February 10, 2011

February 10, 2011

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We will have our Valentines Party on Monday 2/14 from 2:00pm-2:45pm. If you choose to hand out Valentines please follow these instructions: If you decide to pass them out you need to make one for everyone in your homeroom. (Only) In other words 5A makes them just for 5A kids. Thanks!!!

Monday: Lesson 62, Estimating Arithmetic Answers
Tuesday: Lesson 63, Subtracting a Fraction from a Whole Number Greater than 1.
Wednesday: Lesson 64, Using Money to Model Decimal Numbers
Thursday: Lesson 65, Decimal Parts of a Meter

The Fifth Graders are working on Ch. 16, The Liturgy of the Word. Tomorrow we will be learning about the Dead Sea Scrolls and why they are important. We will be creating our own scrolls with scripture passages. A rubric will be passed out in class. This assignment will be given out tomorrow. Time will be given in class tomorrow to get started and then it will be due next Wednesday. The study guide for this chapter will be passed out on Monday. We will work on this during class.

Social Studies
The fifth graders will begin Chapter 10, Growing Tensions Between the Colonies and Britain. Students will be able to:
• Describe their feelings of frustration and loss of autonomy and relate them to the experience of American colonists prior to the Revolutionary War.
• Summarize the key events that created tensions between the colonists and Britain from 1754-1774
• Use a metaphor of a parent and child to describe the tense relationship that developed between the colonies and Britain after the French and Indian War.
We will be working in small groups next week to complete the interactive notebook in class.

Students will explore how adaptations help organisms survive in extremely cold or hot and dry climates. Students will investigate a how a polar bear stays warm by making and using a model of fat insulation.

Language Arts
We continue to develop word choice and voice as students complete the final drafts of their “emotion” paragraphs. We review verbs and work with past, present and future tense. The spelling assignment is due on Monday; our test will be on Monday, as well.

Ms. Semandiris