Welcome Back to School!!! I am so excited to be teaching your children this year!! I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday! Here are a few highlights of what is happening this week in Fifth Grade...
Religion- We are learning about the Blessed Trinity. We will be identifying Jesus' mission and how we are all called to live and serve as the apostles did.
Math- We will be learning about place value from the thousandths place in decimals up to the hundred billions place in whole numbers. The students will be identifying the place and value of numbers, as well as writing numbers in standard, word form, short word form, expanded form.
Science- This week we are learning about discovery of cells, the different kinds of cells, and how to identify the different parts found in cells. Later this week, we will discuss how cells make up tissue and how tissue makes up organs and finally how organs make up systems. We will then learn about several of the body systems.
Science Lab- Today, during Science Lab, we grew gummy bears. The students used water, cups, rulers and gummy bears to hypothesize what would happen to a gummy bear if it was placed in water for several hours. They all decided that it would get larger. Ask your child what happened to their gummy bear.
Social Studies- We will be learning about the first Americans. We will be identifying the theories of how the first Americans may have arrived in the Western Hemisphere. We will be identifying important features of the Olmec, Maya, Mound Builders, and the Anasazi cultures. We will be learning how the Anasazi adapted to and modified their environment. The students will also be working on several map skills through out this chapter like Latitude and longitude as well as using a map key.
Reading- We will be reading a realistic fiction story called the Hot and Cold Summer. After reading this story, we will begin working on the “Voice” writing trait so that the students can develop their own writing voice.
Language Arts- The students will be taking a Diagnostics Word Study test this week to determine where in Word Study each student should begin. This makes Word Study unique to each student.
We will be exploring new words, parts of speech, definitions, synonyms and antonyms for these words in our Vocabulary class this week.
In Grammar, we will be learning about the four kinds of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative and exclamatory). We will be learning how to use the punctuation and the sentence itself to identify the type of sentence.
Physical Education-Introduction to Health and P.E.(rules/regulations/safety) Cooperative Game (getting to know you). Introduction to Basketball.
Spanish-Getting to know each other (Ppt Presentation "Meet Mrs. Johnson" if you have new students). The students will identify and recite basic greetings expressions through an interactive activity. Identify and recite the Spanish Alphabet (if we have time).
Music- Welcome back students! Because this is my first year at Portsmouth Catholic Regional School, we are taking time this week to get to know each other through music! I'm looking forward to meeting all of you! -Ms. Riggins
Technology-This week we will go over classroom rules, acceptable use policy and how to add, delete and save files to a folder/flash drive.
Art-The students made a portfolio cover to keep all their art work together.