2018 - 2019
PS 230 5th Grade Team
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Theme of the Month
Compassion and Forgiveness
Quote of the Month
“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world." - Harold Kushner
Student of the Month Qualities
*Student demonstrates humility.
*Student can forgive others for mistakes they may have done in the past.
*Student demonstrates kindness and compassion to his/her peers.
5th Grade Archives
5th Grade News - October 2018
5th Grade News - January 2019
5th Grade News - March 2019
What are we learning this month?
Our students will be learning about the genre of FANTASY. Fantasy stories often contain unrealistic settings, involve magic and often take place in medieval settings. They tend to involve mythical beings or supernatural characters talk. Fifth grade students will be reading, discussing and elaborating on the elements of fantasy such as:
- Mythical Creatures
Your child should also be reading a fantasy book on their own. Please make sure to take your child to the library if he/she doesn’t have their own fantasy book. As they read their book, they should keep track of the elements that they come across. It is encouraged that you discuss their stories with them and have them show you text evidence that supports their ideas.
In Writing we are immersed in our debate unit. Your students have been writing essays to defend their opinion on debatable topics such as which is better: books or screens?
You can help your child at home by making sure that their essays have five indented paragraphs, and by practicing debating with them!
Once we wrap up this unit we will soon launch our fantasy unit! This is a very engaging unit for our fifth graders every year. Start to prepare your child for it by asking them what they know about fantasy books, movies, and stories.
STEM - Math
Following the NYS Math State exams, sudents will be learning about the coordinate plane and grid systems. They will be learning about the x and y axis and how to graph points on a coordinate plane. Also, they will be learning to construct coordinate systems based on data sets, choosing intervals that align with the range of the data.
To help them acquire these skills, they will be playing versions of the classic game, “Battleship”. You can help your child by playing this game at home (either on the classic board or versions on the computer). This will help your child understand the relationships between data points and the coordinate plane.
Additionally, we will be continuing to push students to challenge themselves as problem-solvers by assigning weekly exemplars.
STEM - Science
The fifth grade scientists have completed their Unit of Study — Matter and Energy in Ecosystems. Your child has received their assessment slip, please be sure to sign it and have your child return it to school—it is worth an additional 5 points!
Our scientists will start the next Unit of Study called Earth’s Systems and Beyond. We will learn how 4 of the Earth’s systems interact and compose our planet.
At home, they can research the human impact on one of these systems like our hydrosphere (our water) or atmosphere (our air).
STEM - Technology
During the month of May, 5th graders will continue to learn about the importance of creating a positive Digital Footprint. Through the creation of their own future footprint on Google Slides, students will be able to explain how they know that digital content is permanent and cannot be deleted.
Students are encouraged to practice their typing skills at home on Keyboarding Without Tears. https://program.kwtears.com/
In Social Studies, students are continuing to learn about the United States in the 19th century with a focus on industrialization and the U. S. Civil War. Depending on the classroom, students will be engaged in group or independent research-based projects.
The goal is for students to demonstrate their understanding of key events and concepts that shaped the growth of our nation.
We are very excited to announce that advisory has started! In this exciting new program, your child will have an opportunity to form a relationship with another adult besides their classroom teacher. In advisory they will focus on building the school community, executive functioning, organization, and the transition to middle school.
Student Quotes of the Month:
“There is amazing potential with every human on earth.” - Nuhin 5-501
“PS 230 is one of the many schools where people are respected no matter their religion.” - Winnie 5-501
“Crying isn’t a symbol of weakness, it’s a symbol that shows how strong you are.” - Vivian 5-501
“Life is like a movie, write your own ending.” - Sanina 5-501
We will learn about tempo and dynamics so as better to appreciate our experience at the New York Philharmonic
performance on May 10th. We will also learn how composers use variations to create musical interest.
Baseball Unit! Students are developing their locomotive and gross motor skills by base-running and fielding within the parameters of the game.
Exercise unit: Our students are exploring the benefits of exercise on the body and mind while physically learning some techniques to improve their everyday routines.
Middle School Choices
Results of the Middle School Choice process will be available in April 2019. A letter indicating the school that a student has been placed in will be delivered to PS 230, and go home with students in their homework folder.
When results are available, families can also log in to myschools.nyc to download the placement letter.
If you are happy with your middle school placement, celebrate! If you wish to appeal, please return the form provided with the placement letter to Mr. Scrubb, PS 230 Guidance Counselor or your child's classroom teacher. Appeals applications deadline: Friday, May 10
Click here for more information about the Middle School Choice process, middle school directories and links to middle school websites.
★ May 1 - 2
NYS Math Test
★ May 6 -17
★ May 10
New York Philharmonic Trip
★ May 15
Open School Night Claymation Presentations
★ May 17
Pocono Valley Senior Trip
★ May 20
Beautiful People Day
★ May 27
No School - Memorial Day
★ May 31
5th Grade Talent Show
Please click below to visit the websites with homework assignments, information and resources for the following 5th Grade classes:
Please check in with your student about school supplies. At this point in the year students frequently need new pencils, notebooks, etc. We are always in need of pencils. Donations are always appreciated. Thanks in advance!