October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,


We are now concluding our IOWA testing! On Monday 10/31 (Halloween) we will be having a party from 2pm – 2:45pm. A big thanks to Karin Hansen and her parent helpers for organizing this event!


Please complete the following surveys for us by 10/31.


Homework Survey:

  • 5th Grade Parent Homework – Please fill out the hard copy questionnaire that was sent home in the Boomerang envelope by 10/31.


  • As a 5/6 Department we have been reviewing our homework policies and would like to gather some parent input and data for our discussion.  Please complete the following survey by next Monday, October 31st.
  • https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5XFJFB2




Net week we will begin Chapter 14, Reborn In Christ. We will be learning about the Sacrament of Baptism. Students will be making collages of their own baptism story!!



10/27 – Ch. 3 L. 8, Divide Three-Four-Digit Dividends

10/28 – Check My progress practice

10/31 – Check My Progress Quiz

11/1 –      Test Corrections

11/2 – Ch. 3 L. 9, Place the First Digit

11/3 – Ch. 3 L. 10, Quotients with Zeros

11/4 – Ch. 3 L. 12, Interpret the Remainder





Students will discover the main parts and functions of animal cells. They will compare and contrast these parts (organelles) with plant cells. Students will be able to identify similar cells that make up tissue, and how different kinds of tissue work together to make up an organ. Students will take a quiz on Lesson 1, Is it Living or Non-living? next Wednesday (11/2). They have completed a study guide in class to help prepare for the quiz.





Language Arts


In addition to IOWA testing, this week students continued to work with transitions and practice using them in different types of writing. Students began typing their descriptive Halloween paragraph focusing on sensory details and using transitions. Next week we will resume our study of spelling and grammar from the Journeys text.




This week, 5th graders explored the News-o-Matic website. Students will be using this interactive site regularly to keep up on current events while practicing strategies to better understand informational text. Your child will enjoy discussing some of these current events with you in the car and over dinner! To see what they are reading, go to www.newsomatic.org. Each student has a ‘cheat sheet’, to be kept in filers, which lists the steps to follow when reading a News-o-Matic article. The back side is a record of usernames and passwords for all of their school sites and subscriptions. These can be accessed from your home devices.




Social Studies

We are currently working of Chapter 5, Routes of Exploration to the New World. Students have been assigned to become an “Expert” on one of the 8 explorers. We have completed a large matrix with facts about each explorer. Now students are reading and completing the “Interactive Reading Notes” for each of the explorers in class. The test for this Chapter will be on 11/10. The study guide will be sent home on 11/3.



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