5th Grade Newsletter


Dates to Remember

A Salute to Horizon's Heroes Assembly

November 11th 9:00 am

Horizon Book Fair / Food and Coat Drive

November 17 -November 21

Family Night at the Book Fair

November 21st

Thanksgiving Holiday

November 26-28

5th Grade Curriculum

Envision Math Topics

Topic 5

Dividing by 2-Digit Divisors

  • Using Patterns to Divide
  • Estimating Quotients with 2-Digit Divisors
  • Connecting Models and Symbols
  • Dividing by Multiples of 10
  • 1-Digit Quotients
  • 2-Digit Quotients
  • Estimating and Dividing with Greater Numbers

Topic 6

Multiplying Decimals

  • Multiplying Decimals by 10,100, or 1000
  • Estimating the Product of a Decimal and a Whole Number
  • Number Sense: Decimal Multiplication
  • Models for Multiplying and Decimals
  • Multiplying a Decimal by a Whole Number
  • Multiplying Two Decimals

Science Properties of Matter

  • Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen
  • Understand that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved.
  • Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.
  • Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in a new substance.

ELA and Writing Standards

  • Determine theme
  • Determine main idea and explain how it is supported by supporting details
  • Write informative text
  • Use commas correctly within writing

Classroom Updates


  • Tomorrow kids will have the opportunity to retake their Unit 4 math tests. Our class average was 79%, but once we reviewed it together, we realized we had potential for even higher scores. So, we reviewed test taking strategies and practiced skills that we scored lower on. I am excited to see the improvement!
  • If you haven't gotten a chance to check out your child's math journal, please do. There was a lot of improvement from Topic 3!!
  • Topic 5 will be taught in a more traditional fashion. A lot of students have not been coming prepared for the lessons, so we are going to take a break from the "flipped" math this unit and spend more time in class learning and practicing the skills. Keep an eye out for more traditional math homework coming home during this topic.

Dinner Discussion Starters:

Is shaving cream a solid or liquid?

What is the difference between the different states of matter?

What poem did you read in small group? Tell me about it...

What does melting chocolate have to do with science?

How many minutes have you logged in Biblionasium?

Tell me about the two books you chose to read for your independent reading grade this quarter.

Let me read the reviews you've written on Biblionasium.

Bring home your spirals (ELA, writing, math) so I can see all of the hard work you've done.