Ms. Then's Newsletter
Week of January 11th
Our new science unit- The Human Body!
Currently working on...
In reading we are learning strategies to expand vocabulary by examining unfamiliar key words.
Use word structure-
Looking to see if there is a base word, a prefix, a suffix, or a cognate (a word in another language that is similar).
Use context clues
Hints given in the sentence or paragraph that help you figure the difficult word out by yourself.
When the author tells you what the word means (usually after a comma or a dash).
Use a dictionary or glossary
In Math we are continuing multiplication of 3 digit by 3 digit numbers with decimals. We are also focusing on multi-step word problems. (Reminder to students, if there are more than three numbers in the problem it will most likely be a two-step problem.)
In Science we are beginning our Human Body Unit with focus on the skeletal system. Students are building a life-size model to help demonstrate and identify the human body systems.
Students participated in the Claxton "Wall of Fame" project on Friday.
Claxton Fifth Grade Day of Service
Service sites include;
Brother Wolf, Manna Food Bank, Asheville Greenworks, Riverlink, Haywood St. Church
Beginning this week...Unfinished math work will be sent home to be completed. Students are required complete the assignment for homework and have a parent signature. Assignments are due the next day.
Thursday- Homework Packets are sent home.
Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet. Review science vocabulary and create flash cards for the following words: anatomy, backbone, bone, calcium, cartilage, muscle, rib, skeleton, skull, spine, structure, system, tendon, vertebrate.
Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.
Saturday & Sunday
Students should continue to read nightly in order to build habits of a lifelong reader. Consider some of these activities to support what your students is learning in class.
- Estimating- Have your child estimate when making any purchases. See how close they get when you check out your items. Other things they can estimate; electric/ water bill, heating/oil, or restaurant bill.
- Science Vocabulary- Review flashcards with your child.
- Read to Someone- A great way to build reading fluency is by reading to someone. Consider having your student read to a younger sibling or an elderly relative.
- Washington DC Exhibits - Follow this link to explore exhibits we will be visiting in Washington DC http://www.si.edu/Exhibitions/Details/American-Stories-244
Monday- Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.
Tuesday- Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet.
Wednesday -Students should read at least 30 minutes and complete part of the math packet. Please sign your child's agenda to show they have been reading for at least 30 minutes each evening.
- Thursday homework packet and flash cards are due.
- Guidelines suggest limiting nightly homework to 50 minutes for fifth graders.
- As students complete reading a book they will then write book reviews into their reading journal during class.
- Follow the links below for help with math homework. (The lesson number on the homework page will direct you to which video to watch)
Washington DC Next Payment and behavior contract
Your student will be bringing a final behavior contract and permission slip for their trip to Washington DC home to be signed. Please review the expectations and sign the contract with your child.
First Payment for Washington DC now due- $100.00 (online payment available)