5th Grade News

Frequently Asked Questions

Just some friendly reminders:

When does my child need their iPad at school?

iPads should be brought to school everyday charged. Please also remember that iPads need to come to school regardless of scheduled field trips or other events scheduled during our school day.

Is there nightly homework that needs to be done on the iPad or otherwise?

In addition to to their reading homework, students may bring home any work that was not completed during class time or additional practice problems. Students may also use apps like myOn to read, Reflex Math to practice math facts and/or other apps like Prodigy that practice grade level math skills.

How often should my child be reading?

Students should be reading at least 20 minutes per night in order to meet their monthly reading goal. Students should also be responding to their reading in their reading homework log using complete sentences and capitalization. Please sign and return by the end of the month.

Students investigating the rotation of the Earth around the sun and it's effect on shadows.

Dates and Reminders


13 - Grade cards sent home

18 - NO SCHOOL: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


1 - January Reading Log homework due

5 - Mid-Quarter 3

10 - Valentine's Parties (9:30 - 10:15)

11 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:00-7:00 (Half Day Dismissal @ 11:53)


15 - NO SCHOOL: President's Day

Academically Speaking


In reading, we are continuing to read Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. As we read, we are identifying important details in text that help us make inferences about the characters, so that we can understand and relate to them. (Writing) We have also been working on “RAP”ing our ideas in response to questions about the text.

Reading Take-A-Ways: Ask your child what it means to "RAP".


In science, the students began the new year with a new unit - Sun, Earth, Moon & Stars. The students will:

• Observe and compare shadows during a school day.

• Relate the position of the Sun in the sky to the size and orientation of an object’s shadow.

• Use physical models to explain day and night.

• Record observations of the night sky.

• Analyze observational data to discover the sequence of changes that occur during the Moon’s phase cycle.

• Classify planets by their various properties.

• Record and display the organization of the solar system graphically.

• Identify several constellations as stable, predictable patterns of stars.

• Use models to build explanations.

Science Take-A-Ways: Ask you son or daughter what they know about the Earth's rotation.


In math students have moved from decimals and expressions, to adding and subtracting fractions. Students have learned to find equivalent fractions, simplify fractions, find the least common multiples, and finally add and subtract simple fractions. Our topic 9 math test will be next week, and then we will begin Chapter 10, “Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers.” Ask your child each day if they are meeting their class goal for the day. If they don’t meet the goal for the day there will be a small assignment sent home that night. There are resources on Google Classroom that they can access for extra help if they need it. Don’t forget to practice Reflex at home if your child still needs fact practice!

Math Take-A-Ways: Ask your child to identify fractions of a whole at home - cooking works great!

Australian Animals Assembly