March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017



Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


It is very busy here in the 5th grade! I hope you enjoy your day off tomorrow. The following is a curriculum overview for the week of March 13-17, 2017.




Lenten Service Project – Bring in children’s socks & “Wish List” items are Hoodies & T-shirts for children in 5th grade. (The wish List items are extra if you have the ability, please donate!)


3/17 – 8:45am St. Patrick’s Day Mass – 5th Graders are planning it!




We are currently learning about the Ch. 18, Liturgy of the Eucharist. We are also creating a “Dream Meal” collage. In this chapter we learn that sharing a meal together bring people together and we give thanks for our blessings. Jesus chose to share himself at the Last Supper meal. We now share the special meal of the Eucharist together every time we receive the Eucharist.

Final Draft of Dream Meal worksheet due Monday 3/13

20 cut out pictures for Dream Meal – these can be of food, participants, location or décor.



3/13 – Ch. 8, Lesson 1, Fractions and Decimals

3/14 – Ch. 8, Lesson 2, Greatest Common Factor

3/15 – Ch. 8, Lesson 3, Simplest Form

3/16 – Ch. 8, Lesson 4, Problem Solving

3/17 – Short math class – ALEKS



Social Studies

Next week is the first week of the third trimester. In May, we will have a test on the States and Capitals of the United States. Next week, I will be working with the students to review this material and show them ways they can study at home on their own. On Friday we will begin Chapter 10, Growing Tensions Between the Colonies and Britain.



5th Graders wrapped up our first Book Club unit this week with a great enthusiasm for starting the next one. We will do some Reader’s Theater next week before picking our next books. Each class will have access to a completely different selection of titles for the next Book Club unit.



Students begin a unit in the Engineering is Elementary program titled: Aerospace Engineering: Designing Parachutes.

This unit introduces the field of aerospace engineering by guiding students to explore how aerospace engineers design and test technologies to be used in non-Earth environments. Hands-on activities, discussions, and readings are used to introduce students to the Engineering Design Process, the work of engineers.


Language Arts

This week in language arts the focus for spelling was different suffixes. In grammar, students learned about three specific types of pronouns: indefinite, possessive, and interrogative.  Students began working on a written character description focusing on using sensory details, vivid words, and dialogue in their writing.



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