I hope that you all had an awesome long weekend! It was so good to see everyone yesterday for conferences!
Just a reminder that there is Mass on Wednesday this week. The students will need to wear their dress uniforms tomorrow! Please send in one canned good or boxed item for Trick or Treat for Oasis.
In November, I will be looking for several items for projects that we will be working on for Pow-Wow. I will create a signup sheet for these items on SchoolSpeak. All students in fifth grade will need to send in a plain white t-shirt for Pow-wow that we will tie-dye, cut and bead. Please make sure that the t-shirt is one size larger than needed as they sometimes shrink in the wash. More information about Pow-wow will come out as is gets closer.
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 learning to describe the symbols and actions of the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation. The students will be learning to recognize the ways the gifts of the Holy Spirit help us. I will emphasize that Confirmation helps us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ. The students will be choosing the saint that they would like to dress up as for All Saints Day! We will be writing about our saints in class so if they have information about their saint at home, please send it in.
Math- The students will be solving word problems in cooperative groups of three by making a table and/or finding a pattern. Then we will begin preparing for our Chapter 3 Test on Thursday. We will be identifying factors of a number, determining if the numbers are prime or composite. Then we will be using prime factorization (factor trees) to make sure we are finding the prime numbers.
IXL Math-The students can work on Level G sections K.1 through K.7 on IXL. This will help your children to practice number theory. 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, in Nancy Larson Science, the students will be working on describing ionic bonding, covalent bonding and identifying the structural formula of a molecule. Our test will be on Thursday, next week.
Science Lab- There was no Science Lab this week due to no school on Monday.
Social Studies- The students will be identifying improvements in shipping technology and new trade routes in the 1400s. They will analyze how improved technology in shipping made prices on international goods lower. The students will be working on reviewing the information covered in chapter 3 to prepare for our test next week.
Reading-We will be reading and taking the EOS (End of Selection) Test on, “Woodsong”, which is a Personal Narrative story by Gary Paulsen, on Wednesday, October 29th. Please make sure that your child spends some extra time reading over the story and identifying the vocabulary presented in the story. The students are doing a great job during D.E.A.R Time. 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 Yellow Group will be sorting their words based off of syllable juncture in VCV and VVCV patterns. They will sort words by VC/V short, VVCV long, and V/CV long. The students in the Pink Group will be sorting their words based on Long -E Patterns in Accented Syllables. They will be listening to the words and determining if the long -e is in the 1st or 2nd syllable and if there is a short -e in the 1st syllable. There are no oddballs when the words are sorted this way. The students in the Blue Group will be sorting their words based on Greek Roots GEO-, THERM-, SCOPE-, METER- and -LOGY. Word Study Test on Friday.
This week in Vocabulary we will be working on Unit 8! 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. There is not a test this week!
In Grammar, the students will be learning about Verbs in the Simple Tense Present and Simple Tense Past.
Physical Education/Health- We investigate “Bullying”. October is Anti-Bullying month. We explore the game of Badminton. We also delve into the skeletal system.
Music- Students will learn Halloween songs and will do a Halloween themed rhythm worksheet.
Spanish- This week we will continue working on the Spanish alphabet. We will work on telling the day’s date. The sign of the cross. Have a wonderful week!!!
Technology- This week we will be practicing using home row when typing our scripts for the Space Mission Newscast and we will continue recording our Newscasts. We will use several different parts of speech in order to create a Halloween Story. We will also be working on IXL.
Art- Students will begin painting the background and foreground of their projects. They will use oil pastel to outline details to serve as a barrier between buildings and landscape.