I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend! I hope all of the 5th grade mom's had a wonderful Mother's Day!
May 15th at 9:30 we will be celebrating our school-wide May Procession followed by the Fifth grade mass at 10 AM. Students are asked to bring in a flower for Mary.
We will be visiting Pamplin Park on Monday May 19th!
May's Book Report is going to be on a Fantasy Book and it is due on May 30th!
Here are a few highlights of what is happening this week in Fifth Grade...
Religion- The students will be exploring the virtue of love that enables us to love God and others. We are also able to demonstrate out love for God and one another through the virtue of love. The students will also emphasize that the saints are examples for living the virtues of faith, hope and love. We will complete the Project Disciples and the Chapter 22 Review to prepare for our test on Thursday.
Math- This week the students will be exploring polygons, identifying congruent and similar figures, classifying triangles and developing an understanding that all triangles “angles” measure 180 degrees. They will also be learning about quadrilaterals and identifying the diagonals of polygons. They will develop an understanding that the sum of the angles of a quadrilateral is 360 degrees. The students will begin applying the formula for determining the Perimeter of a Polygon.
Please remind your student to practice on IXL- Level G exercises B.1-G.33 are all excellent choices for practice this week. We are trying to complete over 35,000 math problems as a class.
Science- The students will be learning more about the weather and climate. They will also understand how clouds form. Today, we made a cloud identification guide that will help us to study for our test as well as identify clouds in the sky. The students will also be learning about the uneven heating of earth's surface, better known as wind. They will be exploring earth's wind patterns. They will also find out what determines a climate as well as how human activity can affect it.
Science Lab- The students continued creating their own biodegradable plastic. They will be determining which type of plastic biodegradable or non-biodegradable is better for the environment. We also tasted the plastic! Don't worry, it is made out of corn starch, corn oil and water! Be sure to ask your students about their hypothesis. Today, we used two black blocks and put ice on them to see which would melt faster. One of the blocks was made from aluminum and the other is made from plastic. Ask your student which one melted more quickly. We also made a cloud identification guide that will help us to study for our tests but also identify clouds in the sky.
Social Studies- Finally, the students will analyze the events that led up to the end of the French and Indian War. The students will understand the importance of leadership at all levels in a democratic society. Then they will explain the
advantages and disadvantages of using mediation to resolve conflicts. We will be wrapping up Chapter 8 and preparing for the test this week. We will be focusing on identifying the main idea and supporting details.
Reading- We are reading “Across the Wide Dark Sea which is a Historical Fiction story written by Jean Van Leeuwen.
Language Arts- In Vocabulary, the students will be working on Unit 17.
In Word Study-
Pink Group- Sorting based on words with er, ir, ur and two oddballs (spirit and every)
Yellow Group-Sorting based off of the long-E Homophones with three oddballs (seize, scene and suite)
Blue Group-Sorting words based on their Greek and Latin Elements related to the body cap, corp, dent/dont, ped/pod
In Grammar, the students will be able to use commas to separate words in a series, correct the use of commas in a series and combine sentences by putting words or phrases in a series. The students will also use commas with introductory words, interjections, direct address, and introductory prepositional phrases, correct errors in the use of commas and write sentences using introductory words, interjections, direct address, introductory prepositional phrases and tag questions. We are also using our Total Participation Techniques on the IXL Language Arts Website in class.
Physical Education/Health- Students will participate in Beach Ball Volleyball Skill Drills and Beach Ball Volleyball game.
Music- Students will plan and prepare to dramatize their stories for Camille Saint-Saens’ Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals.
Spanish - The students will discuss and learn words about “nature” (la naturaleza). They will also play a technology game (“My World”).
Technology- Students will be creating rockets and utilizing NASA's website to determine what size wings and cones will be needed for their rocket.
Art- This week will be our last week for students to use textural details with natural seafoam sponges and add highlights and shadows using colored pencils. These paintings reinforce the architecture of colonial times and help prepare students for their field trip to Petersburg.