I wanted to give everyone a heads up that we will be having Mass at 10 AM on Thursday, December 12th.
Our Cereal/Commercial Book Reports are due on Friday, December 13th. I will be sending home the flash drives for students to save their commercials and return to school by Friday.
Our Christmas Party will be on December 17th from 1:45-2:30 PM followed by an Advent Prayer Service. I have released the class sign up list for the Christmas Party, so please take a moment to sign up.
Here are a few highlights of what is happening this week in Fifth Grade...
Religion- The students will be taking their Chapter 9 Test on Confirmation, Wednesday. The students are going to be learning about the sacrament of Eucharist.
Math- We will be learning about improper fractions, comparing and ordering fractions and Taking the Chapter 4 Test on Friday. Please remind your student to practice on IXL- Level G exercises L.1-L.7 are all excellent choices for practice this week.
Science-The students will be learning more about the different Cycles in Nature. Today we discussed the Nitrogen Cycle and where the nitrogen in the soil comes from and how it gets into the soil. Tomorrow we will be discussing the Carbon Dioxide- Oxygen Cycle and how we keep them all balanced.
Science Lab- Today in class we learned plate tectonics. We reviewed our notes and then we completed a lab using graham crackers and frosting. This was a delicious experiment. The students were able to manipulate the “earth's plates”(graham crackers) by hand and make convergent, divergent and transforming plates. One of the students said, “Miss Grimm, we should have more edible science experiments!”
Social Studies-We will be learning about the Europeans and when they came to the Americas. The students will become familiar with many explorers and conquerors including Christopher Columbus, Hernando Cortes as well as others.
Reading-We are reading “Summer of Fire” which is a nonfiction story written by Patricia Lauber about the summer of 1988 where Yellowstone National Park kept having fires due to the dry season. The students are learning that not all fires in the forest are bad as there are some trees that need the fire in order for their seeds to be released.
Language Arts-The students will be learning new Word Study words this week to help the students to spell based off of the main features included in their word lists.
This week in Vocabulary we will not be having a Test. We will be reviewing Units 4-6.
In Grammar, the students will be learning about verbs. The students will be able to identify helping verbs and the progressive forms of verbs (i.e. past, present and future). We are continuing to edit our Dear Santa Letters and the class is doing a wonderful job! I cannot wait to send home these letters!
Physical Education/Health- Students will begin a Badminton Mini Tournament. Students will also participate in cooperative games, dance and tumbling activities.
Music- Students will learn songs for the Christmas program and continue practice on the recorder.
Spanish- The students will continue to distinguish names of countries and nationalities, learn about the geographical location of the countries and the language spoken there.
Technology- The students will be working on Blogging this week in Technology.
Art- In Art Class, we’ll be continuing on with our clay unit by creating flags for our clay castles.