I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Break!!
Mass is on Wednesday, April 15th at 9 AM with Fr. Kevin. Please join us if you are available. Please have your child wear his or her dress uniform.
Please remember white socks are for the P.E. Uniform only.
This year, our Field Trip will be to Jamestown on May 21st. More info to come.
Please do not forget that the students are required to read 10 minutes a night and do IXL for 30 minutes for the week and record it on their Logs. It counts as a quiz grade. Please assist me in helping your child become a lifelong reader. These logs are do every Monday for a quiz grade.
Here are a few highlights of what is happening this week in Fifth Grade...
Religion- The students will be able to understand what it means and explain that we are called to live as Jesus' disciples. The students will explore some ways to serve God and the Church. They will gain an understanding of who the laypeople of the church are and what they do. The students will be able to describe the religious life as a service to God and neighbor. The students will develop and be grateful for good friendships and how they help us to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Math- The students will solve word problems by writing number sentences. The students will use various strategies to solve word problems involving decimals. The students will review the skills and topics presented in Chapter 9 to prepare for the Chapter 9 Test on Thursday. The students will demonstrate their ability to name angles and identify their parts and their ability to use a protractor to measure and draw angles.
They can work for mastery on Level G sections G.1 - G.10 on IXL. This will help your child to practice multiplying decimals. Please remind your child to record their information on their Math Logs because their IXL time counts as a quiz grade. The students will only be required 30 minutes on IXL.
Science- This week the students will be comparing characteristics of plants that improve their ability to survive in a specific environment. To describe how food is transported in plants and describe the function of plant leaves. The students will compare the adaptive characteristics of species that improve their ability to survive and reproduce in an ecosystem. The students will also compare life cycles of plants and animals.
Science Lab- The students worked on an engineering research activity today. They used a plastic easter egg filled with washers to the weight of 64 g just like an actual extra large egg would weigh. Then the students used rubber bands to create a bungee cord. Then the students would test their bungee cord and measure the distance that it dropped with different amounts of rubber bands attached. They completed three trials for each and recorded their average. We discussed Newton's Laws of Motion and what forces were acting on our egg. The students will create a line graph to show their data.
Social Studies- The students will analyze information by making generalizations about people, places, and things. The students will evaluate the conflict over land that led France and England to fight a war. The students will analyze events that led to the end of the French and Indian War. The students will analyze main ideas and supporting details. The students will understand the importance of leadership at all levels in a democratic society. The students will explain the advantages of using mediation to resolve conflicts.
Reading- The students will be reading the story, “The Fun They Had,” Science Fiction, by Isaac Asimov. The students will be able to identify elements of a Science Fiction. The students will take their EOS Test Thursday. Please have the students review their vocabulary words for this story. The students will be making predictions in the book “The Westing Game” our class read aloud book. Please remind them to document their minutes for their home D.E.A.R. Time as it counts as a quiz.
Language Arts- Word Study- The students in the blue group are sorting their words by suffixes -ty, -ity, and the basewords for each. The students in the yellow group are sorting their words by Noun Suffixes -er, -or, -ian, -ist. This test will be on Friday!
In Vocabulary, the students will not have a new unit in Vocabulary this week. If you have not accessed the Grammar or Vocabulary websites, please do so by using the access code located on the second page in their book to create a user log-in so that your child will be able to take advantage of the fun learning games available.
In Grammar, the students will be learning about Contractions with Pronouns and Reviewing Unit 5 for the Test next Tuesday. They will learn about and determine when and how to apply subject pronouns as well as about pronoun's antecedent and object pronouns. Please encourage your child to utilize the activities on the Sadlier Grammar website.
Physical Education/Health- Games which involve cooperation, problem solving and teamwork will challenge our learner s this week. We will also work on endurance and conditioning activities. We will participate in the game of soccer.
Music- Students will experiment with and categorize band instruments.
Spanish- Students will create a family tree.
Technology- The students will be working on learning how to code and then they will create a story using the Scratch Program.
Art- Today our Fifth Graders will begin brainstorming ideas for this year’s NASA Contest while viewing some sample images. We’ll also begin painting the backgrounds of our individual design!