Greetings from Fifth Grade!
This time of year brings beautiful fall colors and crisp autumn air. It also brings parent-teacher conferences, standardized testing, field trips, and Thanksgiving! There is a lot to get done in just thirty days! Please join us on Monday, November 24th for our Family Meeting for Worship at 10:00 am - we would love the opportunity to worship with you..
In Language Arts, we are reading The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh. The book begins thus: "Father said, "We can take very little with us." Only one book each. Father, Joe, Sarah, and Pattie, and lots of other families, are leaving a dying earth on one of the last escape ships. They are headed for a far planet that they know almost nothing about, hoping it can sustain human life. The main character, Pattie, is so young that she will not be able to remember the Earth. But being the youngest, she gets to name the new planet--"Shine," she calls it, a planet where all the plant life sparkles like glass.
How will they build with mineral laden wood they cannot saw? How will they survive, when their rabbits die from eating the glassy grass, and their wheat shines like diamonds? How will they build a community--what will be valued, and why? And then, when they meet other living beings, how will they co-exist?
One step they take in building a life together is to share their books. Joe's copy of Robinson Crusoe is not in great demand (there are multiple copies), nor is Sarah's copy of The Pony Club Rides Again. Many people would have swapped things for a chance to read Father's technology book, but he won't let it out of his sight--he clings to it as his passport toward becoming the new elite of their community. But it is Pattie's book, the "green book" of the title that becomes the most important. Its pages are blank, and her older siblings had mocked her choice. But in the end, this is the book that will tell the new story the colonists are creating. It is no longer empty, but "full of writing, very large and round and shaky."
In Math students will be able to explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Students will also add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; while relating the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
In Science we have finished our life science unit which leads us into our study of owls, complete with an owl pellet dissection! The fifth graders are researching owls such as the Pygmy, Elf, Boreal, Ghost and Hawk owls, as well as, learning about owls in general. Be sure to stop in the fifth grade classroom to view the reconstructed rodent skeletons from the dissection and to learn about the owls mentioned above.
In Grammar class students will focus on using commas to set off phrases and clauses, and in conjunction with appositives. Students will also learn that semicolons are used to tell the reader to pause, or even stop, before reading the rest of the sentence. In addition, that a colon can be used to introduce a list in a sentence or a quotation.
Towards the end of the month in Social Studies we will start our Explorers unit and study different types of maps in geography. In our Explorers unit we learn that Christopher Columbus reached the Americas in 1492. The Europeans that followed him came in search of new riches for their countries. Many Native Americans lost their land, freedom and lives. By the early 1600s, the English, French, and Dutch each had their own settlements which eventually became the first American colonies. We see that out of these many explorations and changes came the world we know today. Students will complete a research project on an explorer to share with the class.
Important Dates in November:
ON GOING FIFTH GRADE PROJECTS:
This year, in conjunction with Learning Pathways, the fifth (and fourth) graders are continuing with the independent study project that was started last year. An independent study is a student-centered project that involves students working individually to investigate self-selected topics. These topics are connected to the curriculum and the students’ personal interests. Differentiating the curriculum remains at the center of our continued initiative – Learning Pathways. An independent study project is the most effective strategy to use in addressing the needs of all learners in the group. It provides an opportunity for students to study topics of interest in-depth while learning and practicing a variety of skills.
An independent study meets the needs, readiness, interests and learning preferences of students. It also allows students to experience learning beyond the classroom and encourages independence. Additionally, it teaches research skills and improves reading, writing and presentation skills. The semester-long project provides opportunity and time to explore in- depth topics. The fifth graders came to school in September with a chosen topic to study, and hit the ground running on their research and planning. Click here to view the timeline of due dates and the in-school work session schedule.
The goal of having the student’s conduct an independent study project was to:
The outcome of the independent study project is to create a formal writing piece at the completion of this assignment, as well as a presentation that reflects the child’s learning preference. Focus topics that were chosen by the fifth graders include leading a healthy lifestyle, mythology and its influence in our history and more present pop culture, the megalodon shark, Thurgood Marshall, and sea turtles.
Stemming from our all-school theme, Celebrating You and Me, during the 2009-2010 school year, International Week has traditionally been a time for the Goshen community to come together to honor and celebrate the diverse families we have here within our student body. Former alum, Jonathan K., said it best when asked why we have International Week, "We have International Week to learn about cultures other than ours, to have fun, and to understand other country's people, food, and traditions." This year's International Week will take place on Monday, April 27th - Thursday, April 30th, and is the culmination of the studients' yearlong study of three focus countries. This year students are focusing on Ireland, Puerto Rico (US Territory), and Thailand. International Week will be filled with guest speakers, activities and quite often culinary treats! International Week concludes with the One World Cafe, an on campus potluck featuring the cuisine of the countries studied, music and other activities.
Fifth Graders will specifically be focusing on PUERTO RICO throughout the school year!
FIFTH GRADE RESOURCES:
Click on the picture for a copy of the Fifth Grade Specials Schedule.
Click on the picture to familiarize yourself with the Playground Rules.
Click on the picture to read about the ABC’s of Tr. Devon.
We place value on being a community of students, staff, and families.