January 3, 2013

January 3, 2013

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are already back in the swing of things here in the fifth grade!


1/7: Test #9

1/8: Lesson 51, Multiplying by Two-Digit Numbers

1/9: Lesson 52, Naming Numbers Through Hundred Billion

1/10: Lesson 53, Perimeter, Measures of a Circle.


We are currently learning about Epiphany and creating a watercolor as well as an emotion poem. These will be hung in the main hall of the school for the month of January. Next week we will  begin our study of the Liturgy of the Word in Chapter 16.

Social Studies

The Fifth Graders are working on Lesson 6, Early English Settlements. In this lesson they will be learning about Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth. They are currently preparing “Act it Outs” to present to the class after the Christmas Break on Tuesday 1/8. There are specific questions in the directions for the “Act it Outs” that each student will need to answer about all three of these settlements.  These questions are due on presentation day. The test for this lesson is on 1/9.


The 5th graders have been practicing oral reading fluency
while enjoying some Reader’s Theater this week. Additionally, they have been identifying critical story elements in a variety of Christmas stories. Don’t forget to put a book or two under the tree this year! Merry Christmas!


Students will be participating in a special kind of science fair called the Invention Convention. It is designed to promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Students will invent a new product or develop a new method for doing something. Instructions and a grading rubric have been handed out in class. A copy is also available on my website (https://gator.holyrosaryws.org/5b/). Inventions are due Friday, January 25th. They will be displayed in the hallway for Catholic Schools Week.

Students are learning about the 5 kingdoms. This is the largest group into which scientists classify living things. Students will take a short quiz on Lessons 1& 2 in their texts next Wednesday.

Language Arts

This week students have chosen a Christmas noun to write a short descriptive paragraph. In class students have brainstormed adjectives about their noun and are in process of writing sentences using their descriptive adjectives. This short descriptive writing piece will be due December 18th.

Please continue to remind your son or daughter to study for upcoming spelling tests.

Ms. Semandiris