Language Arts in August

In August, we are busy establishing our Reading and Writing Community in the classroom.  Students are practicing being active listeners and thinkers during a variety of read-alouds, and participating in accountable discussions of the stories. Students work closely with a partner and contribute to class wide discussions. Students are also building their independent reading stamina everyday.  In class, we call this IDR, Individualized Daily Reading.  Soon, all students will have had an opportunity to check a book out from the Palencia Media Center, and many of them have signed books out of our classroom library.  Please remind your child to bring their book back to school each day so they are prepared to read in class.  As of right now, the only homework students have for Language Arts is to read for 25 minutes each night.  Please support your child in developing this habit and do not hesitate to continue reading with your child.  Though fifth graders may be fluent, silent readers, there is still much for both students and parents to gain from reading together.

In Writing, students have set up their Writer’s Notebooks and have already begun drafting.  This year we will work with the students on narrative, informational, and opinion writing, as well as some creative writing with DBQs.  As we get settled in our routines, we will begin focusing on specific literature and informational standards for reading.  It will be beneficial to talk with your child about what we are working on in Language Arts, so please keep up to date with reading our updates on this website.  We look forward to a great year in Fifth Grade Language Arts!

Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Gardner, and Mrs. Hughes

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Science Update

Hello Family Members!

Science is going to be very exciting this year.  With our program HMH Florida Science, we’ll explore the solar system, weather and climate, matter–the material everything is made from, energy, electricity, and motion, as well as plants, animals, and the environment. Our first unit of study focuses on these Sunshine State Science Standards and vocabulary terms.

Unit 1  Scientists at Work

SC.5.N.1.1 Define a problem, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigations of various types such as: systematic observations, experiments requiring the identification of variables, collecting and organizing data, interpreting data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.
SC.5.N.1.2 Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation.
SC.5.N.1.3 Recognize and explain the need for repeated experimental trials.

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