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# This Week in Fifth Grade

Week 17

## Prefixes, Suffixes, & Root Words

Choose a common prefix to talk about with your child, like "semi" or "kilo". Then, make a list of words that start with that prefix. For example, if you choose the prefix "uni" you might include unicycle, unicorn, or unisuit on your list. Ask your child if they can find more words to add to the list as they read.
As you study different affixes and roots, continue to make connections to words and ideas with which students are familiar and that connect to other subjects. For instance, breaking down the word "kilogram" will help students in their measurement conversions in math. Try making a word wall in your classroom generated by students to display common word parts and word lists.
Prefix Mix-up
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Prefix Mix-up
Looking for a worksheet to help with identifying the prefix of a word? This printable is great for early readers.
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Circle the Suffixes
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Circle the Suffixes
In this worksheet, kids can learn the meaning of many words with suffixes, and get to see firsthand how adding a suffix changes its definition, just like that!
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Learning Prefixes
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Learning Prefixes
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Word Part of the Week: graph
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Word Part of the Week: graph
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Practice Using Prefixes to Determine Word Meaning
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Practice Using Prefixes to Determine Word Meaning
Students will learn how knowledge of word parts can help readers determine the meaning of words. This interactive lesson will have students reviewing and putting into practice some of the most common prefixes.
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Determine Meaning Using Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
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Determine Meaning Using Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
Students will be able to understand words without a dictionary after they work through this exercise teaching how to determine the meaning of words using roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
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## Geometry

Do a shape sort with your child! Cut out a variety of shapes, and have your child organize them into categories. Ask your child to explain the different categories to show understanding of keywords and concepts.
Shapes, angles, and lines are a fun, high-interest topic for students. Add to the fun by allowing your students some hands-on exploration time. Give your students a variety of cut out triangles. Then, have them sort the triangles into groups. Ask them to explain the attributes they used to categorize their shapes. This allows you to determine what your students already know and where they need support and re-teaching.
Geometry Review: Angles and Polygons
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Geometry Review: Angles and Polygons
Fifth graders review types of angles, triangles, and polygons in this handy geometry review.
Math
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Classifying Triangles by Internal Angles
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Classifying Triangles by Internal Angles
Classifying figures by features is a fundamental geometry skill. Use this lesson plan to teach your students how to categorize triangles by internal angle types.
Math
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Describing Angles
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Describing Angles
You'll see angles from every angle! Students will describe and compare different angles they see in everyday situations. Use this lesson on its own or use it as support to the lesson Classifying Triangles by Internal Angles.
Math
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Properties of Parallelograms
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Properties of Parallelograms
Put your child's knowledge of parallelograms to the test. He'll build geometry skills by figuring out the missing angles of these parallelograms.
Math
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Triangle Angles
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Triangle Angles
Get an angle on triangles with a geometry practice sheet! Find the missing angles in these triangles by solving for x.
Math
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Measuring Angles
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Measuring Angles
Put that protractor to good use! In this geometry worksheet your student will practice measuring each of these angles using a protractor.
Math
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Treehouse Triangles #1
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Treehouse Triangles #1
These "Treehouse Triangle" worksheets break down geometric rules into easy, solvable steps.
Math
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Angle Measurement: Circus Edition
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Angle Measurement: Circus Edition
Geronimo! Kids send clowns across the tent by making angles in this silly circus-themed math game.
Math
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## Similarities & Differences

Look for connections between texts and other media, then talk about it with your child. For example, if a character in a movie reminds you of one in a story you have read, you might say, "this character is like the one we read about last night because both characters needed courage to overcome the hardships they faced." These discussions will serve as a model for your child and will encourage them to seek out connections in their own reading.
Provide two stories of the same genre and have your students identify similarities and differences between the two stories. Encourage them to focus on the main elements of the story as they compare. Ask guiding questions to keep them focused on the task, like "Do the characters share similar traits? Are the stories set in the same time period? What problems did the characters face in these stories?" Graphic organizers and thinking maps will help students organize information from multiple texts.
Comets and Asteroids
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Comets and Asteroids
What is the difference between comets and asteroids? Find out with this stellar space science worksheet!
Science
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Compare and Contrast Elements of a Story
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Compare and Contrast Elements of a Story
Students will use this graphic organizer to compare and contrast two fiction stories.
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Mythological Creature: Vampire
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Mythological Creature: Vampire
Bram Stoker's Dracula has inspired feelings of fear and morbid curiosity for over a century. With this lesson plan, your students will get a taste of the literary work while learning about the myth behind vampires.
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Compare and Contrast Myths
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Compare and Contrast Myths
Introduce your students to two myths from different cultures.
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Comparing Two Characters
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Comparing Two Characters
Your students have probably heard of both Mickey Mouse and Ironman, but have they ever compared and contrasted them? This lesson engages students in a fun double bubble map activity while helping them learn about internal character traits.
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Point of View Pronouns
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Point of View Pronouns
In this support lesson, your ELs will learn how to determine point of view in a text while using pronouns to support their understanding. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Mythological Creature: Vampire.
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## Argument Writing

When you have conversations about important issues at home, ask your child to share an opinion. Encourage your child to support the opinion with reasons and facts. These opportunities will help your developing writer gain confidence and make strong arguments.
Give your students the opportunity to express their opinion about a variety of topics. Then, ask which of the topics they would be most interested in writing about. When students are given choices, they will show an increased interest in developing an argument that includes facts and evidence.
Argument Writing: Make a Claim
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Argument Writing: Make a Claim
Introduce your students to argument writing with this high-interest prompt about homework!
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Opinion Essay Quick Sketch
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Opinion Essay Quick Sketch
Students will outline an opinion essay by constructing single-sentence sketches of the several components.
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Argument Writing: Pick a Prompt
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Argument Writing: Pick a Prompt
Use this survey to help students think about their opinions and reasoning for eight high-interest prompts.
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Opinion: The First and Fourth Amendments
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Opinion: The First and Fourth Amendments
Prompts invite students to consider the meaning behind each amendment to the U.S. Constitution â€” and to illustrate them as well.
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Opinion Writing For Kids
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Opinion Writing For Kids
This 3-page worksheet supporting opinion writing for kids provides a topic and poses questions to help them organize their thoughts and write their opinion.
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Writing an Opinion
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Writing an Opinion
Challenge your outspoken third grader to put his opinions down on paper, and practice writing persuasive text while he's at it.
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Argument Writing: Topic Cards
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Argument Writing: Topic Cards
Challenge students to come up with arguments and counter-arguments for a controversial topic, whether they agree or not.
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