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Zearn Math

Zearn is website we use in class for extra Eureka Math Practice. The lessons are designed to teach the math concepts and provide precise feedback.

Dreambox
An adaptive math support we will use to challenge and differentiate. The lessons are designed to challenge the students while supporting the areas they need.


Throughout the year, students will be using the following Apps and Websites.

Freckle, Tynker, Comic Book, Pic Collage, Google Apps for Education, Science A-Z,  PuppetEDU, Khan Academy, Social Studies Website, Science Website, Typing Club,  NewsELA Website, and USA Studies Weekly Website, Zearn, Dreambox.

 

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Holiday sales and shopping sprees have begun, seasonal lights and decorations are hung and the countdown to winter break is here… I guess it really is December! Where has the time gone?! We’ve been so busy in class learning a ton of new things! I can proudly say that our students are definitely getting the swing of fifth grade! They are totally stepping up to the plate and working like the upper grade students that they are!

CURRICULUM UPDATE

Math: Module 3, focused on students’ understanding of addition and subtraction of fractions. We looked at equivalent fractions representing the same amount of area of a rectangle and the same point on the number line. We then moved on to see that fraction addition and subtraction are similar to whole number addition and subtraction. Students then looked at adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators by replacing different fractional units with an equivalent fraction or like units. We also used the number line when adding and subtracting fractions greater than or equal to 1 so that students begin to see and manipulate fractions in relation to larger whole numbers and to each other. The number line allows students to pictorially represent larger whole numbers. This week we’re worked on more word problems.  Students were encouraged to draw tape diagrams to recognize part–whole relationships with fractions. They strategized to solve multi-term problems and assess the reasonableness of their solutions to equations and word problems with fractional units.

Math Resources: In order to help the students, grasp the new concepts, the students are asked to watch the video for the lesson they’ll learn the following day, for homework. This gives the students some prior knowledge of the lesson. Also, for homework, they are also asked to complete a few problems from the lesson we studied that day. This is to ensure that they’re practicing and grasping the concepts. Please remind your child to bring home their math journal. There you will also find examples from the lesson and how it is being taught. Another helpful resource for the Eureka program is the zearn.org website. The lessons in Zearn go hand in hand with the lessons we’re working on in the Eureka program. Lastly, the module parent tip sheets are a good place to help parents with our math program as well. Check out Dreambox- a program that adapts to each student’s strategy and solution, and adjusts pace and placement so the students are receiving the challenge that they need.

Reading: We finished out core literature book Bridge to Terabithia and we loved it! We’re currently working on our Nonfiction Reading Unit, “Moving up the levels of Nonfiction.” This unit focuses on tackling complex texts with strong literal comprehension.  We examined different types on nonfiction text structures as well as how to chunk information as the text gets more difficult. We continue to read silently in class and at least 15 minutes each night at home.

Science: We’re just finishing up our Life Science Unit, Web of Life. This unit was on ecology helped students develop the idea that plants, animals, and fungi form a system of parts, with each part dependent on the other parts for its food. We will be tested on Web of Life on December 18th.

Social Studies: Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus and Francisco Vasquez de Coronado; who were these explorers and what did they find? This month’s social studies unit is all about the Explorers. We’ll be looking and the silk road and the goals of explorations, as well as the European discovery of America. Once we get to America, we’ll check out what explorations were made by land and where in the Americas did European countries claim land. We are currently ending this unit with an explorer project. Each student is researching different topics associated with Explorers: the actual Explorers, the kings and queens who sponsored them as we well as the technologies that they had and used on their voyages.

Writing: We are currently learning how to write a non-narrative information piece. This unit is going hand in hand with our Explorers. The students are learning how to write with the lens of a reporter. They are posing questions and researching information to back up their thinking. They are looking at multiple sources to gather their information. We’re finishing up our rough drafts and then will arrange our writing to look like a magazine article as a final draft.  Our students are really blossoming as writers!

Technology: We continue to use our Chromebook cart daily!  Through the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, each student in our class has a Google Apps account. We’re using Google docs for our writing and as tool for sharing and collaborating work. We are in the process of researching our explorers and taking notes into our Google doc account All of our writing from idea gathering to final copy has been done using Google Docs. We’re also using Typing club, Tynker Coding Website, Dreambox, the Zearn math website and Google Classroom daily in our classroom!

As you can see, we are a group of very busy fifth graders! I’m so proud of our FABULOUS class!

Warmly,


syfantis@srvusd.net
 925*855*7800

                                                                                                                                         
EUREKA MATH
Use the links below to view a PDF of helpful tips to help your 5th grader complete their Eureka Math assignments.
 

Parent Tip Sheets - 5th
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
Module 4
Module 5
Module 6

Common Sense Media
A website that has educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  You can type in the name of the media you’re looking for and it will give you the age that it is appropriate for as well as why.


FAMILY TIP SHEETS: click on the links below for tips to discuss as a family.

Finding My Media Balance
You Won't Believe This
Beyond Stereotypes
Digital Friendships
What's Cyberbullying
Reading News Online


About Common Core
SRVUSD Webpage
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