I hope that you all had an awesome weekend!
Just a reminder that there is no Mass this week. The students may wear their regular uniforms on Wednesday.
Next week, Monday, October 27th, is conference day for grades K-5. The students in these grades do not have school. Please make sure that you have signed up for a conference slot. Report Cards will be distributed at this time.
October is the Month of Mary. If your child has a rosary, please send it to school with them. We will be saying a decade of the rosary each morning. If they do not have a rosary I will provide them with one to use in class. Thanks so much!!
Please do not forget that the students are required to read 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 learning about the sacrament of Confirmation and its history. The students will come to understand that the Sacrament of Confirmation gives the person the opportunity to say Yes, this is the Faith that I want, as when they were younger their parents and godparents said yes for them. They will learn about the importance of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The students will be taking their test on Thursday! The students will be choosing the saint that they would like to dress up as for All Saints Day! We will be writing about our saints in class so if they have information about their saint at home, please send it in.
Math- The students will be dividing larder dividends by 2-digit divisors. They will also divide money amounts by 1- and 2-digit divisors. We will be learning to use the order of operations to evaluate numerical expressions. The students will solve word problems by making a table and/or finding a pattern. We will begin preparing for our Chapter 3 Test, next week.
IXL Math-The students can work on Level G sections H.9 through H.15 on IXL. This will help your children to practice their division. 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 describing compounds, identifying organic or inorganic compounds and identifying elements in a chemical formula. They will be able to identify what happens during chemical bonding and they will be able to describe metallic bonding and ionic bonding.
Science Lab- Today we made models of atoms. The students were able to choose their own element and determine how many protons, neutrons and electrons the element contained.
Social Studies- The students will be identifying the major economic and cultural changes that occurred in the thirteenth-century Europe. They will be examining the influence on Europe of Marco Polo's travels to Asia. They will explore how trade spurred the development of cities and towns throughout Europe. The students will identify and interpret information from a variety of different graphs and explore uses for them. They will identify the effects of international trading and banking on Europe, Africa and Asia.
Reading-We will be reading and taking the EOS (End of Selection) Test on, “Woodsong”, which is a Personal Narrative story by Gary Paulsen, on Thursday, October 23rd. 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 VCCCV and VV patterns. They will sort words by VCC/CV, VC/CCV, and V/V. The students in the Pink Group will be sorting their words based on Long -U Patterns in Accented Syllables. They will be listening to the words and determining if the long -a is in the 1st or 2nd syllable. There are no oddballs when the words are sorted this way. They can also be sorted by vowel pattern -ew, -oo, -u and this would include three oddballs, Tuesday, beauty and cougar. The students in the Blue Group will be sorting their words based on Greek Roots. Tele-, Phone-, Photo-, and Graph- Test on Friday.
This week in Vocabulary we will be working on Unit 7! 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 Appositives and reviewing for the Unit 2 test on Wednesday! We will begin learning about action verbs and direct objects.
Physical Education/Health- We investigate “Bullying”. October is Anti-Bullying month. We explore the game of Badminton. We also delve into the skeletal system.
Music- Students will work with their recorders. The students will create rhythms with Halloween themed phrases.
Spanish- This week we will continue working on the Spanish alphabet. We will create a collage with pictures showing the beginning of the letters. The sign of the cross. 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 continue recording our Newscasts. We will also be working on IXL and completing a Learning Inventory.
Art- Students will compile practice sketches of city scenes to create a sketch for their watercolor painting.