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5th Grade News - November 2017
All classes are finishing up their nonfiction book club projects. As we get closer to the NY State Exam in reading, classes are practicing strategies to help them answer multiple choice questions. We will continue to use the Ready book as well as short texts to reinforce these strategies.
You can help your children at home by also reading the passages and choosing your own answers. Did you get the same answer? Whether the answer is yes on no, you can use this time to help your child prove his thinking. For example, your child should reason why all the other possible choices are incorrect, as well as referring to text details as to why their choice is correct.
Remember, your child should be reading for at least an hour a day. This could include their fiction book, book club book, comic books, a manual on how to put something together and - believe it or not - the directions to play a video game. All of these will help build stamina and expose them to different reading genres.
Fifth graders are publishing their research papers on Westward Expansion and its impact on the formation of the United States. We are beginning our debate and argument unit by learning the necessary vocabulary, including pro, con, rebuttal, position, and issue.
Students will participate in mock debates in class based on shared reading. This will give them a basic understanding of how to build a persuasive and effective argument.
Finally, students will do some research on a controversial issue and take a pro or con position. They will conduct further research to build a case defending their position. Fifth graders will be expected to formulate a cohesive and effective argument that may actually sway an opponent to their position.
As we are approaching Spring, we are blossoming as math learners, working on strategies to subtract fractions with either common or uncommon denominators.
Then, we are going to move on to multiplying and dividing fractions using different visual models…
As we are working on these topics, students should be thinking about the following questions:
Our fifth grade scientists are learning about the shapes of the earth and how these shapes happen—our landforms.
We will be making a topographic map of Mt. Shasta (a mountain found in northern California), which is a map that shows elevations of our earth’s landforms. This will lead to focus on landform changes due to weathering and erosion, and changes that occur within the earth’s crust or lithosphere due to tectonic plate movements.
At home, you can have your child try an interactive activity that introduces how some landforms are shaped by visiting http://sciencenetlinks.com/media/filer/2011/10/07/forces.html.
Also, please note that all unit tests on Variables went home before the winter recess; many students need to return them signed.
In technology . . .
During the month of March, 5th graders will continue to learn about Digital Citizenship while exploring other features in their G-Suite accounts.
Students will develop a stance on debatable topic and “THINK,” or practice justifying whether their comments and questions are True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind in a Google Classroom forum.
Feel free to email me with any questions: Kconnolly8@schools.nyc.gov.
In social studies…
In Social Studies, our fifth graders will continue to study the Westward Expansion of the United States, which aligns with our current writing and reading units.
Social Studies time will be used to ensure students have the necessary background knowledge to be successful in the other curricular areas.
Additionally, as always, Social Studies is a subject that allows our students to engage with history and timeless questions which help inform their world views and understanding of the future.
To that end, they will be exploring why people migrated west during the 1800’s and the impact that cultural collision had on all the people involved. They will ponder big questions such as: who has the right to claim land? How does technology impact development? What gets lost or left behind in the name of progress?
In the art room, some students will be learning about architecture. They are learning how buildings are created (was the elevator invented yet? what materials were available to them?). Understanding the dynamics of a castle, they will create one from a cardboard box.
The other half of fifth grade will be doing weaving with yarn, ribbon, felt etc. We will then switch at the end of this unit.
Emotional Health Unit: Students are discussing and role playing good practices when dealing with self esteem, relationships, feelings, and challenges in their emotional development and growth.
Basketball Unit: We will work on our dribbling, passing & shooting skills that will help improve our gross motor, coordination and balance technique.
Please click here to visit the 5th Grade website, with homework assignments, information and resources for the following 5th Grade classes:
During a math fraction investigation about a trail in the Adirondack mountains:
“First . . . you need to divide the map into the amount of the denominator. To find the kilometers they camped at, you need to label each fraction. You divide 48 by the denominator. Then, you multiply the numerator by the quotient. You need to multiply because the product you get is the amount of the kilometers they camped at.”
- Naznin and Saad