Fifth Grade News- January 2020

What We're Learning

Reading & Writing: This month we will be participating in Fantasy Book Clubs. We will work in clubs to become deeply immersed in the fantasy genre and further develop higher-level thinking skills to study how authors develop characters and themes over time. They think metaphorically as well as analytically, explore the quests and themes within and across their novels, and consider the implications of conflicts, themes, and lessons learned. We will then apply these skills and write our own fantasy stories.

Math: This month we will focus on deepening and extending students’ understanding of fractions and equivalent fractions and representing fractions using an area model (rectangles). They use these understandings to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers.

Social Studies: This month we will explore the context of Westward Expansion and how today’s America formed. We will explore the hidden voices of the Native Americans and how they 
    experienced Westward Expansion. 

Important Dates

Wednesday, January 1st:

Winter Recess (Schools Closed)

Friday, January 3rd:

5-407 Field Trip: Museum of the City of NY

Monday, January 6th:

5-401 Field Trip: Museum of the City of NY

Tuesday, January 7th:

5-406 Field Trip: Museum of the City of NY

Friday, January 10th:

Parent Association Meeting and Family College Awareness Event at 5:15pm

Monday, January 20th: 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(Schools Closed)

Math Tip

Equivalent Fractions In 5th grade we learn how to add, unlike fractions. This procedure involves converting the fractions to equivalent fractions with a common denominator. So, the concept of equivalent fractions is an important prerequisite to fraction addition and subtraction.


What is perspective?

Two people can have the same experience but feel differently about it. Look at this comic and think about the difference in perspective.


  • Please support your child at home by practicing the time's tables as much as possible so that your child can be prepared for our multiplication and division unit. 

  • Please support your child at home by encouraging him/her to do homework completely.