Welcome to 5th Grade
In Math, students have been demonstrating an understanding of fractions and decimals and how they relate to each other and to whole numbers using concrete models, drawings, and mathematical symbols. Students have also:
- Applied their past learning of multiplying and dividing whole numbers to gain an understanding of multiplication and division with fractions
- Connected their understanding of multiplication of whole numbers, to multiplication of a whole number and a decimal
- Used their knowledge of division with whole number and apply that to their learning of division with whole numbers and decimals.
In Reading, students followed their Fiction unit by learning about Non-fiction. By reading and studying three types of non-fiction (reference, literary, and biography), students have developed an understanding of various forms, features, and purposes of non-fiction. Their reading of non-fiction texts has been enhanced by an understanding of the structure, layout, and text features associated with each particular type of non-fiction writing.
In Writing the students have completed two units; Writing The Lens of History and Writings Research-Based Argument Essays. The Lens of History unit supported students’ writing of informational texts within a content area study. Students engaged in research, including keeping track of and citing relevant sources. To glean pertinent information, students delved deeply into informational texts, discerning significant ideas and supporting information, synthesizing and comparing information across texts, and considering their structure and craft as mentor texts. In the researched-based argument unit, students investigated and wrote argument essays on provided and personal topics. As students explored issues, they read texts, both digital and print, exploring the reasons for and against the given topic.
In Social Sciences, we studied of the Civil War. Students participated in a simulation. During this time, we looked at the important parts of the Civil War. In addition, students learned about the forces of change and where these forces come from (people or the environment). Students focused their learning around the question: What is the influence of diverse perspectives?
In Science, we focused on matter. Students worked to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen through the development of a model. Students also developed an understanding of the idea that regardless of the type of change that matter undergoes, the total weight of matter is conserved. Students determined whether the mixing of the two or more substances results in new substances. When matter changes, does its weight change?
~The Fifth Grade Team