
January: What is Grade 5 studying?
ELA:
Unit of Study: Geography and Ancient Cultures of the Western Hemisphere
Essential Question: How does the evolution of ancient civilizations in the Western Hemisphere give you a deeper understanding of the world we live in?
Big Idea:
 Students will understand how the evolution of the Ancient Civilizations has impacted society today.
 Students will understand that reading with comprehension involves the implementation of a range of strategies and thinking beyond the text.
Resources:
Encounter by Jane Yolen
Pedro’s Journal by Pam Conrad
Writing: Narrative & Informational Writing Narrative: Students will continue to write narratives in various structures, including poetry.
 Informative: Students will use the writing process and Traits of Writing to produce essays that inform readers about topics related to ancient civilizations and exploration
Eureka Math:
Module 3: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
Students will...
 make equivalent fractions with the number line
 add and subtract fractions between 12
 use benchmark numbers to assess reasonableness of solutions using benchmark numbers
Module 4: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions
Students will…
 use tape diagrams to model fractions as division
 multiply any whole number by a fraction
 multiply and divide fractions
Common Core Learning Standards:
5.NF.A.1 – Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)
5.NF.A.2  Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.
5.OA.1  Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
5.OA.2  Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation "add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2" as 2 × (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 × (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.
5.NBT.B.7  Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
5.NF.B.3  Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. For example, interpret 3/4 as the result of dividing 3 by 4, noting that 3/4 multiplied by 4 equals 3, and that when 3 wholes are shared equally among 4 people each person has a share of size 3/4. If 9 people want to share a 50pound sack of rice equally by weight, how many pounds of rice should each person get? Between what two whole numbers does your answer lie?
5.NF.B.4  Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
5.NFB..5  Interpret multiplication as scaling (resizing)
5.NF.B.6  Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.
5.NF.B.7  Apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions.
5.MD.A.1  Convert among differentsized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multistep, real world problems.
5.MD.B.2  Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots. For example, given different measurements of liquid in identical beakers, find the amount of liquid each beaker would contain if the total amount in all the beakers were redistributed equally.

Helpful Websites
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Wonderful sites to research social studies and world events:
Reading sites:
 http://www.pearsonlongman.com/ae/marketing/sfesl/practicereading.html
 http://www.ncsu.edu/project/lancet/fifth.htm
Math Site:

Fifth Grade Homework, What to expect?
Homework is a crucial part of your child's active learning process and essential to their academic progress. Please make sure that all homework is completed daily.
Tips: "Use these examples to help you check your writing."
* The first letter of each sentence should begin with a capital letter.
Ruth bought new blue sneakers. The sign blew away in the storm. Did she try out for soccer last year?
* The pronoun / is always spelled with a capital letter.
Ahmed and I ate lunch together.
Sheila and I went swimming.
I feed my goldfish every morning.
* If the subject of a sentence is a singular noun, the verb should also be singular.
Jeremy bakes oatmeal cookies. Tonya paints with watercolors. The chair rocks back and forth.
* If the subject is plural, the verb should also be plural.
Vidya and Joanna study science. Women play the drums in our band. The planets rotate around the sun.
* Every sentence ends with punctuation in the form of a period, question mark, or exclamation point.
My friend is a good baseball player. Where did Jamie find her keys? Don't run across the street!
* Commas separate words in a series.
We like to swim, hike, and play basketball. The farmer raises goats, sheep, and chickens. Customers can choose water, milk, orange juice, or apple juice.