Welcome, Parents, to a brand new school year! The time has come for your child’s final year at Goshen Friends School – my how time flies! This year will surely be filled with many fun learning adventures. Here is a look at what we will be starting the year off with academically. I look forward to a GREAT year! ~ Tr. Devon
This month in math students learn about our place value system. This unit is broken down into four main ideas that are as follows:
1. The Base Ten Numeration System – The base ten numeration system is a scheme for recording numbers using digits 0-9, groups of tens, and place value. 2. Number Uses, Classification, and Representation – Numbers can be used for different purposes, and numbers can be classified and represented in different ways. 3. Comparison and Relationships – Numbers, expressions, measures, and objects can be compared and related to other numbers, expressions, measures, and objects in different ways. 4. Practices, Processes, and Proficiencies – Mathematics content and practices can be applied to solve problems.
We will start the year off in science by learning about the characteristics of living things and how animals and plants are classified. Students will discover how organisms grow and reproduce and how traits are passed from one generation to the next. Students also explore adaptations and discover adaptations that allow plants and animals to live in water and on land. Finally, students discover what makes up an ecosystem and describe how energy moves through an ecosystem. This unit leads us into our study of owls, complete with an owl pellet dissection!
In grammar class students are focusing on marking punctuation; specifically end punctuation, commas, semicolons and colons. Choosing the correct end punctuation is a basic step in punctuating your writing as a fifth grader. To start we are reviewing the uses of the period, the question mark, and the exclamation point. We will then move on to using commas in a series, between independent clauses, between items in dates, to set off phrases and clauses, and in conjunction with appositives. Towards the end of the month students will 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.
Over the summer vacation fifth graders read about Poppy, a lovable deer mouse, who embarks on a heroic journey to discover the truth, save her family, and clear her good name—as well as her friends. The adventure changes Poppy’s life forever as she bravely revenges the death of her best friend, Ragweed.
We will start the school year off by reading Poppy & Rye to continue the adventures of Poppy as she journeys west through the vast Dimwood Forest to bring the sad news of Ragweed’s death to his family. When Poppy and Ereth travel to Ragweed’s family home at the Brook, they get involved in fighting the construction plans of the beavers, who dam the stream and flood the area, thereby forcing the mice to leave. How can mice fight animals that are more powerful than they are? Together Poppy and Ragweed’s brother, Rye, brave kidnapping, imprisonment, and a daring rescue to fight the beavers. Something to discuss at home about the Poppy books is being true to you. Even at a young age, the characters in the Poppy stories must discover their passions and find out about the world on their own. They question authority, follow their hearts, stand up for what they believe in, and face overwhelming challenges. Discuss what it means to be true to you. What are your child’s passions? What dreams do they hope to follow?
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