Congratulations on a year well done! May marks merriment, messes (science), math, and more! Thank you all for an amazing year in grade 5.
Here’s what else is happening in May.
We have begun our last chapter in math: Geometry. This chapter will take us to the end of the school year and the end of grade 5 math!
How do unit cubes help you build solid figures and understand the volume of a rectangular prism?
Writing: Historical Fiction
How do we recognize the genre of historical fiction?
What is the connection between historical fiction and historical fact?
Why do good writers of historical fiction research the settings of their stories?What can we learn from reading historical fiction?
Reading: We will be reading a Historical Fiction genre book called Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. In this book we will discuss the plot conflict of man vs. nature.
Standards-Based Essential Questions:
How and why do characters (and their motivations) change over time?
How does the setting influence a character’s development and the story’s plot?How do authors use fictional characters and stories to convey real-world themes?How can reading a variety of texts on a similar topic or theme deepen my understanding and uncover new perspectives?
Thematic Essential Questions:
How can we describe humanity’s relationship with nature?
What does it take for a person to survive in extremely challenging circumstances?How do our personal experiences shape and change us?
Grammar: Sentence Diagramming
How does having a command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage help me become a better reader and writer?
Social Studies: We are finished with Social Studies for the year. Students may still complete and submit assignments. The grade will not be finalized until May. There will be no further instruction or new assignments added to the gradebook.
Science: Students have worked hard on their Science Fair entries and are very excited to show their Rube Goldberg machines off. Please join us on May 5th for our virtual science fair.
We will be resuming our science instruction with the Properties of Matter. If there is time, we will make one more Rube Goldberg that includes a chemical reaction. We will see how far we get in our final couple of weeks. :0)
Essential Question: How can the properties of matter be measured?
**Science Fair Assembly will be May 5**