Back-to-School

There is a lot to do for Back-to-School registration. Below is a to-do list:

December 2-6 (Class Update)

This week was busy but we worked hard. For math we used fraction islands and geo boards, we learned about halves, wholes, and parts of fractions. Rotations we did writing, social studies, and science. Miss. McFarlane taught us about colonists and the acts, the acts are the Townshend act, the tea act, and all the other acts. We’re reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. We’ve done a few Christmas projects; one of them was making our own version of the twelve days of Christmas.
This week was busy, we worked a lot, and we worked hard.

-reported by Kiley

November 11-15 (Class Update)

This past week, we had fun learning about Veteran’s Day. We did a writing assignment about if we thought Veteran’s Day is important. We also found out as much as we could about Veteran’s Day in 15 minutes. Our class also read about how woman got the right to vote. In Social Studies, we studied about how explorers went from Europe to Asia by crossing the sea. In Science, we studied about chemical and physical changes. We also did a project where we cut a hole in a piece of paper big enough to walk through. That is an example of a physical change.

Overall, we had a very busy week, but we keep working hard.

-reported by Aaron

Halloween Costumes?!?

For art, the students dressed a banana in a Halloween costume.  It was fun to see their creativity and imagination at work.

You can view their artwork at:  https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#AEJtdOXmG9hygf

Computation Practice

One of the key skill students need to develop in math is computation.  Much of math is based on being able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.  The curriculum is organized in a manner that computation builds from year to year.  Students start with basic addition and subtration of whole numbers, move into column addition and subtraction, begin multiplying, and so on.

Much time is spent in and out of class helping students develop an understanding of how and why computational processes work.  The goal is for students to develop efficient strategies and to use those strategies in a fluent manner. 

At the end of 5th grade, a  student should be able to do ten different “types” of computation.

  1. Column Addition (whole #s & decimals)
  2. Column Subtraction (whole #s & decimals)
  3. Multi-digit by single-digit multiplication (whole numbers)
  4. Multi-digit by multi-digit multiplication (whole numbers)
  5. Multi-digit by single-digit division (whole numbers)
  6. Addition of fractions (like & unlike denominators)
  7. Subtraction of fractions (like & unlike denominators)
  8. Multiplication of fractions
  9. Addition of mixed numbers
  10. Subtraction of mixed numbers

With this goal in mind, the 5th grade teachers have started having their students complete a computation practice page each day.  Each practice page is a mixture of problem types that students have already been taught or are currently being taught.  It is hoped that through daily practice the students will better retain the knowledge of how to compute the answers to a wide variety of problems and will be able to do so with greater fluency and accuracy.

The practice pages that have already been created can be found at: http://wsdstaff.net/~bludlow/documents/5th/ComputationPractice/

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