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Trimester 2:

Reading:  The students are continuing to apply the reading strategies during independent reading each day.  Clarifying words and ideas using context clues is a focus for the next several weeks.  In addition, we predict and summarize our daily reading pulling out the integral parts or main events of the section.

We are also integrating nonfiction reading strategies into our literacy block utilizing information related to our science unit.  Much of the reading students do is nonfiction; therefore, we must explicitly teach the skills.  We learn how to “pre-read” a nonfiction text by looking at the organisation of it, identify key topics and subtopics, and preview visuals.  The readers also look at text structure, such as  compare/contrast, cause/effect, or a sequence in a process.  They each learn to recognise if it’s fact or opinion, identify the main idea and supporting details, draw conclusions, and evaluate the author’s purpose.

Reading with Your Child

Writing:  Poetry has come to our classroom.  The students worked through the writing process to create a poem that let’s the reader understand what makes the poet who he or she is.  We began by looking at our immediate surroundings:  people, places, and things that are important to us.  We then focused on our memories and thought about events from our past that  link directly to our heart and emotions.  After drafting, the revision stage is where we spent most of our time.  We discussed revising sensory details, adding imagery, utilizing similes, and finally form.  We have published beautiful “I am From” poems.  They’ll be up on your child’s blog, soon!

Reading and Writing Continuum Information

Math:  

Our seventh unit is “Exponents and Negative Numbers”.

For grade 5 level goals, vocabulary help, extra activities and games, and family letters, please use this site:

http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/5th-grade/em-at-home/

Parents Guide to Everyday Mathematics

How To Help Your Child With Mathematics

 

Science: Trimester 3: Living Systems

Our current unit is “Living Systems.”  During this study, the learners learn about the systems that provide what all of our cells need to survive in our bodies:  Circulatory System, Respiratory System, Digestive System, and Excretory System.  We then move to vascular plants and discuss how plants also have systems in place to provide their cells what they need to survive and compare the two-way system to our circulatory system.

*Skills:

SCIENCE AS INQUIRY
Students will be able to:

  • Generate questions; design and conduct scientific investigations to answer those questions.
  • Employ tools to gatheranalyze, and interpret data.
  • Use data to construct reasonable explanations.
  •  Develop and communicate explanations using evidence.
  • Analyze alternative explanations and predictions.
  • Understand that scientists use different kinds of investigations and tools to develop explanations using evidence and knowledge.
  • Design and describe controlled experiments.
    Use graphing conventions to display data for analysis.

 

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