Fifth Grade Newsletter

September

Welcome Back!

Fifth Grade has had a great first week of school! We started the year off with the annual Flag Raising Ceremony and spent the rest of the first week of school learning about our new classmates and teachers. We also learned many classroom and school expectations in order to be Brunswick Strong leaders of the school! This week we are jumping right into math, reading, writing, and social studies.


Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, Sept. 16th: BES Day to Serve

Thursday, Sept. 21st: Schools Closed, Fair Day, Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday Folders

Folders with papers from the office and graded work will come home each Wednesday. We encourage students to show you all of their hard work that comes home! Please sign the cover sheet each week and return the empty folder to school on Thursday. If you have questions, please contact your student's teacher.

Math

We started the year with a few collaborative problem solving activities. We are now reviewing different strategies to multiply multi-digit numbers. The strategies learned in fourth grade will help us learn and become familiar with the standard multiplication algorithm. Soon we will begin connecting multi-digit multiplication to whole number division strategies. We will be focusing on place value strategies to help develop number sense before students focus on the standard division algorithm in 6th grade.


We have a lot of exciting math to explore and learn through perseverance, problem solving, and math fact practice!


Link to FCPS Unit 1 Family Resource

Math Strategy Explanation Videos

Math App of the Month

Each month we will highlight a Math App that can be downloaded at home for additional practice. This month's app is called iTooch 5th Grade Math App for Apple and Android. This app is a great way to practice multiple skills related to fifth grade math including multi-digit multiplication.

Social Studies

Classes will begin the year with the Social Studies unit called American Beginnings. We will be learning how to answer the compelling question, "Why is the Age of Exploration considered a turning point in history?"

Reading

We have dived into learning our reading procedures during whole and small group. We have also been practicing reading independently to increase our reading stamina. This month students will be reading informational texts to answer within, beyond, and about questions. When answering questions, we will be rereading to find text evidence to support our answers. Finally, we will be working on summarizing informational texts by identifying the main idea and details.


Questions to Ask About Reading

Writing

Fifth grade students are excited to begin writing personal narratives. Students are focusing on including dialogue, description, and pacing to develop experiences and events of characters. We will also use sensory details to describe our stories to make the reader feel like they are in the story. Look forward to reading our stories!


Link to FCPS Narrative Rubric

Media Center Update

The link below is being shared on behalf of Mrs. Miglianti, our Media Specialist. It is a list of login information for students to access online databases at home. Please let her know if you have any questions!

Contact Information

At the bottom of every newsletter you will find the contact information for each fifth grade teacher. If you have any questions, please let us know!


We are looking forward to a great year in fifth grade!