I hope that you all had an awesome Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day weekend! The children were buzzing about trick or treating or passing our candy this morning.
Just a reminder that there is Mass on Wednesday this week. The students will need to wear their dress uniforms and their Saints Costumes over top! There is more information about All Saints Day on SchoolSpeak.
Later this month, I will be looking for several items for projects that we will be working on for Pow-Wow. I will create a signup sheet for these items on SchoolSpeak. All students in fifth grade will need to send in a plain white t-shirt for Pow-wow that we will tie-dye, cut and bead. Please make sure that the t-shirt is one size larger than needed as they sometimes shrink in the wash. More information about Pow-wow will come out as is gets closer.
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 preparing for their Chapter 9 test on Tuesday on the Sacrament of Confirmation. Then the students will learn to appreciate the importance of the Eucharist. The students will identify the celebration of the Eucharist as a meal, memorial, and sacrifice. We will also recognize the connection between the breaking of the bread and Jesus in the Eucharist (Real Presence).
Math- The students will be learning to list all common factors and find the greatest common factor (GCF) of two or more numbers. They will be able to determine whether a fraction is closer to 0, ½, or 1. Then they will be determining equivalent fractions. The students will also learn to write fractions in the lowest terms or simplest form and greater terms. Finally we will learn about the LCM and the LCD. The students will list the common multiples and find the least common multiple of a set of numbers and using a similar process they will find the least common denominator of a set of fractions.
IXL Math-The students can work on Level G sections K.1 through K.7 on IXL. This will help your children to practice number theory. 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, in Nancy Larson Science, the students will be working on identifying the structural formula of a molecule and preparing for our test on Thursday. Then we will begin using our Harcourt Science Books.
Science Lab- On Friday, we did two science experiments. One had to do with dissolving styrofoam and the other we made a bubbling potion. The students throughly enjoyed these activities. The students learned that when you dissolve styrofoam it is a physical change and we had a chemical reaction when we created the bubbling potion.
Social Studies- The students will be working on reviewing the information covered in chapter 3 to prepare for our test on Wednesday. The students will be able to describe the Taino Culture. They will Analyze the reasons Columbus set out on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Then they will explain the effects that Columbus's travels had on Europe and the Americas. The students will analyze different points of view about various topics.
Reading-We will be reading and taking the EOS (End of Selection) Test on, “Island of the Blue Dolphins”, which is a Historical Fiction story by Scott O'Dell, on Wednesday, November 5th. Please make sure that your child spends some extra time reading over the story and identifying the vocabulary presented in the story. The students are doing a great job during D.E.A.R. Time. 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 syllable juncture in VCV, VVCV and VCCV patterns. The students in the Pink Group will be sorting their words based on 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. The students in the Blue Group will be sorting their words based on Latin Roots SPECT-, -PORT and -FORM. Word Study Test on Friday.
This week in Vocabulary we will be working on Unit 9! 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 Verbs in the Simple Tense Future and Linking Verbs.
Physical Education/Health- We practice Hockey Skill Drills and play the game of Hockey this week. We review the skeletal system in Health Class.
Music- Students will begin learning the group pow-wow song.
Spanish- This week we will continue working on the Spanish alphabet. We will work on telling the day’s date and other festivities. Have a wonderful week!!!
Technology- This week we will be practicing using home row when typing our scripts for the Space Mission Newscast and we will finish recording our Newscasts. We will view our Space Mission Newscasts later on this week. We will also be working on IXL.
Art- Students will begin painting the background and foreground of their cityscape projects. They will use oil pastel to outline details to serve as a barrier between buildings and landscape. Students who complete the assignment may bring it home to submit for the Original Works fundraiser – just return with your order in the green bag – Don’t forget… all orders are due back by Friday!