Monday, November 20 – Swimming starts for all G5 classes (Tuesday, November 21 will be the first day for Ms. Rayle’s class.)
Monday, November 20 – Session 2 ASA’s and winter sports (track and field, swim team) begin
Thursday, November 30 – Grade 5 Celebration of Music – 3:30 pm (See details below)
Grade 5 Business
November 20-24: Week A
The Grade 5 team would like to send a reminder about the importance of coming to school on time. Students are able to come to their classroom by 7:45 AM, so they have time to prepare and be ready for class, which begins at 8:00AM. When they arrive late, they come in feeling behind, unprepared and confused because they have missed the first directions of the day. We feel it’s important that students not start their day already feeling stressed, but prepared and ready to go. Thanks for your help in starting your child’s day off right! Also, please note that students should not enter the classroom before 7:45. Teachers and assistants are sometimes in meetings, on duty, or doing other preparation inside or outside the room before 7:45.
Math: Students began their unit on decimals this week by focusing on place value and comparison of decimals. We also talked about situations in daily life where we often use tenths, hundredths, and thousandths, such as measurements, sports statistics, and money.
SuperUnit: We had a great learning experience on our field trip to the water treatment plant this week. Students learned all about the water filtering systems that are used to supply water to over 90% of Ho Chi Minh City! We also learned to do some simple water quality testing of our own to identify pollutants in the river water gathered on last week’s trip. Students put their knowledge of water filters to use as they began a design challenge to create their own water filters to make safe drinking water!
English: Students continued to work on their nonfiction reading skills this week. They are developing their ability to take useful notes, which is not easy. They are also learning how to find key ideas in complex sentences, and to determine which text structures are used in different pieces of writing. All of this learning will help them to plan and write an informational article about a topic related to water. Please ask your child to tell you about their topic, about text structures, and about taking notes!
Next week Grade 5 will continue their math unit on decimals.. The primary focus of this until will be on decimal place value, ordering and comparing decimals, and addition and subtraction of decimals. Students will also be researching and note taking for their topics for their informational articles. We will continue our study of water by working in teams to design and build our own water filters to turn river water into clean water. Here’s the rubric students will use to measure their success.