I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend!
Today, we had a beautiful mass for the Holy Day of Obligation, the Immaculate Conception. The students will not need to wear their mass uniform on Wednesday this week, as we had mass today.
I will be preparing a sign-up sheet on SchoolSpeak for our class Christmas party. Please feel free to sign up. If there is something special that you make and you would like to bring it, please send me an email and I will add it to the list. Thanks in advance!
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 Chapter 12 and they will be evaluated on the chapter ideas that are key to growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ, tomorrow. The students will understand that Advent is a season of joyful expectation and preparation for the coming of the Son of God.. the students will learn how to pray the O Antiphons. The students will recognize that the season of Christmas is a time to rejoice in the incarnation. The students will identify the different masses that are held to celebrate Christmas and what they mean.
Math- The students will use concepts to solve problems involving subtracting mixed numbers, subtracting mixed numbers from whole numbers, subtracting mixed numbers by renaming the minuends and estimating sums and differences of mixed numbers.
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 reviewing and assessing the students understanding of cells and how they work in body systems to keep us alive.
Science Lab- The students will be conducting an experiment where they will draw conclusions based on mixed reactions and determining how can you tell that a chemical reaction has taken place.
Social Studies- The students will be able to predict why the europeans began to explore the eastern coast of North America. They will identify seven important explorers of the eastern part of north America and describe their discoveries. The students will identify the reasons that the French founded New France. The students will analyze decision making process that includes gathering information, identifying options, and predicting consequences. They will work on applying this skill to everyday situations.
Reading- The students will recall the story “Seeing Earth from Space” a photo essay by Patricia Lauber, 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 Wednesday. 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-U Patterns in accented syllables. They will be listening to the words and determining if the accented syllable is in the 1st or 2nd syllable and no oddballs. There are two ways to sort this sort one by the syllables and the other way is by using the headers jewel, rooster, include and oddball. In this sort there are three oddballs Tuesday, beauty and cougar. The students in the Pink Group will be sorting their words with the W OR /E/ sound (war, wor, and wa) before the vowel. The students in the Blue Group will be sorting their words based on Latin Roots MAN-, SCRIB/SCRIPT, CRED and FAC. Word Study Test on Friday.
In Vocabulary we will be working on Unit 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 learning about how to identify and utilizing the correct form of more irregular verbs and Contractions with not.
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 a digital Acrostic Christmas Poem.
Art-Fifth Graders will create a clay slab to use as the foundation for their clay castle!