# Laker News

## January

3rd- Back to School

15th- Columbus Blue Jackets Field Trip

21st- No School-MLK Jr. Day

## February

5th and 7th- Parent/Teacher Conference Nights

18th- No School- President's Day

## Science

Fifth graders will return to science on February 6th and stay in science until testing in April. We will continue exploring outer space for the 3rd quarter!

Sixth graders are going microscopic with the parts of a cell. We are learning about all the tiny organelles that plant and animal cells are comprised of and what their functions are. Next we will learn the many parts of a compound light microscope so that we can investigate real-life cells. Once we can understand the basics of cells, we will dig deeper into how cells reproduce through binary fission and mitosis.

In our skills area, we are working the function of a conjunction (and correlative conjunctions) and also perfect verb tenses in order to become better writers.

The fifth grade is also working on answering ,higher level thinking questions, that require a written response or ask for Part A and Part B multiple choice response.

We will begin writing informative essays, based on multiple passages. Students are continuing to learn how to focus on the prompt and what it is asking them to do. We have developed a nice formula for using our time efficiently on a writing prompt, by using an outline before typing or writing. Students are practicing their writing, by using cited details to support the information in their essay.

## LANGUAGE ARTS

The sixth grade will review "Point of View", in literature. Students are examining how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in text.

Expository essay writing continues to be a focus as students read multiple passages and write informative essays based on a prompt. We will be practicing informative/ explanatory and argument essays for months of January/February/March.

## MATH

January and February are all about Fractions! In Chapter 6, 7, and 8, 5th grade students will learn to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators using models and/or equations to represent the problem.

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January and Februarys all about ALGEBRA! Chapter 7, 6th grade students extend their understanding of exponents to other whole number bases. They learn to switch between expressions with exponents and repeated factors. They also apply the order of operations to expressions that include exponents. In this chapter, students build on their knowledge

of numerical expressions to write algebraic expressions and use them in problem solving. Skills learned in Chapter 7 will carry-over into the content of later chapters in Grade 6 when students will explore equations and inequalities as well as the relationships between variables (Chapters 8 and 9).

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