November 29, 2007

November 29, 2007

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We are already in the month of December! The Advent season is beginning and 5A is ready. We will be sponsoring the prayer service on December 7th. It will be the Advent Wreath Blessing Service. I hope you all can attend. Here is a brief curriculum update.

Friday: Test # 7
Monday: Investigation 4 Measuring Angles
Tuesday: Lesson 41: Adding and Subtraction Fractions with Common Denominators
Wednesday: Lesson 42, Short Division, Divisibility by 3,6, & 9.
Thursday: Lesson 43, Writing Quotients as Mixed Numbers, Part2, Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers, Fraction and Mixed Numbers.

We will be taking the Chapter 14, Born In Christ test on Monday 12/3. The remainder of the week will be spent working on our Advent Wreath Blessing prayer service on 12/7. I hope you can all make it that morning.

Social Studies
Tomorrow the fifth graders will take the lesson 5 test on the European Explorers. Pages 20-22 in the Interactive notebook as well as the worksheet (2-sided) of the 50 States are due on 11/30. Next week we will be moving into lesson 6, Early English Settlements. By the end of the lesson students will be able to describe what is known about the failed settlement of Roanoke. They will be able to explain key challenges of the settlement at Jamestown. They will also be able to explain key challenges and successes of the settlement at Plymouth. We will be having a review test on the 50 States on 12/14. Students will need to review for this test at home a bit each night.

Language Arts
Students focus on “sentence fluency.” We work on writing complete sentences. The fifth graders are learning how to identify the subject and predicate of a sentence. Spelling homework is due on Monday; our test is also on Monday.

5th Graders continue reading the novel, Hatchet. We are discussing changes that have taken place in the main character since the beginning of the story. There will be a comprehension quiz tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 30th over Chapters 9-14. We will have a study session in class on Thursday. Students should have completed the study guide, and use it for final review on Thursday night.
Students will learn the difference between weather and climate. Students will learn how the earth is heated in a process called the greenhouse effect. Finally, students will discover how the shape of the earth affects climate, and how the tilt of the earth causes seasons.

• Faith Family: Tuesday 8:30 – 8:45 –We will pick our prayer partners for Advent. Please read the directions on the pink paper about making a card for you son or daughter’s prayer partner. Directions will be passed out during Faith Family.
• Christmas Program 12/6
• 5A Advent Prayer Service 12/7 8:30am.

Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris