September 4, 2017
Unbelieveable! 12 days of fifth grade have already come and gone.
In those 12 days, the phenomenal fifth grade has already made some interesting discoveries.
1. Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone
This book focuses on the story of Samuel Collier, a young orphan whose fighting past gets him a ticket to the new world as Captain John Smith’s page. Reverend Hunt hopes that this journey will allow Samuel new opportunites to connect with others around him. Meanwhile, Samuel decides that this new journey will either be a great adventure, or it will be doomed.
This book is the first of five uncharted worlds that fifth graders will have the opportunity to dive into.
Students use their reflection notebook to answer questions, discover figurative language, and find textual evidence to support their answers.
We have already read the first five chapters – and they are hooked!
2. Scientific Method
Our fifth graders had the opportunity to answer the question: How Do Scientists Investigate?
We learned about asking questions, creating a hypothesis, collecting data, using tools, analyzing data, and forming conculsions.
Our first scientific experiment – Students worked in groups to answer the question:
Do Skittles dissolve faster in hot water or cold water?
3. Lexicon Cards – Vocabulary and Dictionary Work
Students were opened up to the world of prefixes and Lexicon Cards.
Lexicon cards give students a visual guide to break down the meaning of words and how to use them correctly in context. Fifth graders quickly discovered that guide words are their best friends!!
4. Math – Decimal Place Value
After clearing the cobwebs in our brains with a little multiplication review, fifth graders began to take a trip on the other side of the decimal.
Yep! Tenths, hundredths, and thousandths. If it ends with a “th” we’ve counted it in math.
Fifth graders have had fun using dice, white boards, and games on their chrome books to ensure understanding.
Who thought counting with decimals could be so much fun!
So – as you can see – in 12 days, we have managed to begin quite a journey.
Stay tuned for more updates and catch a glimpse in the day in the life of fifth grade!
Have a great week!