February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We will have an information meeting about fifth grade Camp Seymour on Wednesday, March 18th from 6pm – 7pm in Ms. Semandiris’ room. Please let us know if you are unable to attend.

Camp this year is May 6-8.



3/2 Monday – Check My Progress Lessons 6-9

3/3 Tuesday – Lesson 10, Hands On Divide Decimals

3/4 Wednesday – Lesson 11, Divide Decimals by Whole Numbers

3/5 Thursday – Lesson 12, Hands On Use Models to Divide Decimals

3/6 Friday – Lesson 13, Divide Decimals



We have begun Chapter 17, Liturgy of the Word. Students are correctly making a “Dead Sea Scroll”. The rubric has been passed out and has the assignment details. Students will receive the study guide for this chapter next week. This week we also did Lesson 4 in the Steps to Respect Curriculum entitled: Recognizing Conflict, Recognizing Bullying.



As we wind up this Book Club unit, I observed a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm about reading and discussing books together with classmates. We’ll be getting back into our Journeys books starting next Monday, but setting aside a few minutes of each class period to talk about our books and share our story elements posters with the whole class. I would greatly appreciate parents’  help in making sure that all of the books are returned.


Language Arts

In spelling this week students focused on syllable breaks in /gh/ and /ph/ spellings. Students identified and used regular and irregular verbs in grammar. In writing, students learned about the components of a persuasive letter and used a graphic organizer to draft their own persuasive letter about bringing a celebrity speaker to the school.

Social Studies

We have begun Chapter 9, Life in Williamsburg. Students will be visiting several different locations in Williamsburg to learn about the daily life of people in this city. Students will complete their interactive Notebooks in class as well as a “Hands On” activity. The test for this Chapter will be on 3/6.



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.


Have a great week!


Ms. Semandiris

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