5th Grade News

February 25th

Important Dates

February 28th: Southwest Map Test

March 2nd: Fact / Opinion Quiz Retake

March 4th: Language Arts - Research Slideshow Due

5th Grade Musical

Reminder that the 5th grade Musical "A Kid's Life" is set to premier on Tuesday, April 5th at 7:00pm. Please make sure to mark your calendar. Information about costume ideas (most students will wear their Pennington School uniform as their costume) and needed items will be coming home soon. Each 5th grade student will participate and has had opportunities to contribute ideas to the rewrite of the show script. We are getting so excited to share our production with you. If you have any questions, please contact our music teacher, Mrs. Stewart, at StewarDA@PWCS.EDU

Pennington Fun Run

We’ll kick off our Pennington Fun Run on 3/7! Our goal is to raise $20,000 for school improvements and to strengthen our school community. This year more than ever, we need additional funds to provide an excellent educational experience for all of our students. We completely understand if your family is not in a position to financially support the school right now. You can still be involved by simply SHARING about our fundraiser with friends and extended family online at mybooster.com. Sharing IS supporting! All students will participate in the Pennington Fun Run, regardless of financial participation. We will also be following our school safety guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for everyone.

We appreciate your support more than you know. More details to come as we get closer to kickoff!

Key dates to remember:

  • Fundraiser Kickoff - 3/7

  • Event Day - 3/15

Language Arts

This week the students examined cause and effect relationships and practiced making inferences in several nonfiction texts. They also continued to work on their research projects. The project is due next Friday, March 4th and there will be a Fact & Opinion quiz retake on Wednesday, March 2nd.


5.6i - Differentiate between fact and opinion.

5.6g - Locate information in the text to support opinions, inferences, and conclusions.


5.7l - Revise writing for clarity of content using specific vocabulary and information.

5.9b - Collect and organize information from multiple resources.

5.9d - Give credit to sources used in research.


The focus of Unit 7 is on computation with decimals using all four operations. Some models will be used, such as decimal grids, base-10 blocks, arrays, area models, number lines, and money. Students will also on create and solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving addition, subtraction and multiplication of decimals and single-step practical problems involving division of decimals.

This unit will include lessons and activities based on the following topics:

Foundational Learning Standards(4th Grade):

  • 4.6aAdd and subtract decimals.
  • 4.6b Solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving addition and subtraction with decimals.

Current Standards:

  • 5.5a Estimate and determine the product and quotient of two numbers involving decimals.
  • 5.5b Create and solve single-step and multistep practical problems involving addition, subtraction, and multiplication of decimals, and create and solve single-step practical problems involving division of decimals.

Students should be able to answer the following essential questions:
  • How can we use physical and mental models and benchmarks to estimate sums, differences, products, and quotients of whole numbers and decimals?
  • How are operations with decimals similar to operations with whole numbers? with fractions?
  • When can we use a model to solve calculations efficiently?
  • When are decimals easier to compute and when are their equivalent fractions easier to compute?
  • Why is it important to read decimals correctly?
  • What strategies can I use to solve word problems?

Science and Social Studies

Students will have a Southwest Map test on Monday , February 28 as we continue our study of the Southwest, United States next week.

This Week's Technology Tips Newsletter

Good afternoon! Here is this week’s edition. This one kind of stays on the theme of keyboard shortcuts, but is specifically related to PowerPoint. In it, I show the reader how to temporarily turn the screen white or black during a PowerPoint presentation. This would be for instances where the presenter wants the audience to focus on him/her and not on the screen. Check it out!