Welcome to Fifth Grade!


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    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Welcome to the 5th grade webpage!  Please take the time to read this month’s highlights below.  You will find important information pertaining to your child’s curriculum for the month of September.

    5th Grade Math

    For the month of September, 5th grade will focus on the following concepts:
    • Introduction to Student Reference Book
    • Area of Rectangle, Part 1
    • Quilt Area
    • Area of a Rectangle, Part 2
    • Introduction to Volume
    • Exploring Nonstandard Volume Units
    • Measuring Volume by Counting Cubes
    • Measuring Volume by Iterating Layers
    • Two Formulas for Volume
    • Visualizing Volume Units
    • Volume Explorations
    • Playing Prism Pile-Up
    • Unit 1 Progress Check
    • Understanding Place Value
    • Exponents and Powers of 10
    • Applying Powers of 10
    • U.S. Traditional Multiplication, Part 1
    • U.S. Traditional Multiplication, Part 2

    The homework each night will consist of a Home Links page and/or a Math computation worksheet. Please encourage your child to take the time to complete his/her math homework – it should be written neatly in pencil, and it should show all of the student’s work.

    6th Grade Math

    For the month of September, 6th grade will focus on the following concepts:

    • Exploring Statistical Questions
    • Creating Dot Plots
    • Introducing the Mean
    • Introducing the Mean as a Balance Point
    • Comparing Mean, Median, and Mode
    • Analyzing Persuasive Graphs
    • Introducing Histograms
    • Examining Shapes of Graphs
    • Analyzing Data
    • Introducing Integers
    • Building a Number Line Using Fraction Strips
    • Finding Fractions Between Fractions
    • Locating Negative Rational Numbers on a Number Line
    • Plotting Ordered Pairs of Rational Numbers in 4 Quadrants
    • Unit 1 Progress Check
    • The Greatest Common Factor
    • The Least Common Multiple
    • Fraction Multiplication on a Number Line
    • Fraction Multiplication with Models and Diagrams
    • Comparing Strategies for Multiplying Fractions


    The homework each night will consist of a Home Links page and/or a Math computation worksheet. Please encourage your child to take the time to complete his/her math homework – it should be written neatly in pencil, and it should show all of the student’s work. 

    7th Grade Math

    For the month of September, 7th grade will focus on the following concepts:

    Unit 1: Addition and Subtracting Rational Numbers

    • Rational Numbers
    • Adding Integers
    • Adding Rational Numbers
    • Subtracting Integers
    • Subtracting Rational Numbers

    Connecting Concepts

    Chapter Review

    Chapter Test

    The homework each night will consist of practice that will connect with in class lessons and/or concepts. Please encourage your child to take the time to complete his/her math homework – it should be written neatly in pencil, and it should show all of the student’s work.

    8th Grade Math

    For the month of September, 8th grade will focus on the following concepts:

    Unit 1: Equations

    • Solving Simple Equations
    • Solving Multistep Equations
    • Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides
    • Rewriting Equations and Formulas

    Connecting Concepts

    Chapter Review

    Chapter Test

    The homework each night will consist of practice that will connect with in class lessons and/or concepts. Please encourage your child to take the time to complete his/her math homework – it should be written neatly in pencil, and it should show all of the student’s work.  

    5th Grade Religion

    For the month of September, 5th grade will explore how Jesus shares God’s life with us. They will understand that He is the Son of God and we are called to follow him. We will learn the following:

    Jesus is the Son of God.
    Jesus shows us God’s love.
    Jesus invites people to follow Him.
    Jesus’ disciples continue His work.

    5th Grade Vocabulary

    For the month of September, the fifth graders will cover Unit 1 and Unit 2.  For the first 4 – 5 days of the Unit(s), they will be expected to complete the activities from the book for homework.  All Vocabulary homework should be completed in ink and written in cursive.  After completing the pages from each unit, they will be asked to make flashcards of the vocabulary words (word on one side and definition on the other), make their own sentences for the vocabulary words, and complete their Vocabulary Words Chart (they must fill out the word, definition, 2 synonyms, 2 antonyms, and an illustration). Lastly, they will have their spelling test on all 12 vocabulary words.  Spelling tests are given every two weeks on Fridays. Students must be able to identify the given word by listening to the definition as I read it orally and writing it down (spelled correctly). I encourage you to help you child study and prepare for the spelling test.  Some suggestions are using the flashcards and/or practice giving him/her the test so he/she can identify the words he/she needs to work on.

    Thank you for taking the time to view our 5th Grade webpage.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

    Sincerely,

    Ms. Mison

    mmison@stbarbarachicago.org