Fraction Math

We are continuing this week with adding and subtracting fractions this week.  The Unit 3 test on Fractions will be Monday, October 22, 2018.

Next week we will begin working with decimals.

5.NF.1.2- Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.  Use benchmark fractions and numbers sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers.

 Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form, e.g., 347.392= 3 X 100 + 4 x 10 + 7 x 1 + 3 x (1/10) + 9 x (1/100) + 2 x (1/1000).

 

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Science Update

We are kicking off Unit 6, in which we are learning about energy, including potential, kinetic, and mechanical energy. We are also exploring electricity and how we use electricity. In Unit 7 we will be learning about electric circuits, conductors, and insulators. Our unit of study focuses on these Sunshine State Science Standards and vocabulary terms.

Unit 6  Forms of Energy and Unit 7 Working with Electricity

SC.5.P.10.1 Investigate and describe some basic forms of energy, including light, heat, sound, electrical, chemical, and mechanical.
SC.5.P.10.2 Investigate and explain that energy has the ability to cause motion or create change.
SC.5.P.10.3 Investigate and explain that an electrically-charged object can attract an uncharged object and can either attract or repel another charged object without any contact between the objects.

SC.5.P.10.4

 

Investigate and explain that electrical energy can be transformed into heat, light, and sound energy, as well as the energy of motion.

SC.5.P.11.1

 

Investigate and illustrate the fact that the flow of electricity requires a closed circuit (a complete loop).
SC.5.P.11.2 Identify and classify materials that conduct electricity and materials that do not.

Vocabulary https://quizlet.com/_1nmt36

·     energy

·     potential energy

·     kinetic energy

·     chemical energy

·     reflection

·     refraction

·     vibration

·     insulator

·     mechanical energy

·     electrical energy

·     static electricity

·     absorption

·     heat energy

·     circuit

·     resistor

·     conductor

·     electromagnet

·     conduct

·     convection

·     sound energy

·     light energy

·     pitch

 

 

To stay up-to-date with our progress, ask about what’s happening in science class often. Talk about and use the unit’s vocabulary words whenever you can.

To reinforce what we’re doing, try these activities with your child.

 

Your child is learning words that name different forms of energy. Use the words to play an Answer-Question game.

·     Give an “answer sentence,” such as “A book on the top shelf of a bookcase represents this form of energy.” Challenge your child to ask a question that goes with the answer, such as “What is potential energy?”

·     Answer sentences can also name a form of energy, such as “This is potential energy,” with an appropriate question containing an example of potential energy, such as “What is a book on the top shelf of a bookcase?”

·     To begin, work with your child to write answer sentences on slips of paper.

·     Put the papers in a bag.

·     Then, take turns drawing answer sentences from the bag and asking questions.

·     Invite the whole family to play!

Your child is learning about circuits that conduct electricity.

·     Ask your child to explain what an electrical circuit is and how a circuit conducts electricity. Then, see for yourself.

·     Together, take apart a battery-operated flashlight.

·     Observe the interior of the flashlight, its light bulb, and the batteries. Talk about the features that are part of an electrical circuit.

·     Work together to create a diagram that shows how the flashlight works.

·     Follow up with print and digital research to confirm your diagram. A key-word search for “how flashlights work–diagram” yields promising results.

·     Share what you’ve learned with the whole family!

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Unit 8 Science Test Wednesday

Hello parents! This is just a reminder that the last test for the first quarter in Science is Wednesday, 10/10/2018.  Students should have brought home their Benchmark Review that we did in class today to study.  They also need to study the vocabulary that is in their binder and on Edmodo in the folder labeled  Quizlets.  Thank you for helping your child prepare for this assessment!

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In the Land of Language Arts

Writing: As we approach the end of the first quarter (Oct. 12), this week we will launch Kidblog, a safe website where students can publish their writing for the classroom community.  Over the last couple of weeks, students worked through the Writing Process and now they will get to share.  After they have typed and submitted their writing, the students will be able to login at home and share with you, too.

Reading:  On Sept. 21 students took a reading test on Edmodo assessing their ability of using multiple sources of fifth grade level non-fiction text to find answers to questions.  Although the questions were digital, students used printed text to read and mark-up when finding the answers.  Students may ‘VIEW RESULTS’ by scrolling to the test post on the Edmodo Language Arts page.  It is important to look over what was missed because we all know that we learn from our mistakes.  Using text features was the reading strategy associated with this standard. Please take a few minutes to have them login and show you how they did.  During these last days of the quarter, we will move on to the essential standard of quoting the text, which lines up with the reading strategy of asking questions before, during, and after we read.

Word Study: We are wrapping up a study of the prefixes re-, de-, ex-, and in-.  Students should have completed their word study homework last week, which will help them to do their best on a quiz this week as we continue to allow students to use their notebooks at this point in the year. 

Reminders:  Please remind your child to bring their notebooks and books for independent reading back to class each day if they bring them home.   Check in with your child to see what they are reading and ask them how they are doing in reaching their AR goals.  If you didn’t get a chance to read the previous posts from the Science and Math teachers, please check them out, too.

