We have had an excellent week back from break! I adore these kids, and our class works SO well together. We have a busy schedule to finish out this first nine weeks!
Writing- We are finishing up our Narrative Writing unit, and the students have worked SO hard on these drafts! Ask them what their narratives are about and what they have learned so far when it comes to leads, elaboration, and their story arcs. It’s incredible to watch how the writing lesson goes each day. They will even tell you that they typically start with a *subtle little eye roll, and by the end of the lesson they actually beg me to let them keep writing. 🙂 We will take our post on-demand narrative writing next week.
Reading- The kids are working hard to continue building their reading abilities specifically focusing on fiction texts. This week we focused on identifying the theme by practicing analyzing specific details in the text. We discussed the difference between theme (moral, message, or lesson of a story) and main idea (what the story is mostly about). We will continue working on fiction reading skills and including constructed response practice for comprehension checks.
Science- Thank you to everyone who has sent in materials for our STEM project next week. I will link the sign up genius on here as well. If you signed up for something but haven’t had a chance to send it in yet please do so soon so that we know what still needs to be purchased for the grade level to complete the activity. We are currently studying constructive and destructive forces in our Earth Science unit. Students will have an Earth Science Unit Assessment next Friday. This will cover landforms, how constructive and destructive forces change Earth’s landforms, weathering, erosion, deposition, and how technology is used to limit and impact the effects of constructive and destructive forces.
Math- We will continue multi-digit multiplication through the rest of this week. In 5th grade, students are required to fluently multiply a three-digit factor by a two-digit factor using the standard algorithm. On Friday the students will take a test on multiplication using the standard algorithm, and next week we will move to division. Students will be working to master multi-digit division, specifically up to four digit numbers divided by two digit numbers.