This year we will begin the district's new math adoption, Ready Math.
Our focus is on adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and decimals, multi-digit multiiplication and division, and 2- and 3-D surface area and volume.
5th Grade Math Homework
The only homework students will be responsible for is unfinished class work. You're welcome ;-)
Our focus this year is:
Advocacy: Mental and Emotional Health
Accessing Resources: Wellness
Common Sence Media
Communicaiton: Growth and Development
Reading at Home
Students are encouraged to read 20 minutes a night. This is important and let me tell you why . . . or better yet let's look at it mathematically:
Student A reads 20 minutes, five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!
Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins/week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 mins/week
Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.
Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months (school year)
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.
Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days.
Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.
One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think student B will feel about him/herself as a student?
Some questions to ponder:
Which student would you expect to read better? Which student would you expect to know more? Which student would you expect to write better? Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?
We will do novel studies throughout the year. This will give us the opportunity to sharpen and fine tune our reading strategies. Be sure to ask your student what we are currently reading. I strive to pick engaging and thoughtful books for this study.
We are currently reading:
We finished reading and loved:
Students are encouraged to read regularly at home. I don't request any kind of reading log. It's just a good thing to do. Read. Kids -- you'll thank me.
Our science curriculum this year is:
Life Science - Ecosystems: Energy, Matter and Modeling
Earth and Space - The View from Earth
Physical Science - Structure & Properties of Matter
We also get lessons from our friends at Ecology in the Classroom and Outdoors.
Foundational Skills focus on applying grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in deocding words, and reading with sufficient accuracy and fluency.
Integrated Language Arts and Social Studies
Our integrated Reading, Writing (L.A.) and Social Studies curriculum this year includes:
Three Worlds Collide
America's Encounter: Germs, Guns and Colonization
Resistance adn Resiliance in teh 13 Colonies
New Nation with Liberty & Justice for Some