PS 230 5th Grade Team
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5-501 Ms. Kelley, Room 403
5-502 Ms. Lasky, Room 428
5-503 Mrs. Joudeh and Ms. Conroy, Room 405
5-504 Ms. Fitzgerald and Mr. Metzner, Room 429
5-505 Ms. Redmond and Ms. Madison, Room 431
5-506 Ms. Grant, Room 401
4/5 - 212 Mr. Ramos, Room 430
5th Grade Archives:
In Reading Workshop, students are reading short stories written by the same author, Gary Paulsen or Cynthia Rylant. Within the short stories, students will be working on comparing and contrasting author’s craft, character relationships, character traits and more! The students will also be working on recognizing universal truths presented in the narratives. They have been working on supporting themes identified in their stories or their theories with text evidence.
Students have also worked on studying a character’s arc. Sometimes the character’s feelings change from the beginning of the story to the end. In some of our more complex narratives, the character’s actions or thinking may take an unexpected turn. Students will continue to explore the characters in their stories.
Our current writing unit is a test prep unit, which integrates opinion writing with literary essay, particularly to prepare for the extended response question on the ELA. Students are learning how to analyze question prompts, plan their writing and annotate texts to identify relevant text evidence that supports their thesis. Much of the writing focuses on comparing and contrasting two texts of multiple genres. An important goal is teaching students to notice, describe and compare similarities and differences in themes, characters, and other literary elements.
This month, the fifth graders will continue to study European Exploration and Early Societies of the Western Hemisphere (Maya, Aztec, and Inca). Some of the essential questions that will guide these units are: How does environment affect culture? How do different societies set up governments? What happens when these societies interact? What motivates people to explore other lands? How did European exploration impact various native people? Students will be using a variety of resources (books, articles, primary source documents, videos, images, maps, etc.) to investigate and answer these questions.
Preparing for the ELA Test
The ELA test is fast approaching in the last week of March. Many children and their families may become nervous for this high stakes assessment.
Here at PS 230, we have been working with the children on not only a Common Core aligned literacy curriculum, but bi-weekly test preparation with the Ready book.
We encourage you to talk to your child about the test and try to ease their stress. We are confident that our students will do their best on the exam. The most important way to help your child is by reading with them daily and talking to them about what they are learning Keeping literacy as a daily and group activity is a best practice for all children. Literacy practices are beneficial in all languages!
We are proud of our students and their work so far. Their hard work will pay off soon!
This month in math we are starting a new unit focused on decimals and place value. Students will be expanding their understanding of place value beyond hundreds to thousands, ten thousands and so on. Students are expected to understand that in the number 465,843,579, 6 has the value of six ten millions; 8 has the value eight hundred thousands. They will also be expanding their understanding of place value to positive numbers less than 1. Students will learn how to name decimals and understand the place value for each place. Lastly, students will understand the relationship between adjacent place values, for all numbers large and small. That is, moving from one digit to the next digit to the left multiplies the digit's value by 10 but moving to the right divides the digit's value by 10.
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 research the layers of the earth, tectonic plate movements, and the theory of Pangaea. Also, you can have your child start a collection of various landform pictures using postcards or photographs.
March 28th, 29th, and 30th
2017 ELA State Exam
Save the Dates:
May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2017
Math State Exam
May 19th, 2017
Senior Trip to Poconos
June 23rd 2017,