Another busy week passed us by in fifth grade! Our class has been working hard to make sure our classroom community continues to be a safe and welcoming place. Last week we finished up our Classroom Charter (it's like a class promise!) and determined that in our classroom, we want to feel safe, welcomed, respected, trusted, and appreciated. I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am of the careful and thoughtful work our kids put into creating this pledge! 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗
HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK 💡
In math last week, we finished up Chapter 1 with a final assessment on Tuesday. We also began Chapter 2: Whole Number Multiplication and Division. Students practiced using patterns to multiply by 10s.
We officially put together the structure for our Reading Workshop last week! Students examined the roles of the teacher and students during our workshop time, and reviewed stopping and jotting as we read and discussed our mentor texts. We also spent time examining our reading identities and learned about one another's reading habits during partner interviews.
With our MAP Testing on Monday, absence from school on Thursday, and fire drill on Friday, much of our writing time was cut short last week. We were, however, lucky enough to squeeze in a couple of lessons! Students practiced using a new prewriting technique and explored point of view.
We continued moving along in our Earth in Space unit as we shifted our focus from sunlight to seasons! Students examined how seasons occur due to the tilt of the earth during its revolution around the sun. Our scientists put this claim to test on Friday and recorded observations of the sun and its shadows!
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS📌
We will continue moving through Chapter 2. This week we will focus on multiplying by 100s, 1000s, and powers of 10. We will also practice multiplying by 2-digit numbers.
Our workshop lessons this week will focus on activating schema, the power of conversation, and finding evidence for the theme of a text.
Our first writing unit will come to an end this week. Students will gather writing ideas from nonfiction, work with writing partners for peer conferences, and share interview stories from our writing extension project.
Our study of Earth and Space will continue this week as we spend our time exploring Earth's orbit and stars, and examine constellations.
UPCOMING EVENTS 📆
Friday, 9/24: Learning from the Past Writing Extension Project Due and
FLASHLIGHT FRIDAY (During Independent Reading)
Monday, 10/4: Picture Day!