I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!! I cannot believe it is already May!
Mass is on Wednesday, May 6th. Please join us if you are available. Please have your child wear his or her dress uniform. This is also Muffins for Mom and Donuts for Dad Day here at PCRS, where you get a chance to see what the next years' classroom is like!
Please remember white socks are for the P.E. Uniform only.
The 4th Quarter Progress Reports will be coming out on May 5t
This Friday, May 8st is also Race for Education Day!
Our Field Trip is May 21st to Jamestown!
Fun Day is May 29th! I will be looking for volunteers to man the fifth grade booth.
Scantron Testing will be from May 11th-21st.
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 reviewing the information covered in Chapter 24 for their test tomorrow. The students will be able to appreciate the ministry of Jesus and hHis apostles by learning about the sacrament of Holy Orders. The students will be able to explain the importance of the Sacrament of Holy Orders. The students will be able to describe the ways that bishops, priests and deacons serve the church.
Math- The eighth grade students in geometry have come in and taught three lessons in geometry to the fifth grade as part of their geometry project. The fifth grade students enjoyed having the eighth grade in as their teachers. The students will explore translations, reflections and rotations of figures. The students will explore tessellations and determine which polygons tesselate. The students will be working on solving word problems using a diagram or a model. Our Chapter 10 Math Test will be on Friday, May 8th!
They can work for mastery on Level G sections B.1 - B.33 on IXL. This will help your child to practice geometry. 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 identify and understand what a tropism is and how plants use them to survive. The students will compare plant responses to light and gravity. The students will predict how plants will respond in order to get the light they need to survive in their ecosystem. The students will compare the adaptive characteristics of plants that result in their ability to reproduce. The students will identify traits in plants that are passed on from parents to offspring. The students will describe some structures that make up the reproductive systems if flowering plants.
Science Lab- The students will be completing a science experiment where they will compare different types of plastic.
Social Studies- The students will identify the contributions of notable individuals during the Revolutionary period. The students will analyze the cause and effects of events at the beginning of the American Revolution. The students will summarize the main points in the Declaration of independence. Chapter 9 Test Thursday!
Reading- The students will be reading the Biography, “What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?,” by Jean Fritz. The students will be able to identify elements of a Biography. The students will take their EOS Test 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 blue group are sorting their words by suffixes -ary, -ery, and -ory. The students in the yellow group are sorting their words by Vowel Alternation, Long to Short or Schwa. This test will be on Friday!
In Vocabulary, the students will complete their test on Unit 18 in Vocabulary and begin a cumulative review 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 learning about Using Abbreviations, How to write Titles in special ways and using commas in a series. Please encourage your child to utilize the activities on the Sadlier Grammar website.
Physical Education/Health- Students will demonstrate their progress by performing a variety of skills checks. We investigate Recreational games and investigate the rules of those games. We also discuss the “Meaning of Health”. We complete a “Personal Fitness Log”.
Music- Students will demonstrate sign language to the song "Our God" and review the rhythms for cups to the song.
Spanish-Students will continue to explore days of the week and months of the year.
Technology- The students will be working on learning how to code and then they will create a story using the Scratch Program. The students will also be receiving their Google school email accounts and learning how to use them.
Art- Having completed our NASA Contest, we’ll begin a new recycled paper weaving project, learning about the importance of reuse and recycling. Our students will create weavings with found objects and leftover art materials.