Mrs. Katnani’s Notes
We have completed our first month of fifth grade! I can’t believe it is October already. By now, most students are familiar with the expectations and schedules. They should be comfortable with their routines both at school and at home. If anyone is still struggling with organization or homework, now is the time to set up a conference so we can come up with strategies to help your child. Organization is key in a successful transition to the middle school and 5th grade is the year for students to get all their ducks in a row so to speak! As always, if anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me.
Review of This Week
-Math: This week we took our first math test on Unit 2: Whole Number Place Value and Operations. These tests will come home next week for a signature. You may see that your child received points off on their explanations. The expectation for math explanations in 5th grade is a big jump from 4th grade, and we will continue working on this skill all year long. We really focus on explaining our thinking in math rather than just stating what we did. For example: Find the area of a rectangle with length of 5 units and width of 4 units. Instead of saying, “I multiplied 4 x 5 to get 20” a complete 5th grade explanation would be “I multiplied 4 units x 5 units to get 20 square units because I knew that to find area, you need to multiply length times width.
-Science: Students were able to take another look at their tests from last week. Since this was the first science test of 5th grade, and for some, the first science test ever, we wanted to give students a chance to look back at their tests. Students should be studying for every science test. This may be an area where they need help if they are not used to studying for tests.
-Social Studies: We jumped right into U.S. Geography. Students have been learning about the globe, maps, longitude, latitude, etc.
-Writing: We continue to work on our archaeology paragraphs. Most students have finished their outlines and are waiting for a conference.
No School – Mon 10-8
DEAR Afternoon – Wed 10-10 5Kers can bring in blankets, pillows, etc.
Have a fantastic long weekend!