10/10 Newsletter

October 10, 2019


Dear Fifth Grade Parents and Students,

Here’s a look at the week ahead.


Mr. Schreck

Chapter 3, Divide by a One-Digit Divisor

Monday: Lesson 4, Division Patterns

Tuesday: Review: Two-Digit Dividends

Wednesday: Quiz, Lessons 2-4 & ALEKS

Thursday: Lesson 5, Estimate Quotients

Ms. Semandiris

10/14 – fluency Practice p. 144

10/15 –  Chapter Review

10/16 – Pre-Test

10/17 – Chapter 2 Test

Chapter 3, Divide by a One-Digit Divisor

10/18 – Ch. 3, L. 1 Relate Division to Multiplication

Mrs. Heuer

Next week, we will take our second 5th grade unit test.  The main focus of this unit was mastering multiplication and division of decimals.  We started reviewing this week and will spend another day reviewing on Monday.  Up next: addition and subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers!  The students will work with like and unlike fractions, mixed numbers, reducing their answers, and applying the skills to problem solving.   Students also have access to ALEKS if they’d like to practice more at home.

Science: The quiz on swingers has been moved to next Tuesday due to the magazine assembly today.

Students begin a unit in the Engineering is Elementary program. Students will explore the field of environmental engineering as they design a process to clean an oil spill in a model river. They will learn how pollution can negatively impact the organisms in the ecosystem and how engineers must consider both short and long-term effects of pollutants on the organisms in a given ecosystem.

Social Studies: We have begun the next lesson Ch. 4 Why Europeans Left for the New World. Students have become Deep Sea Divers and Research Scientists, excavating artifacts from a sunken ship dating back to the Age of Exploration. During class students have been identifying the artifacts and reading about them in their textbooks. They have been taking notes in their Interactive Notebook much like a Research Scientists would in real life. Next week we will be going over their findings and I will present the correct answers. Students will be correcting their work with the correct answers in class. We also will then categorize each of the artifacts in to three categories, Motivation for Exploration, New World Product and New Technology that Encouraged Exploration. Looking ahead, the test for this Chapter will be on 10/25. A hard copy of the study guide will be passed out in class on 10/18. It will also be on the Social studies Google classroom.

Reading: Next week we will begin the fiction novel, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. This is a high interest, fast-paced book that appeals to many 5th graders. We will be focusing on the story elements of character, setting, plot and conflict as well as working with story-specific vocabulary. Much of the reading is done in class, but there will be reading assigned for homework as well. It is important that students keep up with the reading assignments, as this lends itself to full participation in classroom discussions, and adds to the enjoyment and comprehension of the book.

Religion: Students will take a quiz on Chapter 2, Made to Be with God, next Friday. Students will use the study guides they complete in class to prepare for a quiz

Language Arts: Our next Spelling Quiz will be October 18th Lesson 3, including (5) challenge words! So, there will be a total of 25 words. We will be taking a practice quiz on Monday of next week so students can have a clear idea of the words they need to review during the week to be successful on Friday’s quiz. I suggest using this as review study tool as well as looking at the words online. They can be found on my class website: https://6b.holyrosaryws.org/5th-la/.

Have a great weekend!