friday.
Donated goodies are much appreciated, and parents are welcome to attend! If you are able to help with our celebration, please contact Mrs. Weitman.
What We are Learning this Week
We are finishing up our fractions unit in Math this week. The students have been catching on well to what we have been learning, but I will continue to work with students in "small group" to cover the concepts they are shaky on. We will have our Unit 5 fractions test on Friday. Be on the lookout for an optional study guide to come home on Monday and your child's corrected math review sheet on Wednesday to help guide your child's studying for the test.
In Writing, we are continuing our memoirs unit. This is a unit that asks the students to "dig deep" and reflect upon the meaning of the small moments in their lives. They will be asked to analyze the meaning behind what they write about. They will also be reflecting on what makes them.....them. The students will be getting ideas from their classmates' writing and studying examples of other memoirs as inspiration.
Last week in ELA, the students counted up the minutes they recorded in their reading logs and created new reading goals. They were taught that the best way to become a better reader is...........to read! The students should be recording in their reading logs every time they read. Please remind them of this. This week we will finish up the historical fiction book we have been reading, Chains.
Fractions are being practiced in Math Extension through the playing of games this week. It is amazing how the information "sticks" better when the kids practice concepts through games. We will also be learning about what school was like at the turn of the century through the use of graphs.