We hope you had a wonderful weekend. As we start this week we have some exciting things coming up in our students learning.
Reading– In reading we are finishing our Fiction Unit. Our first reading test of the year will be this week. The test will be 2 fictional reading passages and a total of 15 multiple choice questions. Students will be asked to apply all of the fiction skills they have learned so far this year including theme, foreshadowing, suspense and point of view.
Writing– In writing, students are going to finish their Personal Narratives. Students will be given a revising and editing checklist to do independently. Additionally, students will be peer editing, working with a partner to help improve their writing. When they have finished, students will publish their piece.
Social Studies– It’s freedom week! Students will be discussing some important topics in our nation’s history. Including, the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Star Spangled Banner.
Math- We started Unit 2 this week, easing into the world of fractions. Students used fraction dice to show addition using a number line. They also worked with Cuisenaire Rods to create equal partitions on a number line and to understand adding fractions as the joining of parts of the same-size whole. This week we will add unit fractions with unlike denominators, problem-solving that provides practice with combining fractions in multiple ways, students use their knowledge of equivalent fractions to decompose and recompose addends to “get to the whole.
Science- We also started our second unit in Science, Mixtures & Solutions. Students observed that while combining two substances, blue water, and yellow water, can appear to make the original substances “disappear,” in reality, the individual substances still retain at least some of their original properties. Students also observed Mystery Substances in a baggie; students used a variety of tools to separate a mixture of objects in sand. The students then recorded the objects, their physical properties and the tool used to separate them from the mixture. This week we will continue our work with Mixture and Solutions as we learn the different ways to separate solutions even though the mixtures have dissolved. We will read in our Stemscopes books and complete questions pertaining to the reading.
On top of all the awesome learning we are doing there are some important dates we want you to be aware of:
- Week of September 17- Reading Test
- Monday, September 17- Friday, October 5- Stuff the Booth
- Friday, September 21, 2018- Folklorico Dance Field Trip
- Tuesday, September 25- Flu Clinic
- Friday, September 28, 2018- Picture Day
The Student Ambassador Club is taking applications for the new school year. This is for grades 3-5. The Student Ambassador program provides opportunities to develop student leadership, human relations, and communication skills. We make Sommer and our community a better place to be. Students make a commitment to lead by example, demonstrate responsibility, and respect and value diversity within our community. If you are interested in participating in ambassadors the application is due on September 24th to Mrs. Baker or Miss Gagliardi 2018-19 Application
As always if you have any question please contact your student’s teacher.
The 5th Grade team