August 25, 2014
Welcome to fifth grade. This is a year of growth in academic skills and
personal responsibility in preparation for middle school. Continue to
support your student, but allow them the independence to make some mistakes
and learn from them as well. Together, we will work to help your child
attain the skills necessary to move on to the next step in their lives. It
is a long process and luckily we have quite a few months to accomplish it
Language Arts: We will be focusing on the difference between overview reading
and reading with a specific purpose such as plot, theme, author's purpose or
Math: We will take a non-graded test to look at mastery of fourth grade
skills as we move into place value with and without decimals. In addition,
we will take a multiplication test to determine who needs to continue to work
to anchor these facts.
Science: Our year will start with cell structure and the differences between
plant and animal cells.
Social Studies: Mrs. Rhodes will begin the year with an exploration of
Global - We will begin our global studies with a focus on India. Our first
read aloud, "Boys without Names," is an award winning novel that focuses on
the very different cultures and economic situations which are prevalent
throughout the country.