We are quite busy in Mrs. Hellman’s class with literacy and writing!! We began our second writing genre unit, Informational writing. Students are learning how to research a topic, take notes and then compose an informational text. Our topic is Westward Expansion, so they are also learning so much about one of the 5th grade social studies units!! We hope to wrap up the research next week and begin drafting from our notes.
Our reading focus will be shifting from character analysis to determining the theme of the books we are reading and how to identify evidence within the text to support the theme. As we do this, we will keep a close eye on our character analysis work because very often the theme of a novel is related to the challenges faced by a character or how the character changes throughout the book. We are truly reading like detectives!!!
Please ask your students about their Eagle Eye on Reading progress on a regular basis. You should be seeing Eagle Eye forms and signing them as your student completes books. Also, we will continue with weekly grammar sheets, due every Wednesday and Friday, along with grammar quizzes on Friday as well.
Yesterday students rotated through 10 stations/reenactments of the Civil War! It was lots of fun! Hopefully your students came home and told you something they learned! Next week in Social Studies we will continue our studies of the Civil War.
In Science we have begun our unit on Chemical and Physical Changes. Friday, November 18th we will have Gobble, Gobble, Turkey day which will conclude our studies of Chemical and Physical changes. If you haven't already signed up to donate something please see our sign up genius to see what we still need :) www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aea622aafa7-turkey. Students will rotate through 4 stations. We would love to have 1 or 2 parents to help run these stations, so if you are available that day please sign up to volunteer.
Math - In Math we are finishing up multiplying and dividing decimals and will soon move into our Fractions Unit.