5TH/6TH GRADE November/December NEWSLETTER

Important Reminders


6th and 8th: Parent-Teacher Conferences

21st-23rd: No School- Thanksgiving Break

26th: 5th and 6th switch science/social studies


21st: 2 hour early release & End of 2nd grading period

24th- Jan. 2nd: Winter Break


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5th Grade

In Chapter 4, students address multiplication patterns with powers of 10 both greater and less than 1. This work is tied directly to place value understanding, but also lays the groundwork for understanding decimal multiplication.

In Chapter 5, students extend their understanding of division to include multi-digit decimal numbers to hundredths.

In Chapter 6, students learn to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators using models and/or equations to represent the problem. They use benchmark fractions to estimate sums and differences, and they find equivalent fractions with common denominators. They also use patterns to write a rule to describe a sequence of fractions.

(5.NBT.B.7, 5.NBT.B.7, 5.NF.A.1, 5.NF.A.2 )

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6th Grade

In Chapter 4, students are introduced to the concept of ratios. Students use verbal representations of ratios and rates, which reinforces the quantitative nature of ratios and rates as well as the connection to numerical fractions.

In Chapter 5, students use their knowledge of place value and operations with decimals to calculate percents, as well as convert between percents, decimals, and fractions.

In Chapter 6, students use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.

(6.RP.A.1, 6.RP.A.2, 6.RP.A.3a, 6.RP.A.3b,6.RP.A.3c)

Social Studies

5th Grade

The content for this quarter is always very interesting for the students. We will be exploring what characterizes civilizations as well as learning about the ancient people of Mesoamerica and South America. The civilizations covered will be the Maya, Aztec, and Inca. The students will be learning how the achievements of each civilization impacted how later groups of people lived their lives. There will be a project-based assessment to culminate the end of this unit.

6th Grade

When the 6th graders come back to Social Studies we will be uncovering the history of the 5 major world religions. I will first begin with the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Hinduism and Buddhism will round out our study by the end of the second quarter.


5th Grade

5th Graders will return to science on November 26th. We will complete our Life Science studies of Ecology with organism interactions such as predators vs. prey and symbiotic relationships.

See you then, 5th!

6th Grade

Currently in 6th grade we are finishing up our Earth Science unit with rocks and soil. Students were able to bring in their own soil samples from home and determine the type of soil they had based on textural characteristics. They all had a great time getting their hands dirty in science class.

For the quarter we will start Life Science studies with Cell Theory and continue these ideas in 3rd quarter when we learn about the cell parts and functions.

Don't forget to check Google Classroom for great study tools before Tests. Link Below:


5th GRADE English Language Arts

The fifth grade has just completed section 2 of Greek and Latin root words. We have also finished a short lesson on point of view .

We are now beginning to read and analyze informational texts, for writing purposes. We have memorized the structure of a persuasive outline in order to write with purpose and structure. Our students will read these complex texts (articles) which have differing opinions on topics. The are taking a "side" on the given texts and writing a persuasive essay using their own ideas and facts from the news articles. These essays are five paragraphs using proper persuasive language, correct text structure, and grammar/punctuation/spelling.

Coming up in November and December we will also be tackling :

  1. Punctuation of Titles

  2. Different types of text structures

  3. Comparing and contrasting the different types of English dialect used in literature.

  4. If time…. The function of prepositions and prepositional phrases.

6th GRADE English Language Arts

The 6th graders have begun to study the art of persuasion. We will be writing argumentative essays for this quarter. The key for this type of writing is providing strong evidence to support one's stance on a particular issue.

Because this is the second year of argumentative writing, 6th grade students are expected to show a more studied approach to their side or position. They will be expected to write complex sentences and use proper capitalization and punctuation when presenting their argument based on the informational text provided.

Through research of our previous state tests, we have discovered that our sixth grade ELA students tend to work very well on their text based writing prompts ( 5 paragraph essays) but need work on answering multiple choice questions that require going back into the reading passages for information. We will be studying that type of questioning intensively for the remainder of the year.

Other areas we will be covering in November and December are:

  1. Grammar- Pronouns and Antecedents

  2. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text such as differentiation between the connotative and denotative meanings.

  3. Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another

  4. Proper usage of Commas ,dashes and/or parentheses