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Grade 5

March 2020

Hello Parents and Guardians, 

The students have been working hard this marking period. We look forward to talking with you and sharing your child’s work and progress at Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you haven’t signed up already, slots are still available via the website “Sign Up Genius”.  Please see the Lincoln School website for details.

In reading, the skills that students are continuing to work on this month include:

  • quote accurately from text to draw inferences

  • summarize the text

  • determine the meaning of words

  • analyze and explain overall structure and how it contributes to a text

  • determine two or more main ideas and explain supporting details

  • explain relationship between individuals, events, ideas, or concepts

  • compare and contrast structure in two or more texts

  • analyze multiple versions of the same event or topic to determine point of view

  • access and utilize information from several text to write and speak about a topic

  • locate reasons and evidence which supports particular points in a text

  • describe an author’s point of view

  • ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of text

  • draw conclusions on information from multiple sources


In writing, students are working on their opinion writing. The students are midway through crafting an essay in which they are trying to persuade someone on a particular topic. Ask your child to share what they are writing about this unit. In March students will begin working on a second persuasive piece of their choice. The students are also practicing their persuasive skills during our class debates. 

The skills they are learning this month include:

  • Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

  • Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

  • Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.

  • Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer's purpose.

  • Provide logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.

  • Link opinion and reasons using words, phrases, and clauses (e.g., consequently, specifically).

  • Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.


In Math this month, we are completing our work in fractions and moving onto decimals. 

The following skills will be focused on in our next unit. 

  • Multiplying and dividing fractions, mixed numbers and whole numbers

  • Interpreting fractions as division

  • Multiplying with decimals

  • Dividing with decimals

  • Converting measurements


In Science, we are studying what makes up a balanced and healthy ecosystem and solar system.  By the end of this unit, students will understand: 

  • The sun is the origin of all energy used by living things.

  • Energy is passed from one living thing to another through feeding relationships.

  • Balanced ecosystems are vital to support life.

  • The concepts of interdependence and interactions in an ecosystem.

  • The world consists of different land and aquatic ecosystems.

  • Land ecosystems differ from each other based on climate which consists of precipitation and temperature.

  • Ecosystems can change over time.

  • The makeup of a balanced or healthy ecosystem consists of a variety of criteria.

  • Humans can have both positive and negative effects on ecosystem balance.