Thanks!

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September 28 – Math Update

We are still working on division in math this week.   The division test that was scheduled for this week has been rescheduled for next Tuesday.   Videos will be posted in Edmodo for division for your children to practice on.

We will start fractions at the end of next week where we will be adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators in the unit.

Standards:

NF.1.1; Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.

5.NF.1.2; Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers.

 

 

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Science Update

With our program HMH Florida Science Unit 8, we are now learning about forces, including gravity and friction. We are also exploring balanced and unbalanced forces. Our unit of study focuses on these Sunshine State Science Standards and vocabulary terms.

Unit 8  Forces and Motion

SC.5.P.13.1 Identify familiar forces that cause objects to move, such as pushes or pulls, including gravity acting on falling objects.
SC.5.P.13.2 Investigate and describe that the greater the force applied to it, the greater the change in motion of a given object.
SC.5.P.13.3 Investigate and describe that the more mass an object has, the less effect a given force will have on the object’s motion.
SC.5.P.13.4 Investigate and explain that when a force is applied to an object but it does not move, it is because another opposing force is being applied by something in the environment so that the forces are balanced.

Vocabulary- Quiz on Tuesday October 2, 2018-http://www.quizlet.com/_w4xk7

·     force

·     gravity

·     friction

·     balanced forces

·     unbalanced forces

·     inertia

 

To stay up-to-date with our progress, ask about what’s happening in science class often. Talk about and use the unit’s vocabulary words whenever you can.

To reinforce what we’re doing, try this activity with your child.

Your child is learning about balanced and unbalanced forces.

·     Explore balanced and unbalanced forces in art.

·     To begin, do print or digital research on the sculptures of Alexander Calder, many of which are mobiles suspended from a ceiling.

·     Talk about whether the forces in a mobile are balanced or unbalanced. Note that unbalanced forces cause one part of a mobile to hang lower than the other.

·     Have fun creating your own mobile by using string to suspend objects from a wire coat hanger.

·     Organize the objects so the forces are balanced. Ask your child to explain why they are balanced.

·     Then, reorganize the objects so the forces are unbalanced. Talk about what happens and why.

·     Share your sculpture with the whole family!

 

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Science Test – Unit 5

We just wanted to remind you that there is a test in Science on Unit 5 on Tuesday.  The students will also have a vocabulary quiz and the words are in their journals, on Edmodo in the folders, and in their binders.  We will wrap up the unit on Monday and send home the “Sum it Up” and the “Brain Checks” for review on Monday.  Several students brought home their Science books, be sure they return them to class on the following school day.

 

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Social Studies Update

In Unit 2, we will learn how the Native Americans thrived in North America long before Europeans arrived. Each group developed unique ways of life based on the place and time in which they lived. We will also learn about the lives and cultures of Native Americans in different geographic regions of North American. Finally, we will discover how each culture was influenced by their environment.

SS.5.A.2.1- Compare cultural aspects of ancient American civilizations (Aztecs/Mayas; Mound Builders/Anasazi/Inuit)

SSS.5.A.2.2- Identify Native American tribes from different geographic regions of North America (cliff dwellers and Pueblo people of the desert Southwest, coastal tribes of the Pacific Northwest, nomadic nations of the Great Plains, woodland tribes east of the Mississippi River

S.5.A.2.3- Compare cultural aspects of Native American tribes from different geographic regions of North America including but not limited to clothing, shelter, food, major beliefs and practices, music, art, and interactions with the environment

 

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Feature Update: Language Arts!

In Language Arts, we are currently working on the standard of using multiple sources of information to answer a question quickly.*  Mastering text features is a big help in achieving this.  We have been reading and analyzing texts in class that demonstrate how these features can be helpful in understanding what we read better.  Examples of text features include titles, headings, table of contents, indexes, charts, graphs, diagrams, illustrations, captions, etc.  We  have encouraged students to check out non-fiction from the library during this resource rotation, too, so hopefully they have a book of their own choosing in their backpacks to read as they apply this skill.  We have also been using digital sources, Wonderopolis and World Book Online, that are linked on our Edmodo page to allow students to research answers to their own questions they have generated.  Students have been practicing writing informational paragraphs in their notebooks, too!

On Monday, students will take a formative quiz on text features to check their progress on mastering this standard.  (We are aiming to have students take the quiz on Edmodo, so results will be viewable there.) Students have a text feature handout that they should review to prepare for the quiz, and we will also review again on Monday before they take the quiz. We are planning to give the summative test on Friday that will assess students’ ability to use multiple sources to find answers to questions.   This week students will be working with practice texts from I-Ready that they can use to prepare for the assessment, along with reviewing their results from Monday’s quiz.

* LAFS.5.RI.3.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

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Science and Social Studies Curriculum Chat Power Point

For any parents that were not able to attend our Curriculum Chats, below is the Power Point we used to present important information.

Palencia Open House 2018

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