5th Grade News - January 2019
What are we learning this month?
As we wrap up reading Home of the Brave, the fifth graders will be moving into nonfiction reading. Students are developing skills and strategies to tackle complex nonfiction texts and learn review note taking skills in preparation for middle school. We will be strengthening our skills in monitoring for sense, word solving, prediction and summarizing.
In the next unit, reading, writing and social studies will be closely linked. We will be exploring Westward Expansion. Students will be reading about various topics and conducting research in preparation for a writing piece and a reading project.
At home, encourage your child to read various types of nonfiction text, such as newspapers, online articles, magazines, catalogs, and more! Your child should continue to read both nonfiction and fiction texts at home throughout the year.
In the early weeks of January, some fifth grade classes are publishing their Feature Articles, while others are ready to dive into the next non-fiction unit: historical research report.
The unit begins with immersion of U.S. Westward Expansion topics through texts, primary sources, and videos. Each student will then select a single subtopic to narrow their focus. These subtopics include the California Gold Rush, the Lewis & Clark expedition, the Transcontinental Railroad, and the Trail of Tears.
Fifth graders will conduct research using selected passages, books, articles, and internet sources. Students will carefully select which aspects of their subtopic to focus on and decide how best to organize the information that they gather. Finally, an important goal of this unit is using and citing reliable sources in their writing.