
December: What is Grade 5 studying?
ELA:
Module 1: Stories of Human Rights
Unit Summary: Human rights and how real people and fictional characters respond when those rights are threatened.
Unit Tasks:
 Students reread a literary text, and answer selected response questions and write a paragraph about it (midunit assessment). Students revise a literary essay comparing and contrasting character reactions to events that threaten their human rights in Esperanza Rising (end of unit assessment).
 Students draft an original monologue based on an event and from the perspective of a character from Esperanza Rising (midunit assessment). They read aloud an excerpt from Esperanza Rising and revise their Directors’ Note (end of unit assessment).
Module 2: Biodiversity in the Rainforest
Unit Summary: In this module, students read to build knowledge about the rainforest and analyze the author's craft in narrative writing to build proficiency in writing first person narratives about the rainforest.
Unit Tasks:
 Students research to determine ways they can help the rainforest and discuss their findings, including the challenges with implementing those ideas, in a Science Talk.
 Students read a new excerpt of The Most Beautiful Roof in the World aloud and write a literary analysis essay to answer the question: "What does the use of concrete language and sensory detail help you understand about the rainforest?"
 Students plan and draft first person narratives to build out a scenario from The Most Beautiful Roof in the World.
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.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multidigit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
5.NBT.A.2  Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use wholenumber exponents to denote powers of 10.
5.NBT.B.5  Fluently multiply multidigit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
5.NBT.B.6  Find wholenumber quotients of whole numbers with up to fourdigit dividends and twodigit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
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.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.OA.A.1  Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
5.OA.A.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.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.

Helpful Websites
The web sites below are fun and educational. Please encourage your child to practice math in a fun and creative way. We hope you will explore these websites, which will be helpful for you and your children:
Great and safe search engines for children:
Helps children practice and strengthen math skills:
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.