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MAY/JUNE 2022:



ELA (English Language Arts - Reading/Writing): The writing focus for this trimester is opinion writing. Students will be writing opinion essays based on topics presented in Social Studies. We are in Unit 5 of Wonders and are currently reading texts that help us understand how shared experiences affect us, a timely topic. We also read about the Constitutional Convention to support the work students are doing in Social Studies. Students will be preparing an oral and visual presentation on the Bill of Rights and sharing those with younger students.


In grammar we are diving deeper into complex sentences, which will benefit students’ writing. All students are expected to READ every day for at least 30 sustained minutes, in addition to daily reading assignments. This will help prepare them for middle school as well as improve their reading skills.


Math: Students will be taking the Math portion of RICAS on 5/17 and 5/18. We will also be finishing Module 5 and beginning Module 6 Problem Solving with Coordinate Plane.


Social Studies: We are continuing to use our text We the People to study the forming of the Constitution. To help celebrate the 250th Anniversary of “The Burning of the Gaspee” we are encouraging the students to participate in a poster contest sponsored by the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Posters are due 5/18.


Science: We are beginning our study of space and our place in the solar system. We began with Earth’s rotation and are now learning about stars. Please take advantage of clear nights to GET OUTSIDE and LOOK UP!


Students will take the NGSA (science assessment) on May 4th and 5th. Please make sure they are well-rested and have eaten a protein-rich breakfast each morning. Thank you!

Family Connections: Did you know that April was Poetry Month? Our 5th graders have read and written many poems this year, and they will be preparing to present a poem of their choosing at our second annual 5th Grade Poetry Jam. (More info to come.)



APRIL 2022:



ELA (English Language Arts - Reading/Writing): This month we will read both historical fiction and narrative nonfiction as we dive deeper into the founding of our country. We will continue to study point of view and how that impacts the reader’s understanding. Other ELA skills include summarizing, visualizing and theme. Our writing focus for Trimester 3 is opinion writing.


Math: We are beginning Module 5 - Addition and Multiplication using Volume and Area. Please have your child practice Freckle each night for 15 minutes to strengthen their math skills.


Social Studies: We are continuing to learn about our Founding Fathers and their framing of the Constitution by using We the People.


Science: March Mammal Madness is almost over! Will it be the pride of lionesses or the orca?Swordfish or grizzly bear? Bison or walrus? We have enjoyed this fun game and have learned more about some of the cool animals that inhabit our planet. In Science, we are learning about Water Sources which will lead us to Earth’s Systems Interactions and Reducing Human Footprint, the next modules in STEMScopes.


Family Connections: We will begin RICAS ELA testing next week. Please help your child to do their best by making sure they get a good night’s sleep the night before and eat a protein-rich breakfast the morning of the test.


Special Activities: The 5th Grade CAFETERIA RANGERS program is up and running, and it’s going great! Everyday at lunch, 6 of our students man the lunch stations for sorting waste: Recoverable Food, Liquid Waste, Recycling, Landfill, Compost and Trays. The sorting stations are completely set up and run by our students, and they have made a tremendous difference in how our school handles food waste. We are thrilled to be part of this pilot program and are so proud of our students and the leadership they have shown. Go, Rhodes, 5th Grade!



MARCH 2022:



ELA (English Language Arts - Reading/Writing): We are wrapping up Unit 4 in Wonders, which focused on the kinds of experiences that lead to new discoveries. We read about different cultures, finding patterns in nature (Fibonacci’s sequence) and some cool discoveries (the Inca’s quipu, Machu Picchu, etc.). Our reading/writing skills have included the author’s point of view, summarizing, main idea and narrative writing.


Math: We will be finishing Module 4 (Multiplication and Division of Fractions) and starting Module 5 (Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area).


Social Studies: We are continuing learning about democracy and the foundation of our Constitution through the We the People text.


Science: We are finishing up our study of Matter Cycles, and students will play a really cool (and fun!) game that demonstrates how matter cycles through an environment. Next up is Ecosystems. Side note - many of us were able to grow bean plants with only air and water, sealed inside a plastic bag. Others of us were able to grow some very colorful MOLD, which provided an opportunity to talk (again!) about the importance of hand washing. Yuck!


Family Connections: Please make sure your child reads EVERY day. Encourage your child to get plenty of rest, eat nutritious food and play outside! This is how their brains and bodies develop!


Monthly Themes: Women's History Month; Youth Art

Special Activities: Students LOVED our class Valentine activity, where they wrote a note of appreciation/admiration/gratitude for each of their classmates. These notes were opened at the end of the day, and students were thrilled to read the positive words from their peers.






ELA (English Language Arts - Reading/Writing): How many verb tenses do you know? We will be studying progressive and perfect tenses in grammar. Our writing focus this trimester is NARRATIVE writing, and we will be using sensory language to set the scene and pull the reader in. As always, the best WRITERS are also STRONG READERS, so please encourage your child to read DAILY!


Math: We are finishing up Module 3 - adding and subtracting fractions, and heading into Module 4, which is multiplying and dividing fractions.


