5th Grade News February 2019
Wahoo – third quarter is almost completed! We are extremely industrious in the fifth grade, and looking forward to new challenges.
Math: We have finished our Go Math Fraction Unit and we are practicing our fraction knowledge by completing Nearpod lessons. We know how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators, we understand mixed numbers, multiplication and fraction division. We also know how to put fractions in order and how to find patterns in fractions. We understand what a reciprocal is and what an improper fraction is.
Social Studies: We finished our Colonial Fair Trade. The six graders and the high school students came to watch our presentations. Our guest asked questions to make sure they made the right decision to which colony they wanted to move. Our guest then proceeded to cast their votes. The winning colony was The New England Colony (Cyrus W, Tyler, Jack, Wiliam, Silas, and Kolby.)
English: We have started our verb unit. Lessons we are covering are: action verbs, direct objects, main verbs and helping verbs, linking verbs, tenses (present, past, future), subject-verb agreement, agreement with be and have, contractions with not, and regular and irregular verbs.
Reading: We have been practicing “themes” of stories and we are currently practicing our response to literature skills.
Writing: The fifth graders are currently working on the following writing skills: Solid Paragraphs, Editing, and Expository Writing (compare/contrast and biographies). Every five weeks the three set of groups rotate to work with Mrs. Long, Mrs. Lawson, and Mrs. Northup.
Science: The fifth graders finished their Energy Sources Unit. They were grouped and researched the following renewable and nonrenewable sources: Hydroelectricity, natural gas, nuclear energy, petroleum, solar energy, and geothermal energy. Our next project is Genius Hour. Students are currently researching a passion of their and they will be presenting/educating the class and guests on April 15th.
Thank you for your continued support with the “Read Alouds” at home. Read aloud is a substantial skill your child needs to acquire in order to emerge as a successful reader. Another important part of comprehending what we read is fluency. Fluency is determined by the speed and intonation used during reading. Your child’s comprehension should increase as they become a more fluent reader. A great way to increase fluency is by reading books more than once and trying to increase reading speed each time it is read. A good rule of thumb is that they should read as they talk – not too fast and not too slow. Please encourage your child to reread familiar books so they become more confident, fluent readers
Keep on reading!
We love, love, love science in the 5th grade.
Congratulations to Hadlie Robinette, Nicole Ludgate, and Brylee Whitney for winning at the Prairie School Science Fair. The girls moved onto competing at Regionals.
Further congratulations to Brylee Whitney for winning two awards at Regionals: The Pioneers of Science Award (this award is given for designing a project which challenged both intellect and imagination. Brylee also won the Animal Science Award. Brylee was the only 5th grader in her category – she competed against 7th and 8th graders who were also from Gifted and Talented schools….Bravo Brylee and thank you for winning those two awards for Prairie School.