November 10, 2011
Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
I wish you all a wonderful Veteran’s Day tomorrow. The following is a curriculum update for the week of November 14-18.
11/11 – No School
11/14 – Lesson 35, Problems About Comparing
11/15 – Test #6
11/16 – Lesson 36, Classifying Triangles
11/17 – Lesson 37, Drawing Pictures of Fractions
Today students received the study guide for lessons 2 & 3. We worked on the study guide in class and it will be due on Monday. We will have the Lesson 2 & 3 test on Monday 11/21. Next week we will begin planning the December 2nd Advent Wreath Blessing prayer service.
The fifth graders are currently working on Lesson 4, Why Europeans Left for the New World. They are diving for and investigating the artifacts in a sunken ship. The interactive notebook will be completed during class. Students should be practicing the on-line test. The test for this lesson will be on 11/18.
Students will learn about the sources and effects of air pollution and what can be done to protect air pollution. Students will take a test on Chapter 2, Earth’s Resources, next Wednesday (11/16).
Next week I will be visiting Immaculate Conception Regional School in Mt. Vernon as part of an accreditation site visit team. Mr. Daniel Mahoney will be teaching for me on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday the students will have a surprise guest teacher!! Students should be sure to bring their Hatchet book, 5-sub and filer every day.
REMINDER: The book report projects are due on Thurs. Nov. 17th – No late passes will be accepted.
This week students have been learning about Sentence Fluency and how sentences can add variety to their writing. Learning about sentence fluency will help students in various ways. Students will begin to add variety to their sentence lengths either creating long and stretchy or short and snappy sentences. In class, we are also focusing on how to add different sentences beginnings, simple and compound sentences, and declarative sentences to our writing.
Next week, students will be writing descriptive essays about Thanksgiving, using possessive nouns and sentence fluency. The students will receive a rubric for the descriptive essay next week and the rubric will also be posted online. To view the rubric, please click on my 6B classroom website. The essays will be due the week students return from Thanksgiving break.
Have a great week!