I can't believe I just typed the week of 12/1 - December already?! I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. I have relaxed and eaten for a good part of the week - and loved every minute of it! However, I am anxious to get back to school, see the kids, and start working again.
Book Fair is this Tuesday - we will visit at 9:30. You can send in cash or a check, or you may plan to visit with us! There are lots of great books on the fair this year.
Field Trip! We are going on a field trip THIS FRIDAY, 12/5, to see the Nutcracker at Brenau! We have several 5th graders performing this year, so all classes are going to see this production and support our wonderful Gainesville Ballet. Tickets are normally $6, but we have discounted ticket prices of $2! You'll receive permission slips in Tuesday folders. Please send them back signed as soon as possible.
Mon, 12/1 Back to school!
Tues, 12/2 Book fair visit at 9:30; Red folders come home (with permission slips!)
Thurs, 12/4 Permission slips due
Fri, 12/5 Science test; math homework due; field trip to see the Nutcracker
This week, we start a three-week unit on organizational structures. Students will read a text and try to decide how it's organized: description, cause-effect, compare-contrast, problem-solution, or chronological-sequence. We will start off by identifying a text's organizational structure, and next week, we'll begin to compare the organizational structures of one text with a different text. We will test the week before we get out for winter break.
We start working with fractions this week! This is another three-week unit. We will start by identifying the least common denominator of two fractions (also known as least common multiple), then we'll start adding and subtracting them for these three weeks. In 4th grade, your child added and subtracted fractions with LIKE denominators (the number on the bottom is the same). However, in 5th grade, we are adding and subtracting fractions with UNLIKE denominators (the number on the bottom is different; for example, 1/3 + 2/5). We will also be adding and subtracting whole numbers and fractions, mixed numbers, and improper fractions. Whew! We will also test for this unit the week before we get out for winter break.
We are continuing to work on conjunctions and informational writing. Students will be working on the differences between coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions. We will also begin how-to writing. Students final how-to paper will be due on next Monday.
Students are finishing a science unit with Mrs. Hawkins. They are studying physical and chemical changes. The science test will be this Friday.