January 13, 2011

January 13, 2011

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Tonight is the Epiphany Concert. Students may report to 5A at 6:30pm. Please do not send your child before 6:30pm. (Thank-you!) Please remember that the students should wear their “Sunday Best” and dressed modestly and appropriately tonight.

Please remember to complete the “Auction Assignment” given by the room parents. They are due next Wednesday 1/19. A big thanks ahead of time for Mrs. Wallace 5B and Mrs. Cunningham 5A for organizing this project!!!!

Monday there is No School due to Martin Luther King holiday.

The Ch. 15 test is tomorrow. Students have been preparing for this all week by studying their study guide. Next week we will be moving on to Chapter 16, Gathered For Mass. We will Religion class on Thursday and Friday of next week. On Thursday we will learn about the Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity of the Human Family. On Friday we will begin Chapter 16.

Tuesday 1/18: Lesson 52, Naming Numbers Through Hundred Billions
Wednesday: 1/19: Lesson 53, Perimeter, Measures of a Circle
Thursday: 1/20: Dividing by Multiples of 10

Social Studies
The fifth graders took the Chapter 7 test today. Tomorrow we will begin Chapter 8, Facing Slavery. In this lesson, students learn about slavery from the perspective of West Africans facing difficult dilemmas as European slave traders take them farther and farther from their homeland.

Inventions are due Friday, January 28th. They will be displayed in the hallway for Catholic Schools Week.
Students will examine small microbes (volvox, blepharisma and vinegar eels) under their microscopes. Students will learn the characteristics of each organism.

The 5th Graders are coming to the end of our first ‘Book Club’ unit. Over the course of this unit we have covered many of the Schoolwide Learning Expectations by setting and accomplishing goals using effective organizational skills, demonstrating personal accountability for learning, clearly communicating ideas, listening respectfully, and participating in and leading group activities. Students will not be tested on their book, but will be assessed on their journals and participation in the group during the unit. Next week we will practice oral reading fluency through Reader’s Theater.

Language Arts
Next week, students practicing using singular, plural and possessive nouns correctly. They will take a quiz on this content on Tuesday, Jan. 25th. Because of the MLK holiday on Monday, there will be no spelling assignment or test this week. We will, however, be conducting a mini-spelling bee during class time. We will choose two representatives from each 5th grade class to participate in the all-school spelling bee during Catholic Schools Week.

Ms. Semandiris