January 26, 2012

January 26, 2012

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Next week is Catholic School Week!  A detailed description is outlined for you in the EFC. The 5A Spelling Bee participants are Emma Dahleen and Walker Nelson. We look forward to cheering them on next Thursday (2/2) at 9:30am!


12/30 – Lesson 57, Simple Probability

12/31 – Lesson 58, Writing Quotients as Mixed Numbers, Part 2


We are currently working on Chapter 15, Forgiveness and Healing.  Students have received the study guide for this lesson and we will be working on this Chapter all next week.

Social Studies

The fifth graders have been working on Chapter 7, Comparing the Colonies.  They are preparing “Billboard Advertisements” about one of the colonies.  Next Thursday (2/2) each group will give their presentations and try to lure people to their colony.  The test for this lesson will be on 2/7.  This test will include a map test on the 13 Colonies. Students have been instructed to study them in their Interactive Notebook for this lesson.


We have concluded our first Book Club! The students provided some very positive feedback along with some excellent ideas for the next time. Next week we will be reading a light-hearted detective story, focusing on the elements of plot: the conflict of the story, the rising action, the climax and the resolution. Thank you for sending in the Lunches of Love this week. It was a wonderful service project which coincided nicely with the true story of Dwaina Brooks.

Language Arts

Students are learning about expository writing and what audiences’ expository writing is used for. This week students have been working on Expository Acrostic poems about Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. Their beautiful hard work will be display in the hall during Catholic Schools Week. Students will continue to learn about expository writing next week and will start brainstorming magazine article topics to write about. During the construction of the student’s magazine article, each phase of the writing process will be used; ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. This expository unit will continue into February.


Inventions are due tomorrow. Students may turn them in on Monday if they need more time. They will be displayed in the hallway for Catholic Schools Week.

Students will discover how invertebrates and vertebrates are classified.

Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris