# Laker News

## Important Dates/Reminders

February 11th and 13th: Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 17th: No School

## Science

Fifth graders will return to science on February 18th. We will stay in science for the remaining 2 quarters of the year until testing time in March!

Sixth graders are continuing to explore the microscopic world of cells. We are learning about the different structures of plant and animal cells, as well as, how cells continue to stay alive. We are discovering that, at a cellular level, human are really not that much different from a household plant. WOW!

## Social Studies

The Fifth Graders have been working hard learning lots of new information about how and why people from the Eastern Hemisphere began exploring and colonizing the Western Hemisphere. We will wrap up Social Studies together for the third quarter around February 14th.

The 6th Graders will be returning to me around the 18th of February, at which point we will wrap up the last two of our world religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. From there we will begin our investigations into the Ancient Civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China!

## Math

In Chapter 7, and 8, 5th grade students will learn to multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators using models and/or equations to represent the problem.

(5.NF.A.1, 5.NF.A.2 5.NF.B.4a, 5.NF.B.4b, 5.NF.B.5a, 5.NF.B.5b, 5.NF.B.6 5.NF.B.3, 5.NF.B.7a, 5.NF.B.7b, 5.NF.B.7c)

In Chapter 8, students continue to build algebraic fundamentals by writing, understanding, and solving equations and inequalities with one variable. They learn to identify solutions to a variable equation, and build on their knowledge of evaluating algebraic expressions when they check a solution to an equation by substitution. Students use models and inverse operations to solve equations with single operations. They begin to write, interpret, and graph inequalities representing real-world or mathematical problems that consist of a comparison of an isolated variable and a single number.

6.EE.B.5, 6.EE.B.7, 6.EE.B.8

## ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

Students in the fifth grade will be working on literary themes this month of February. We will be talking about "The-message" found in stories that we read. We will also begin some grammar practice with Perfect Verb tenses.

Our students will need to work quite a bit on answering multiple choice questions which require them to go back into the reading passage and analyze.

Reading passages and writing informative essays will be continued throughout the month.