February 1, 2018
Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
We are having so much fun this week during Catholic Schools Week!!! The following is a curriculum update for the week of 2/5 – 2/9.
2/2 – Dress up as your favorite animal!!!
Next week, we will begin Chapter 16, Gathered as One. In this Chapter we will take a closer look at the Mass. Key Concept: The wheat bread and the grape wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. Participation in the Mass is duty and a privilege. The Test for this Chapter will be on 2/13. This week’s Empathy Training is Lesson 7, Disagreeing Respectfully
2/1 – Ch. 6 Pre-Test
2/5 – Review worksheets
2/6 – Chapter 6 Test
Chapter 7, Expressions and Patterns
2/7 – Lesson 2, Order of Operations
2/8 – Lesson 3, Write Numerical Expressions
2/9 – Check My Progress Quiz
Chapter 7, Expressions & Patterns
Friday: no math (Spirit Assembly)
Monday: Lesson 6, Patterns
Tuesday: Lesson 8, Ordered Pairs
Wednesday: Lesson 9, Graph Patterns
Thursday: Review Lessons 8 & 9
Friday: Chapter 7 Test
The fifth graders have begun Chapter 8, Facing Slavery. In this chapter we will learn about three dilemmas the people of West Africa faced during the North American Slave Trade. Students will work in small groups to decide what they would do when faced with each dilemma. Then they will read to find out what the West African people actually did in history. The test for this Chapter will be on 2/15.
A student gets 27/32 on a math test, and they want to know what grade they got. They will convert this fraction to a decimal by dividing, and then change that decimal to a percent. In Chapter 2, we are exploring this idea of converting fractions, decimals, and percents. Next week we will continue our study of Ch. 2. We will work with recognizing common fractions, decimals and percents (like 1/4 = 0.25 = 25%). We will also work with more challenging conversions. By the way, that student got a 84.375% on the test. 🙂
This week students worked with identifying past, present, and future tenses of verbs. Continuing to practice verb agreement is so important at this grade level and they picked up on it very well after some work. Students also responded to some visual writing prompts this week using a website with hundreds of ideas using pictures. For example, a photo would show Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter preparing for battle and the prompt asks, “Who would win this fight and how would the battle go down?” Students had fun with this activity and it was great way to end Catholic Schools Week!
We aim to finish reading Number the Stars next week with our end of book test scheduled for Thurs. Feb. 15th. This will be a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions covering the entire book. This test will NOT be open-book, so it will be important for students to participate fully in classroom review sessions and assigned homework activities designed to deepen comprehension and prepare for the test. Use of Sparknotes for review and youtube for rereading is highly encouraged.
Students did a fantastic job on their inventions. I saw many creative ideas and products! Students will take an Ecology quiz on lessons 1 & 2 in their textbooks next Tuesday. They have completed two study guides in class to help them prepare.