# This Week in Fifth Grade

Week 25

## Greek & Latin Word Roots

Students become word detectives when they learn and understand root words! Suddenly big, challenging words can be broken into smaller pieces with meaning. Introduce your child to a variety of Greek and Latin roots, then give them words to define using those root words. When a child understands that they can decompose words—like they do with large numbers in math—they begin to understand language in a new way.
Students become word detectives when they learn and understand root words! Suddenly big, challenging words can be broken into smaller pieces with meaning. Introduce your students to a variety of Greek and Latin roots, then give them words to define using those root words. When students understand that they can decompose words—like they do with large numbers in math—they begin to understand language in a new way.
Word Part of the Week
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Word Part of the Week
Use this graphic organizer to introduce your students to a root word or affix of your choice.
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Word Part of the Week: Dict
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Word Part of the Week: Dict
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Word Part of the Week: Fin
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Word Part of the Week: Fin
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Word Part of the Week: Ness
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Word Part of the Week: Ness
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Root it Out: Word Sort
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Root it Out: Word Sort
This cut-and-paste activity is a review of root words. Students will find the meaning of each root word by categorizing it and finding related words.
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Root Word Detectives
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Root Word Detectives
In this lesson, your students will use root words and patterns to explore new and unfamiliar words.
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## Relating Decimal & Fraction Multiplication

Fractions and decimals are key fifth grade concepts. Once your child has mastered the basics, help them apply what they've learned to solve complex, real-world problems, such as finding the area of a rectangle with fractional measurements, making metric conversions, or solving multi-step word problems. If your child is struggling, use visual models for extra support!
Help students make the connection between decimal and fractional values through models and visuals. Once children understand the basics, help them apply what they've learned to solve complex, real-world problems. These formative experiences will make future challenges—such as finding the area of a rectangle with fractional measurements, making metric conversions, or solving multi-step word problems, more rewarding.
How to Multiply Decimals
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How to Multiply Decimals
Learners will review the steps for multiplying decimals, then use them to solve nine problems, in this hands-on math worksheet.
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Multiply Decimals with Models
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Multiply Decimals with Models
In this exercise, students will use models to build a conceptual understanding of how decimals are multiplied by whole numbers.
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Blank Models for Fractions & Decimals
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Blank Models for Fractions & Decimals
Use these blank models for a variety of math exercises, including multiplying decimals.
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Multiplication as Scaling
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Multiplication as Scaling
Teach your students to interpret multiplication as scaling. In this lesson, students will learn to predict the size of a product, using one factor as scale.
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Discussing Scaling with Fractions
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Discussing Scaling with Fractions
Challenge students' understanding of multiplying fractions by whole numbers to help them form opinions about rules regarding scaling. Use this lesson on its own or as support for the lesson Multiplication as Scaling.
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Multiplying Decimal Numbers in Science
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Multiplying Decimal Numbers in Science
Kids learn how to multiply whole numbers and decimals in this super science game.
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## Close Reading of Nonfiction Texts

Nonfiction texts are and will continue to be an important part of your students' academic and daily lives. Learning how to read texts closely and critically is vital to comprehension. As students build their close reading skills, teach them to cite textual evidence using direct quotes. This can be tricky for fifth graders, so start slow! Begin by giving students statements and having them match quotes that support each statement. Then, ask students to answer text-dependent questions and to find quotes that support their answers.
Quotes as Evidence #1
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Quotes as Evidence #1
Introduce students to the concept of using direct quotes as evidence to support statements.
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Quotes as Evidence #2
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Quotes as Evidence #2
Use this exercise to give your students practice using direct quotes as evidence to support statements.
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Quotes as Evidence #3
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Quotes as Evidence #3
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The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy
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The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy
A lesson about the Great Depression doesn't have to depress your students! They will enjoy building background knowledge for Bud, Not Buddy with great interactive and cooperative learning tasks.
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Inferences and Quotes as Proof
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Inferences and Quotes as Proof
Got quotes? Use this lesson plan to teach your EL students how to select appropriate quotes from the text that support their conclusions! Use this lesson on its own or as support to The Not-So-Great Depression: Bud, Not Buddy lesson.
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What's a Quote? (Bud, Not Buddy, Part II)
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What's a Quote? (Bud, Not Buddy, Part II)
Quoting is a valuable skill in today's education. Lead your students on the right path with explicit instruction that will stick. Then, back it up with hands on practice on and experience in their own leveled chapter books.
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## Argument Writing

When your child has had time to discuss and develop their opinions, their thesis statements and supporting arguments will be much stronger. Encourage your child to develop their ideas before they begin writing an opinion piece or persuasive essay by discussing them first. Use a checklist or a list of prompts to help guide your conversation. Not only will this help them hone in on a thesis, it will give your child a chance to test and solidify their arguments.
When students have had time to discuss and develop their opinions, their thesis statements and supporting arguments will be much stronger. Encourage your students to develop their ideas before they begin writing an opinion piece or persuasive essay by discussing them first with a partner. Not only will this help them hone in on a thesis, it will give them a chance to test and solidify their arguments.
Opinion Essay Checklist
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Opinion Essay Checklist
This resource offers writers 10 different theses to outline an argument for through discussion.
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Opinion Essay Sketch Sheet
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Opinion Essay Sketch Sheet
This graphic organizer helps students outline quick statements for each part of an opinion essay.
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This resource offers readers 10 different discussion focuses for critical reflection towards thesis writing development.
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Students will study effective hooks and have the option to craft some hooks for their own writing.
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Assess kids' ability to support opinions with this writing prompt.
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Are your students’ persuasive essays seamless and connected? In this persuasive writing lesson, students will learn how to write for a specific audience, linking opinions with reasons. Transition words are the missing links!
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Send home these fun free resources to help reinforce the skills you're teaching in the classroom.