Fifth Grade News- March 2020

What We're Learning

Reading: This month we will be focusing on reading strategies such as genre codes to help us understand and retain the information in a passage. We are working on demystifying the state test so it does not seem overwhelming or scary. Instead, we will focus on understanding why we take the test and its impact. 

Writing: This month we will write literary essays. We will learn to design, write, and revise interpretive essays about short stories. We will learn to carefully to identify evidence that best supports a claim, support a thesis with a variety of evidence, and revise thesis statements that capture the themes of a story and that forecast ways their essays will support their theses. The unit ends by learning to transfer this learning to new circumstances, including those posed by state tests.

Math: This month we will focus on multiplying and dividing rational numbers, which includes extending understanding of the meaning of those operations and of place value. We will use contexts and representations (fraction bars, arrays, and grids) to solve problems involving multiplication and division of fractions and decimals. Students also apply their understandings of multiplication and division to solve measurement conversion problems.

Important Dates

Thursday, March 5th:

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, March 25th – Thursday, March 26th: 

English Language Arts State Test

Tuesday, March 10th: 

PA Bake Sale (2:30pm – 3:30pm)

Friday, March 13th:

PA Meeting and Family Fun event (5:15pm – 6:45pm)

Math Tip

Think about the relationship between multiplying and dividing fractions. Why does this work?


Every person is entitled to certain fundamental rights, simply by the fact of being human. These are called “human rights” rather than a privilege (which can be taken away at someone’s whim). Think about the human rights you exercise on a daily basis


Please discuss the upcoming state tests with your child. It is important for them to try their best and show all that they have learned this year. However, it is also important to recognize that this test is NOT the ultimate factor in your child’s grades.