Alas, snow is on the ground. However, our hearts are warmed and energized by all the learning! Winter break is over and 5th grade students are gearing up for a productive February! Students will be tackling natural disasters, fractions and written responses.
Poetry dominated much of January and early February. The “Poetry Guy” inspired many students to create spectacular poems in various genres such as haiku, free verse and limerick. Students are also practicing prose constructed responses-both literary and informational. In reading, we are focusing on point of view and theme.
It’s all about fractions in math! First students learned how to add and subtract fractions. Now, they are focusing on multiplying and dividing fractions. The students are grasping these new concepts about 2/3 of the time (okay, we made that one up!) One thing is certain, amid some frustrations, it’s amazing to witness students persevering to understand these valuable concepts!
Throughout January students learned about the continents and oceans, various landforms and important uses for minerals. This month, 5th graders will be researching natural disasters and creating Power Point presentations. They will focus on the causes, damages, and impact on humans from hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes, mudslides, avalanches and volcanic eruptions. Toward the middle of February, students will be learning about civics and government in the United States.