March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

This has been a very busy week here in 5A. Report Cards will go home tomorrow and please sign and return the envelope. The Fifth Grades will be planning the St. Patrick’s Day Mass next Wednesday 3/17! (8:45A.M.) Please join us if you can!!

The following is a message from Ginny and Jillian Kane with “Parents in Touch”.
We would like to pray for any special intentions that the fifth graders and the 5th grade parents have in March. We are trying to get more people to join us in this group and thought that this might be a way to bring folks in. You may email Ginny or me to let us know if you have any intentions for which you would like us to pray.
We meet at 8:30am (or just right after drop off) in the Reservation Chapel in the church. You don’t have to have a rosary to come – we may have some extras or… fingers work, too!

Friday: Lesson 66, Reading a Centimeter Scale
Monday: Lesson 67, Writing Tenths and Hundredths as Decimal Numbers
Tuesday: Lesson 68, Naming Decimal Numbers
Wednesday: Fractions of a Second-Comparing and Ordering Decimal Numbers
No Math Thursday

The fifth graders took the Chapter 17 & 18 test today. We will be moving into Chapter 19, Answering God’s Call which is about the Sacraments of Service, Holy Orders and Matrimony.

Social Studies
The fifth graders are working on Ch. 10, Growing Tensions Between the Colonies and Great Britain. They are writing a live, on the scene, interview of either the Boston Massacre or the Boston Tea Party from the perspective of a colonial journalist. They have been taught about “propaganda” and are encouraged to use it in their paper. This will be due next Wednesday and then they will make “Pod Casts” out of them in Technology class on Wednesday. The test for Chapter 10 will be on Thursday 3/18.

This week 5th graders have focused on the Target Skill of Plot. We are working with the elements of plot, and identifying them in our Scott Foresman selection as well as in our silent reading books. Students are enjoying a good amount of silent reading time during Reading class as well as the opportunity to share aspects of their books one on one with other students. Please continue to encourage your child to read at least 30 min. a day at home. There will be a Selections Test covering the vocabulary and comprehension from The Marble Champ. Fluency homework is also due on Friday.

Language Arts
This week, fifth graders will begin to explore the critical components of narrative (story) writing. We learn how to develop a “round character” and write character descriptions. There is no spelling assignment or test this week.

Students are classifying different animals depending how they get energy. Students will study how energy moves through an ecosystem by creating food webs and energy pyramids.

Have a great week,

Ms. Semandiris