Hello and happy Friday! I hope that everyone is doing well. The 5th grade had a great (yet very busy) week!
Math tests came home on Wednesday- this test was part one of our adding and subtracting fractions test. We worked very hard on this test, and many of us saw that hard work really pays off! We are still continuing to work on the concepts that were covered on this assessment as we prepare for part two of the test, which will cover ONLY fraction addition and subtraction story problems. We spent some time this week reviewing how to simplify fractions and change improper fractions into mixed numbers, and began to cover some strategies to solving story problems. I am not sure when we will be having part two of our math test (with NWEA/Catholic Schools' Week schedule changes), but it will most likely be sometime the first week of February. Students should still continue to practice the concepts that we have covered at home (equivalent fractions, adding/subtracting, simplifying) in addition to whatever homework we have in math.
Reminder- if your child scored below an 82% on part one of our adding/subtracting fractions assessment, they can make test corrections. They must do this on another sheet of paper, and re-do any problems that they got wrong. Once this is turned in to me, they can receive up to an 82% (B-).
We have begun to write our outline for our book review project, and are doing an amazing job! This week we have discussed creating a strong opinion sentence, and supporting our opinions with three strong reasons. We have also talked about supporting our reasons with evidence from the text. Next week, we will continue with our outline by discussing our introduction paragraphs and concluding paragraphs. Hopefully (again, depending on our schedule) we will be starting to write our rough drafts next week or the week after.
Reminders for the upcoming week-
NWEA testing will continue Monday and Tuesday. Today was our first day, and so far so good! Please try your best to have your child in school these days. Both classes will be testing in the morning.
Catholic schools' week begins on Monday! I have attached the schedule of events. I am so excited to experience my first Catholic Schools' Week!
Book orders are due Friday, January 30th. Any order that you place helps our class earn free bonus points, which go towards new books for our classroom library!
If your child is in my homeroom class, it is very important that they are getting their planners signed every night. Many of us are still working on organizational skills and keeping track of assignments, and this is a great way to help your child stay organized at home. For some that were missing assignments 2nd quarter, this is also a great way to help your child stay on top of everything and make sure they complete their homework daily.
Thank you again for everything that you do! I feel so blessed to not only have great students, but great parents as well.