Week four of fifth grade has come to a close and, WOW, we have had 100% homework completion so far! Thank you, parents, for making sure it’s getting done. We really appreciate your help.
Reading – SFA graded tests should have come home today. If your child did not score as well as you expect, it’s usually because they did not write a complete, well-supported response to the question(s). If the Word Power section of the test received a low grade, ask your child to write down all eight words for the current cycle and practice using them in sentences at home. Also, being absent can negatively affect reading test scores. If your child has been out sick, they will need to ask their reading teacher to take home the necessary materials to get caught up.
Math – Unit 3 is just starting now, which is multiplication, including decimal numbers through the thousandths place. This unit also includes a tiny bit of algebra with questions like, “What is a variable?” It also has order of operations questions like, “What is 5+2×3?”, which would have an answer of 11, not 21, because you do the multiplying before the addition. We use PEMDAS, Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally for students to remember Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply or Divide, and Add or Subtract for order of operations. This unit is 12 school days long.
Science/SS – During the next two weeks we’ll cover events leading up the Civil War and continue the second week of the matter unit. Students will be doing interesting experiments with mixtures and solutions and learn more about atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds.
Writing – We are alternating between a week of grammar and a week with a writing prompt. Next week, students will be writing a paper about “Making Something New from Something Old” with the SFA writing program. For example, a student might write a paper about turning an old shoe box into a school project.
Labor Day – No school Monday 9/7, enjoy the long weekend!
Grandparents’ Breakfast – Thursday, 9/10
Progress Reports – Friday 9/11
Picture Day – Thursday 9/17
Agricultural Fair Field Trip – Friday, 9/25
Haw River Overnight Field Trip! – Tuesday-Wednesday 9/29-9/30, Please submit $70 payment ASAP