March 22, 2007

March 22, 2007

Dear Parents,

Report cards went out today! Please review your child’s report card and return in next Monday. The following is a brief curriculum update.
Please remember to turn in your Camp Seymour Permission slip and tuition by April 3rd. I am so excited for Camp!

Next week we will continue to learn about Chapter 18, The liturgy of the Eucharist. We will be exploring our hunger both spiritually as well as physically. The students are working on a comic strip, which focuses on Living the Eucharist in everyday life. Due 3/29.

Monday-Lesson 85 Converting Units of Measure
Tuesday-Test # 16
Wednesday-Lesson 86, Multiplying Fractions and Whole Numbers
Thursday-Lesson 87, Using Manipulative to Divide Fractions.

Language Arts
Next week, students will begin studying adjectives in grammar. In writing, they have begun working on a creation myth. Students will read and hear a number of creation stories from different cultures. Working in pairs, they will then write and illustrate their own creation myth. Due date: TBA. As always, spelling homework is due on Friday, the day of the spelling test. Remember that you can check my website for updates:

Next week we will continue focusing on the main idea of our reading, which continues to be a very challenging concept. In addition will be searching out supporting details. These skills require a lot of practice. Students will read The Jr. Iditarod in our reading textbook, searching for the main idea. We will use the laptops to research and read about the Jr. Iditarod, which took place this February, in Alaska. While reading about the Jr. Iditarod online, students will practice their reading fluency. Students should continue filling out their March reading log!

Students begin their study of ecology by exploring parts of soil by separating it into living and once-living materials (decaying plant, sticks, bits of leaves). Students will learn about parts of an ecosystem (all the living and nonliving parts in an area). Students will discover how habitats and niches are related.

Social Studies
The fifth graders are working on Chapter 10. They really enjoy using the mother/son metaphor for the relationship between Britain and the colonies. We will have a test on this chapter next Friday 3/29. The interactive notebook pages for this lesson will be due on 3/29 also.

Happy Greek Independence Day-March 25th

Ms. Semandiris