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 Hi 5th Grade Families,

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far! Here are the latest news updates about 5th grade...
Young Ameritowne
Yesterday, the 5th grade team had a wonderful time planning our upcoming Young Ameritowne (YAT) unit lessons, among other units. We organized the 40 plus lessons we will be teaching in class for February and March before the special day of YAT Belmar on Thursday, April 5th. In these lessons, students will learn about finances, budgeting, the banking system, supply and demand, elections, job training and SO MUCH MORE! We will officially kick off our activities when we return from President's Day weekend, on Tuesday, February 20th. Around that time, each 5th grade teacher will send out a Google Doc parent/volunteer sign-up. If you are interested in helping out either on the field trip or with our Job Interview Day, please look for this Google Doc and sign up around that time. The slots usually fill up fast, so we will have a wait list! 
The end of year science unit, called Growing and Changing, will be starting before we know it. We will have a parent information night the same day as the YAT job interviews in late March. Look for more information to follow. Currently in science, they are just about to start the new unit called "The Creature Connection." It precedes the Growing and Changing Unit that will begin after spring break.

In math, we are nearing the end of Unit 3: Multiplication and Division of Fractions. The students took a formative assessment (quiz) yesterday which will continue to guide our instruction for the next few days before the end of the unit test on Tuesday. Unit 4 and 5 (Multiplication and Division of Decimals) will begin shortly after that test. These combined units will last about a month. Math homework will continue to sent home on Wednesdays.

In writing, we are nearing the end of our instruction around Text Structures and are just about to begin an Informational Research Writing Unit. For this writing piece, students will do research around a question and topic that interests them. They will then collate their multiple research sources into a written piece, which follows one of the text structures that we have learned about the last few weeks. A few of the students have some great ideas and questions already! We are excited to see what they decide to research!

In reading, we are working on Informational/Nonfiction reading skills, including identifying text structures, scanning for information, and synthesizing a text. Students should continue to read or write 30-60 minutes a night about a book/text of their choice. Please continue to help support their reading HW during the week, and encourage them to fill out their reading log nightly. January logs are due February 1st.

Important Upcoming Dates-
  • The next SOAR party is next Friday, February 2nd!
  • February 16th is an early release, and President's Day, February 19th there is no school
  • Parent/Teacher/Student conferences are March 14th-15th (more information to follow soon)
  • YAT Job Interviews and the parent Growing and Changing Meeting will be March 20th, in the afternoon
  • Spring Break is March 26th-30th
  • YAT at Belmar is April 5th
  • PARCC testing is throughout the month of April

Thanks so much! Hope you have a great rest of the week. Stay safe and warm. 

Mrs. Vallory Darting, M.Ed.

5th Grade Teacher

Blue Heron Elementary School

Littleton, CO