We hope everyone has had a great weekend and for those watching the Super Bowl, that your team wins! This week is a full five day week and we will be very busy.
Feb. 6- Jump Rope for Heart
Feb. 8- Report Cards go home
Feb 14- Science Fair Projects Due
What we are learning this week:
We are turning our focus this week to the settlement of the Midwest. Students will be learning about the importance of buffalo to the early Americans, the Homestead Act that brought many settlers further west, and how technology brought advances to transportation such as the steamship and train. No quizzes this week!
The focus this week is music! Students' homemade musical instruments are due Wednesday. Late projects WILL NOT be accepted (unless your child is absent) as students have had a full two weeks to work on the project. In addition to the creation of the instrument, students are expected to present to a small group of their peers explaining how the instrument can adjust pitch and volume. On Tuesday, I am asking students *with parent permission* to bring in actual music instruments so that we can discuss how they work to create their respective sounds.
Looking ahead: Sound Unit Test will be Tuesday February 14th. A Study Guide/Practice Test will come home this week.
Finally, each class will be completing a science fair project as a whole group so that all students get the experience of the science fair investigative process. I'm requesting some donations of supplies for each class – visit this link: https://www.timetosignup.com/gravely5thgrade/sheet/67674 to contribute something. Thank you in advance for your support!
We are working on multiplying decimals and this week will also introduce dividing with decimals. Students have been combined together for this unit so some of each homeroom are with Mrs. Brown and some of each homeroom are with Mrs. Browngold for math instruction.
Here is a fun game to practice multiplying decimals:
This week, we will continue our unit on cause and effect. Last week we read about the effects of goldfish and wild pigs on their respective environments. This week, we will read an article about lionfish and how they have become a major problem in coastal areas of the United States. We will also discuss cause and effect as we read literature about expansion into the Midwest.
Last week, the students wrote descriptive essays about their ideal snow days (wishful thinking!). I was amazed by their use of vivid details and figurative language. This week, we will be reading about westward expansion and the Homestead Act to gear up for our pioneer journal entries. We will also be learning the correct usage of the words there, their, and they're.