Grade 5 February Update

January 31, 2020

Sangster Elementary Fifth Grade February Newsletter

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As we move into February and the start of the third quarter, we look forward to a fantastic month of new and exciting units to learn about in school. While February may be the shortest month of the school year, as you can see in our newsletter, we certainly pack it with a multitude of activities and concepts in each of our curricular areas.

We also want to send out a gentle reminder that all students wear long pants and coats to school on days that the temperature is lower than 40 degrees.

As always, 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.

Here is an overview of some of the things that we have planned for your child this month.



This month students will move into studying measurement, specifically converting between the metric system and understanding how it relates to the Customary system. Students will also review basic algebra concepts in which they solve for variables and continue to practice their math facts through knowledge of patterns.


In February, we will continue working on the Oceans unit and will begin Light and Sound. Students will learn how humans impact the ocean environment. We will learn what causes sound, the definition of sound, what frequency and pitch are, and applications of sound. Students will also investigate the ability of different media to transmit sound. They will both be exciting units to study!

Language Arts

This month will include an emphasis on research skills as we prepare for the Global Awareness Technology Project (GATP). In addition, students will read and respond to poetry through performance, art, and writing to express their thoughts and ideas about poems. We will use the writing process to compose and create poetry in a variety of forms. Please continue to encourage your child to keep reading at home!

Social Studies

We will begin practicing our research skills for the Global Awareness Technology Project (GATP). All 5th graders participate in this county-wide project. Small groups of students will work collaboratively to research a chosen topic while exploring one of the following themes: Change Over Time, Geography, Art, Leadership, Interdependence, Government, Literature or Math and Science.


Important Dates/Events

  • Wednesday, January 29: 3rd Quarter Begins
  • Friday, February 14:  Valentine’s Day
  • Monday, February 17: Presidents’ Day Student Holiday: 
  • Tuesday, February 18: Field Trip to Children’s Science Center (Long, Leverett, Alterman)
  • Tuesday, February 25:  Field Trip to Children’s Science Center (Char, Field, MacIver,
  • Rowader)


Facts of the Month

  • Did you know that Groundhog Day came about because of a German superstition?  They thought if a hibernating animal cast a shadow on February 2nd that winter would last for another six weeks. If there was no shadow, spring would come early.
  • Did you know that editor Bennett Cerf challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book using no more than 50 different words? The result of that challenge, Green Eggs and Ham .
  • Did you know that Oscar the Grouch used to be orange? Jim Henson decided to make him green before the second season of Sesame Street. Oscar explained his color change by saying that he went on vacation to the very damp Swamp Mushy Muddy and turned green overnight.