May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


We had a wonderful time at Camp Seymour! The students did a fantastic job in the classes and in general at camp!


The following is a curriculum update for the week of May 16-20th.



May 13th – Talent Show – (80’s Workout Theme)

May 17th – Mass at 2pm (Join us!!!)

May 24th – Prayer Service for Mr. Hofbauer 2pm

May 26th – 6th Grade Ancient Civilizations Wax Museum (You are welcome to come! My 6th grade Social Studies classes are very excited!!!) (Times: 9am – 10:10am, 10:30am – 11:15am, 12:05pm – 2:00pm)

May 31st – June 3rd – BOGO Book Fair



We are beginning Chapter 10, Multiply and Divide Fractions.

5/16 – Ch. 10, Lesson 1 Hands On Part of a Number

5/17 – Ch. 10, Lesson 2 Estimate Products of Fractions

5/18 – Ch. 10, Hands On Model Fractions

5/19 – Ch. 10, Multiply Whole Numbers and Fractions

5/20 – Check My Progress (review) Quiz on Monday.


Family Life:

Students are beginning the Family Life Program. In Lesson 2 of the Family Life text, students will explore how moods within the family affect each family member. Students will learn how to respect themselves and others whatever their moods.



We have completed learning about Chapter 19 in class. We will have a review on Monday 5/16. The test for this Chapter is on May 20th. Father Oakland will be visiting our classroom on Wednesday May 18th!



This week we jump back into the Journeys book. The students are enjoying reading narrative non-fiction again. We’re learning more about the Lewis and Clark Expedition as well as identifying main ideas and supporting details.


Social Studies

We have begun Chapter 11, The Declaration of Independence. Students have completed the Interactive reading notes in class. The test for this Chapter is next Friday 5/20. Study Guides will be handed out on 5/16.

Language Arts

This week in language arts the focus for spelling was –ion endings. Students learned about contractions in grammar. In writing students reviewed similes, personification, and alliteration. They submitted their book club novel review essays and then spent two days practicing using a variety of transitions.


Students will learn how adaptations help organisms survive in extreme climates and how adaptations help organisms survive seasonal changes. Students will learn how the polar bear survives by investigating a model of fat insulation.

Students will take a quiz on Chapter 3 Adaptations (Lessons 1-3 study guides) next Friday (5/20).





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