December Monthly Updates: Fifth Grade
Greetings! We are just about midway through the second quarter and slowly moving towards cooler temperatures. We wanted to remind parents to check in with their child as the temperature changes to remind them to dress warmly. We are requesting that if the temperature is below 40 degrees that all students dress warmly by wearing long pants, closed toed shoes, and coats.
We continue to be committed to establishing strong parent-teacher communication. Should you ever have any questions about your child, the curricula, or just need to touch base, please feel free to contact us.
Announcements and Reminders:
- Interims will go home on Thursday, December 13.
- Human Growth and Development Lessons will be taught the week of December 17-21.
- Our Winter Party will be on December 20 from 2:00-3:00 pm.
- Winter Break is December 24-January 4. Happy Holidays.
Here is an overview of some of the things that we have planned for your child this month.
We’ve been working very hard with problem solving and computation this last month. Your child will also become an expert in computing with decimals and investigating ratios. We are on our way to becoming Masters in Mathematics:)
Students will complete the Landform unit and begin to investigate the topography of the ocean floor, including the abyssal plain, continental shelf, continental slope, continental rise, and ocean trench. Students will organize the depth of the ocean into three zones and use the information to determine where particular organisms live. Students will create physical models of deep water currents and surface currents. They’ll learn about currents, deep water currents, waves, surface currents, the Gulf Stream, and tides.
This month, reading nonfiction and persuasive writing continues. Students will apply knowledge of prefixes and suffixes to expand vocabulary. They will distinguish between fact and opinion as avid and developing readers. In writing, they will work on persuasive essays and edit their writing in specific areas. As researchers, students will develop their skills by researching information, cite sources, and use technology.
This month students are continuing their exploration of China or India. Students are analyzing primary sources through mini document based questions and will be debating topics as they relate to the specific culture.