Happening in the Classroom

Here's what's happening in 5th grade for August & September 

ELA
Reading: Students will be learning what it means to grow as a reader and learn about strategies and skills they can use to grow in their reading and learning. Students will be learning about the SQ3R strategy that they can use in any form of reading. We will focus on a new skill each week until we feel confident about the skill before moving on. 

Students will also understand the importance of making reading goals and to share those goals with others to keep one another accountable. Students pick two goals and make that their focus; whether it's to read more at home, use a specific strategy we have learned in class to help them grow as readers, or to push themselves to read something outside of the genre they usually pick.

 Students will work hard within their reading and make weekly suggestions to their classmates about new books to read that they loved reading themselves. We have constant book talks and book suggestions that we make to one another during our reading discussion time. 


Writing: Students will learn about all six writing traits; Main Idea, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. We will spend time as writer's to understand how our writing directly connects to our readers and that by asking for feedback we are growing as writers more each day. 

Once we focus on the writing traits we will use what we have learned to create our first writing piece; a personal narrative, followed by a state research project later in September and into October. 


Math
Students will begin their year in math with a 4th grade review and what their beautiful brains remember from last year. From there, students will learn how to create and use an interactive notebook. This notebook will serve as their resource and notes, something that can and should be taken home in case of work that needs to be completed. 

Students will then move into unit 1 of our math curriculum which will be all about area and volume and the connection they share. Students will have a pre and post test to see the growth they have made from the beginning of the unit to the end. 

Science
To start the year in science, students will learn about the Scientific Method and what the steps of the scientific method are. This is a good review and students get the chance to understand the steps and why they happen in that order. 

From there, students will move their focus to Social Studies or some time before the first science unit. 

This year in science students will be rotating to the other 5th grade teachers for each unit, so students get the chance to be taught by all three 5th grade teachers throughout the year. 


Social Studies
In 2018 we are taking a strong hold into our countries history. Students will first refresh their beautiful brains on geography in order to understand everything they will learn this year. 

From there, students will learn about Native Americans; their start in North America as well as the Native American regions in North America. 

After learning about Native Americans students will begin to learn about the explorers that came to the "New World" and early settlements.