April 2, 2009

April 2, 2009

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Thank you so much for sending in your camp forms and payments. Camp is May 4-6th! It is just around the corner. We will be ITBS testing the last week in April. (April 27th – May 1st.) FYI: All next week will be perfect uniform for all Holy Rosary students because it is Holy Week.

Friday: Lesson78, Exponents and Powers
Monday: Lesson 79, Finding Equivalent Fractions by Multiplying by 1
Tuesday: Lesson 80, Prime and Composite Numbers
Wednesday: Test 15
Friday: Investigation 8

On Tuesday students will be performing their Stations of the Cross skits that we have been working on in class. Wednesday and Thursday we will learn about the Triduum as well as reading the Bible about the Crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Friday at 11am we will attend “The Living Stations of the Cross” presented by the eighth graders. Please join us for this if you are able. It is a wonderful way to spend Good Friday.

Social Studies
Tomorrow the 5th graders will take the Chapter 12, Declaration of Independence test. Next week we will begin chapter 13, The Revolutionary War. At the end of this lesson, students will be able to: compare and contrast the American and British forces at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, explain the key factors that allowed the American colonies to defeat Britain in the Revolutionary War and list the major provisions of the Treaty of Paris.

This week, 5th graders got back into the Scott Foresman Anthology. We focused on the Target Skill of Comprehension, and worked with new vocabulary. 5B will take their Selection Test on Thursday, and 5A will take theirs on Friday.

Language Arts
Students are completing final drafts of their short stories this week. Next week, we begin a poetry-writing unit. Students learn to identify and use: rhyme, alliteration, metaphor, personification, simile and onomatopoeia. There is no spelling assignment or test this week.

Students begin Chapter 1, The Changing Earth. Students will investigate the theory of plate tectonics investigating how the separate continents fit together as one continent. Students will discuss evidence that shows the continents have moved. Students will discover what events are caused by plate movement.

Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris