5th Grade Update February ~ 2016
Additionally, we will begin to spend time reading writing poetry this month. We will have the opportunity to write many tried and true favorites, but we'll also learn new forms, including Odes, Tritinas, "Like What..." poems, and "Where I'm from" poems. I look forward to broadening students' horizons with regards to poetry.
Students continue to love curling up with their independent reading books, as well as relish our class read-aloud time. We are currently reading Natalie Babbit's "Tuck Everlasting" in order to practice our close reading strategies using the Note and Notice signposts which they will continue to use in Upper School. Not only does this book tell a wonderful story, it is also filled with beautiful imagery and a plethora of figurative language examples that lend itself nicely to our upcoming poetry unit.
Later in the month, as we move into our poetry unit, students will explore a variety of poems. I love this unit because students surprise themselves with how much they enjoy reading and writing new types of poetry. Students will be exposed to Tritinas, Odes, Haikus, and numerous free-verse poems. I'm enthused to watch them connect to a type of literature that they may initially resist.
Students completed their math midterm, and we have officially kicked-off our unit on Decimals (perfect timing with the Super Bowl)!
Our unit will explore:
* place value and rounding decimals through the ten-thousandths place
* multiplication and division of decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands
* estimation and multiplication of two decimals
* conversion of measurements
As we continue our work with decimals, students will come to appreciate the relationship between decimals and fractions (and in our next unit, percentages!). Understanding how these three topics intertwine is extremely important as they continue to pursue advanced math topics in later grades. I know they can do it and look forward to continued math fun!
Friday, February 5th: Stories Under the Stars
Thursday, February 11th: Noon Dismissal ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, February 12th: No School ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday, February 15th: No School ~ Presidents' Day