Welcome Back - 2016 has some great things in store for the 5th grade:
During the first 3 weeks of January we will be returning to the Journeys text book. Students should expect a similar format to what we used during the first few months of school - introduction of the story on Monday, practice throughout the week, story test on Friday. A few minor adjustments: On 5 day weeks, we will have the story test on Thursday, and use the 5th day to prepare for upcoming state assessments. Spelling and vocabulary words will come from the story and can be found both in the text book, or under the documents tab on this page.
We will begin 3rd quarter with the Verbs unit. This unit should last most of January, with daily assignments given. As always, watch the agenda for notice of upcoming tests.
We will finish the 13 Colonies unit this month. There will be a study guide that comes home a few days prior to the test, but both the test and study guide come STRAIGHT from the notes students were given in early December. The Map quiz will be given once a week, also. Please have your student see me if they have lost their copy.
Our next unit over Persuasive writing will not start until mid-January. The students will be writing a 5 paragraph essay (a format they should be quite familiar with by this point in the year) over a school rule/policy that they would like to change. More information will be given when the paper is assigned, but most of the writing/typing will be done here at school.
Beginning in late January, we will be using a supplemental book that came with the Journeys Reading series called "Mysteries of the Mummy Kids". This text provides high-level informational text reading opportunities for the students, but some of the images can initially be startling (since the images are all real photographs of mummies). I wanted to let parents know ahead of time that we will be reading this book, so if you would like to preview the text before we begin reading as a class you would have an opportunity to do so - I would be happy to send a copy home for you to pre-read. I think you will find that the book discusses what we can learn about past cultures and civilizations through the scientific observation of the mummies in a way that is respectful but also very engaging for the students.