I hope that you all had a fun weekend!! I hope that many of you were able to attend the Pirate Pride Potluck on Saturday! Just a reminder that Mass this week is on Wednesday, September 2nd at 9 AM with Fr. Kevin. Please join us if you have an opportunity to do so.
There is No School next Monday, September 7, 2015 because it is Labor Day.
This week, we are beginning our Scantron Testing. 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.
September 9th is our READ-A-BRATION and Technology Night. It will be from 6:30-7:30 pm.
The Book Fair will be here September 8th!!!
Don't Forget to sign up for the Remind App if you haven't done so already!
Here are a few highlights of what is happening this week in Fifth Grade...
Religion- The students will be learning to follow Jesus' example in serving others. They will explore the ways Jesus shows God's love. The students will be able to explain the meaning of the Kingdom of God. The students will be able to identify how we can serve the Kingdom of God.
Math- We will be continuing to learn about place value with decimals that are greater than one. They will be learning to read and write decimals through the thousandths place. They will also be comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals. Finally, we will be applying the properties of addition and the rules of subtraction in order to find the missing number. We will be rounding whole numbers and decimals to a given place. 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.
Science-On Friday, the students were learning how Galileo built a telescope that had only 3x magnification. The students had a blast and really enjoyed building and using the telescope. We are really enjoying our Nancy Larson Science! This week the students will be able to describe and locate Constellations, asterisms and Polaris (the North Star). They will be able to identify factors that determine which stars and constellations we see. The students will be able to locate constellations on sky maps. The students will be able to describe and classify galaxies and more specifically the Milky Way Galaxy.
Science Lab- This week we went down to the Science Lab and we tried to solve a problem with a string! I will send your child home with two strings to have you try to solve the problem with the string as well.
Social Studies-We will be able to explain how the first Americans may have arrived in the Western Hemisphere. The students will be able to identify important features of the Olmec, the Maya, the Mound Builders, and the Anasazi cultures. The students will be able to describe how the Anasazi adapted to and modified their environment. The student swill be able to describe the ways in which the Aztec adapted to and modified their environment to meet their needs. The students will be able to identify features of the Aztec and Inca empires.
Reading-We will be taking an EOS (End of Selection) Test on “The Hot and Cold Summer”, Wednesday. Please make sure that your child spends some extra time reading over the story and identifying the Vocabulary presented in the story.
On Thursday, we will begin reading, “Sees Behind Trees”, which falls in the genre of Historical Fiction.
Language Arts-Word Study- The students in the Yellow Group will be sorting their words by using a review of vowel patterns in one syllable words using the VVC, VC, VCC, and VCe patterns. The students in the Pink Group will be sorting their words based on Vowel Patterns in Accented Syllables. They will be focusing on the Long A- Patterns in Accented Syllables (the first or second syllable)and they will have two oddballs: chocolate and again. The students in the Blue Group will be sorting their words based on prefixes. They will be identifying which words have the prefix IN-, UN-, DIS-, and MIS-. Test on Friday.
This week in Vocabulary we will be working on Unit 1. This test will be on Friday.
In Grammar, the students will be learning about complete subjects and predicates as well as simple subjects and predicates. The students will be identifying and writing complete subjects, complete predicates, simple subjects and simple predicates. The students will be identifying subjects in imperative sentences.
Physical Education/Health- We begin 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 apply previous learned movements for various songs for Fun and Food Fest on September 18 and 19 at St. Therese Church.
Spanish- Students will learn “El Padre Nuestro”, and will continue to identify differences when greeting adults and peers.
Technology- The students will not have Technology class due to Scantron testing this week.
Art- This week, students will be encouraged to work in their own style in order to allow for self-expression by mirroring how they see themselves in the creation of a self-portrait.