October 8, 2010

October 7, 2010

Dear Fifth Grade Parents and Students,

Please look in the Boomerang envelope today! You should find your conference schedule and conference parent questionnaire form.

We are keeping most of the work for the student’s portfolios to share at conferences.

Please sign up for Powerschool. Contact Mr. Barker if you have any questions about signing up for Powerschool.

Friday 15th : Our Lady of the Rosary: Living Rosary 8:45am

Week of October 11-15, 2010

We are currently working on Chapters 2 & 3. The study guide for these two chapters is due on Monday 10/11. The test for these two Chapters is on Thursday 10/14. We will also be using part of religion class next week to prepare for conferences. Students will have an oral quiz on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary # 1-5 and be able to explain each event briefly. (Worksheet of 5th grade prayers should be in Religion section of filer.)

Monday: Lesson 22, One-Digit Division
Tuesday: Lesson 23, Recognizing Halves
Wednesday: Lesson 24, Parentheses, Associative Property
Thursday: Lesson 25, Listing the Factors of Whole Numbers

Social Studies
The fifth graders are working on Lesson 3, Native American Cultural Regions. We are working in pairs to complete the Interactive Notebook pages for this lesson in class. Students should be spending time each night to memorize the 7 Cultural Regions, the tribes, and Artifacts for each region. The test will be on Friday 10/15.

5th graders will continue reading Hatchet. We have been focusing on the Target Skill of Visualization this week; talking about how the author’s word choice helps us to form images which increase our enjoyment and understanding of the story. The students illustrated a scene from their reading which was especially vivid to them. These will be on display in the halls during Conference Week. We will continue on to Chapters 7 & 8 and a focus on the Story Elements of Character and Setting.

Language Arts
We begin a fun persuasive writing project this week. Students will be writing 5 paragraph essays to ‘Farmer Peters’ trying to convince him that they are the “worst pumpkins in the patch” in order to spare themselves from a likely fate. Students focus on point of view, word choice and organization. There is not a spelling assignment or test this Monday.

Students will learn what the planets are like and about other objects in the solar system. They will also discover how the moon affects the earth. Students will take a test next Thursday (10/14) based on the astronomy notes they took in their 5-subs and Chapter 4, Lesson 1: What Makes Up the Solar System? They have completed a study guide to help them study the content in the textbook.