Fifth Grade Flyer

September 4, 2015

Fifth Grade Families:

Good afternoon!

We have had a WONDERFUL start to our fifth grade year! We are all so excited for what the year is going to bring us. There has already been so much learning happening in the classrooms, goal setting and establish classroom communities. We can tell that the students are going to be hard workers this year, while we take time to also make some fifth grade memories together. Please take a moment to read through our fifth grade team flyer. We will be synergizing this year by sending out a newsletter together. Communication is very important to all of us. Please feel free to contact us at anytime with any questions or concerns.

Here is the exciting learning that is going on in fifth grade:

Language Arts:

In reading, the students have been proactive by establishing our Readers' Workshop. They have come up with good listening habits, the structure of our workshop (mini lesson, activity time and sharing time), and how to share. The student have had such deep discussion already when they are responding and questioning each others' thinking during turn and talk. It makes me excited for how much they will grow as readers this year! Ask your child what makes a book too easy, just right and challenging! Next week, the students are going to be learning hot to respond to text in their journals.

In writing, we will be starting our first unit of study, Narrative Craft. We will begin by having the student generate their ideas from for personal narratives, it can help to think of turning-point moments in their lives. They will be thinking of places that matter to them and the episodes that occurred in those places. The students will learn that in order to write effective narratives, writers re-experience the episodes before writing it, reliving it so that readers will be able to experience it too. The best way to become a great writer is to read what other great authors have written to help give us ideas of how to write our narratives. The students are going to be practicing writing to build our writing stamina!


In math, the students have been exploring calculating area of a rectangle. Area is the amount of surface inside a closed 2-dimensional figures. They have been applying their multiplication and fraction skills to solve real world area problems. Next week, the students will explore the concept of volume as they informally compare volumes of 3-dimensional shapes.
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In science, the students are working with the scientific method. They reviewed this process by conducting the famous Mentos Lab. I am sure you have all heard about it! They were able to experience how the scientific method flows. We have been going deeper into each steps of this method. The students discovered what makes a question testable. It has to be testable, measurable and have scientific worth. They are able to identify the components of a testable question and a hypotheses with three variables. The independent variable (what is changed), the dependent variable (what is measured) and the constant variable (what stays the same). Ask your child what the variables were for our Mentos Lab!

Scientific Method:

1. Write a testable question

2. State your hypotheses

3. List the procedures and materials

4. Conduct the experiment

5. Record and analyze your data

6. Write your conclusion

Social Studies:

In social studies, the students are working on their map skills. The students are exploring how the world and how to locate things on maps. These skills will be applied when we learn other American History topics. The students will learn about the 7 continents and the 4 major oceans. We will discuss how the world is broken up into hemispheres and how the compass rose can help us locate specific places with cardinal (N,E,S,W) and intermediate directions (NE, NW, SE, SW).

Upcoming Events:

Monday, September 7: NO SCHOOL Labor Day

Wednesday, September 9: First Girls on the Run practice 4:00-5:15

Friday, September 11: Patriot's Day and STAR scores go home

Saturday, September 12: Eureka Days Parade

Monday, September 14: Culver's Night 4:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, September 16: Early Dismissal 12:46pm

Thursday, September 17: School Picture Day

Saturday, September 26: Eureka Elementary 5K