In Social Studies, we have begun Unit 4, Life in the Colonies. Students are learning about what influenced Europeans settled in North America, Who founded the colonies and why, and learn what systems developed in the colonies. Finally, we will learn what role slavery played in colonial America, and what brought democratic ideas to colonial America. Our end of the unit test will be on March 8th.
Today in Enrichment we were introduced to our new unit, coding! Kids were excited to share their experiences with coding and jump into using pseudocode to write their first sequences today. We are using code.org because it is a very simple and effective curriculum that introduces all students to the basics of coding while allowing each child to work at their own pace. Students are expected to keep their own notes based off the presentations and videos watched in class as well as the lines of code they complete on each level. In addition to these notes, students will creating their own coding project at the end of this unit. Feel free to check out some of these resources with your children and talk about how coding has affected your daily life. https://code.org/careers-in-tech
We are almost finished with our Mixtures and Solutions (Chemistry) unit and will be moving on to Living Systems (Biology). Students are working on using specific scientific vocabulary to explain the world around them.
In Living Systems, we discuss the vascular structure of plants as well as the human digestive and circulatory systems. We do NOT discuss reproduction. Look forward to your child sharing some fun facts about the human body with you!
In Social Studies, students will begin our unit, The Fight for A Continent. Students will be exploring why European nations and American Indians competed in North America, how colonists and American Indians cooperated, what the major conflicts were, and how American Indians were forced off their land. Additionally, students will learn who the leaders were in the struggle to gain new land.
In Social Studies, students will begin to learn about the Age of Exploration. Students will be learning how to take detailed notes about the explorers, focusing on country of origin, purpose for exploration, and area explored. Additionally, students will learn about technological developments that made sea exploration possible.
Students will also learn about obstacles and accomplishments of the explorers and learn the reasons why Europeans chose to explore and colonize the world.
Lastly, we will create a project that displays information on explorers in an artistic way.
Our unit 2 test will be on Friday, November 3rd.
We are well into our first unit, Mixtures and Solutions. This unit is the Chemistry section of the curriculum and one of my personal favorites. Students learn about mixtures and solutions and also some examples of them in our lives (soda is a supersaturated solution once you open it!). As we continue in this unit, we will explore chemical equations, chemical formulas, and we will finish up with an introduction to the elements. But we work on more than just Science in this class. Students are learning how to read and glean information from non-fiction text. We also work on developing study habits and answering questions with specific answers.
It’s been a great year so far, and I’m excited to keep learning and investigating with these students. Have a look through your child’s Science notebook to see what we’ve been up to!
This last year of elementary school will be a year of huge growth for your child. Not only academically, but also emotionally and socially. Since technology has become such an integral part of our everyday lives, it is crucial that the lessons we teach translate over to students’ digital lives as well. Luckily, there are so many resources out there to help guide us.
In Enrichment, we will begin this unit by completing lessons from Common Sense Media. These lessons will address password security, cyber bullying, managing our digital footprint, safe searching, and more. Since we have a 1:1 ratio for iPads to students, all students will complete these lessons before using technology independently.
In addition to the in-class lessons, I encourage you (and all parents/guardians/older siblings in your household) to sit down with your child and discuss your family expectations around technology use at home. To help begin these discussions, feel free to look through the Google Safety Center and the Family Online Safety Institute. Both have numerous articles geared toward specific age groups and topics. A few topics that are usually relevant for many students in 5th grade include safer gaming, Youtube videos, and being a “good friend” online.
The Internet, and technology overall, continue to change and enhance the ways in which we live and learn. However, it is not without it’s challenges and dangers. My main goal for your child’s online safety and security is an open line of communication between you and your child about what they are doing online. This way, when your child is faced with a tough decision or challenge, they will know exactly who they can go to for help and guidance.
So where do we start with this long and rapidly changing journey? The 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting is a great resource to begin with. Start with step one and take each step at a pace that is comfortable for your family’s needs.
I look forward to being a part of this journey with you and your child!
Who’s ready for some SCIENCE? I know I am! I’m Mrs. Reinkymov (Rine-ku-mov) and I have the pleasure of being the Science teacher for all of 5th grade at Sedgwick. We will use a combination of the California FOSS Science and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to do observations and investigations of our world.
We will study Chemistry in the Mixtures and Solutions unit, Biology in the Living Systems unit, and Earth Science in the Water Planet unit. I recommend that all students have a 3 subject notebook to help them organize their learning for each of the units.
Textbooks are provided by the school. For those interested, the ISBN for the textbook is 978-1592429974. Students can access an audiobook version by going to FOSSweb.com -> Student Login -> Username:Sedgwick17 Password: Science! -> View Module Detail -> Media Library -> Audio Book
Welcome to 5th Grade Social Studies! My name is Mrs. Rodriguez and I will be teaching Social Studies to all 5th graders in room 26.
Our first unit of focus is on The First Americans. Students will be learning about the four cultural regions that developed among the American Indians. We will end this unit with a diorama project due on October 6th.
Standards addressed include:
H-SS 5.1 Students describe the major pre-Columbian settlements, including the cliff dwellers and pueblo people of the desert Southwest, the American Indians of the Pacific Northwest, the nomadic nations of the Great Plains, and the woodland peoples east of the Mississippi River.
5.1.1 Describe how geography and climate influenced the way various nations lived and adjusted to the natural environment, including villages, the distinct structures that they built, and how they obtained food, clothing, tools, utensils.
5.1.2 Describe their varied customs and folklore traditions.
5.1.3 Explain their varied economies and systems of government.
Hello, my name is Ms. Goularte (Rm. 29) and I am going to be teaching your child’s Enrichment rotation. Enrichment is going to encompass many topics that enhance our learning and understanding of Science, Technology, and Social Studies. Some topics include Nutrition, Coding, Digital Citizenship, Geography (specifically the United States), and Science Camp Prep.
Our first unit of the year will be Nutrition. We will be using booklets from the Dairy Council of California (https://www.healthyeating.org/) to go over the five main food groups, serving sizes, and types of physical activity. Your child will have homework that requires them to record what they eat and what type of exercise they do over the course of three separate days. It will be stressed in class that each of our bodies are different and require different amounts of food and exercise. The main goal of this course is for children to understand more about how their bodies consume and use energy in order to keep us healthy!
5th Grade Standards addressed include:
Students demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles, andstrategies to improve health and performance.
NGSS: Life Science Standard
Behaviors that Support Learning