5th Grades’s Big Idea!
GROWTH & POWER
Our theme for the third trimester is:
All life is interdependent and interacts with one another
Unbalanced forces cause change
Change has both negative and positive consequences
ELA... Third Trimester is upon us and we have started our third novel of the year! We are reading a historical fiction book, Letters from Rifka, by Karen Hesse. This is a story of twelve-year-old Rifka's, a Jewish immigrant from Russia, journey to America. The book is written in first-person through a series of letters. The students are learning about her internal and external conflicts that she faces along her journey. Students are tying many reading skills that we have learned throughout the year into this book. They are plotting their own story structure, developing a sequence of conflict/resolutions throughout the book, analyzing figurative language, as well as making inferences based on what is written in the letters. We are also mapping her journey across Europe to America. In Writing, students have begun to write argument essays and will continue to throughout this trimester.
Social Studies: This trimester our focus has been on how the U.S. was able to pull itself out of the Great Depression thanks to WWII. We have spent time learning about how Germany began to take over other lands, despite the Treaty of Versailles, and how ultimately the U.S. was forced into battle. Through our studies, students have discovered how resiliant our country is when faced with adversity.
We are all looking forward to our D.C. trip and having the history that we have been learning about all year come to life!
DC, Here We Come!!!!!
We can't believe the third trimester is already here! With less than 12 weeks to go in 5th grade, students are eagerly anticipating our trip to DC in just over a week!