- We will begin an inquiry activity in which students will be studying simple machines and recording their observations in the form of an experiment. This project will need to be worked on at home as well as at school. Students will be graded on the following criteria:
- The inquiry choice and investigation should demonstrate original and creative thinking.
- The brainstorming for the inquiry topic should indicate a diverse range of potential topics.
- The investigation should demonstrate detailed planning.
- The investigation should be rigorously and completely done.
- Some kind of data from the investigation is carefully recorded.
- Carefully reasoned conclusions should be drawn.
- The inquiry investigation worksheets are carefully completed.
- On Unit 6 is entitled "The Wild West". Students will be working to answer the questions: What does it take to settle a new land? This unit will focus on social studies concepts as well, so some of the assignments during this unit will count toward students' social studies grades.
- The reading comprehension skills for the week are: explain narrative poetry, visualize, explain the structure of a poem, compare genres, determine theme, and compare themes.
- We will be reading the narrative poem "Rhyolite: The True Story of a Ghost Town" by Diane Siebert.
- The Unit 6 Reading Comprehension Test will be on Wednesday, 4/6.
- Our Unit 6 is entitled "The Wild West". Students will be working to answer the questions: What does it take to settle a new land? This unit will focus on social studies concepts as well, so some of the assignments during this unit will count toward students' social studies grades.
- This week's writing project is to write a narrative poem. The is the prompt: Write a poem that tells a story about the people or events in the Old West. You will share your writing during a poetry reading.
- We will work on this project during class, however, students may need to work on some of the assignment at home. Students will be graded according to the writing rubric posted on the top right column of this page.
- This assignment is due on Thursday, 4/7.
- This week we will be working on spelling words with 00, ew, au, aw, al, all and commonly misspelled words.
- The words are: alternate, applaud, austere, booth, cautious, downfall, flawless, gloomy, halter, haunches, noose, pewter, skewed, sprawling, squall, hoard, horde, sole, soul.
- The spelling test will be on Monday, 4/4.
- Students will be working on using Indefinite pronouns.
- Students are encouraged to take good grammar notes and to review their notes before each test.
- The Unit 6 grammar test will be on Tuesday, 4/5.
- Chapter 11: Geometry and Volume.
- The Chapter 11 Test will be on Monday, April 4th.
- There will be one page of math homework assigned nightly.
- As Chapter 11 is the last chapter of our math book, we will be reviewing all of the math concepts learned this year. Students will be taking an End-of-Year Test the week following the AZMerit test.
- There are many resources available on ThinkCentral to help students.
- Every Friday, we will be having a multiplication timed test. Students should be practicing their multiplication facts daily.
Small Group Reading
- Students will be placed into leveled small groups based on the results of their Unit 5 scores.
- Students will be reading the following books this week: The Bite of the Gold Bug; Jim Ugly; Bound for Oregon; Letters from the Corrugated Castle.
- Students will also be completing learning stations during our small group reading time. All of these activities go along with our Unit 6 theme of the wild west. Students will turn in a packet of their work which will also count toward their social studies grades.
How the West Was Really Won
- Both fifth grade classes will be participating in a musical entitled How the West Was Really Won. This musical goes along with our Unit 6 theme of the wild west. Every student will have a part in the musical. Performance dates and times to follow.