Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Week of 11/3/14 Update

Hello all! I hope everyone enjoyed the extra long weekend!  Last week was a busy week in fifth grade in room 209!

In Social Studies:
We are continuing to learn and compare different ways early settlers came to North America.  We have learned a lot about the Vikings and their travels, and continued to learn more about the Siberian peoples who traveled here using the Land Bridge.  Students will be working on an Explain Everything project in class to wrap up this lesson.

In Math:
Students completed their topic 3 tests last week, which covered multiplication of large numbers.  Today, we began Topic 4 which is on Division.  Today the students worked on using mental math to solve division problems.  They did a GREAT job using their multiplication facts to help them with this.
Reminder: We take a weekly fact quiz every Friday on our multiplication/division facts,  Students should be practicing these facts at home.  They can use their Reflex accounts on a home computer as a resource!

We had a great week of reading groups last week! Students in both groups are working on responding to Non-Fiction text.  We have been practicing turning the questions around (TTQA) and making sure to respond to all parts.  Students in my groups had a chance to create fliers to raise awareness about the issues their book talked about.  The books we read talked about Animal Abuse and Healthful Habits.  Very impressed with their work!

Last but certainly not least, our students of the week!

Austin Quattrocchi was our ELA student of the week! Austin showed great focus and motivation during both reading groups and independent work.  He has also been a great asset to our class during class discussions.  Keep up the hard work, Austin!

Leighton Reith was our Math Student of the Week! Leighton had a stand out week and always gave 110%.  Leighton contributes to our class problem solving activities daily, and always is willing to actively participate.  Awesome job, Leighton!

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