Grade 5 January Update

Monthly News- 5th Grade
December 20, 2019

Sangster Elementary Fifth Grade January Newsletter

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Important Dates/Events

  • Monday, January 6: Return from Winter Break

  • Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr.Holiday:

  • Friday, January 24: End of Second Quarter

  • Monday, January 27: Student Holiday, No School: 

  • Tuesday January 28: Student Holiday, No School


Facts of the Month

  • Did you know that the Latin nuarius? The Latin name for this month, Ianuarius, comes from the word for door, ‘ianua’ as it is seen as the door to a new year

  • Did you know that the name of the popular search engine ‘Google’ came from a misspelling of the word ‘googol’? 

  • Googol is a very large number (the number one followed by one hundred zeros to be exact). 

  • Did you know that the verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other?

  • Adhere and separate.


Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2020! We hope you enjoyed the winter break and are ready to get back to work. The team is looking forward to beginning  the new year with many exciting activities!

As we move quickly towards the end of the second quarter, 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 continue their unit on solving single and multi-step practical problems involving  addition,subtraction, and multiplication of fractions, to include models. Students will also identify, describe, add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers as well as solve practical problems involving integers and absolute value.



In January, we'll be making estimates and actual measurements of length, mass, temperature, and volume using the metric system and proper tools. 

We will also design investigations related to the physical characteristics of the ocean such as density and salinity. Ocean currents, tides, and waves will also be studied. It will be a month full of hands-on activities and should be lots of fun!


Language Arts

Students will continue working on the writing process including revising our writing to include more literary and narrative techniques to enhance the reader’s understanding of the information. Students should be practicing their typing skills as well. We will be continuing our genre study by exploring new types of fantasy stories in order to synthesize multiple ideas and develop a complex theory to determine how the themes and morals are developed by the author. Please remember to have your students read every night for at least 20 minutes and complete their weekly reading logs.

Social Studies

We will be continuing our study of ancient cultures. Students will learn about the contributions, inventions, government, and other universals regarding the development of ancient cultures and compare it to modern day society. Students will begin practicing their research skills for the Global Awareness Technology Project in the spring.