Events

1/12 DRA Testing Begins

1/15 Sound Science Test

1/ 19 No School MLK Jr. Day

1/20 Embedded Task Say What? Begins

 

 

Curriculum

Math

Geometry
Place Value
Fractions
Measurement
Area& Perimeter
Estimation
Graphing
Probability

Social Studies

The Revolutionary War
The Constitution
Westward Expansion

Science

Solar Energy
Phases of the Moon
Light and Sound
Structure and Function

Literacy

Reader's Workshop
Guided Reading
Writers Workshop

Other
Chorus Band

Stamford and State Grade Level Expectations

Literacy

 

During January we will be reading and writing opinion/ argument pieces. We will read persuasive articles and form opinions of our own. The children are having a great time with this unit. This gives them a great opportunity to form their own opinions about world topics and issues and understand opposing arguments. At the end of the unit, the students will pick a debate question and write a five paragraph essay supporting their argument topic.

 

Math

Unit 6 in Everyday Math has to do with mean, median, mode, and range. We will look at graphs and charts. This unit is taking place of the MId-Year Assessment. We will not longer have that assessment. In it's place the students will receive the DFA assessment which is given three times per year.

 

Science

This month we  are finishing sound. The test will be on 1/15. The next unit that we will begin is light. We will do many experiments with flashlights, prisms, and mirrors. We will also see many videos that support our instruction of scientific concepts. We will also have an embedded task this month. In this embedded task, we will study our brains and how we think. We will then create an experiment of our own to try and see how different variables can  influence an experiment.

 

Social Studies:

In Social Studies this month, we will be learning about Westward Expansion. We will learn about Manifest Destiny and how Lewis and Clark were chosen as explorers to embark on a journey to the Pacific Ocean. This exciting unit has just begun!

 

Teachers

Maura Cullen
room #232
John Calo
room# 236
Deborah DeNardo
room #238
Anthony Speriglio

room #230

Jennifer Bubniak

room # 240

 

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Homework

Although each homework assignment is different, we do have similar expectations for all fifth grade work.  We ask that the students always write both their first and last names, as well as today's date on each assignment.

Of course, students should also be sure to proofread their work after they have completed it.  Proofreading includes first reading over the work to be sure it makes sense and says what you want it to say.  Then, students should check for proper spelling and grammar, especially use of capital letters and punctuation at the end of sentences.  It is so important to show your best work at all times.

At this point, students should be able to do most of their homework independently or with a small amount of assistance.  Parents, we ask you to please check that your child has finished his/her homework, and sign the agenda book each evening.  there is also a space for notes to the teacher if you should need to let us know something.

We thank you for your support in the monitoring of homework.