As we begin the school year we will be working with Foundations in Reader's and Writer's Workshop. Students will review the everyday routines of the workshops. They will be exposed to many different genres of books and review the reading strategies that they have learned in previous years. These include making connections, inferring, determining importance, visualizing, systhesizing and questioning. Reading responses will be done on a daily basis to practice these reading strategies.
PLEASE make sure that your child reads for at least 30 minutes each night. It is very important that children practice the skills they learn both in school and at home!
We will begin our Everyday Math program with a unit on Number Theory. We will use our Student Reference Books to aid in math instruction. We will also learn rectangular arrays, factorization, divisibility, and prime and composite numbers. Factor Captor is a game that we will play in order to better understand divisibility concepts. Usernames and passwords will be sent home in the upcoming month for the everdaymathonline.com website.
As we begin our science unit on Solar Energy our fifth grade scientists will be going outdoors to track their shadows and follow the progression of the sun throughout the day. We will be using science, mathematics, and literacy in our science units throughout the year.
The students will also have Mrs. Christiano once a week for an extra science block.
The first class project is Science in a Bag. A rubric will be sent home. This is due September 17, 2014.