## Upcoming Events

January, 19th: First Stage's production of Holes

Our poetry unit along with introducing figurative language has been exciting and a lot of fun. Another year of our annual "Coffee House" has been a success and many thanks for the treats. Students have a choice to make about their reading work. Make sure you ask them what their plan is for the winter break!

## Writing

Students completed our 2 week-long process of revising our informational writing piece. To revise, we used a lens of geography, considered sequential/chronological order, filled in questions that readers have to build comprehension, furthered research by looking at primary sources, and balanced theorizing with facts and took out our own opinions.

Students will not be given a new spelling packet (unit 7) until after break.

## Math

Students finished up their Unit 3 Test this week on multiplying and dividing fractions. You should be seeing this assessment in their math take home folders after break. An area that we will continue to work on is deciding which operation to use to solve word problems. To allow students additional practice with this, we will begin every math class with one fraction word problem; student will have to write an equation, show a visual, and solve the problem. This will be a great ongoing review for students. Remember if at any time your child wants to show proficiency on a concept that they didn't mastered in previous units, they may do so.

Our next unit focuses on multiplying multi-digit numbers. In fifth grade students will be learning the standard algorithm, along with other methods, to complete these multiplication problems.

## Social Studies

We have completed our first Geo Adventures unit and test and will begin writing a historical, persuasive proposal that fits in with the time period that we are studying when we return.

## Accelerated Math - Mrs. Quick

This week in math, we reviewed multiplying decimals, and focused on where the decimal point goes in our product. We also talked about shift patterns when multiplying by 10, 100, 1,000, or 0.1 or 0.01, and how this (and multiplication properties) helps us multiply mentally as the decimal shifts. We also used rounding to estimate products, and learned how to visually represent multiplying decimals! Students also used a Star Wars reference to become familiar with adding and subtracting integers.