October 26, 2017
Dear Fifth Grade Parents,
We will be using the Second Step Program to help your child learn skills on how to get along with others including empathy training and ant-bullying lesson. A letter explaining the program has been included in your child’s boomerang envelope a couple of week’s ago.
Volunteers Needed! Each grade takes a turn hosting coffee and donuts after Sunday mass. The 5th graders are responsible for Sunday, November 5. We need 8 families to help make this a success (4 families to help from 8:15 to 10:30 and another 4 to help from 10:30 to noon). You can volunteer through the SignUp genius distributed earlier or by contacting room parents Annie Ricard (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katie Hamilton (email@example.com).
- 10/31 – Halloween Party 2:00pm – 2:45pm – No Costumes but you can wear Orange and Black!!!
- Please remember to turn in your Homework for Parent Questionnaire (Purple sheet).
This week we began Chapter 3, Signs of God’s Presence. The test for this chapter will be on 10/31. The study guide will be due on the test day. On Friday 10/27 we will be doing the first Second Step lesson on Empathy.
10/27 – Ch. 3 L. 9, Place the First Digit
10/30 – Ch. 3 L. 10, Quotients with Zeros
10/31 – Ch. 3 L. 12, Interpret the Remainder
11/1 – Ch. 3 L. 13, Problem Solving Extra or Missing Info
11/2 – Chapter Review
11/3 – Chapter 3 Test.
Friday: Review Chapter 3, Divide by a One-Digit Divisor
Monday: Test Chapter 3
Chapter 4, Divide by a Two-Digit Divisor
Tuesday: Lesson 1, Estimate Quotients
Wednesday: Lesson 3, Divide by a Two-Digit Divisor
Thursday: Review Dividing by a Two-Digit Divisor
Next week we will be finishing out our third 5th grade unit: adding and subtracting fractions. The students have been working with like and unlike fractions, mixed numbers, reducing their answers, and applying the skills to problem solving. Our next unit will be multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers.
We are currently working on Chapter 4, Why Europeans Left for the New World. Students are working to complete their Interactive Notebooks and have written detailed notes on 8 Artifacts. Students should be able to categorize them into the three categories, Motivation for Exploration, New World Product, and New Technology that encourages exploration. Students will receive their study guide on Google Docs, SS Google Classroom on 10/20. Students will need to follow the study guide to study for the test on 10/27.
Next week we will begin Chapter 5, 8 European Explorers. In this Chapter students will be learning about 8 European Explorers. Students will be creating a matrix in class to help them learn about the details of each explorer and their expeditions. The test for this Chapter for 5A is on 11/13 and for 5B is on 11/14. Study guide will be on Google Classroom 11/6.
Students will learn how scientists classify all living things into five groups called kingdoms: Moneran, Protist, Fungus, Plant, and Animal. Students will then discover how scientists divide the organisms in a kingdom into smaller groups (genus and species).
Students will take a Test on Lesson 1, Is it Living or Non-living? & Lesson 2, How are Living Things Classified? next Friday. They will have completed two study guides in class to help prepare for the test.
This week students focused on using target vocabulary and identifying characteristics of humorous fiction. In their written response to the literature, the students explained how the main character’s thoughts and actions helped them to understand his character.
This week has been all about Pumpkins in 5th grade Language Arts! For the past few weeks, students have been focusing on on using descriptive language in their writing. Recently, they have been finishing up their letters to a farmer from the perspective of a pumpkin that does not want to be picked. Students have been typing their essays on Google Docs and have turned them in on Google Classroom. Attached to their essays will be a hand-drawn picture of a pumpkin—this will make for a wonderful, inviting hallway display. Next week we will return to having our regularly scheduled spelling tests and using the Readers Notebook more often for grammar work.