# This Week in Fifth Grade

Week 22

## Word Morphology

Word morphology is the study of words, how they are formed, and their relationship to other words. As your child studies words and word parts, ask him to keep a journal of the interesting words he learns. Read through his word list together and look for words with common prefixes or suffixes.
Understanding root words and their meanings is a foundational piece of language. This is crucial as students read more complex texts and come across unfamiliar words. Support your students by having them create a Root Word Dictionary to keep track of a variety of root words and their meanings.
Word Part of the Week: per
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Word Part of the Week: per
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Word Wizards
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Word Wizards
Help your students become word wizards! In this creative and engaging lesson, students will review roots, prefixes, and suffixes before creating their own words and definitions.
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Word Smash! Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes
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Word Smash! Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes
This brightly colored worksheet acts like an arcade challenge, but it tests your fourth grader's word knowledge strength.
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Circle the Prefixes!
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Circle the Prefixes!
Learn all about root words and prefixes, then try your hand at defining them, in this quick and easy practice activity about words with prefixes.
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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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Word Part of the Week: dia
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Word Part of the Week: dia
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Exercise
Teach students how to change the meaning of words by adding suffixes with this simple exercise.
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## Fractions and Decimal Multiplication

Work with your child to brainstorm real-life situations that use geometry or decimals, like building with blocks or shopping for groceries. Then, ask how math can help in those situations. For example, knowing about decimals can help us understand the prices at the grocery store. Talking about math with your child will strengthen their concrete understanding of complex topics.
As students work through the different strategies for decimal division and multiplication, it can be helpful to revisit the same problems using fractions. Then, try using decimals and fractions in geometry problems. For example, ask students to find the area of a rectangle with dimensions that are decimals. Combining these topics will build students' critical thinking and number sense.
Decimal Place Value Chart
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Decimal Place Value Chart
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Area with Decimals and Fractions
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Area with Decimals and Fractions
Refresh students on the relationship between decimals and fractions when they multiply to find the area! They will find the area of a location in a picture by converting mixed numbers to a decimals and then using the area equation.
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Converting Fractions to Decimals
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Converting Fractions to Decimals
Encourage students to explain the relationship between decimals and fractions to help them with future computations. Use this lesson on its own or as support to the lesson Area with Decimals and Fractions.
Math
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Decimal Division
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Decimal Division
Students use long division to solve 15 division problems in this decimal division worksheet
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Dizzy Over Decimals: Multiplication #2
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Dizzy Over Decimals: Multiplication #2
Learners boost their decimal multiplication skills with this useful worksheet.
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Division with Decimals
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Division with Decimals
If dividing decimals is difficult, try this worksheet for practice! Your child will have a few practice problems to work out, with a helpful hint box.
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## Perspective, Opinion, & Narrator's Point of View

Look for examples of author's purpose in the real world. For example, when you're driving, ask your child to identify the purpose of a billboard or a road sign. At the grocery store, compare the purpose behind the nutrition label on a box of cereal versus the fun description on the back of the box.
As students identify the author's purpose and narrator's point of view, make sure that they are able to justify their thinking with evidence from the text. Help them find cue words, loaded words, and direct quotes combined with their own inference skills.
Detecting the Author's Purpose
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Detecting the Author's Purpose
Students will set out to categorize different types of text using the author's purpose as a guide.
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Identify the Author's Purpose
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Identify the Author's Purpose
Authors persuade, inform, and entertain through various types of writing! Students set out to identify the author’s purpose.
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Whose Point Is It Anyway?
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Whose Point Is It Anyway?
What if Cinderella’s stepsisters weren’t really evil? In this engaging lesson, you will introduce your students to multiple points of view and discuss how these different perspectives can change a reader’s experience.
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Two Perspectives
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Two Perspectives
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to use conjunctions when contrasting information from two different characters’ perspectives. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Whose Point Is It Anyway? lesson.
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Use these task cards with your students to practice reading short passages and help them determine the author's purpose.
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The Story of the Amulet
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The Story of the Amulet
Students will identify the author’s purpose and strengthen their reading comprehension with the questions that follow the text.
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Author's Purpose: Sort It Out!
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Author's Purpose: Sort It Out!
Get your students moving with this interactive sorting game!
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## Argument Writing in Formal Letters

Many written arguments come in the form of letters. Encourage your child to write a persuasive letter to someone about a cause they care about. For example, your writer might choose to write to the NFL asking for increased safety on the field or to write to a television network asking for more shows with strong female leads.
Many written arguments come in the form of letters. Present your students with a controversial letter and have them write a persuasive letter in response. For example, you might write a letter to your students saying that they will have twice as much homework for the rest of the school year. Review the format of a letter before asking them to write their response.
Argument Writing: Match the Evidence
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Argument Writing: Match the Evidence
While playing this fun memory game, students will find a piece of evidence that supports each claim.
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Knowing how to write an effective persuasive letter is a powerful tool. Students will learn how to advocate for their ideas by planning and drafting a well-supported persuasive letter on an issue of their choice.
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Persuasive Letter Organizer
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Persuasive Letter Organizer
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Argument Writing: Persuasive Letters
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Argument Writing: Persuasive Letters
In this exercise, your young writers will write a persuasive letter to a person of their choice.
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Argument Writing: Who Is Your Audience?
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Argument Writing: Who Is Your Audience?
In this brief questionnaire, students will think about who their audience is and what they believe.
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Argument Writing: Respond to a Formal Letter
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Argument Writing: Respond to a Formal Letter
Young writers will write a persuasive letter in response to a formal letter.
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Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument #2
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Argument Writing: Parts of an Argument #2
Young writers will practice identifying the five parts of an effective argument before writing their own argument.
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