December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009

Dear Fifth Grade Students,

Please remember to donate to our “Adopt a Family” by tomorrow, Friday 12/11! We had two volunteers from 5A and 2 from 5B to help with the shopping. Thanks so much for your help.

Next Friday we will be having our class “Thank-you” auction. Please try to donate 1 or 2 items under $5.00 for the auction. Ideas: Christmas ornaments, chocolate, candy, clips, chips, nail polish for girls, anything fun from the dollar store, use your imagination…the kids have great ideas!!!

Tuesday: 12/15 – Christmas Program
Wednesday: 12/16- Reconciliation Service 10:00a.m.
Friday: 12/18-Thank-You Auction, Faith Family (Prayer Partner Cards exchange) and Sing Along (2:15pm).

Monday: Lesson 41, Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Common Denominators
Tuesday: No Math Practice for Christmas Musical
Wednesday: Lesson 42, Short Division
Thursday: No Math
Friday: Lesson 43, Writing Quotients as Mixed Numbers

We are working very hard on Chapter 15, The Sacraments of Healing. Students received their study guide today and worked on it during class. It will be due on Friday. We will have the test on this chapter on Thursday 12/17.

Language Arts
Students complete special Christmas-themed creative writing projects. As we go through the writing process, students learn to revise for sentence fluency, word choice, voice and conventions. There will not be a spelling assignment or test this week.

Students will explore magnification by experimenting with different shapes to learn which ones magnify. Students will learn the functions of the parts of a microscope and how to adjust light and focus a microscope.

Social Studies
The fifth graders have begun Chapter 6, The Early English Settlements. They are learning about three English Settlements, Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth. In small groups they will be working to prepare for “Act It Outs” for each of these settlements. They will also be completing the Interactive notebook for this lesson. The test for this Chapter will be next Thursday. (12/18 for 5A and 12/17 for 5B)

In Reading, 5th Graders have been working with the Target Skill, ‘Steps in a Process.’ They have enjoyed getting back into the Scott Foresman Reading text with the true adventure story, Diver and the Dolphins. There will be a short Selections Test on Friday, which will cover vocabulary and comprehension questions from the story.
Looking ahead to next week: We will have a ‘Christmas Picture Book’ day next Thursday. Students have been asked to bring in a few favorites to share that day. Please, no family treasures, and no need to purchase a new book for this activity.

Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris