Happening in the Classroom

Here's what's happening in 5th grade for November & December 

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. We will use the SQ3R strategy throughout the entire school year so students know what to look for in what they read, and how to find answers as they read new kinds of text. 

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 in Quarter 2. 


Math
Students began 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. 

From there students moved into Unit 1, with the focus on area and volume. Students became experts in knowing that volume is length x width x height and finding the volume when given the measurements. 

With Unit 2, students returned to multiplication and division, focusing on the traditional way to solve these types of problems. Students have also focused and learned how multiplication and division are connected to one another. Students focused on these areas with some focus in converting units before taking their Unit 2 test. 

Unit 3 will begin in November which will focus on fractions and the connections between fractions and division. Students will learn how to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators, meaning students will also be learning how to find a common denominator with fractions. 

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. 

In Ms. Hilton's classroom, students are learning how to "Go with the Flow". Students are learning about invasive species that are affecting our Great Lakes, and how the levels of our lakes are changed and how this has happened. Students will have to use scientific evidence and data to answer the question, "Should Michigan give water to California in times of drought?"

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. We focus on the first three settlements of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth before we get into the 13 original colonies and then the tension between the colonies and the King of England.