Happy Friday! I hope that all of you have had an enjoyable week.
In Math this week...
-We corrected our first problem of the week, which was called 'X Marks the spot'. Students had to use the numbers 1-9 only once and arrange them in a way that each line of the X equaled 25. This was a fun problem solving challenge! As it being our first problem of the week, I was very impressed with how hard everyone worked to solve it. Many ways to get the correct answer! Problem of the week for this week was quite the challenge (I had a hard time solving it myself), and some of us were able to get the correct answer! Students shared their thinking with the class and explained their work, which was helpful for us. Practicing problem solving is such a critical math skill- persistence is so valuable!
-We have been continuing on with our second math unit, which is about multiplication and the order of operations. Students were introduced to the order of operations this week, otherwise known as 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.'
-The remainder of our unit focuses on practicing multiplication. In fifth grade, an important fifth grade standard that we are working on is the ability to multiply fluently. This week we discussed using whatever strategy works best for you (lattice, traditional, or partial products), and we had the chance to practice with math centers. Multiplication is something that we will practice throughout the year, which is why I highly encourage that it be practiced at home quite often (check out our class website for some helpful links).
-We are nearing the end of our math unit next week, so our next test is most likely going to be Tuesday the following week (10/20). I will send out an official reminder of the test date sometime next week.
-Ms. Dillon talked with us about the 2 different sounds that each vowel makes. We will be doing an independent activity in our spelling notebooks next week that asks us to sort words based on the vowel sounds, and then getting ready to start testing on what we have learned so far. Testing in spelling will be done at each student's pace (all students will progress at their own rate). When this gets started, I will send another email explaining the process.
-Our first novel is finished! The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was such a wonderful book. We had amazing discussions during this unit! Our final project was introduced on Tuesday, which has 3 parts. The first part is an Accelerated Reader test on the novel, which students must receive a passing score on (they have until October 24th). Part 2 is an independent writing project, and Part 3 is a group project. We began part 2 this week, which is the first piece that is due. Students have worked very hard this week on getting our ideas together and creating a rough draft- I have been so impressed with the creativity! Rough drafts are due on Monday, and we will begin editing and typing next week. Final copies are due by Monday, October 13th, and then we will begin our group project.
-On Wednesday, we had a special project with our kindergarten buddies! We visited our buddies in their classroom, and Mrs. Mondro read us the story 'Not a Box.' Then we worked with our buddy to create a page together, which Mrs. Mondro will put together as our own version of the story that she read to us. We had so much fun!
5th grade camp
Thank you for turning in all of the forms this week! Stephanie and I greatly appreciate it. If you have not submitted your payment yet, it is due by October 29th (the day that we leave for camp).
Also, thank you very much to all of the parents that submitted a 'chaperone interest' form. With this being my first fifth grade camp, I really do appreciate the support. Stephanie informed me today that we had exactly the amount of dads volunteer that we needed, so every dad that showed an interest is able to go to camp. We had about 9 mothers submit a chaperone form, so we had to draw names randomly today (as there are not enough beds for all 9 mothers to go). Please visit Stephanie's class blog to check the list of chaperones for camp. http://www.mrsdhuyvettersclass.blogspot.com/
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments about something. I genuinely appreciate all of your support and kind words so far this year, it means a lot!
Have a wonderful weekend!
5th Grade Teacher- Language Arts, Math
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School