October Update

October 6, 2019

Dear Parents,

      Welcome to October! We have already been in school a whole month, and we are now getting into the fun and excitement of fifth grade!

     One of our new academic challenges this month will be our novel studies. These novels will take us through this month and into November. Students will be given their novels later this week, and they will be required to read nightly.  All students will be given a reading calendar, which tells which chapters need to be read for a given night.  I will be posting the reading calendars on Google Classroom under the language arts section, so that students can have a digital copy. Each novel is on the instructional reading level of your child. The activities and discussions we have help students become more analytical readers and help with reading comprehension. The novels that are being introduced this week are Flush, Hoot, and Saving Lilly. I will be taking Wednesday’s reading class to introduce the novels and the expectations both in class and at home.

    In addition to our fun novel studies, we will also begin our annual community read. This year’s book is called Strictly No Elephants, which explores the themes of inclusion, community, and welcoming everyone! We will be doing some fun activities with this picture book, along with some writing.

    Speaking of writing, students continue to amaze me with their creativity! Each day we begin with a quick write, and it has been a joy for me to not only read the creative writings of my students, but also activities and sports that they are doing outside of school. We are currently on week three of our Google Classroom grammar work, and it has been a joy to watch their writing grow! Students are taking the skills that we are learning in class and applying them to their writing at home!

    In math, we are beginning topic 3, which is all about multiplication. Students can practice their multiplication and division facts using Quizlet, which has been posted to their Google Classroom math section.

     We are beginning exploration in social studies, which will ultimately lead to us learning more about the explorers, beginning with Christopher Columbus. In science, we have focused on stars, our own Sun, and why certain stars can only be seen at particular times of the year. I have shown students the free app, Star Light, which helps identify constellations and planets in the night sky. Several students showed an interest in getting the free app, or a similar one, to explore more on their own!

   Lastly, students have set October goals for themselves, and we practiced how to write a S.M.A.R.T. goal: one that is specific, measurable, has an action plan, is reasonable, and has a time limit. These goals are in their green folders, and we will do weekly check-ins to see how the goals are going. The point of goal setting is to see how, with hard work and an intentional plan, progress can be made! It is also teaching students to take ownership of their learning and reflect on their areas of improvement.

    As always, thank you for your continued support! Conferences will be coming up next month, and I will be sure to send an email to remind you!  

Mandy Laliberte

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