5th grade represents the closing of your child’s elementary journey. 5th graders are taking on more responsibility for their learning and actions. They experience more freedom and choices as they prepare for their next adventure in middle school. We will continue our work with readers’ and writer’s workshop. Our book clubs focus on stories that connect to our study of history, starting with Reconstruction and ending with current events. We also include stories that connect to our student’s daily lives. Our units of study in math build on previous knowledge of number sense, problem solving. We will work with decimal and fraction operations. We will begin these understandings with concrete models and move toward abstract interpretations. In science, we will study Mixtures and Solutions, Landforms and Oceans, Ecosystems, and Force and Motion. We end our year in science by building rollercoasters.