Fifth Grade News

Issue #16

Please keep in mind for the week of December 9th -13th:

  • December 9th - Box Tops collection day
  • December 11th - Mix-it-Up Day - wear tacky clothing
  • December 13th - Billy Wagner comes to speak to the 5th grade boys
  • December 20th - 5th grade holiday party - 1:45pm in Ms. Deal's room
  • January 23rd 6pm- Henley Transitions meeting for parents with Pat McLaughlin
  • January 24th 1pm - Henley Transitions meeting for students
  • 5th Grade is running out of glue and pencils. We'd appreciate any donations!

Math Corner

5th graders are studying Geometry. We are continuing to explore polygons and how to appropriately categorize and measure them. It is important that your student understand the differences and similarities between rectangles, squares, triangles, parallelograms, rhombi, and trapezoids.

This week we will focus on triangles and begin to measure angles using protractors.

From the Science Lab of Mrs. Agee

Students are working on ocean knowledge assignments in class which are helping them to analyze various issues in our ocean environment. They're also using this information for persuasive writing during writing class. This link will take you to our site with content information, study materials, and games.

From the Historical Perspective of Ms. Deal

Students did a fabulous job last week recreating Jack Jouett's ride. They created their own skits and thoroughly entertained me and their classmates.

As our Revolutionary War unit comes to an end, we will spend this week discussing two famous battles that took place in Virginia: The Battle of Great Bridge and the Battle of Yorktown. Students will understand how important these two battles were for the outcome of the Revolutionary War.

We will have a Revolutionary War test next week. Mrs. Agee's class is scheduled to take the test next Tuesday, December 17th and Mrs. G's and Ms. Deal's classes will take the test Wednesday, December 18th. I will be sending home a study guide this week, so please be on the lookout for it!

From the Writing Desk of Mrs. Garbaccio

I witnessed some strong writing this week as we wrapped up our historical fiction essays. Students exercised their editing work and seamlessly moved into writing persuasive flyers as patriots during the American Revolution.
This week, we will be conducting a mid-year, writing prompt and then we will assess mechanics next week. Thank you for your support and please feel free to seize opportunities for writing each day. Allow students to address envelopes, jot down notes, or help with grocery lists.

Our students are becoming more familiar with the difference between "text speak" and submitted/professional, written work. Continual recognition of this difference will benefit their future writing skills.


Students have chosen 'good-fit' books that reflect their hopes and dreams. We will spend the next two weeks reading these texts carefully and looking for ways the books relate to each student.

It is imperative that students read for at least 30 minutes each night. We will have some time to read in class, but much of the reading for the 'hopes and dreams books' should be done at home. Thank you!

Trick Shot Titus 3 -- ft. Channing Tatum & Bradley Cooper

Chilly temperatures brings our kids indoors. Check out the video above for inspiration.