Fabuloso Fifth Grade Newsletter

Ms. Quiñones -Ms. Chu -Ms. Hogue -Mr. Young - JUNE 2016


We made it to the last month of the school year! Congratulations to all students on their hard work this year. Thank you to parents for all your support and encouragement throughout the year. We greatly enjoyed working with these classes of bright students. We wish you a great summer and best of luck in middle school!


Students will continue studying scientists and inventions that meet societal needs. They will become experts by conducting research on the invention of the traffic signal and/or the airplane. Students will teach others what they have learned by writing in the graphic novel style to depict and explain why the traffic signal or the airplane was invented and how it changed people's lives.

Our essential question for this unit will be "How do readers research inventions that change peoples' lives to build knowledge and teach others?" Students will read the graphic novel Investigating the Scientific Method with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by Donald B. Lemke as well as several informational articles about inventions that have been developed to meet people’s needs.

In writing, students will continue working on "The Lens of History: Research Reports," in which they draw inspiration and understanding from mentor texts, historical accounts, primary source documents, maps, and timelines to write focused research reports that engage and teach readers.


We are wrapping up our unit on Algebra and Graphing and we will be learning about 3- and 4-digit whole numbers and also learn how to interpret remainders. Our mathematicians will also perform operations decimals up to the hundredths place value. They will apply and extend their previous understandings of multiplication and division to multiply and divide fractions.

Social Studies

Students will be studying westward expansion in the 19th century.


In June, fifth graders will be beginning a study of food and nutrition. They will be doing food testing. Students will find that humans need a variety of healthy foods, exercise, and rest in order to grow and maintain good health. They will also look at how the growth and development of all organisms is affected by environmental conditions such as the availability of food, air, water, space, shelter, heat, and sunlight.

Dual Language

In the Spanish component of dual language, students will study inventions and how they met societal needs. In groups, students will create their own invention as well as an advertising campaign and presentation to pitch their invention to the rest of the class.

5th Grade Tip of the Month

We encourage all students to avoid the "summer slump" by reading and have meaningful discussions about their favorite texts. Keep intellectually engaged by visiting museums around the city or in your neighborhood. Go to your local library to get a reading log to keep track of your progress!

We remind parents to bring in the payments for our 5th Grade Trip on June 20th. First payment is due Tuesday, May 31st and final payment is due Monday, June 13th.

Upcoming Dates

6/3 - Field Day

6/8 - 5th Grade Musical
6/9 - Anniversary Day (no school)
6/14 - Clerical Non-Attendance Day (no school)
6/20 - 5th Grade Trip (Aviator)
6/22 - 5th Grade Awards Ceremony

6/28 - Last day of school! (half day)