5th Grade News - January 2020
What are we learning this month?
All classes are reading the verse novel, Home of the Brave or The One and Only Ivan. Some classes will send the book home for homework. Students need to be responsible taking care of their books.
These books will be read aloud, in partnerships, and independently. Students will be analyzing the book in many ways. They will study figurative language, theme, character traits, and character’s perspective.
Students will be working to record their thinking in order to grow an idea across the text. Students will also be evaluating the strength and significance of their ideas by using text evidence.
Remember, students should be logging into their I-Ready Accounts, as well as their MyOn Accounts to further support their reading instruction.
In Writing, students are revisiting the craft of narrative writing. An important goal of this unit is for students to make connections with
the narrative texts they see in reading.
In this unit, students will be revisiting the skills they learned in previous grades to develop personal stories. Fifth grade personal
narratives emphasize story structure, craft moves such as "show, not tell," point of view, and stretching out the tension in a story. Students will expand on elaboration techniques using dialogue, descriptive vocabulary, and figurative language.
Finally, students will work on revision as a means to clearly communicate ideas and meaning.
In social studies...
Fifth grade is wrapping up their study of European exploration of the western hemisphere. This month, we will begin examining America in the 1800s. Specific historical events include Westward Expansion, the U.S. Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. As always, content-specific vocabulary will be an important part of this unit.
Expect your child to mention the Monroe Doctrine, Manifest Destiny, and the Transcontinental Railroad. Students will explore these ideas and more, as they make connections between the actions and consequences of major historical periods.
Finally, fifth graders will be doing some work to examine different events from a different perspective.