5th Grade News

February 18th

Important Dates

February 21st: No School

February 21st: Fun Run registration & donating opens

February 23rd: Quiz - Fact and Opinion

February 25th: Math Retakes

February 25th: Annual Book Exchange

February 28th: Southwest Map Test

Pennington Fun Run

In just 4 weeks, we’ll kick off our Pennington Fun Run on 3/7! Our goal is to raise $20,000 for school improvements and to strengthen our school community. This year more than ever, we need additional funds to provide an excellent educational experience for all of our students. We completely understand if your family is not in a position to financially support the school right now. You can still be involved by simply SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and extended family online at mybooster.com. Sharing IS supporting! All students will participate in the Pennington Fun Run, regardless of financial participation. We will also be following our school safety guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone.

We appreciate your support more than you know. More details to come as we get closer to kickoff!

Key dates to remember:

  • Fundraiser Kickoff - 3/7

  • Event Day - 3/15

Annual Book Exchange

The Pennington Library is hosting our annual Book Exchange on Friday, February 25. Students are invited to trade up to five books and get something “new” to read at no cost. All books must be in good condition and items may be declined at the librarian’s discretion. We will not accept baby books, board books, workbooks, textbooks, books for adults, or coloring books. Instead, bring in books you enjoyed reading; titles you know other students will like too.

Students should drop off books Tuesday through Thursday, February 21-24. Please don’t wait until the 25th to bring in your books. This will allow us time to sort and display the books. Questions may be directed to Mrs. Lahann, lahannjl@pwcs.edu.

Here are Mr. Chancler and.....Mr. Chancler?!

The 5th graders enjoyed celebrating Kindness Week!

Language Arts

The students practiced identifying the difference between facts and opinions in nonfiction text. They also worked on setting up their research slideshow. The students learned the difference between asking “closed questions” and “open questions” when doing their research and began learning how to use the MLA style to cite their resources.


5.6i - Differentiate between fact and opinion.

5.6j - Compare and contrast details and ideas within texts.


5.9b - Collect and organize information from multiple resources.

5.9d - Give credit to sources used in research.

5.9e - Avoid plagiarism and use own words.

5.9f - Demonstrate ethical use of the internet.


The focus of Unit 7 is on computation with decimals using all four operations. Some models will be used, such as decimal grids, base-10 blocks, arrays, area models, number lines, and money. Students will also on create and solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving addition, subtraction and multiplication of decimals and single-step practical problems involving division of decimals.

This unit will include lessons and activities based on the following topics:

Foundational Learning Standards(4th Grade):

  • 4.6aAdd and subtract decimals.
  • 4.6b Solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving addition and subtraction with decimals.

Current Standards:

  • 5.5a Estimate and determine the product and quotient of two numbers involving decimals.
  • 5.5b Create and solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving addition, subtraction, and multiplication of decimals, and create and solve single-step practical problems involving division of decimals.

Students should be able to answer the following essential questions:
  • How can we use physical and mental models and benchmarks to estimate sums, differences, products, and quotients of whole numbers and decimals?
  • How are operations with decimals similar to operations with whole numbers? with fractions?
  • When can we use a model to solve calculations efficiently?
  • When are decimals easier to compute and when are their equivalent fractions easier to compute?
  • Why is it important to read decimals correctly?
  • What strategies can I use to solve word problems?

Science and Social Studies

Next week the students will begin studying the Southwestern United States. There will be a Southwest map test on Monday, 2/28.

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