We are leaving for Outdoor Ed in less than two weeks, and the students are getting very excited about our trip! Here are a few reminders for parents:
•Here is a link to the student packing list. It can be found on p. 4 of the link.
•On the day of departure, Tuesday January 21, all students and parents must walk luggage up the hill and deposit it in the Multipurpose Room under our classroom sign. Our driveway cannot accommodate all of those cars.
•Please try to tie sleeping bags and luggage together in one bundle.
•Label all luggage.
•Students should bring a small backpack with a sack lunch into the classroom. This will be taken on the first hike soon after arriving at Walker Creek Ranch.
•Any parent who has volunteered to drive luggage & students to Outdoor Ed should plan to arrive in the driveway at 9:30. Students will be called to the cars.
•School begins at the regular time on Tuesday January 21. We will have classroom time before we depart for Outdoor Ed.
•We return to Bel Aire on Friday January 24 at 1:00. Parents should walk up the hill, meet children in the MPR and sign out with the teacher.
•Any adult picking up a child must be the parent or someone listed on the child’s Emergency Card. If you plan to have someone else pick up your child, please let us know in advance.
Students will work on:
• Writing prompts
• Self-publishing their novels (if all goes well, the Bel Aire library will have a new section dedicated to 5th grade novels!)
• Continuing on in their grammar lessons
• Begin reading the historical fiction novel, My Brother Sam is Dead, which examines life in the colonies during the Revolutionary War.
• Diving deeper into academic essay writing.
This month in Social Studies we'll be studying Life in the Colonies by answering following Big Questions:
• What influenced where Europeans settled in North America?
• Who founded the colonies and why?
• How did religion affect the founding of the colonies?
• How did the First Great Awakening affect the colonies?
• What systems developed in the colonies?
• What was the role of slavery in colonial America?
• What brought on democratic ideas in colonial America?
Math: Unit 4 "Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimals
By the conclusion of this unit, 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
• Use concrete, pictorial, and computational models to multiply fractions
• Use concrete, pictorial, and computational models to divide unit fractions by whole
number and whole numbers by unit fractions
• Estimate products and quotients
SCIENCE: Water Planet
• Finishing up uneven heating of the earth’s surface and air pressure
• Moving into availability of fresh vs. salt water on our earth, and learn ways to reduce our water use, as well as the water cycle
• Next, we will be learning about severe weather and weather forecasting