Social Studies: We are currently studying the Pre-Revolutionary War, which will lead to the foundations of our democracy.


Science: Plants, glorious plants! We’re learning about matter and energy in plants, food chains, food webs and the amazing decomposers! Our classroom walls are lined with our optimistic January “plantings” of seeds in sealed plastic bags.


Family Connections: Ask your child about the Stock Market game. The spring session for the SMG began last week. Ask your child what they invested in and why? Make sure your child reads EVERY day. Encourage your child to get plenty of rest, eat nutritious food and play outside! This is how their brains and bodies develop!


Special Activities:

In ELA we read about Rosa Parks and discussed how her actions led to real change in our country. We also used this text as the focus for our Trimester writing assessment, examining how the author used figurative language to help convey the theme.


Earlier this term we read a story entitled “They Don’t Mean It,” about a Chinese-American family and their struggle to learn the ways of American culture. At one point in the story, the family invites their new friends to celebrate a traditional Chinese New Year. Lunar New Year begins February 1, and we will mark the transition to the Year of the Tiger in ELA with poetry and lantern-making.






ELA (English Language Arts - Reading/Writing): As we move into December and January, we will be reading realistic fiction, expository text and argumentative texts, and students will often respond in writing to what they read. We are working hard to improve our writing skills, using the P.A.C.E.S. strategy, which helps students organize their expository writing and make sure they have included sufficient evidence. In grammar we will focus on verbs, plurals and those pesky possessive nouns.


Our classroom library is loaded with books for every interest (thank you, parents!), and students enjoy choosing books that are just right for them to read at school. Please remind your child to read at home every day for at least 30 sustained minutes. This is how they will develop the reading STAMINA necessary to be successful as they move through school. Thanks!


Math: We are finishing up Module 2 over the next couple of weeks and starting work on Module 3 (adding and subtracting fractions) after the new year. Please remind your child to spend 15-20 minutes on Freckle each night.


Social Studies: We will be moving into the colonization of North America. After the new year, we will be focusing on the Revolutionary War.


Science: We have wrapped up our study of matter, and students will participate in their first NGSA Interim Science Assessment the first week of December. This short assessment is designed as a “check-in” of student progress in regards to the science standards and is not the same as the more formal NGSA Science Assessment which will take place in the spring.


Dung beetles, anyone? Our next unit of study in Science focuses on the flow of matter and energy through an ecosystem.


Family Connections: Make sure your child reads EVERY day. Encourage your child to get plenty of rest, eat nutritious food and play outside. This is how their brains and bodies develop! Please continue to talk to your child about the stock market.

Monthly Themes - Holidays - In ELA we will be reading about other cultures, their customs and traditions, including holidays.





ELA (English Language Arts - Reading/Writing): We are entering Unit 2 in Wonders which will include genre studies of both folktales and poetry. ELA focus skills this month will include theme, making predictions, Greek and Latin roots and personification.


Math: Module 2: We will cover topics such as multi-digit multiplication, decimal multiplication, partial quotients and multi-digit division.


Social Studies: We are continuing into European Exploration of the Americas, their impact on the people and the land.


Science: What’s left behind when orange juice evaporates? Where did the water on the outside of the glass come from? What exactly is conservation of matter? How does matter change forms? These are the questions we will be investigating this month.


Monthly Themes: Rhodes students made Veterans Day cards for our appreciated Veterans! Students each thanked Veterans for what they so bravely do for our freedoms. We thank Veterans for serving our beautiful nation!


Stock Market Game: The students are in the beginning process of purchasing shares of companies with their virtual $100,000 (per team). Please ask what companies they are interested in purchasing or have already purchased.

Family Connections: Make sure your child reads EVERY day. In 5th Grade the daily homework assignment is 30 minutes of sustained reading. This will help to develop the reading stamina needed for middle school. As always, encourage your child to get plenty of rest, eat nutritious food and play outside! This is how their brains and bodies develop!






We are proud of the strong start 5th grade has made this year!


ELA (English Language Arts - Reading/Writing): The Big Idea in Unit 1 of Wonders is “Where can an idea begin?” During this unit we will read realistic fiction, narrative nonfiction, biography and persuasive articles. In writing, we are focusing on elements of informational writing, including organization, paragraph structure and use of text evidence.


Math: We will be continuing with Module 1 over the next couple of weeks, covering adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. In Module 2 we will be learning multiplication and division with whole numbers and decimals.


Social Studies: In social studies, we are learning about early Native American cultures and early European exploration of the Americas.


Science: What’s the MATTER? The 5th grade is studying matter - properties, interactions, changes in state, etc. Throughout this unit, students are learning things that will help them to solve their Mission - designing a plan to clean up a water treatment facility after it is damaged in a hurricane.


Family Connections: Ask your child about the Stock Market Game and InvestWrite! (more information to come)


Make sure your child reads for at least 30 minutes EVERY day. This will help him/her develop the reading stamina needed to be successful next year in middle school. Encourage your child to get plenty of rest, eat nutritious food and play outside! This is how their brains and bodies develop!