March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

I hope this letter find you well. We have been working very hard here in the fifth grade. The students are excited for St. Patrick’s Day as well as the Accreditation next week.


March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day Mass 8:45am (5th is planning the Mass) *****Students may dress in Green although, no jeans or face paint please.

March -20th -23rd – Accreditation Site Visit – Perfect Uniform

March 29th – 6pm-7pm – Camp Seymour “Parents Only” Informational      Meeting in the HRS Library.


Fifth Grade Auction Project!! Info Below!

Want to know what your fifth grader says about your family? This set of four ceramic coasters are hand-painted by your child and includes their favorite quotes and descriptions of your family. This priceless, but functional, keepsake also includes a picture of your child on a coaster holding an adjective describing your family.



Next week on Monday we will dive deeper into a parable that relates quite well to our Lenten Journey. Students will be learning about the Parable and then they will show their understanding of the lesson by creating a skit with a script that takes place in modern day Seattle.



3/20 – Ch. 8 Lesson 5, Least Common Multiple

3/21 – Ch. 8 Lesson 6, Compare Fractions

3/22 – Ch. 8 Lesson 7, Hands On: Use Models to Writs Fractions as Decimals

3/23 – Ch. 8 Lesson 8, Write Fractions as Decimals

3/24 – Chapter Review


Social Studies

The Fifth Graders will begin Chapter 10, Growing Tensions Between the Colonies and Britain. Students will be working in pairs t complete the Interactive notebook using the Parent/Child Metaphor.


Students will be able to:

  • Describe their feelings of frustration and loss of autonomy and relate them to the experience of American colonists prior to the Revolutionary War.
  • Summarize the key events that created tensions between the colonists and Britain from 1754-1774
  • Use a metaphor of a parent and child to describe the tense relationship that developed between the colonies and Britain after the French and Indian War.
  • Create skits using the Parents/Child Metaphor for each of the events that led up to the Revolutionary War.



Students will discuss how the thickness of an atmosphere and the design of a parachute affect the speed of the falling parachute. They will observe and analyze a model that demonstrates how atmospheres of different thicknesses affect falling objects. Students will also test three isolated variables used in the design of parachutes.


Language Arts

This week in language arts the focus for spelling was words from other languages. In grammar, students learned about correct punctuation for titles, when to italicize titles and when to put them in quotation marks. We began a biography writing unit this week where students started researching and narrowing down their topic choices. Next week we will begin researching and taking notes, and then organizing those notes into an outline for an essay.


We are working on Book Clubs in reading class next week.

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