Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week 18

           TWiG5This Week iGrade 5
                               December 10 - 14

As we are getting closer to the winter break there are a few activities up and coming. There is definitely excitement in the air! 

Important Dates:
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19, will be a Thursday schedule
  • Dec. 21 - ES Winter Assembly (2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
  • Dec 22 - Jan 13 Winter Break. School resumes Jan 14

Book Fair: This year's Christmas Book Fair begins on Sunday December 10th in the Middle School Back Courtyard! If you would like your child to shop during the times below, please send cash (suggested: 300 LE) with them. Otherwise, the fair will stay open Sunday-Thursday after school from 3-5 so you can accompany your child or purchase for yourself.
5J: Dec. 10 - 2:00 - 2:30
5O: Dec. 10 - 2:30 - 3:00
5G: Dec. 11 - 11:30 -12:00
5K: Dec. 12 - 1:00 - 1:30

If you missed the 5G assembly here is the link

Curriculum Corner

Reading Workshop & Writing Workshop

Students continue to research within their chosen topics and have been reading and taking notes on all of their new learning and understanding. We have practiced a variety of note-taking strategies such as reading with a question in mind, recording the facts that answer that question, along with our reactions and thinking. We will continue to read and research this week while focusing on summarizing and paraphrasing skills. 

Math Workshop

Module 3 will conclude Thursday with the end-of-module assessment following on Sunday. It is very important that students take their time, read the questions very carefully and use strategies such as rereading, highlighting, underlining or rewriting the important parts in order to ensure correct understanding of the problems. Students will need to use the RDW (read, draw, write) approach and draw labelled pictures such as tape diagrams, number lines, or fraction boxes to support their thinking. A final written sentence with the final answer is also expected. Encourage your child to determine questions they have, and get them to seek out assistance in plenty of time before the Thursday assessment.

This week, we will continue to add and subtract fractions, including improper fractions as well as mixed numbers. We will work to solve multi-step word problems and assess the reasonableness of our answers. "Will your sum be greater or less than one-half? How do you know?" These are the types of questions students will be answering in class, as they use estimating skills to determine where their answers will land.

Using interactive technology in Science Class


Last week, students spent time exploring adaptions of various plants and animals. By participating in a fun 'thumb' activity, students saw first hand how having an opposable thumb is advantageous to us humans. Next week we will continue explorations by learning how plants and animals survive the desert biome. This week we will also begin guided research with the teacher using the BIG 6 research model and examples from the desert.

Circle Solutions

This week in Circles we will be focusing on Respect within our classroom. We will be planning some activities and games around the theme of Respect. 

Take care and have a great week!

From your Grade 5 Education Partners,

LeeAnn Kasal
Bonnie Greene
Jonathan O'Sullivan
Caitlin Johnson

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