Hello 5th grade families! I hope everyone had a great weekend.
Reminders and Announcements:
- Some students are still completing MAPs tests so please make sure your child is well rested and has had a good breakfast. Extra snacks are also helpful during testing to help motivate and energize students!
- End of the semester was Thursday, January 9th. Look for report cards Thursday the 16th.
- LITERACY STRATEGY OF THE WEEK! Listening and speaking skills: It is important for children to practice listening and speaking in order to improve their literacy. In the classroom, we use “Habits of Discussion” to help promote these skills. Luckily, these same habits can be implemented at home. For example, encourage your child to use complete sentences when engaging in a conversation. If you asked your child a question, encourage him or her to respond in complete sentences and using any specific vocabulary relevant to the conversation. At school, we remind students by saying “format matters”. This reminds students to respond in complete sentences. Finally, remind your child that words such as “um”, “like”, or “cuz” should be avoided.
5th grade Reading/Writing: Students will be learning about different types of text structure. We continue with our unit on informational text structure. This week we will review what text structure is, why it is important, and the different types of structures. We will be reading short passages and a Scholastic News article to help identify structure of texts. In addition, we will be working on listening comprehension skills and building background by watching brief videos about World War II and bats. In grammar, we will be reviewing parts of speech by playing some fun games and watching Flocabulary and BrainPop videos.
5th grade Projects: We have begun Social Studies! Our first unit is geography. Students will learn how to use and read maps. In addition, students will be learning the 50 U.S. states and capitals and their location on a U.S. map. Our final project is due January 30th. Students will be creating a state float to represent various aspects of their state.
6th grade Reading/ Writing: Students will be researching animal character traits, then choose an animal they would carve on a totem that relates to them and write an informational essay. Our focus will be on reviewing essay structure, thesis statement, transitions, and elaborating in writing. This will be an ongoing project for the next few weeks.