Mrs. Holland's 5th Grade Class March 21, 2014
English Language Arts - ELA
In Writing: Informative Writing
We are finishing our Informative Writing Unit. Students researched influential people and wrote about them.
In Reading: Summarizing
Students are working on summarizing informational and narrative texts
In Reading: Theme
Students are practicing identifying the theme in stories
In Writing: Informative Writing
This week in ELA!
In Writing, we have finished our informative writing unit. Students have published a piece about an influential person and they've taken a DSA over those informative writing targets. Next we will move on to Opinion writing again.
Word Work - check out http://mrnussbaum.com/sweet16/ to practice forming words from word parts.
Students have been assigned informative articles at their level that they are to read and they are to practice comprehension strategies using the article's quiz.
Writing Advice - Click Below
Writers and editors from Time for Kids help give some writing advice for each part of the process.
It's Math Time!
Students have finished their work with Fractions in the classroom. Some students could still use some extra practice and work with subtracting and multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. Check out www.tenmarks.com for extra practice.
Now students are starting a unit on measurement. This is a fun unit that allows for lots of real life practice at home and in the world around them. When baking convert measurements of dry ingredients and fluids. Around the yard, measure items and then convert from yards to feet or feet to inches. There's so much practice that can be done in the world around you.
Please also remind your children that they should be memorizing their division facts. They need at least 75 of them correct in 3 minutes by the end of the 3rd quarter.
Students have started their own Khan academy adventure. Students have created an account by logging in with their district google account. Then they have taken a placement test to start their journey. Students are on their own learning path. This program also has tutorial videos for students when they are stuck. Encourage your child to visit this at home when they have a chance. They can login to chrome and get to their account through their app. Or the website is www.khanacademy.org .
Social Studies - US History
Our Social Studies Adventure!
We are using our textbook and other resources like http://mrnussbaum.com/history/ to learn about this part of our U.S. History.
Science: Force and Motion!
We are reviewing types of motion and force this week. We started learning these concepts before spring break from Chapter 13. We also put these concepts into practice by developing a Rube Goldberg machine. Next week, we will finish reading chapter 13 and we will start to get ready for our Physical Science test. We will review Newton's Laws and simple machines.
Remember, your child's textbook is always available online at www.pearsonsuccessnet.com, along with other helpful study games, puzzles, and videos. Your child also has access to www.studyisland.com to help them review science concepts for the MAP test.