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Winter 2017:


Fifth graders in Bismarck Public Schools recieve standards based grading (1, 2, 3, 4).

English Language Arts:

We have an hour and a half reading block every afternoon, except on Fridays. During this time the students are engaged in various reading activities. A few examples are read to self, read to someone, word work, listen to reading, group with teacher, and work on writing.

-During read to self students practice stamina in their reading alone.
-During read to someone students work on their fluency skills with other students.
-During word work students work on vocabulary.
-During listen to reading students listen to others read and give feedback.
-During group with teacher students work on the reading skill and reading various texts at or above their reading level.
-During work on writing students work on writing skills, including spelling.

In fifth grade we use Benchmark Reading. Students are exposed to various genres of reading, mixing both fiction and nonfiction stories. We will have debates, perform plays, incorporate writing, and much more each month.

Winter focus:

Below are the learning targets we will be covering this winter.

5.RL.10- Read and comprehend literature.
5.RI.10- Read and comprehend informative text.
5.RL.01- Quote accurately from literature when drawing inferences.
5.RI.01- Quote accurately from informative text.
5.RL.02- Determine the theme of a literature story.
5.RI.02- Summarize informative text, determining and supporting the main idea.
5.L.06- Use general and domain specific words and phrases to better understand each of the words.
5.SL.01- Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
5.SL.04- Report on a topic or present an opinion; speaking clearly at a good pace.


In fifth grade we focus on three specific types of writing: narrative, persuasive, and informative.

We have been learning about all three writing genres. Our focus has been more on opinion and narrative, but we are now working on an informative, a biography (student choice).

Throughout the remainder of the year, we will continue to connect art with our writing.

Standards covered this winter in writing:
5.W.01- Write opinion pieces on topics or text.
5.W.02- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
5.W.03- Write a narrative using effective technique, detail, and clear sequence.
5.W.04- Produce writing which is appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5.W.05- Develop writing by planning, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
5.W.06- Use technology to produce and publish writing and collaborate with others.
5.W.07- Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge.


We are currently learning the importance of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals in the real world. Students just completed a PBL called "Our Thriving Community" where they applied math to everyday life in a career of their choice.

We also took those math skills to the mall, where students got to complete a decimal challenge.

In January and February we will be focusing on fractions.

Standards covered in math this winter:
MAT-05.NF.01- Add and subtract with unlike denominators.
MAT-05.NF.02- Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions.
MAT-05.NF.06- Solve real world problems by multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.
MAT-05.NF.07- I can divide using unit fractions and whole numbers.
MAT-05.NBT.07- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to the hundredths.

Social Studies:

Fifth grade social studies has been very hands-on, project based. We have debates, use a lot of technology, and go on many study trips.

Students will be learning about early colonization in America and how we became the United States of America.

Throughout the year, we also make connections with current events to the past and apply map reading skills.

Standards covered in social studies this fall:
SST.05.2.08- Explain reasons for early colonization.
SST.05.2.10- Describe the daily lives of people from different social groups.
SST.05.1.01- Read and compare maps of the United States
SST.05.2.11- Identify reasons for conflict between England the American colonists.
SST.05.2.12- Analyze the events and consequences of the Revolutionary War.
SST.05.2.03- Compare and contrast past events and current events in U.S. history.


Mrs. Mettler will be teaching science and health this year. Feel free to contact her for more information.

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