I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!
This week, Fifth Grade will be working on their Scantron Testing, please make sure your child has breakfast before they come to school to help keep them focused during testing.
We have mass on Wednesday, January 14th. Please do not forget to have your child wear his/her mass uniform.
Please remember that we do not have school on January 19th, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
Catholic Schools Week is coming up at the end of the month! Please assist your children in completing their I Can Change the World with My Own Two Hands Project.
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 review the chapter 15 ideas that are key to growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The students will also be preparing for their test on Chapter 15 on Wednesday. The students will examine their conscience as a way to grow in love of God and others. The students will be able to explain the two ways the Sacrament of penance and Reconciliation can be celebrated.
Math- The students will be able to recall how to multiply mixed numbers using the GCF. The students will explore the division of whole numbers and fractions by fractions by creating models. The students will demonstrate how to find the reciprocal of a number. The students will decide how to divide a whole number by a fraction, a fraction by a fraction and a fraction by a whole number.
IXL Math-The students can work for mastery on Level G sections N.1 through N.10 on IXL. Later on this week, the students will be able to complete the skills from O.1 through O.5 as well. This will help your children to practice multiplying fractions by fractions, by whole numbers and by mixed numbers. 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 reviewing Unit A Chapter 2 on Animal Growth and Reproduction to prepare for their test on Tuesday. Then the students will begin Nancy Larson again. The students will be investigating physical and chemical properties of matter. The students will be classifying matter as a pure substance or a mixture as well as identifying mixtures as homogeneous or heterogeneous. They will be classifying mixtures as solutions, colloids, or suspensions. Then they will be separating mixtures by filtration and evaporation.
Science Lab- Today, the students explored and experimented with electricity. The students focused on circuits. They were able to identify and demonstrate both series and parallel circuits as well as open and closed circuits. Ask your students about the activity with the UFO ball!
Social Studies- The students will be able to predict and explain when, where and why the Dutch and English colonized and settled in the Middle Colonies. The students will be able to describe the accomplishments of colonial leaders such as William Penn. They will analyze why cooperation was an advantage in the economic development of the early European colonies. The students will also review the reading skill of identifying the main idea. The students will be able to predict and explain when, where and why groups of different people settled in the Southern Colonies. The students will compare and contrast the colonies founded in Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia.
Reading- The students will recall the story “William Shakespeare and the Globe” a Biography by Aliki, 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 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 fifth grade took their Word Study Inventory Test to determine what developmental groups they will be working in for the second semester. They will not have a word study test until January 23rd.
In Vocabulary, the students will be identifying the words that match the synonyms or antonyms using the concentration game on the SMARTBoard for Unit 14! They will also be making connections in order to identify the proper words that should be used to complete sentences and match the meaning. 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 using proper grammar when completing sentences and writing their own sentences while utilizing comparing adjectives, comparing with good and bad and adverbs.
Physical Education/Health- Students will participate in: Beach Ball Volleyball Skill Drills and Beach Ball Volleyball game.
Music- Students will prepare "Eye of the Tiger" for the talent show.
Spanish- This week students will understand and explore Spanish colors. They will also identify them in different forms.
Technology- The students will be researching information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and answering questions using various internet resources.
Art-Today, students will utilize their personal artist journals to complete their clay castle designs. They will then create an abstract piece of art using only numbers and colors to create emotion. We will model after the art of Charles Demuth’s “I Saw the Figure No.5 in Gold.”