Fifth Grade Newsletter


Upcoming Dates:

Monday, Oct. 29th - Friday, Nov. 9th: BES Book Fair

Thursday, Nov. 1st: Grandparents Day 8am-10am

Friday, Nov. 2nd: End of term 1

Monday, Nov. 5th: Schools closed for students; teacher work session

Tuesday, Nov. 6th: Schools closed for students and staff

Wednesday, Nov. 7th: Students arrive 4 HR Late-Evening Parent Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 8th: Students arrive 4 HR Late-Evening Parent Conferences

Thursday, Nov. 8th: Energize Guys Assembly

Friday, Nov. 9th: Students dismissed 3.5 HR Early-Afternoon Parent Conferences

Sunday, Nov. 11th: Chorus sings at Veterans Parade 1-2pm

Monday, Nov. 12th - Wednesday 21st: Mobile Science Lab visits BES

Wednesday, Nov. 14th: Thanksgiving Lunch 5th grade (1:10pm)

Wednesday, Nov. 21st: 2 HR Early dismissal for students

Wednesday, Nov. 21st: Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 22nd - Friday Nov. 23rd: No School - Thanksgiving Break


In the beginning of November (Unit 3),

  • Students will explore how to add and subtract two fractions or mixed numbers with unlike denominators in such a way to to produce an equivalent sum or difference with like denominators.
  • Students will explore how to use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers in real world problems.
  • Students will explore how to make and interpret a line plot (by adding and subtracting) to display a data set of fractional measurements with denominators of 2, 4 and 8.


When Quarter 2 begins... (Unit 4),

  • Students will master how to recognize that in any multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • Students will master how to explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10 and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
  • Students will master how to fluently multiply multi digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
  • Students will master how to use parentheses, brackets, or braces in a numerical expressions and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
  • Students will master how to write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret, numerical expressions without evaluating them.
  • Students will master how to multiply decimals to hundredths using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
  • Students explore how to will use their understanding of multiplication to help them apply the strategy of partial product to divide whole numbers up to four-digit dividend and two-digit divisor and apply this concept to a real world context with quotients that are in the form of whole numbers and fractions.
  • Students will explore how to use their knowledge of converting the metric system to support their understanding of our base ten system for solving multiplication and division problems.

Unit 3 & 4 Math Newsletter

For every unit, we have newsletters with helpful links for home use. Check out the document below for videos and games to practice classroom concepts!


Classes will continue to learn about the unit, "Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems". Students will be researching and conducting hands-on experiences to answer the driving question, "How do you create a healthy and self-sustaining ecosystem?"


In reading, students will be working on answering questions within the text, about the text, and beyond the text.


Fifth grade students will begin to write research-based informational writing. Students are focusing on including an introduction, pertinent facts, transitional words, precise vocabulary, text features, and a conclusion.

Link to FCPS Informational Writing Rubric

American Legion Auxiliary: Americanism Essay Contest

Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), Department of Maryland, Inc., sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest for students in grades 3-8. Grade levels are divided into three groups. Three awards in each of the three groups will be presented in each Unit, District and Department, with prizes at each level. First place Department winners will be sent to the National Competition, where winners will receive $50 and a $50 donation in the student’s name will be made to the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship fund. The contest time frame is November 1-January 31.

Link to Cover Sheet

Fall Festival Party

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make our Fall Festival parties great. We also wanted to thank all the families who sent in donations for the party. The students had a fun afternoon!


Just a reminder that as the weather gets colder, students will need to have a jacket to participate in recess. If they do not have a coat, they will not be able to go outside on cold days. We want to keep everyone healthy! If students are missing jackets, they are encouraged to check the lost and found!

Book Fair

Students will preview the book fair during their media time and create a wishlist. The students will not be permitted to shop before or after school. They will have to attend the book fair with an adult during shopping hours or they can send their wishlist and payment to the office and we will fill the orders.

Media Center Update

The link below is being shared on behalf of Mrs. Miglianti, our Media Specialist. It is a list of login information for students to access online databases at home. Please let her know if you have any questions!

Contact Information

At the bottom of every newsletter you will find the contact information for each fifth

grade teacher. If you have any questions, please let us know!