March 4, 2010

March 4, 2010

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Next Thursday, (3/11) 5A and 5B will be attending morning Mass. (8am) Please drop off your child and have them go directly in the church at 8am. We welcome you to join us as well!! I will be there to meet them.

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 (or really, any time during the year.) 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 63, Subtracting a Fraction from a Whole Number Grater than 1
Monday: Lesson 64, Using Money to Model Decimal Numbers
Tuesday: Lesson 65, Decimal Parts of a Meter
Wednesday: Test # 12

We have been working on Ch. 18 in Religion class. The students created “Dream Meal Collages”. Students have completed their study guides for chapters 17 & 18 and we will this test next Thursday.

Social Studies
The fifth graders are working on Ch. 10, Growing Tensions Between the Colonies and Great Britain. They are working in pairs to complete their Interactive Notebooks in class. Next week we will be taking a closer look at the Boston Massacre and The Boston Tea Party.

Students are investigating the niche of the Barn Owl by dissecting owl pellets. Students will explore how living things get energy. They will break down the roles of producers and consumers in an ecosystem.

5th graders have wrapped up their Book Report presentations and each student has come away with a great book list full of titles from a variety of genres! We will be getting back into the Scott Foresman text this week, with a focus on the Target Skill of ‘Character’. In an effort to increase the time students spend in daily silent reading, I am providing more free reading time during Reading class, and encouraging them to pick up another 30 min. at home each day whenever possible. You will notice a decrease in the written homework assigned for Reading, with an emphasis on carving out some extra time to enjoy more reading at home. Students this age still benefit from being ‘read to’, so don’t hesitate to share a favorite book together!

Language Arts
Students continue to develop “strong verb” word banks that we use when writing paragraphs that “show” rather than “tell.” Students prepare for a verb test next week. They should bring a study guide home today. Once again, I will post several practice pages on my webpage. Students may complete these practice pages to help prepare for our test, which, needs to be given next TUESDAY, MARCH 9th. Spelling homework is due on Monday; the spelling test will be given on Monday, as well.

Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris