5th grade Math
Monday is Accelerated Math and the last 2 week math packet will be passed out.
This week, we will continue the Number Theory chapter covering the “divisibility rules” for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10.
6th grade Math
Monday is Accelerated Math and a new math packet will be passed out.
This week we continue to work on percents covering changing fractions to decimals and then to percents. Many, many word problems will also be solved this week :).
In Geometry, we will begin our study of triangles.
This week students will listen to/read a classic, Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson. It's an excerpt of the Newbery Award Winning novel by the same name. Students will examine literary elements, such as character, theme, and plot. They will also examine verb usage, prepositional phrases and other examples of grammar in the novel.
Besides analyzing the novel, students will also get the opportunity to watch the full-length movie in class. To conclude, students will compare and contrast the novel and movie. It should make for an enjoyable week!
The fifth grade will be going on a field trip this year to Naper Settlement, the program we will be seeing is Voices of the Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois. This is scheduled for Friday, March 29. Students will need a brown bag lunch that day, we will eat before we return to school. Permission slips and more information will be sent home in a few weeks.
- We will begin Unit 5, The New Nation this week. We will learn about the early struggles of our new nation.
- We will begin our travels through Ancient China this week, we will start with the geography of the land.
- Students will make connections this week between the geography of this area and the geography of the other civilizations we have studied.
- Current events will resume Friday.
5th grade ELA
This week, the fifth graders will begin their novel study of Bud, Not Buddy written by author Christopher Paul Curtis. This book won the Newbery Award for Excellence in American Children’s Literature. All the students will be reading this book as a whole class novel. Since we have only enough for a class set, all reading will be completed in school. The students will use their notebook as a resource as we look for a variety of story elements as we read our novel. The students will have a variety of activities to complete both at home and at school. Please pay close attention to their assignment notebooks for daily activities in regard to their novel.
In addition, the students should still be reading each night for their enjoyment. Their reading logs are an important tool to access their reading rate and fluency.
We will also begin our next unit in the Lucy Calkins Writing program.
The students will be focusing on The Research-Based Argument Essay. Our goal of this unit is to teach students to argue logically by teaching them to analyze text, to weigh evidence, and to consider logical reasoning.
Our first unit’s bend will guide students develop a solid argument by researching both sides of an issue, postponing a quick, premature conclusion until the actual evidence is cumulated and reviewed.
Again, review the student planner each night for our daily writing/research homework.
There will not be any Word Wisdom this week since we will be using vocabulary from our novel.
Many thanks for the flowers and candy on Valentines Day!! I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
The fifth graders will be having a test on Chapter 9 Tuesday, 2/19 and we will begin reading and discussing Chapter 10 "The Eucharist".
The sixth graders will be having a test on Chapter 3 Thursday, 2/21.
Enjoy the 3 day weekend!!!
I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!
This week 5th grade will continue discussing Earth's Systems. We will also review alternate forms of energy.
6th grade- We will finish up our lesson on clouds. Students will have a short content-based test on clouds either Friday or Monday.
At the end of the week, we will participate in a program called "Skype a Scientist." I have been in touch with a scientist who will provide two presentations (for 5th and 6th) and we will be able to ask her questions about her field of study. She will discuss Alternate forms of energy with 5th, specifically water energy. With the 6th grade, she will discuss the weather, clouds, the water cycle etc.