Welcome Back, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas Break! I cannot believe that it is 2015, this year sure is flying by!
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 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 explore how to multiply s fraction by a fraction using models. The students will analyze and solve problems by multiplying fractions by fractions, fractions by whole numbers and fractions by mixed numbers. The students will also show how to multiply fractions using the greatest common factor (GCF).
IXL Math-The students can work for mastery on Level G sections N.1 through N.10 on IXL. 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 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. The students will be summarizing how characteristics are inherited and what genes are. The students will classify if a characteristic is an inherited trait or a learned behavior.
Science Lab- The students will be conducting on observation experiment where they will watch and observe what happens during water electrolysis. The students will observe that the molecules of water will be ripped apart sending the hydrogen into one test tube and the oxygen into the other.
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 “Hattie's Birthday Box” a short story by Pam Conrad, 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 the Yellow Group will be sorting their words based off of the Ambiguous vowels in accented syllables oy/oi and ou/ow. They will be listening to the words and determining if the accented syllable is in the 1st or 2nd syllable and there are no oddballs. The students in the Pink Group will be sorting their words with the Schwa + R sand R-influenced E in accented syllables (er, ear, ere) there are no oddballs. The students in the Blue Group will be sorting their words based on Greek and Latin elements:size (micro-, mega-, super-, and hyper-. Word Study Test on Friday.
In Vocabulary, the students will be identifying the words that match the synonyms or antonyms using the concentration game on the SMARTBoard for Unit 13! 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 adjectives and proper adjectives.
Physical Education/Health- Students will participate in: Skill Tumbling and Balance Activities. Students will be actively engaged in T-Ball Skill Drills.
Music- Students will discuss and prepare their class performance for the talent show during Catholic Schools Week. Students will also identify their own musical talents.
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-Fifth Graders will assemble personal artist journals that will serve as a warm-up activity each week along with reinforcing the important connection between literacy and the creative process. Students will draw their clay castles in their journals and then evaluate, revise and plan for the glazing process.