October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

In today’s Boomerang envelope there is a conference planning questionnaire for parents. Please complete the page and return it to me by Monday 10/8.

Camp Seymour Dates: May 8th – 10th, we will have an informational meeting in February.

Religion- We have been working on Chapter 2, Worshipping God. We will be having an assessment on Chapter’s 2 & 3 together on 10/17. Next week we will be moving on to Chapter 3, Signs of God’s Presence. We will be identifying the concept and power of signs and discover how God uses signs to communicate. Students will be completing a study guide for this Chapter in class.


Monday: Lesson 21, Problems About Equal Groups

Tuesday: Lesson 22, One-Digit Division with a Remainder

Wednesday: Lesson 23, Recognizing Halves

Thursday: Lesson 24, Parentheses-Associative Property

Language Arts: Students have been working hard to identify type of verbs for their upcoming verb test on Oct. 4th. Students have received a study guide to help them study and further identify the following content: Verb types: action, linking, helping, and state-of-being verbs, Identifying and using verbs and verb phrases, Verb tenses: past, present, future. Beginning next week students will start their descriptive writing paper and learn more about what makes descriptive writing so unique. The descriptive paper will be due October 18th and will be discussed further on Monday.

Social Studies: The fifth graders are a very busy working on Lesson 2, Native Americans and Their Land. We are currently working in pairs to summarize 3 specific parts of the lesson in our Interactive Notebooks. Next we will be taking a closer look at the lives of an Inuit family by preparing “Act it Outs”.  These will be presented on Tuesday 10/9. The Test for this lesson will be Friday 10/12. Remember to practice the on-line test!

Science: Students will take a short quiz on lessons 1 & 2 next Tuesday (10/9).  Students will take a test on Chapter 1, lessons 1-4 Wednesday, Oct. 17th.  Students will learn how weathering, erosion, and deposition change the earth’s surface. Students will make a model showing how physical and chemical weathering occur using pieces of chalk.

Reading: 5th graders have been working with the comprehension strategy of using steps in a process. We have applied this skill to the steps Brian took to make fire in Chapter 9 of Hatchet. We are spending the end of this week focusing on how one event in a story leads to the next; Cause and Effect Relationships. Understanding and anticipating these relationships helps readers increase their comprehension of what they read.

Have a great week! 

Ms. Semandiris