5th Grade Newsletter

Friday, November 1st

Mrs. Cook

Block 1 & 2: We are continuing the novel, "Blood On the River Jamestown 1607" to go along with the study of colonial times in Social Studies.  We will be looking at cause and effect and some other elements as we are reading. 
*Reminder- you can order books online for your child anytime at www.scholastic.com/readingclub.  This helps earn free books for our classroom!  I will submit the order on the last day of the month.  To order use our Class Activation code: MCQ9Z  
*Please to remind your child to read each night in order to meet their reading log goal date. They are to be writing their goal date in their planner each day at school, and this info can also be found in the blue reading log folder.  *Do not forget Words Their Way contract also.
Science: This week we will begin our study of the similarities of parents and their offspring.  **Ask your child what they've learned about single celled and multi-celled organisms! :) Key vocabulary: amoeba, bacteria, cell nuceus, microorganism, organelle, protist, cell, cell division, cell membrane, cell wall, cytoplasm, microscope, multicellular, tissue, feature, female, gene, generation, inherit, life cycle, reproduce, trait, transfer.

Ms. Price

Block 1 and 2 Math will be recognizing relationships among place values to billions, as well as adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals.
Science: Chapter 12 Lesson 1- We will explore various properties of matter.  We will be classifying matter based on physical properties including magnetism, ability to conduct/insulate heat, electricity, sound, and density.
Science Vocabulary: matter, mass, volume, weight, density, conduct, insulate

Mr. Ross

Language Arts- We will continue learning about character traits.  A character trait is what a character is like on the inside and is revealed through their actions, what they say and what they think.  Examples are honest, caring, enthusiastic and spiteful.  These are not to be confused with physical traits, which can be seen.  Examples of physical traits are tall, short, strong, fair and dark.  Character traits are harder to differentiate from emotions.  Character traits usually last over a period of time and change gradually, if at all.  Emotions on the other hand may change very quickly and may last for a short amount of time.  Emotions include happiness, sadness and anger.
Social Studies-We will continue to learn about the British Colonies as we move closer to the American Revolution.
Science-  We are taking our unit test on ecosystems on Monday.  Then we will begin our unit on organisms in which we will learn about single-cell and multi-cell organisms and genetics.

Mrs. Rotenberry

Math: Students will begin Unit 3: Addition and Subtraction of Whole Numbers and Decimals. Our skill focus for the week will be: Modeling and identifying equivalent decimals on a number line, reading, writing and modeling whole numbers and decimals, comparing and ordering decimals, and generating decimal sums and differences.

Accelerated math begins again. The deadline is 11/4-11/12. Students need to master 5 objectives.

Science: This week we will finish our weather unit. Our skill focus for the week is air masses and fronts. We will review for the test and the students will have a study guide to prepare for the test. The test will be Thursday.

We were unable to have our classroom auction due to lack of items. We had about 5 items donated. Many thanks for those!! I extended the deadline and we will have it Friday, November 8th.

Many thanks to all of the parents who donated items for our Halloween treat. A special thank you to Mrs. Allison and her husband for coming in and bringing treats :).

Reminders to Students

*Remember to complete homework each night.
*Planners need to be filled out and signed daily.

Reminders to Parents

*Please sign planner nightly. Please sign your full name (no initials) and use a pen.
*Be sure to check your childs planner today and every Friday for a conduct grade for the week.  Please sign and address any concerns with your child.  Teachers will be checking for a parent signature on Monday.
*Tardies and Early Dismissals can affect Success Celebrations* Success Celebration Criteria: -Students cannot have an N or U in conduct in any class. -Students cannot have any office or bus referrals. -Students cannot have any unexcused absences. -Students cannot have more than 3 tardies to school. -Students cannot have more than 3 early dismissals from school.
**November 6th will be the pick up for the fundraiser items from Great American Opportunities.  Please mark your calendars!Pick Up will be 2-5pm at the Community Schools entrance at the side of the school.

Field Trip - Catawba Science Center & Golden Corral

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 8am

243 3rd Avenue Northeast

Hickory, NC

Field Trip - Glenn Hilton Park

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014 at 8am

2000 6th Street Northwest

Hickory, NC