# What's Going On In Fifth Grade

## November 2015

We can hardly believe that the first quarter is already behind us! Here's to the start of a successful second quarter!

Next week is American Education Week. Fifth grade visitation day is Monday, November 16th. Feel free to stop by and see your child hard at work! There will also be a healthy cooking demonstration from 10-11 a.m. for any parents interested in attending.

Read below to find out more information about the latest topics for instruction, news, and upcoming events in the second quarter.

## Math Matters

During the past month we've covered a lot with multiplication in our second math unit! Some of these skills include multiplying decimals and whole numbers by powers of ten, multiplying multi-digit numbers, and multiplying whole numbers and decimals by other decimals. Ask your child which strategy they use to multiply multi-digit numbers effectively! In addition, we covered decoding and solving multi-step word problems involving multiplication. Please continue to refer to the previous emails sent out for video tutorials for each skill. These are a great tool for you and the students. Also continue to review multiplication facts with your child, as these are important to their success. Below are a few games that provide additional practice with basic multiplication skills. :)
We will be taking our multiplication unit test on Wednesday, November 18th. Next we will be delving into our division unit where students will learn multi-digit division and dividing decimals. Memorization of multiplication facts is important to success with division. This unit will last into December.

## Reading Recap

In ELA, we are continuing to read the novel, Out of my Mind, as well as other realistic fiction texts. Students worked on an essay comparing two characters from their novel and wrote a newspaper article about events that took place in a story. As we wrap up unit 1, we will revisit reading skills such as summarizing, comparing characters, plot, and theme. Students are currently writing a creative fictional narrative that includes a main character who goes through a personal transformation. We will work through the writing process of organizing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

## Science Spot

In our Geology Rocks unit, we have been learning all about the earth's layers, minerals, and rocks. Students created diagrams of the earths layers, completed mineral tests to identify minerals, and used knowledge gained from readings to sort rocks into igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic. We will continue moving through the unit this month. Students will learn about the rock cycle, and how the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition cause changes to the earth's surface. They will also be introduced to plate tectonics. Below are links to review these geology concepts.

## Health Happenings

We just began the second health unit, Substance Use and Abuse. This unit focuses on the identifying different legal and illegal substances, along with the the use, misuse, and abuse of legal and illegal substances. It also addresses the influence of external factors, such as peer pressure and the media, on a person’s decisions related to these substances. While this unit deals with some more mature topics, they are taught in a manner appropriate for fifth grade.

## Social Studies Scoop

Students recently finished learning about the original 13 colonies and completed their unit test. We will be taking a break from social studies as we move into our health unit.

## Terrific Kids

Congratulations to Raina B., Kayla C., Eva O., Rachel W., Malik W., and Aiden H. for being selected as our Terrific Kids for the months of September, October, and November!

## Upcoming Events

• November 12: Report Cards Sent Home
• November 13: Elementary Conference Day
• November 16-20: American Education Week
• November 26-27: Schools Closed for Thanksgiving Break
• December 2: Author Julia Cook visits
• December 4: Second Quarter Interims Sent Home

## Contact Information

Lindsay Baumiller: lbaumiller@bcps.org

Kerri Magee: kmagee2@bcps.org