GRADE 5 SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
- International Food Fair – Wednesday, October 12 (Starting at 7:30 onwards)
- Parent Teacher Conferences – Friday, October 14 (sign up using the PTCfast form)
- Mid term break – October 17 – October 24
- Start School on Tuesday 25th October
It is hard to believe that eight weeks of school are over already. What is more incredible is we will be meeting in two weeks time at Parent Teacher Conferences to discuss the progress of your Grade 5 child. Where has the time gone?
Students are busily completing the Five Themes of Geography Unit for Grade 5, and are currently working on an Adobe Spark project that incorporates skills development in geography, researching databases, digital literacy, writing, and speaking. The projects will be completed at the end of the 2nd quarter, therefore assessing the students will not be completed for this report card time period.
In reading we are working through the unit of: Following Characters into Meaning. We are taking active reading notes, formatting our responses, making connections to other books as we read, citing evidence from the book, working in teams to discuss the events that have taken place in our novels.
Chemical reactions…dissolving substances…evaporating salt solutions! It seems as though fun with learning never stops when it comes to Mixtures and Solutions. We will be completing the unit in around 4 weeks time.
The final tests will be performance and a written test. The students will be also asked to complete a Science Showcase project in their lab teams. They will be asked to show how their concepts are related to real life activities. Students will film themselves doing an experiment, build a website for presentation, and finally give an oral presentation about their project.
The second unit of our mathematics course for Grade 5 is underway, with students studying fractions, using number lines, and graphing change over time. The hands on activities that students get to complete during the math sessions really assist in the learning process. For most students, learning about how to plot points on a coordinate grid was something new for them to try. The unit is nearly finished and then we will be moving into place value and decimals.
Wow…what a rush! The students of Grade 5 have been busily working through the writing process during our Writer’s Workshop sessions. What is the writing process you say? We think it is best to let your child answer that one. Students are working on their living memories (Personal Narrative) right now, and there are plenty of interesting stories flying around. Students have been working on improving their narratives by using internal thoughts, 6 different leads to try, dialogue, lessons learnt, flashbacks and flash forward, and finally paragraphing. These small moments in the students lives will be something for everyone to reflect upon.
We all look forward to seeing you at Parent Teacher Conferences on Friday, October 14.
The Grade 5 Team