January 22, 2009

January 22, 2009

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Next week is Catholic Schools Week! Monday the students of 5A should dress in “Pajamas” for theme day. A detailed list of the each of the days events is written in the FCE as well as on the HRS website.

The following is a curriculum update of next week.

Friday: Investigation 5, Organizing and Analyzing Data
Monday: Lesson 51, Multiplying by Two-Digit Numbers
Tuesday: NO Math (Spelling Bee)
Wednesday: Lesson 52, Naming Numbers Through Hundred Billions
Friday: No Math (Spirit Assembly)

We are currently working on Chapter 15, Forgiveness and Healing. The study guide for this chapter is due next Tuesday. The test will be the Tuesday after Catholic School Week. (2/3) Next week we will be writing cards and delivering them with primroses to our HRS neighbors.

Social Studies
The fifth graders are learning about Chapter 8, Facing Slavery. In small groups, they are reading the text, and then discussing three dilemmas that the West Africans had to face. We will have the Chapter 8 test on 2/4. (I do not want to give a test during Catholic Schools Week so that is why it is the following week.)

Students begin Chapter 4, Ecology in their texts. Students will examine soil to observe living, once-living and nonliving components. Students will learn about the parts of an ecosystem and how species habitats and niches are related. Inventions for the invention convention are due tomorrow.

This week, our Reading selection focuses on Volunteer Service. It is the true story of an 11 year old girl who organizes a long-term effort to provide food for the homeless in her community. As an alternative to having a Selections Test next Friday, 5th graders will be creating some brown bag lunches to send over to the Rectory to feed people in need. This fits nicely into our recently declared National Day of Service and our upcoming theme of service during Catholic Schools Week.

Reading -Continued
Your child has been assigned to bring a non-perishable food item this Friday. This item will become part of an assembly line of food items to pack into a brown bag lunch for someone in need. If your child would like to spend some of his or her own money on the item, that would be wonderful! Thank you very much for your support with this project.

Language Arts
Students practice writing paragraphs that demonstrate strong emotion as we incorporate the traits of “voice” and “ideas.” Students are encouraged to “show, not tell” the emotion of a character as they write. Final drafts for these paragraphs are due on Monday. There is not a spelling test or assignment this week.

Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris