5BL Newsletter

November 4-8

The extra hour was definitely nice this weekend. However, it getting dark so early now is a little rough. Hopefully most of you have signed up for conferences. I am looking forward to speaking with you all in a couple of weeks.

In reading we are reading the story, "We'll Never Forget, Roberto Clemente". It is a wonderful story that looks at the theme of courage. It is a biography so students are being shown varying examples of genres in regards to the stories we read. In guided reading we are reading a short book titled, "Confessions of a Former Bully: by Trudy Ludwig. This story as well goes along with our theme of courage

In fifth grade math, students are working on long division. Students have been estimating division problems, but this week will begin actually solving these problems.

In accelerated math, students are are adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers.

In writing, students will be working an daily journal entries in their Courage Journals. I also will be reading picture books such a Brave Irene that also represent the theme of courage. Students will be using this journal and our discussions to help them in our next writing project which is about a hero.

We will be finishing up our science this week, and will start back in social studies. We will be reading chapter 6 which is about the early colonies. Students enjoy learning about the colonists and make great connections to when they visited Naper Settlement.

In spelling, we are looking at C-LE words. Please continue to have students study nightly and review their homophones.

Thank you for all you do...I am loving this group of students!