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January 21st-23rd, 2020

January 21, 2020 by Nicole Hyde

Hello 5th grade families! I hope everyone had a nice long weekend with your families enjoying an extra day with each other.  

Reminders and Announcements: 

  • Students will need to bring in a shoe box for their state float.  Please send them in this week if you have one.    
  • This Thursday students are able to dress in grey to support the Koalas in need from the fires in Australia for a donation of at least $1.00.  
  •  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 finishing up text structure this week by learning about problem and solution, reviewing main idea/details or descriptions and then play a game reviewing the 6 different types of text structure, then students will take an assessment on Thursday.  In addition, we will continue working on the 8 parts of speech and focus in on nouns, adjectives and adverbs this week. 

5th grade Projects: We have begun our first unit, which is geography. Students will continue to learn how to use and read maps. This week we will focus on time zones and climate zones in addition to finishing up stations on road, region, water ways and physical maps.  Furthermore, 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 finish researching animal character traits on their animal they chose, and continue to write an informational essay. Our focus will be on topic sentences this week, then continue to review essay structure, thesis statement, transitions, and elaboration in writing. This will be an ongoing project for the next couple of weeks.