11/17 Newsletter

November 17, 2023

Dear Fifth Grade Parents and Students,

I look forward to meeting with parents and students at conferences next week.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead when we return from Thanksgiving break.


Mr. Schreck

Chapter 4, Divide by a Two-Digit Divisor

Monday (11/27): Review Lesson 3, Divide by a Two-Digit Divisor

Tuesday: Quiz, Lessons 1 & 3

Wednesday: Lesson 4, Adjust Quotients

Thursday: Lesson 4, Part 2

Friday: Lesson 5, Divide Greater Numbers

Ms. Semandiris

Monday (11/27) Chapter 3 Divide by a One-Digit Divisor

Tuesday (11/28) Lesson 8, Divide Three – and Four Digit Dividends

Wednesday (11/29) Check My Progress p. 207

Thursday (11/30) Quiz on Lessons 5 & 8

Friday (12/1) Aleks Practice

Mrs. Heuer

Monday: *Review (Day 2)

Tuesday: *Unit 4 Test

Wednesday: *5.1 US Customary Ruler

Thursday: *5.2 Customary Length

Friday: *5.3 Customary Weight


Social Studies: 5th Social Studies

We will be moving on to Lesson 5, Routes of Exploration to the Americas. Students will become an expert on one of 8 European explorers. They will be working in groups to create a presentation using a variety of methods (in which they can choose) to teach the other students in the class about their explorer.

Essential Question

What were the effects of European exploration in the Americas?


Prepare a visual/oral presentation on a European explorer that shows the motives and impacts of European voyages to the Americas.


Social Studies

  • Identify, organize, and analyze key facts about eight early European explorers who led expeditions to the Americas.
  • Trace and label explorers’ routes and identify the motives for the explorations of eight early European explorers.
  • Recognize the level of impact eight early European explorers had on North America and its inhabitants.

Language Arts

  • Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical text based on specific information in the text.
  • Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Science: Students will begin a research-based science unit called Microworlds. In this unit, students will learn to use their powers of observation with the help of magnifying lenses and microscopes to see familiar things in a new way. They are also introduced to a fascinating new world-the cellular structure of living organisms.

English/Language Arts: Hello HRS families. When we return from Thanksgiving Break, students will begin planning their short stories. We will begin by reviewing figurative language, focusing specifically on simile, metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. From there, we will plan stories using graphic organizers. Their short stories need to be realistic fiction, or something could happen in real life. They can even write about a personal experience if they choose to. The writing will take place in class, so students should not be writing the final story at home. However, I encourage them to practice story writing in a journal using the techniques we’ve reviewed so far. Aside from this, we will begin unit five in our vocab books on Monday when we return. Have a wonderful break!

Religion: Students will learn how through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist we share in Christ’s role as priest, prophet, and king. In Baptism and Confirmation we are anointed with a perfumed oil called Sacred Chrism. Students will also discuss how St. Paul compares the new life of Baptism with the resurrection of Jesus.

Have a great Thanksgiving!