I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! I am so happy that Spring is almost here!!
Mass is on Wednesday, March 11th at 10 AM, with Fr. Brian. Please join us if you are available. Please have your child wear his or her dress uniform.
Spring Picture Day is March 12th!
Please send in all Math-A-Thon donations. Thanks for all your hard work. The students in fifth grade were very excited to be able to help Saint Jude's Hosptial.
Friday, we will be having the Stations of the Cross.
Spring Drama Play Dress Rehearsal will be at 10 AM on Friday!
Don't Forget to come out this weekend to see the Spring Drama Production of “Once Upon a Twist”.
This Saturday, is the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Norfolk. Come out and celebrate St. Patrick with Portsmouth Catholic and the school float.
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 that Mary was open to God's call and that we are called to imitate Mary's example of discipleship. The students will identify by name, the ways that Mary showed her blessedness. The students will explore why Mary is the greatest of al the saints and the students will learn to appreciate her role in our lives and in the Church. The students will identify the special dates in the church that are related to Mary (the Annunciation and the Assumption). We will celebrate the Stations of the Cross together on Friday.
Math- The students will apply estimation skills to decimal sums and differences. The students will demonstrate how to add two or three and subtract decimals through the thousandths. The students will identify word problems that involve more than on step.
IXL Math-The students can work for mastery on Level G sections C.1 - C.12 and E.1 - E.8 on IXL. This will help your child to practice data and statistics in graphs or through probability. 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 measuring the volume of liquids and solids. The students will be measuring the volume of a rectangular solid. The students will be describing density. The students will also be comparing the density of different metals. The students will be comparing the density of solids and liquids.
Science Lab- The students will be conducting a lab towards the end of the week where they will be determining the density of various wooden cubes.
Social Studies- The students will be able to explain the economic patterns and major industries of colonial America. The students will be able to evaluate the effects of supply and demand on the plantation system. The students will be able to describe the development of the free enterprise system in colonial America. The students will analyze information by finding the main idea and supporting details in a passage. They will also analyze information by summarizing the important elements in a history passage. The students will be able to explain and analyze why American colonists began to develop their own governments and the structures of colonial government.
Reading- The students will be reading the story “Off and Running” a Realistic Fiction, by Gary Soto. The students will be taking their EOS Test on Tuesday. The students will read “Little by Little,” an Autobiography, by Jean Little. The students will be able to identify elements of an Autobiography. 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 blue group are sorting their words by the prefixes sub-, pro-, com-, and -en. The students in the yellow group are sorting their words by the suffixes -y, -ly, and -ily. This test will be on Friday!
In Vocabulary, the students will be working on Units 17 this week. 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 reviewing Unit 4 Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions and prepositions for their Test this week. Please encourage your child to utilize the activities on the Sadlier Grammar website.
Physical Education/Health- We continue learning strategies and skills involved with the game of Soccer and Whiffle Ball. We begin begin our “Family LIfe” Unit.
Music- Students will review previous knowledge of the recorder by playing Recorder Baseball.
Spanish- This week students will continue to explore the parts of the body.
Technology- The students will complete their research for their element boxes that they will be creating from an empty tissue box. The students will decorate and create their element boxes in class.
Art- Today in Fifth Grade Art we’ll add highlights and shadows to the foreground of their Colonial landscapes using a fan brush, and will enhance their background with clouds using sponge painting techniques.