5th Grade News - March 2020
What are we learning this month?
Students are preparing for the NYS ELA Test in March. During this month they will be reviewing testing strategies to successfully read passages and answer multiple choice questions. To ensure they are prepared, the classes will be using their Ready Books, Read Alouds, and several short passages accompanied with multiple choice questions. Teachers will also teach strategies to handle the emotional stress of taking the test, and show the students silent movement breaks they can use while taking the test.
During this month students will continue to read their independent reading books, use their i-Ready and Myon Accounts.
Fifth graders are working on another non-fiction writing unit. Students will be conducting research, with an
eye toward evaluating the reliability of various sources. Organizing their information will be an important focus. Students are expected to take a position on an issue, then write in a persuasive manner to convince their reader of the truth of that position.
At the same time, we will be preparing for the state ELA test. We continue to use our Ready books, as well as supplemental passages, to make our short answers and essays the best they can be.
In social studies...
Our fifth grade students will begin to study the Westward Expansion of the United States of America. This information also aligns with our current reading and writing units. Social Studies time will be used to ensure that students have the necessary
background knowledge to be successful in all of their curricular areas.
Additionally, as always, Social Studies is a subject that allows our students to engage with story and timeless questions which help inform their understanding of the past and the future. They will be exploring the reasons why people migrated West during the 1800’s and the impact that cultural collision had on all of 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 and left behind in the name of progress?