5th/6th Newsletter

5th/6th Newsletter

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** 5th/6th Grade Families
September 15, 2017
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Happy Friday 5/6 parents. We have entered December, and students are eager about this month for many reasons. Here are a few school updates we feel important to mention:

December 8 - 6th and 8th Grade Science Fair - 9:15 AM- 12:30 PM (Click link to help judge)
December 14 - La Posada 5:00 - 8:00 PM
December 21 - Winter Assembly for parents - 9:45 - 11:00 AM (Doors open at 9:15)

We know that this month becomes very busy and rushed with the upcoming holidays, and we appreciate all your support and efforts as we continue to push student achievement and enhance their learning experiences.
Curriculum Updates

Math
5th Grade
We are starting our topic on multiplying with decimals. The study begins with estimating products and continues using various models and strategies. Finally, we will finish the topic with multiplying decimals using the standard procedures. As a reminder homework from the workbook is due, every Thursday and Singapore problem solving is dues every Friday.
6th Grade
We are finishing our topic on integers and rational numbers. We will end the unit with another FAL project that focuses on adding and subtracting integers. After, we will begin topic three, which is the start of our study of algebra. As a reminder homework from the workbook is due, every Thursday and Singapore problem solving is dues every Friday.
Reading
5th Grade
We are fully immersed in our survival unit! We are continuing to read Hatchet together, and are reading other survival novels in book clubs. Students are comparing works of text with the same theme but different genres. During this time we are taking note on ways that authors develop compelling novels. Next week, students will be given their next book talk and will be studying vocabulary words from Hatchet.
6th Grade
In our sci/fi and fantasy unit, students are asked to look at how authors use novels to make commentary on the world around them. We are reading The Giver together, and students are reading other texts in book clubs. Next week, students will be given their next book talk and will be studying vocabulary words from The Giver as well as their book club novels.

Social Studies
5th Grade
Students have finished their unit of study with Mesopotamia. We are now beginning to learn about Ancient Egypt. In the past, students have been excited about this unit, and they enjoy presenting their final projects as they have worked hard. I anticipate the same with this group of students and am looking forward to seeing their finished projects.
6th Grade
Students are completing their unit on the Renaissance, and I have been very impressed with their finished products as the groups will begin presenting their projects this week. Our next topic of investigation is going to be European Colonization. We will start to look at the factors that Europeans took to colonize other parts of the world, specifically focusing on the Americas and Africa.

Science
5th Grade
Students are now beginning to work on a unit with a focus on particles and their properties. We have started looking at gases and understanding how they are made up of matter and have particles. We will continue to investigate different ideas connected with this concept and incorporate hands on investigations that students are eager to carry out in the lab.
6th Grade
Students are continuing their first unit of study with geology, and the focus is on rocks and minerals. We are currently working with rocks and applying the properties we have learned with minerals and applying that skill to rocks to help identify the types of rocks. There will be a brief break coming up due to science fair (December 8). This upcoming week, students will be doing in-class presentations to gain experience speaking in public and have questions answered.

Please consider volunteering your time and helping to judge our science fair. It takes a village to have all the 6th and 8th grade students judged. To give students a valuable experience with their project judging, we aim to have their project judged by three different individuals. This can only be done if we hit our minimum goal of 50 judges.
5th Grade Homework Document (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NkiWWQYevZl9QVzkBWCLlVfSB_Z9X8xYFDPL...)
6th Grade Homework Document (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1K_Ak5nHJjq1vdr4TdMiVLI1tI5DTB_mpsJnj...)
Science Fair Volunteer Sign Up (http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548aeae2aaafc1-science)

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