## We are now starting the second half of the year! Let's get ready for middle school!

Important Dates:

Thursday, Feb. 7th: Report Cards

Monday, Feb. 18th: Schools Closed, President's Day

Tuesday, Feb. 19th: Kids of Character Assembly

## No Parties...YET!

Due to the end of the year parties (Move Up Day and the 5th Grade Celebration) 5th grade will NOT be participating in Valentine's Day Parties.

## Math

In February, we will master:
• how to solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem and use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. (NF.A.2) Video Link & Video Link
• how to make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (½, ¼, ⅛) and use add/ sub fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in plots. (MD.B.2) Video Link
• how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. (NF.A.1) Video Link
• how to multiply a fraction or a whole number by a fraction by interpreting the product (a/b) x q as a parts of a partition of q into b equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations a x q b. (For example, use a visual fraction model to show ⅔ x 4= 8/3 and create a story context for this equation and do the same for ⅔ x ⅘ ). (NF.B.4a) Video Link & Video Link

## Math Review Activities

In reading this month, students will be moving back to informational texts.

Ask them to find text evidence to support their answers to the questions!

Newsela is a great site to practice reading informational texts!

## Writing

Fifth grade students will begin our Opinion Writing Unit.

Students will continue to:

• introduce the opinion (claim) with an introductory statement
• supply logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details to support the opinion (claim)
• create an organizational structure in which ideas are grouped to support the writer’s opinion (claim)
• links opinion (claim) and reasons using words, phrases and clauses
• include formatting, text features and/or multimedia to clarify ideas or information as necessary
• provide a general concluding statement or section related to the opinion (claim) presented

Look forward to reading our opinions!