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5th Grade Newsletter

Classroom Overview

We made it through the first month of 5th grade! A couple of things to keep in mind --

1.Check your e-mail over the next week to schedule your parent/teacher conference using the PTCfast software that will be e-mailed to you through Principal Jennifer Craig

2. Parent/teacher conferences are currently scheduled for the afternoon/evenings of Tuesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 20th, but I am available for phone conferences on other dates

3. Please let me know of any prolonged absences in advance so your child does not fall behind

4. Band, Orchestra, and Chorus have begun! Have your child ask if you need information on schedules or daily/morning practices

5. Continue to check assignment notebooks and go over work that comes home

Below is an overview of what is to come in the next month!

Language Arts & Targeted Intervention

In Language Arts, the students have been working independently and in small groups focusing on a number of skills that will help build comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary while reading. The students model and practice these skills and then are assessed through "cold reads", where a new text is introduced and the students apply the skills while reading. We are also lucky enough to have Mrs. Dillon (a reading specialist here at Washington) "push-in" to our morning ELA block and work with small groups of students on reading comprehension skills. She is awesome!

So far this year we have read multiple short information texts, magazine articles (including opinion pieces) from Time For Kids magazine, and The Whipping Boy. Each student has also read at least two novels with their Targeted Intervention reading groups.

During our writer's workshop, the students have begun our opinion writing unit. In general, we will focus on what makes a piece an opinion piece and include those ideas in our writing samples. We will also continue to discuss and include in our writing our ideas on focus, organization, support, style, and grammar/conventions.


All of the math classes have finished their introductory decimal units and have moved on to new units that will introduce multi-digit multiplication and division, the use of exponents to represent powers of 10, and writing/interpreting positive and negative numbers. Students will continue to move fluidly between groupings based on classroom performance. The pacing of the classroom activity and rigor of activities is always minded during the placement of any student.

Social Studies & Science

By the beginning of October, the students will have finished their unit study on the Early Human Civilizations. We have been working hard to build study habits of note-taking while identifying the most important information in a text. Our focus for the remainder of the month will be over the early civilizations of Mesopotamia.

In science, we have studied the interactions between the living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. More specifically, we have learned the roles of producers and consumers in an ecosystem. Over the next few weeks, ask your child how they enjoyed dissecting an owl pellet and if they found any skeletal remains inside!

Check Out Our Google Classroom

Google Classroom and Google Drive are available as apps on smartphones and tablets. Download these apps to easily view classroom work and upcoming assignments. Your student will need to sign in using their

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 4pm

911 Bridle Lane

Wheaton, IL

Please sign up for conferences online using the PTCfast software. If you need any assistance, please contact me ASAP!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 20th, 4pm

911 Bridle Lane

Wheaton, IL

Please sign up for conferences online using the PTCfast software. If you need any assistance, please contact me ASAP!