I hope that you all had an awesome Weekend!! I know I sure did especially because it is officially football season!
Just a reminder that Mass this week is on Wednesday, September 3rd at 9 AM with Fr. Jett. This week is the fifth grade mass, please join us, if you have an opportunity.
It is also Book Fair Week! Please stop in and see the great selection of books, from Scholastic, that are available for your purchase.
Wednesday Night is Read-A-Bration and Technology Night. It is one-one hour session about how I integrate technology into my classroom as well as how I will be encouraging your child to read daily in school and at home.
We will be wrapping up Scantron Testing this week. Please remember that the students should get plenty of rest the nights before tests and have a good breakfast in the morning to help them focus on doing their very best.
Here are a few highlights of what is happening this week in Fifth Grade...
Religion- The students will be reviewing how Jesus shares His mission with the Church and then they will be evaluated on Chapter 2 on Tuesday. Then the remainder of the week we will be exploring the Seven Sacraments and how the Church celebrates them. The students will learn that the Seven Sacraments are special signs of God's love. The students will be able to identify and describe the Sacraments of Initiation, Sacraments of Healing and the Sacraments of Service.
Math- We will be learning how to estimate sums and differences with larger numbers. We will also be learning about Roman Numerals. They will learn how to solve word problems using a specific strategy and we will review for our test that will be next week. I will be mentioning IXL in class and I will be encouraging the class to use their IXL accounts to reinforce the learning that is taking place in the classroom. To make logging in easier, I changed their IXL passwords to just their library numbers.
Science-This week in Nancy Larson Science we are learning about the life-cycle of stars. The students will be able to describe the life cycle of a star. We will also be reviewing for our first test on Wednesday, September 10th. The students will be identifying characteristics of our solar system and our sun. the students will be able to describe the planets in our solar system.
Science Lab- This week we explored one of Newton's Laws of Physics using Balloon Rockets. Be sure to ask your child which law it was.
Social Studies- We will also be exploring how the Aztec and the Inca built their powerful empires. We will also be starting a new newspaper about the First Americans.
Reading-We will be reading and taking the EOS (End of Selection) Test on the realistic Fiction story called, “Yang the Third and her impossible Family” on Wednesday, September 10th. Please make sure that your child spends some extra time reading over the story and identifying the Vocabulary presented in the story.
Language Arts-Word Study- The students in the Yellow Group will be sorting their words by adding -ed to words where a letter doubles then you add -ed, e-drop where the word drops the e and then adds -ed, nothing category means that you only add -ed or the oddball category which has two words in it mixed and chewed. There is another way to sort these words. VC and VCC Patterns. THey will have words that double and add -ING and words that you do nothing to just add -ING. The students in the Pink Group will be sorting their words based on Syllable juncture in the V/CVLong and VVCVLong and VC/V short patterns. The students in the Blue Group will be sorting their words based on Vowel Alternation: Long to Short. They will be identifying which words have long or short vowels or schwa. Test on Friday.
This week in Vocabulary we will be working on Unit 3. Please visit the website and use 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. Test on Friday.
In Grammar, the students will be learning about Compound Subjects using conjunctions and Compound predicates.
Physical Education/Health- We continue our Physical Fitness testing. We write up and discuss our goals on how to improve our individual fitness goals for future tests. Let the games begin! We will review the rules and regulations of basketball, we discuss the history of the game and play a game of basketball!.
Music- Students will identify short rhythmic patterns aurally and visually and perform the rhythmic patterns in small groups.
Spanish- This week we will work on saying and writing the numbers from 1-10. Have a wonderful week!!!
Technology- Scantron Testing in Technology Lab this week. Completing a Nancy Larson Science Activity where they identify galaxies from the catalog.
Art- Our self-portraits are coming along nicely! This week we’ll choose paint that closely resembles our personal skin tone allowing us to add details next week!