5TH/6TH GRADE November/December NEWSLETTER
21st-23rd: No School- Thanksgiving Break
26th: 5th and 6th switch science/social studies
24th- Jan. 2nd: Winter Break
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 )
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)
See you then, 5th!
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 :
Punctuation of Titles
Different types of text structures
Comparing and contrasting the different types of English dialect used in literature.
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:
Grammar- Pronouns and Antecedents
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text such as differentiation between the connotative and denotative meanings.
Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another
Proper usage of Commas ,dashes and/or parentheses