January 7, 2016

January 7, 2016


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


Happy New Year! We have received our Chromebooks and students have returned their “Chromebook Use Agreement”. We are so excited and we will begin to use them tomorrow during Computer Lab. On Monday, we plan to have students begin the daily routine of carrying their Chromebooks in their Filer.


  • Clean out filer by 1/11. Keep only work from 2nd This will allow more room for the Chromebooks.



This week we have been learning about 2016 as “The year of Mercy”. Students have learned about the Corporal Works of Mercy and the Spiritual Works of Mercy. We will be making goals to for 2016 to incorporate Mercy into our lives. Next week we will begin Ch. 15 Forgiveness and Healing.



1/11                  Ch. 5 L. 4 Hands On: Add Decimals

1/12                  Ch. 5 L. 5 Hands On: Add Decimals Using Models

1/13         Ch. 5 L. 6 Add Decimals

1/14                  Ch. 5 L. 7 Addition Properties

1/15        Ch. 5 L. 8 Check My Progress Quiz


Social Studies

The fifth graders are busy working on Chapter 7, Comparing the Colonies. Students are working in groups to create a billboard about one of the colonies that we are studying, the Interactive Notebook for this chapter pages 30 -31 is due on Friday 1/8. Students will be using their Chromebooks/Slides to present the billboards in class. The test for this Chapter will be on 1/15.



Students will be participating in a special kind of science fair called the Invention Convention. The mission of the Invention Convention is inspire curiosity, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills in our students.

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 the 5B website (https://gator.holyrosaryws.org/5b/). Inventions are due Friday, January 29th. They will be displayed in the hallway for Catholic Schools Week.


Students are looking volvox, blepharisma, and vinegar eels under the microscope. They are learning the characteristics of each.

Students will take a quiz on these microbes based on the notes they have taken in class on Wednesday, January 20th.



Language Arts: This week in Language Arts the focus for spelling was vowel-consonant-consonant-vowel patterns. Students learned about subjective and objective pronouns in grammar. In writing we began an opinion writing unit. Students reviewed how to write an effective topic sentence and completed a graphic organizer for their opinion essay.


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