Hello, 5th grade families! It's time for another quick update from our class. There's always so much happening each and every day, with our class already working hard and moving along the curriculum. It seems like we've been together for no time at all, and yet we're done with our first units. I think, to sum up this first month I'll leave you with a quote from Mark Van Doren, "the art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery." We are all in the midst of discovering so much, and I can't wait to share it all with you when you come in for conferences.
ps.: Please check out the important dates listed below, as we have many.
Dates to Remember
October 1st—6:00-7:00 p.m. Digital Citizenship presentation for parents
October 4th—8:30-1:30 “Wheel-A-Thon!”
October 7th-11th—Parent/Teacher Conferences (the link was sent this week, please let me know if you didn't get it!)
October 9th, 10th, 11th—No school
Oct 15th—Picture Day
Oct 23rd—Professional growth Wednesday (early release)
You've got mail!
You should have received a lot of mail/communication from me this week
On both Thursday and Friday of this week, I sent home quite a few flyers with information and a very important piece of mail. Please check your child's backpack and/or folder for it. You should find the following:
- State test results from Spring 2019
- PTA magnet with important dates
- Save the date flyer for workshop on supporting kids in the digital age
- Wheel-a-thon and spirit week information flyer
- Picture day flyer and order form
- Scholastic book order flyer
What have we done?!?
We're now just finishing up the following first units:
Math - multiplication and division of two digit numbers. We've used strategies such as open arrays, breaking numbers by place value, cluster problems, using multiples of ten to simplify larger problems, and more. Division is a big part of 5th grade math and we're setting the basis for much of our work this year.
Reading - we started the year by digging deep in literary analysis and interpretation. We've discussed universal themes found in more complex literature, how to analyze literary texts in parts, the choices authors' make in order to reach goals and more.
Writing - your children have written two personal narrative essays by now. They have infused their stories with meaning, dialogue, action, and internal thinking. They've developed main and secondary characters, and made sure their story followed a story arc. It's been wonderful to read their stories.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.