Written By: Andy Theis, 5th Grade Teacher
Fifth grade has been packed full of learning, laughter, and love. This is such an incredibly special group of students, and every day is a new adventure. We have been very busy working on a variety of things to strengthen our academic skills, social/emotional well-being, and relationships with each other.
Literacy: Our literacy block consists of multiple components including whole group lessons, small group instruction, and writing. Our whole group lessons are integrated with science, as we work on skills such as finding the central theme, comparing and contrasting, cause and effect, asking and answering questions, and using text features. Our current topic is severe weather. We have been learning about different kinds of severe weather, how it develops, and how it impacts us, our communities, our environment, and our world. Writing goes hand-in-hand with what we are learning in whole group reading. We have been working on writing narrative analysis essays about severe weather. Students gather information from texts we have read together, as well as texts they have read independently, and use that information to write their essays. During small group instruction, students are able to work on skills that are personalized, while reading chapter books together. Students take part in engaging conversations as they read and analyze the text.
Math: We use Bridges in Mathematics for our curriculum, which allows for an extensive look into many focus skills. Bridges lessons and activities give students the opportunity to learn through discussions, investigations, group activities, games, and hands-on activities. During whole group lessons, 5th graders have been working on fractions. During this unit, students learned how to identify and model fractional parts, find equivalent fractions, find common denominators, add and subtract, and simplify. We are moving into multiplying and dividing fractions. Students also participate in small group lessons. During small groups, students work on skills that are geared towards their personal needs. Small groups change based on the needs of the students. Pre-assessment, post-assessment, and informal observations help determine student needs.