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5th Grade Week of 3/4

Another great week in 5th grade! We continue to push through the cold winter and have had a ton of fun! Our Adar celebrations continued with pajama week, and we’ll continue the fun train right on to Purim! Please enjoy our class updates below, and have a good weekend! Humanities In Humanities this week, we continued our study of Tuck Everlasting, including exploring figurative language and diving deep into how to be detail-oriented writers. We are continuing our Egypt unit in Social Studies, which this week included researching the Pharaohs and using research to write about significant rulers. Have a...
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5th Grade Week of 1/28

Another great week in 5th Grade! Please enjoy our classroom updates below, and have a fun and relaxing weekend. Humanities Students this week in Humanities finished their essays on Homeless Bird, which came out beautifully! We began our prereading work for Tuck Everlasting, which included learning about figurative language and symbols, as well as discussing and debating whether immortality is good or bad. Shabbat Shalom!-Tony Math Students began their Algebra unit this week, and began learning how to write and calculate expressions. Have a good weekend!-Katie Judaics Students have been working in new chevruta partners while studying Chumash. So far...
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5th Grade Week of 1/18

Please enjoy our classroom updates below, and have a relaxing and fun long weekend! Advisory:  1.This week in Advisory students talked about children’s responsibility towards social justice. http://facingtoday.facinghistory.org/digital-tools-to-explore-martin-luther-kings-legacy 2.This was the video that our lesson was based off of if you would like to view it. Please return your BAC permission slip via email if you have not done so yet. Humanities What a successful couple weeks in Humanities! We finished reading Homeless Bird, and have begun our essays on theme in the text. In Social Studies, we are studying Hinduism, and we are working on a Council of the Gods...
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5th Grade Week of 12/17 and 1/2

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a restful and fun break! We are happy to continue sharing updates with you from our classrooms. This week’s updates will include notes from the week before break as well. Have a good weekend! HUMANITIES Before break, our students did a tremendous job on their Celebration of Civilizations event! We are so proud of their hard work and dedication during this project. In addition, we continued our study of Homeless Bird, focusing particularly on theme and quote analysis. In Social Studies, we began our Ancient India unit. Shabbat Shalom!-Tony JUDAICS Students are now focusing on what...
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5th Grade Week of 12/14

Advisory: This week and last week in advisory we used the famous Jewish text from the Mishnah, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me and if I am only for myself what am I. And if not now, when?” Last week we talked about self care and what we do to be responsible for ourselves. Students spoke about getting enough sleep, eating well and finding activities that are fun and relaxing. We also spoke about setting ourselves up for success. The next week we focused on the next line and talked about friendships. We used improv...
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5th Grade Week of 11/28

Please join our class google photo album so you can see all of our great photos from the year! https://photos.app.goo.gl/TxJ8pei9sRfYkfG76 Humanities It’s been an exciting past couple of weeks in Humanities. We are working on wrapping up our Wonder unit by writing opinion essays in response to various prompting questions. In addition, students are doing a tremendous job working on their Celebrations of Civilizations project. We are looking forward to seeing everyone Dec. 19th! Judaics Last week we finished our first Chumash unit. Students demonstrated their new grammar and root word skills by searching all of the text we studied and sorting...
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5th Grade Week of 11/5

Humanities: This week in Humanities, we continued our study of Wonder, exploring the themes of personal identity and text-to-self connections. We tied in our Opinion Writing unit with reading Wonder as well. In Social Studies, we began to wrap up our Early Civilizations and Early Humans unit by study the Ancient Sumerians.-Tony Math: Following multiplication of whole numbers, we moved onto its opposite operation: division. Similar to division, students learned that there are a number of strategies we can use to save time and steps. For example, instead of moving the number of zeroes of each factor to the product when we...
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5th Grade Week of 10/22

Humanities: In Humanities this week, we continued our study of Wonder. Students transferred skills from our opinion writing unit to express opinions with evidence about Wonder. Students also examined a variety of opinion writing pieces as mentor texts. In Social Studies, we continued our study of early humans and civilizations. Have a good weekend!-Tony Math: Multiplication was the name of the game the past two weeks in math. Students have learned and demonstrated a variety of strategies they can utilize in order to multiply whole numbers. We’ve also continued to round and estimate to ensure our answers are correct, or at least...
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5th Grade Week of 10/8

Humanities What a great first full week! In Humanities, we continued studying Wonder while practicing a couple of kinds of discussions, including Socratic Seminars. We continued to work on Personal Narratives and revising techniques, and studied the fascinating lives of early humans in Social Studies. Have a great weekend!-Tony Math This week, our fifth graders took their very first math quiz of the year. Two days before, all students took a pre-test to give them the practice they needed. The actual test followed the same format, so there were no surprises. Students will be given the opportunity to fix their errors (if any),...
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fifth grade week of 9\24

Humanities  In Humanities, we are continuing writing our personal narratives, studying Wonder, and exploring our new History Alive! history curriculum. Students are learning the basic skills that come with being a Middle School humanities student, and are identifying their strengths and areas of improvement as they begin to start more challenging work. Our NYC Challenge experience was incredible, and truly bonded us as a community! Have a good weekend! Judaics-Please see Laura’s separate post about the NYC Challenge! Math Fifth grade math students have been working hard at the last pages of our first unit. This week, we’ve been focusing...
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