We hope you had a great winter break and are enjoying 2019 so far. The fifth-grade teachers were so happy to see all of everyone back last week. With one week down, things are starting to pick back up in 5th grade. One important reminder is that fifth-grade has a field trip on Friday, January 18th.
Reading– In reading we are working on our drama unit. Students will be working to understand, make inferences, and draw conclusions about the elements of drama. Students will use their previously gained knowledge as they read and interpret dramatic literature and compare and contrast themes or moral lessons across works of dramatic literature and fictional texts. One exciting way we are going to be exploring drama is through our field trip this week to see the play This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing based on the fairy tale by Finegan Kruckemeyer.
Writing– We are also going to be using our drama skills in writing as we use our skills to become playwrights. In this unit, our fifth graders will craft imaginative dramas with a clearly defined focus, plot, and point of view as well as a specific believable setting and the element of dialogue and stage directions. Students will be writing a script with a minimum of 4 characters and a narrator. As a final for this writing, students will be performing their plays for their class sharing their work with us. This week we will be focusing on developing a narrator, using stage directions to convey character traits and exploding the turning point in their stories so that it is apparent to their audience.
Social Studies– In social studies this week, we will be continuing our unit on Westward Expansion. Students will be talking about Lewis and Clark’s expedition to explore the Lousiana Purchase, and the Gold Rush. A key focus in this unit is the struggles that different groups went through during this time period. This week we will be focusing on the struggles of the Westward Settlers and the 49ers.
Math-We are heading into our 5th Unit DCA over Extending Decimal Place Value to Thousandths and Applying Addition and Subtraction of Decimals to Data Analysis and Perimeter; the DCA will be on Friday 1/18 before we leave for our field trip. Students have been working on estimating decimals to the thousandth place value and adding and subtracting decimals using grids.
Science- We began Unit 6- Sun, Moon and Earth System. In this Unit students will be able to answer these essential questions: How often does the day and night cycle occur on the Earth? Describe the positions of the Earth and Sun in daytime and nighttime. What are the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon? Students have constructed a Sundial using a paper plate, playdough, and a pencil- several times a day- Sun cooperating- students will go outside and trace the shadow of their “Sundial” to determine the time of the day. Students are also completing a Moon Phases Calendar that will include the time of the sunrise and sunset for 30 days. In addition, we created an Earth Model image using a ping pong ball to show the apparent movement of the sun across the sky. Coming up we will identify and compare the physical characteristics of the Sun, Earth, and Moon. WOW- what a busy -and fun! two weeks we are having!
On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:
- Thursday, January 17 at 9:45- 5th Grade Awards Assembly
- Friday, January 18, 2019- Math DCA
- Friday, January 18, 2019- Field Trip- Zach Theater
- Monday, January 21, 2019- No School- Martin Luther King Jr Day
- Saturday, January 26, 2019- RRHS Learning Community UIL Meet
- Thursday, January 31, 2019- Pearson Ranch Counselor Visit
- Friday, February 1, 2019- 100th Day of School
- Friday, February 1, 2019- 3rd-5th Assembly
- Monday, February 4, 2019- 101st Day of School
- Wednesday, February 6, 2019- Global Day of Play
PARENTS – MORNING SAFETY CONCERN: Car rider drop off line closes at 7:40 and side doors are locked, please drive to the front of the building to drop off your child.
As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.
The 5th Grade team