Intermediate News ~ 5th Grade
We have been very busy this Fall in 5th grade! As a collective, each classroom has been working hard to establish classroom goals and values, as well as to develop clear expectations. The kids have been exploring challenging concepts across the curriculum areas like: decimals, place-value, and multi-digit multiplication in math; writing five paragraph personal narrative essays using strong word choice and expositions; and engaging in collaborative discussions by drawing inferences and conclusions from text. A big focus has been on reading for meaning by identifying key ideas and details and exploring new vocabulary. The kids have also completed a unit of science on Mixtures and Solutions designing unique science experiments which they loved! In social studies they have busily explored the migration patterns of the first Native Americans and digging deep into the genetic tracing and resulting cultural regions of different tribes. It has been an informative start!
This month, our focus will be on incorporating new concepts as well as building on current ones like:
Math; using different strategies to multiply decimals and divide whole numbers.
Writing; creative narrative story writing exploring the use of story development, voice and dialogue.
Reading; making connections and applying deeper thinking when analyzing challenging text and novels.
Science; exploring the human body by looking at skeletal and muscular systems.
It should prove to be a fun filled November!