January 10, 2008

January 10, 2008

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
We are not able to access our web page from inside the school. I do not have Internet or a computer at home, so I am not able to update my webpage. I am sure it will be fixed soon. Thanks for your understanding.

FYI: Informational Meeting
Camp Parent Meeting (Parents Only)
Date: 2/5/07
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: HRS library

Here is a curriculum update.

Friday: Investigation #5
Monday: Lesson 53-Perimeter of a Circle
Tuesday: Lesson 54, Dividing by Multiples of 10
Wednesday: Lesson55, Multiplying by Three Digit Numbers
Thursday: Test #10

We have begun Chapter 15, Forgiveness and Healing. In this chapter students will learn about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Students will receive the study guide for this lesson on Monday. We will reading and discussing the scripture reading, Luke 15: 11-32, the parable of the two sons. We will also be learning the parts, signs and effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Students will learn about Father Damien who volunteered on Molokai Hawaii and cared for the Lepers and showed compassion for those who are sick.

Students will receive instructions and a grading rubric for the 2nd Trimester Book Report tomorrow. This report will be a combination written/oral report. The due date is Feb. 21st, which is also when the oral reports will begin. There are several mini-due dates along the way to keep students focused and organized.

We will begin a new selection in our Scott Foresman Reading text, which will focus on distinguishing between fact and opinion through a wonderful story of a young person who gets involved in doing service for the homeless.

Language Arts: We use different parts of speech to create diamante poems about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students have grading criteria sheets to follow while completing most of this assignment in class. Spelling homework is due on Monday. Our test will be on Monday. Forgive my delay in posting material on the website: our school server has been down. I do encourage students to check my web page for hints and links to websites that help them practice various language skills.

Social Studies
We will be starting Chapter 7, comparing the Colonies. Students will be learning about the similarities and differences of the between the New England Colonies, Middle Colonies and the Southern Colonies. Each group will be assigned a colony. They will be working in groups to create a billboard to lure people to their colony.

Students will learn how scientists classify all living things into five kingdoms. Students will also discover how scientists divide the kingdoms up. Students will look at how animals are classified. There will be a short quiz on lessons 1 & 2 next Tuesday (1/15)

Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris