FIRST TRIMESTER NEWSLETTER
We have had a great start to our new year and look forward to a very productive year together.
In math, we began the year with place value concepts, multiplying with multi-digit numbers and expressions. In Chapter 2, we worked with dividing whole numbers, following the steps to long division and interpreting remainders. In Chapter 3, we focused on adding and subtracting decimals. We have begun Chapter 4, multiplying decimals. In each chapter, there is higher order thinking word problems involving the topic being learned. Looking ahead, chapter 5 will be dividing decimals and then we will move into fractions.
In ELA, we have completed our first Module, the topic of Human Rights using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We have discussed what human rights are and focused on several of the rights in the document. This prepared us for our novel study of Esperanza Rising, in which we discussed what we can learn about human rights through literature and life. We have begun work on the next module which focuses on text features in a non-fiction text. We are working on Unit 1 of that module, which is giving us lots of background knowledge about rainforests in the Western hemisphere as well as information about how scientists communicate their work. We will then move into Unit 2, the reading of the book, The Most Beautiful Roof in the World. This book is about scientist Meg Lowman and how she conducts her studies in the canopies of the rainforest.
In Science, we began discussing thinking like scientists. Students completed labs, use the Scientific Method and utilizing problem-solving skills. We will start to learn about the micro world and learn how to use the compound microscope as we continue to think like scientists. We will discuss cell theory and learn the difference between animal and plant cells.
In Social Studies, students we began the year with a focus on the physical and geographical characteristics of the Western Hemisphere and how it effects where people choose to live, the way they make a living, and their everyday life. In our next Social Studies unit, we will be addressing early civilizations in the Western Hemisphere. The characteristics of the Maya, Aztec & Inca civilizations will be explored as we think about the Unit Question: “What makes people similar yet unique?”
The students very much enjoyed our class trip to the Paramount to see The legend of Sleepy Hollow. The students are excited to have received their class t-shirts to wear to all their fifth grade events. The first big event was Past/Game night, on December 7, 2018. We are looking forward to the next fifth grade event, Bowling Night on February 22, 2019.
Fifth Grade Projects
- Fact Monster
- Grolier's Encyclopedia
- 4 2 eXplore
- Westchester Library System
- One Look Dictionary
- Tinker Lost in Space
- Electronic Journals
- Crayola Crayons and Computers
- Harry Potter
- PBS Kids
- Guys Read