I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend! I cannot believe that Christmas is right around the corner!
Don't forget Book Reports are due on Wednesday, December 17th.
There are several events taking place this week. Just a reminder this is the final week for our School-wide Advent Outreach Bibs, Bottles and Booties.
Thursday, December 18th, is our School-wide Christmas Program. The students will need to wear their Christmas Best or the Mass uniform. The students need to be at school at 6:40 PM because the program begins at 7PM.
Thank you to everyone who took time to sign up to bring or send in items for our class Christmas Party. Our class party will be on Friday, December 19th at 1:40-2:25PM in our classroom. Please feel free to join us to celebrate. There will be a School-wide Advent Prayer Service at 2:30 PM.
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 review the information covered in Unit 2 of our Religion series. The students will be able to explain the meaning of conversion and understand what it means to turn to God and grow in God's love. The students will recall that Jesus forgives us our sins and reminds us to seek God's forgiveness from the heart. The students will create a song or a poem to show that Jesus continues to forgive through the Church.
Math- The students will analyze and solve a variety of problems to evaluate their understanding of the concepts presented in Chapter 5. The students will complete their test on Thursday. The students will be completing several review Christmas math activities on Friday.
IXL Math-The students can work for mastery on Level G sections M.8 through M.14 on IXL. This will help your children to practice adding fractions with like denominators. 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 we will be making connections about mitosis and how it relates to growth and cell division, regeneration as well as comparing and contrasting mitosis and meiosis. The students will be making predictions as to what they think life cycles are and how animals change as they grow. They will be comparing and contrasting complete and incomplete metamorphosis.
Science Lab- The students will be conducting several experiments that are Christmas related. The students will be creating Christmas trees that grow crystals and learning about Chromatography where they will draw conclusions based on their outcomes.
Social Studies- The students will be able to predict and explain why the Pilgrims wanted to start a colony in North America. They will identify the important events of the Pilgrims' first year in New England. The students will compare the development of Plymouth with the development of Jamestown. The students will analyze historical events in sequence.
Reading- The students will recall the story “The Case of the Flying Saucer People” a mystery by Seymour Simon, in order to identify the vocabulary from the lesson. The students will be utilizing several skills to help decode the text. The students will be evaluated by completing the End of Selection Test on Tuesday. 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 Yellow Group will be sorting their words based off of the Long or Short Sounds of -E in accented syllables. They will be listening to the words and determining if the accented syllable is in the 1st long, 1st short or 2nd long syllable and no oddballs. The students in the Pink Group will be sorting their words with the Schwa + R spelled -er, -ir, -ur or oddball (spirit and every). The students in the Blue Group will be sorting their words based on number prefixes quad-/quar-, quint-/pent-, oct-, dec- and cent-. Word Study Test on Friday.
In Vocabulary we will be reviewing on Unit 7-12! 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 reviewing Unit 3 on Verbs because they will be evaluated on Wednesday for their understanding of how to use verbs in their writing.
Physical Education/Health- Students will participate in: skill drills related to the game of Whiffle Ball. Health - We explore the topic of “Bullying”.
Music- Students will prepare their performances for the Christmas Program on December 18, 2014 at 7:00PM in the PCRS gymnasium.
Spanish- This week students will use the numbers they have learned to tell the day’s date, how old they are, and tell time. Have a wonderful week!!!
Technology- The students will be creating digital snowflakes and discussing symmetry.
Art-Fifth Graders will assemble their sculptural clay castles this week and add any finishing details.