I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend.
I wanted to give everyone a heads up that we will be having Mass at 10 AM on Wednesday, January 8th. Don't forget to have your child wear their “dress uniform” to school tomorrow.
Catholic Schools Week is quickly approaching and a family project will be coming home soon! The project will be on making a Coat of Arms to represent your family. All of the information will be coming home soon!!!
Here are a few highlights of what is happening this week in Fifth Grade...
Religion- The students will be taking their Chapter 10 Test on the Eucharist, Thursday. The students are going to be learning more about the sacrament of Eucharist.
Math- We will be learning about adding and subtracting fractions, mixed numbers. Please encourage your students to simplify. Sometimes they get the Greatest Common Factor confused with the Least Common Denominator. So a little extra practice will help so that they are not confusing the two operations.
Please remind your student to practice on IXL- Level G exercises M.1-M.8 are all excellent choices for practice this week.
Science-The students will be taking their test on the different Cycles in Nature. We will be starting a new Chapter on Thursday and it will be about Living things and how they interact. We will begin by learning about the ecosystems that are around us and discuss how energy is transferred in an ecosystem through a food chain, food web and energy pyramid.
Science Lab- Today in class we learned about part of one of Newton's Laws, the Law of Inertia. We reviewed our notes and then we completed a lab using card-stock dragons, marbles, rulers, clothes pins, yardsticks and different surfaces, to race our card-stock dragons and determine which surface provided the least and most amount of friction. I think the students really enjoyed this experiment!
Social Studies-We will be learning about the Europeans and when they came to the Americas. The students will be finding out how the arrival of the Spanish explorers changed life in the Americas. The students will be able to describe the events that led to the fall of the Aztec empire. They will also be able to interpret a Historical Map by applying geographic tools such as legends and symbols.
Reading-We are reading “Seeing Earth from Space” which is a photo essay written by Patricia Lauber (the same author as “Summer of Fire”). This photo essay discusses and illustrates the way land masses are formed and changed, the fragility of Earth, and the need to protect it.
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. We also took an Inventory in order to see the growth in our word study skills.
This week in Vocabulary we will be working on Unit 7. Please encourage your child to visit website for activities to strengthen their vocabulary skills.
In Grammar, the students will be learning more about verbs. The students will be able to identify inappropriate shifts in verb tenses (where the verb tenses are shifted and it varies the time the action took place), Irregular Verbs and Contractions using not. This week we are working on writing friendly letters to our class adopted sailor.
Physical Education/Health- Students will begin a Badminton Mini Tournament. We will be working on conditioning circuits and President Physical Fitness Testing.
Music- Students will be reviewing the recorder by playing a lively game of Recorder Baseball.
Spanish- The students will be able to recognize some action verbs.
Technology- The students will be working on making snowflakes and taking screenshots on the computer, Blogging, IXL, Videotaping their commercials in the broadcasting studio and a webquest this week in Technology.
Art- Students will glaze their medieval clay castles, while being introduced to various glazing techniques. Students will carry pieces to the kiln at the end of class.