February 24, 2011

February 24, 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. Please remember to turn in your camp payment and forms by March 8th!!!!

Monday: 2/28, Test #12
Tuesday: 3/1, Lesson 67, Writing Tenths and Hundredths as Decimal Numbers
Wednesday: 3/2, Lesson 68, Naming Decimal Numbers
Thursday: 3/3, Lesson 69, Fractions of a Second, Comparing and Ordering Decimals.

We are working on Chapter 17, The Liturgy of the word. Last Thursday and today (2/24) students worked on a poster for the different parts of the Liturgy of the Word. Most people finished in class. They will also receive the study guide for this Chapter in class tomorrow. Time will be given in class to complete it. The test will be next Thursday 3/3. The Liturgy of the Word posters will be due on Monday 2/28.

Social Studies
The fifth graders are very busy working on Ch. 10, Growing Tensions Between the Colonies and Britain. They have completed their Interactive notebook for this lesson and are now preparing short “Role Plays” for each of the 6 events that lead up to the fight for Independence. We will be presenting these role-plays on Friday. Today we reviewed the Interactive notebook pages with the correct answers. The test for this lesson will be on Tuesday 3/1.

Students will wrap up their study of adaptations with a test on Chapter 3, Lessons 1-3 tomorrow. Students begin Chapter 4, Ecology. Students will explore the components of soil by classifying the parts into living, once-living and nonliving. Student will learn about the parts of an ecosystem. They will also discover how habitats and niches are related.

5th graders are working on the Target Skill of Text Structure. We are reading some non-fiction selections and noticing the ways color and font size are used to organize information. The students are practicing the skill of note taking while listening to and reading informational text. Strategies such as going over notes after class, highlighting headings, re-reading text and comparing notes with a friend are all tools to enhance learning through the note-taking process.

Language Arts
Students review verb tenses and practice correct subject-verb agreement. We begin writing descriptive paragraphs of various settings focusing on using strong verbs and good “word choice.” There is no spelling assignment or test this week.

Ms. Semandiris