We have had a wonderful start to school! Here is a quick look at what will be coming up in September for our fabulous 5th graders.
We will continue with the Nouns Unit through most of September. This is one of the larger units, but it reviews and teaches many of the foundational skills that the students will need throughout the year. Daily assignment will be given, but most should be able to be completed (or nearly completed) in class. There will be a test over this unit near the end of September. The test will be open book and open note, and will follow 4 days of in class review. Watch the agenda for more specific dates and assignments.
The first week of September we will be doing a fun "mini project" in class. The students will be adapting fairy tales to modern day situations and characters. Students will be given a rubric/handout of expectations which will include some type of visual to assist in the retelling of their story. This visual can be hand drawn, computer generated, a costume they wear to present, a poster, a book they made, etc. We will discuss this in-depth during class on Monday; my expectation is just that they have something prepared to share in class on Friday. I understand that they will be given only 4 days to work on this assignment, and will expect results that match this very short timeline. This will be done mostly in class, but depending on how elaborate your student chooses to make the required visual, some time at home may be necessary to finish the story by Friday.
The following weeks will follow the same pattern established during August. Mondays will be story introduction. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we will work in class to review the weekly skill focus through writing. An open book comprehension test will be on Fridays. The weekly comprehension tests do NOT need to be signed and returned.
The first week of September, the spelling words will be a review of the words from the first two weeks of school. A list will come home Tuesday September 2nd with all 10 words (5 of the 10 from each week in August). There will NOT be a vocabulary assignment this week, but a spelling test will be on Friday.
The rest of the month will follow the pattern established in August. The words that go with the weekly story will come home Monday with a vocabulary assignment due the next day. There will be both a Spelling and a Vocabulary test on Friday, which is NOT (much to the dismay of the students) open book.
During the last week of August, the "Superhero Essay" was introduced. While the content of this essay is silly, this paper helps the students understand the format of a 5 paragraph essay. We will be doing most of the work in class, but please watch the agenda for due dates of the rough draft, parent editing, and final copy.
Towards the end of September, the Saint Report paper will be introduced. This paper will also be in the 5 paragraph essay format. I will send home a worksheet with the specific information each paragraph should contain after the paper has been introduced.
During the first week of September, we will begin the Maya-Inca-Aztec unit. Most of this unit will be taught in class through discussion and lecture. There will not be many daily assignments given, rather points for participating during class. A study guide for this unit test will be given early in the unit and filled out gradually as we go through the unit. This allows the students to be studying the information as we progress through the unit so the test at the end won't be so overwhelming. Please watch the agenda for specific dates and information.