Happy December!!! I hope that you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Break! I cannot believe that it is already December!!!
This week, on Wednesday December 3rd the fifth grade will be in charge of Mass. Please try to join us if your schedule allows.
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 identify the five basic forms of prayer, describe the rewards of daily prayer, illustrate and analyze the ways that the sacramentals enrich the Church's prayer life, recognize and highlight some special practices and popular devotions and review the chapter ideas that are key to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Math- The students will be developing the necessary skills to add mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators, add and subtract mixed numbers, remaining sums and differences, rename the differences of two fractions with like denominators, subtract fractions with compatible unlike denominators and calculate the sums or differences for each type of problem.
IXL Math-The students can work for mastery on Level G sections M.1 through M.8 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 exploring more about the digestive, excretory, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The students will be able to identify different types of bones, joints and muscles as well as where they are located. The students will learn about which organs makes up each system as well as how they work together. The students will be able to distinguish the differences between each body system.
Science Lab- The students will be conducting an experiment where they will draw conclusions based on making snow. The students will also be making observations and comparing data to determine what takes place when adding warm or room temperature water to the insta-snow. The students were also able to deduce that this was a chemical change as opposed to a physical change. Even though it was in the 70's outside, we had snow for the first of December in the Science Lab.
Social Studies- The students will summarize the results of Pizarro's conquest of the Inca Empire. The students will also analyze the growth of New Spain, describe important economic activities and identify features of colonial cities. The students will be evaluated on Chapter 4 on Thursday.
Reading- The students will be reading the expository nonfiction story, “Oceans” by Seymour Simon and then they will be evaluated by completing the End of Selection Test on Thursday. Please have the students review their vocabulary words for this story. 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-O Patterns in accented syllables. They will be listening to the words and determining if the accented syllable is in the 1st or 2nd syllable. There is only one oddball and it is “Eroupe. The students in the Pink Group will be sorting their words based on the R-influenced O in accented syllables. They will be listening to the words and determining if the accented syllable is in the 1st or 2nd syllable. They have two oddballs and they are “sorry” and “reward”. The students in the Blue Group will be sorting their words based on Latin Roots FRACT-, -FLECT/FLEX, JECT and MIS/MIT. Word Study Test on Friday.
In Vocabulary we will be working on Unit 11! 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 how to identify an inappropriate shift in verb tense and irregular verbs.
Physical Education/Health- We explore the game of Hockey learning rules, terms associated with the game. Lead up activities and safety are also investigated this week.
Music- Students will continue practicing their Christmas Program music.
Spanish - This week students will use the numbers they have learned to tell the day’s date, how old they are, and other festivities. Have a wonderful week!!!
Technology- The students will be creating explorer trading cards where they will be summarizing the information that they have gathered about their specific explorer.
Art- Last week in Art, students enhanced their cityscapes with color. This week, we’ll tie in literacy by reading the book, “The Day the Crayons Quit,” and will analyze and summarize this book as it applies to our art class.