October 2019 5th and 6th Grade Newsletter

Upcoming events in October

9th: 2 Hour Early Release

10th and 11th: No School- Fair Days

23rd: 2 Hour Early Release

25th: End of 1st Grading Period -- Report Cards Home Nov. 1st



In Grade 5, students expand their range of arithmetic concepts and skills to include greater multi-digit whole numbers, as well as decimals to the hundredths place. In Chapter 2, students solve division problems with dividends up to 4 digits and divisors up to 2 digits. They also model division problems with base-ten blocks and bar models. They use estimation, partial quotients, and the standard division algorithm to solve problems. Students also learn to interpret the remainder depending on the context of a real-world problem, and in appropriate situations, write it as a fraction. In a later chapter, students will learn to divide with decimals using the standard algorithm.

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The major work in Grade 6 includes applying and extending previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers. In Chapter 3, students work toward an understanding of the complete rational number system. Comparison of values, location on a number line, and coordinates in a two-dimensional plane are all extended to include negative numbers. Students also extend their understanding of number sorting, comparison, and conversion to include any rational numbers.

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5th Grade

Fifth graders are celebrating the spooky month by making webs; FOOD WEBS that is! So far we have learned about the roles of different organisms in an ecosystem and how each organism plays an important part at stabilizing the ecosystem they live in. Each student will research a biome to focus his or her studies on when creating a food web.


6th Grade

Sixth graders will return to science on October 28th. We will continue our Earth studies with rocks and soil. Be prepared to get your hands a little dirty!




One of our biggest goals this year is writing in response to text. The students are working on Daily RACE questions every other week. They respond to information text by answering with the formula of R-A-C-E.

R- Restate the question

A- Answer the question

C- Cite textual evidence to support

E- Explain your answer further , in you own words.

The kids will also be peer editing their writing to get a different perspective on the rubric for RACE writing.

Writing- Our first lengthy writing will be a narrative on a Halloween experience. We will construct the narrative using proper plot sequence. Once we have worked on it a bit, we will place it in our new writing program from Pearson, called “Write to Learn. This program automatically helps students edit their writing to improve in conventions, sentence fluency, and structure.

This month, students will be introduced to new vocabulary using Greek and Latin root words. Our kids are placing the new words in their interactive notebook for future reference when using close reading skills to read informational and fictional passages .


The sixth grade students have been reviewing the components of the RACE writing response. Since this is the second year they have been using this formula for writing, they are working on giving more in their responses. This includes using higher vocabulary and complex sentence structure.

When reading nonfiction passages or articles, our sixth graders are learning to scan the documents for the author's perspective. They not only learn how the author feels about their topic, but use evidence from the text to support their answer.

This quarter’s writing includes plot sequence and narrative essays. We are using a new writing program that allows students to “tune in” to their grammatical errors, and sentence structure problems. This program gives instant feedback on ways to improve their writing.

Coming up: Persuasive essay writing.

Literature: Theme. Analogies. Text Structure

Social Studies

6th Grade

The 6th Graders have been focusing their study on the different types of governments and will be culminating the unit with a very hands on activity using gummy bears. They will create a Google Slide Presentation of the characteristics of each of the given governments, and include a picture of the scene they created using the gummy bears. I have added an example of one below, from last year. The students always seem to enjoy using their creative instincts to represent the governments, in this activity.

For the rest of the time that I have the 6th Graders we will be reviewing their Geography standard. This is all a review from last year and I plan to incorporate more study skills into this unit as students still seem to be struggling with how-to study. Their interactive notebook is full of the information that they need to be studying to ensure they are successful during this unit.

5th Grade

When we come back to social studies the 5th graders will be learning about the early civilizations of the Western Hemisphere. This is usually a very interesting topic for the students as this is a lot of new information for them.

Student Council

Student Council members will be selling Smencils again. This time, they've chosen to sell Smencils with a "Gamer" theme!
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