
March: What is Grade 5 studying?
ELA:
Unit of Study: The Four Freedoms: History of the USA
Essential Question:
How does a global desire for freedom impact society in the U.S.A?
How do readers use multiple strategies to make meaning of the text?
Big Ideas: In this new unit, we will study the freedoms granted to us in the United States. We will learn how they came about, how they are upheld, and their effect on the global and local community.
Resources:
Anne Frank: Life in Hiding by Joanna Hurwitz
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
Writing: Opinion
 Students will use the writing process and the Teachers College Rubric to produce essays that form and support an argument.
Go Math!:
Chapter 5: Students will begin to divide decimals.
 Estimate decimal quotients
 Divide decimals by whole numbers
 Place the decimal point in decimal multiplication and division
 Solve multiple decimal problems using the strategy work backward
Chapter 6: Students will add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators
 Use models to +/ fractions with unlike denominators
 Make reasonable estimates of fraction sums and differences
 Find a common denominator or a lease common denominator to write equivalent fractions
 Use equivalent fractions to +/ fractions
 +/ mixed numbers with unlike denominators
 Rename to find the difference of two mixed numbers
 Identify, describe, and create numerical patterns with fractions
 Solve problems using the strategy work backwards and guess, check, revise
 Add fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators using the properties
Common Core Learning Standards:
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.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.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.