Grade 5 March Update
Sangster Elementary Fifth Grade March Newsletter
Important Dates / Events
Tuesday, March 3: Student Holiday
Thursday, March 5: Interims sent home
Friday, April 3: End of 3rd Quarter
Monday, April 6 - Friday, April 10: Spring Break
Monday, April 13: Student Holiday
March brings not only, hopefully, warmer weather,but our students into the middle of the third quarter.
As we approach the middle of the 3rd quarter, Interim reports will be sent home only to those students for whom there is a concern, such as academic, behavioral, or other reasons. If your child is doing fine, he/she will not receive an Interim report.
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 in math we will be focusing on measurement and geometry, specifically area, perimeter, circles, circumference, volume, and surface area as well as reviewing ratios and rational numbers.
In the second part of the third quarter, our classes will be learning about light and sound. We will investigate and understand transverse (light) waves and the visible spectrum as well as how sound travels and its properties. We will also learn the properties of opaque, transparent, and translucent materials, as well as what reflection and refraction are. Reflection of light from reflective surfaces will be discovered through water and prisms and all of the above should be lots of fun! In sound, we will learn about 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. We look forward to the many hands-on activities in this unit!
In March, students will continue to read a variety of fiction and nonfiction literary passages. They have also started their unit on poetry in which they explore the multiple forms of poetry to discover how poems can convey deeper meaning. During writer’s workshop, students will write fiction and explore writing poetry, using writing strategies, all while editing writing in targeted areas. This month we will continue to emphasize research skills as we prepare for the global awareness project next quarter. Encourage your students to keep reading at home!
Students will be working on a variety of ancient cultural units including Greece, Rome, and the Medieval Times. They will learn to compare these and other ancient cultures to modern societies. In addition, students have started learning research skills, such as how to cite their sources, taking detailed notes, as well as learning to use various forms of technology to help prepare them for the Global Awareness Technology Project.
Facts of the Month
Do you know how many water molecules make up the average snow crystal?
- According to the new book “How come? Every Kid’s Science Questions Explained. 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 that is a quintillion!
Do you know how many pencils were used by Disney artists to sketch the scenes for the 1968 film Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery day?
- It took 1.2 million pencils. If that doesn’t blow you away, consider that a dozen artists also hand painted 110 colorful backgrounds for the 23 minute animated short, the only Winnie the Pooh film to win an Academy Award.
Did you know that light can travel eight times around the Earth in a second?
- All light travels in the form of waves at a speed of about 300,000 kilometers per second in a vacuum such as space.That’s about 186,000 miles every second.