March 8, 2007

March 8, 2008

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Here is a brief curriculum update. Please check Homework section on website nightly. This should match what your child is writing in his/her homework assignment notebook.

Gentle reminder: Please talk to your child about any low grades, missing assignments, etc that you see on Powerschool.

Then I would ask you to have your child come to me and ask any question they may have. It will instill responsibility in your child as well as confidence to approach a teacher to ask a question about a grade. So I would like to see more students coming to me first before an email from a parent. This will allow your child to have ownership over his/her progress.

Friday: Lesson 77, Converting Units of Weight and Mass
Monday: Lesson 78, Exponents and Powers
Tuesday: Lesson 79, Finding Equivalent Fractions by Multiplying by 1
Wednesday: Lesson 80, Prime and Composite Numbers
Thursday: Test 15

Next week we are having the Chapter 17 test 3/13. The “Liturgy of the Word” poster is due on 3/13.

We continue to work on the skill of reading for information. Students are reading
non-fiction short stories using strategies of re-reading, summarizing, building vocabulary and skimming.

Social Studies
The fifth graders will begin Chapter 10 next week. This chapter is about “The growing tensions Between the Colonies and Britain”. This chapter covers key events between the years 1754 to 1774. Please see website for specific Homework nightly.

We will have the 13 Colonies map quiz next Wednesday 3/14. That is also national ?? day for you math fanatics.

Students will learn how organisms become adapted to their environment. They will discover what causes variations to occur with in a species, how environmental changes affect species, and what scientist learn about studying fossils. Student will take a test on Chapter 3 Tuesday, March 20th.