As we move into January, our fifth grade classroom continues to be a busy place.
The following is some information that will be consistent throughout the year. Also, some of the more specific unit information will follow as units are introduced.
The first topic is homework. The general rule is ten minutes per grade, which means approximately fifty minutes for our fiifth graders. The students were told that it won't be that much each night, but it would probably be a good idea to use the remaining time to get some reading done or enjoy some board games.
Next, I just wanted to let you know about the weekly folders. Each Monday, there will be some information that is up on the front board for the students to write down in their folders. After it is all written out, I will sign the folders and add any comments. The folders will then go home and be signed and returned within a couple of days. These folders will be used to communicate information such as test scores, late homework, important dates, or any other relevant information. The weekly folders usually prove to be a valuable asset in the communication between home and school, and I appreciate your time in looking over them and returning them.
Our reading schedule will be a bit different this year. There will be a variety of resources used to work on reading skills. We will be using novels, short stories, and other classroom resources. With a wealth of books in our classroom, I hope to see the students discover some new books and to develop (or continue to have) a love of reading. The students will also be using reading strategies in order to give more meaning to what is being read. (Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring/Predicting, Determining importance, and Synthesizing) Each child will have an eight page booklet with information on these strategies to use as a bookmark. Another tool that will be used is a bowling alley resource. It will be laminated so that the students can use them with all books. This will focus on the changes in characters, but it can be used with other areas too.
During reading, we are currently enjoying reading Wonder. I actually had the chance to enjoy the movie over Thanksgiving break, and I talked to the students about it. Although a couple of students have already seen it, the students were encouraged to see it after we finish the book. Yet, it would also be fine to see the movie before finishing the book. This is a great novel, and the students can learn many valuable lessons from it.
In math, we have homework to go along with each activity. Be sure to encourage your children to ask questions in school if there are any questions about completing the assignments. It should go along with the work that we do in school. Also, there is a link that is listed below that gives extra help in math. Click on the link and go to the area that is needing work. There is a worksheet and an answer key below it. We will be using this in school, but it would also be great for extra work at home.
In social studies, we are currently working on a unit involving comparing cultures. We are working on Christmas around the World slide shows that go along with this concept. This should be going on for a few weeks.
Our writing piece that we are currently working on is a persuasive writing piece. This involves a change that could be made for Elden. It is going to be put into a booklet, and we hope to have Mr. Coughlin in to hear these. I have told the students that some of these changes have been put into place in the past.
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