5th Grade Rocks
Mr. Westenberg and Mrs. Wiegman
In writing, we've been studying opinion essays especially the organization: opinion, reason, and explanation. Most students have mastered transitions to signal a new reason is being introduced. 5th graders need to use a variety of transitions, too like transition words (First,...), phrases (In conclusion, ...), and clauses (after climbing into the magnificent canopy, ...). When their essays come home next week, check to see what types of transitions they used.
Math and Science
We also just finished the weather unit which kids wrote a story about the weather in a particular city and included climate elements. Next, we're onto the Human Body. There is a field trip on April 13 to the Nature and Science Museum to have some fun at the human body exhibits and see how healthy we are. The puberty talk isn't until May. Don't worry! Permission slips will be coming home in May before that conversation just to let you know what we'll be discussing.