Rock Star News

5th Grade Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

12/8- PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m.

12/9-Sparkle and Dazzle Neon Day

12/11- Holiday Concert 7:30 p.m. Senior High

12/18- 5th Grade Ornament Making 1:30-3:00

12/23- Holiday Assembly 1:30

12/24-1/3 Holiday Break Enjoy!

Ornament Making

Ornament Making

Grade 5 will be making cinnamon and applesauce ornaments on Friday, December 18th from 1:30 – 3:00. We will need about five parent volunteers from each class to help with this activity. If you are available and have your clearances, please send your child's homeroom teacher a note or email to let them know that you would like to help with this activity. Also, please let your child's homeroom teacher know if your child is allergic to the following ingredients: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, applesauce, or tacky glue. The ornaments smell great, but they aren’t edible! We are also need to borrow cookie cutters and rolling pins. If you are willing to let us use your cookie cutters or rolling pins, please put your name on each item with sharpie so that we can be sure to return everything to the correct owner. This is always a fun activity that the children enjoy!

Everyday Mathematics

Math: We will be completing Unit 4 before Christmas. Unit 4 consists of the comparing, ordering, and rounding of decimals, as well as the addition and subtraction of decimals. In addition to that, we will be working with coordinate grids and reviewing the concepts previously learned this year.

Science

Science: In Science, we will be completing our unit in Geology and discovering the meaning of weathering and erosion. Then, we will be researching how weathering and erosion can affect our environment.

Social Studies

Currently, students are learning about Colonial America. This theme is woven through our reading, writing, and social studies lessons. Each student has chosen a colonist that they will be researching for a wax museum that will take place closer to the end of the school year. We are also learning about what conditions were like for the Pilgrims and other colonists by conducting webquests on the internet.

Writing

In the second unit of writing, we are studying how to become better informational writers. Our first writing piece focuses on the topic of colonizing America. We have been looking at our writing with the the lens of time and place to add details to our writing. Students are becoming accustomed to using checklist and evaluating their own writing to create interesting pieces.

Reading

In reading, students are learning how to identify main idea and supporting details in nonfiction text. After identifying the main idea and supporting details, students will learn how to take the information and turn it into a quality summary. We look forward to finishing up our first fiction/nonfiction unit right after the holiday break by learning to infer.