*There will be no school on Monday, January 19th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
*Outdoor Ed is coming! Tuesday Jan. 20-Friday Jan. 24th.
* E8 Valentine Breakfast on Friday, February 1
* Bel Aire Science Fair will be Thursday, February 12th in the MPR from 6-7 pm
(kids will given direction on Monday and they will be able to sign up online after- all students are welcome to participate)
*Mid Winter Break is February 16th-20th.
We spoke to all of the 5th graders on Jan. 8th during a short Walker Creek assembly. The kids are very excited! We leave for camp on Tuesday, January 20th. More information will be coming home on Monday, but at this point you should have all the info you need. If you have any questions, please email your child’s teacher.
For further information you can go to the Walker Creek Website:
This month all fifth grade students will focus on both fiction and non-fiction writing as they:
•Are guided through the steps of self-publishing their NaNoWriMo novels
•Review the elements of an “accordion paragraph” learned in September and October
•Review the use of transition words
•Learn how to string several paragraphs together to create a multi-paragraph essay
This work will eventually lead to the writing of an artist biography that is 5-6 paragraphs long.
**Stay tuned for information regarding a long term and super fun comprehensive project, the artist report! This year, a few of the writing pieces will be done at school. The rest will be completed at home.
This month in Social Studies we'll be studying Life in the Colonies learning about:
We are also learning about early America and colonial life through reading Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. It is a historical tale about a young girl's rebellion against bigotry and her Puritan surroundings, set in colonial Connecticut in 1687.
We are finishing up Unit 3, Fraction theory and the addition and subtraction of fractions. We will review and take our unit test this coming Tuesday. Then we will dive into Unit 4, multiplying and dividing decimals
By the conclusion of Unit 4, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
• model multiplication and division of decimals
• multiply and divide decimals by powers of 10
• use estimation when multiplying and dividing decimals
• multiply and divide decimals with fluency
• determine relationship between quantities algebraically
• recognize student errors in multiplication and division of decimals
• use decimals to solve problems
Students are engaging in many exciting hands on activities and games to help them explore these concepts.