Fifth Grade

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The start of a new year is upon us and the fifth grade team would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of your young learners and their families. Our hope is that your winter recess provided time for reflection, restoration, and quality time with family and loved ones.

The start of a new year is a great time to check in with our young scholars in order to see what progress they have made for toward the goals that they have set for themselves this school year. What progress has been made? What work still needs to be done? How will we all meaningfully grow together in 2019? These are great conversations to continue with your child in the home this month.

As always, please continue the practice of reading each night with your child in order to support the important work that they are doing throughout their school day. For mathematics, now is a perfect time to continue to practice reviewing multiplication and division facts and strategies at home. Encourage your child to explore the ways in which their knowledge of multiplication and division can help them solve real world problems.

We look forward to seeing everyone at school events and workshops this month. Please do not hesitate to reach out, as we are happy to support you in any way that we can. We look forward to seeing the tremendous progress students will make in this second half of a productive and inspiring school year.

Sincerely,

Third Grade Team

Rigorous Instruction

Instruction is customized, inclusive, motivating, and aligned to the Common Core. High standards are set in every classroom. Students are actively engaged in ambitious intellectual activity and developing critical thinking skills.

Units of Study:

Reading: Unit 3 – Researching Debatable Topics

Students will work together to form opinions, take part in research projects to find support for their arguments, and conduct debates with their peers.

Writing: Unit 3 – Changing the World

Students will be using text structures and writing strategies discussed in previous units in order to produce persuasive writing that supports their point of view.

Math: Chapter 6 – Understanding Division Using Decimals

Students will move forward with their understanding long division with one ant two-digit divisors and work towards applying division strategies to decimals. Students will be working to understand how to use division in the real world.

Science: Gravity

Students will be moving on from ecosystems to study the force that keeps them grounded – gravity.

Social Studies: The Age of Exploration

Students will be studying the impact of European exploration and colonization.

Supportive Environment

The school establishes a classroom and school culture where students feel safe, supported, and challenged by their teachers and peers.

Students of the Month:

5–1 Jacqueline Boconzaca

5-2 Lanaya Pena

Celebrations:

Publishing Party for Informational Writing – January 17th

10:00 am

Come and hear the amazing informational books our young experts have produced this unit!

Strong Family-Community Ties & Collaborative Teachers

School leadership brings resources from the community into the school building by welcoming, encouraging, and developing partnerships with families, businesses, and community-based organizations.

Parent Workshops:

5-2 Student Share

Date: January 21st, 2019

Time: 1:30p.m. – 2:15p.m.

Topic: ELA Short Response: RAP Strategy

Location: Room M1-2

Teachers Contact Information

5-1: Ms. Laurenzano: EOsterm@schools.nyc.gov

5-2: Mr. Roberts: JRoberts16@schools.nyc.gov

Ms. Abdelaal: SAbdelaal2@schools.nyc.gov