September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015


Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We have been working very hard this week in the fifth grade! The following is a curriculum update and a general overview of the upcoming week September 14-18, 2015.




9/11 – Mass 8:45am Perfect Uniform


9/11 – Magazine Assembly 2pm – Students can bring Gator sweatshirts to wear after the Mass.


9/18 – Noon Dismissal for Westfest


Curriculum Update:



We are working on Chapter 1, Longing for God. In this chapter students will examine the importance of material goods vs. things that we need that money can’t buy. Students will be learning that having a relationship with God is the way to true happiness.

Math (Semandiris)

9/14 – Ch. 1 Lessons 1-4: Check My Progress Quiz

9/15- Ch. 1 Lesson 5 Hands On: Understanding Place Value

9/16- Ch. 1 Lesson 6 Place Value Through Thousandths

9/17 – Ch. 1 Lesson 7, Comparing Decimals

9/18 – Ch. 1 Lesson 8, Order Whole Numbers and Decimals


Reading – I am so happy to be teaching your children in Reading this year. I have met with both classes and am looking forward to a great year with them! Mary Jo McFaul


Social Studies

The fifth graders are busy learning about Lesson 1, The Geography of the United States. Students will work in pairs to complete their Interactive Notebooks in class for Maps A-D. There is also an on-line study guide for this lesson. This is located on the right hand side of my web-page under the word HISTORY ALIVE! Just click on it and then select the correct lesson in this case it is Lesson 1.


Language Arts

This week in Language Arts students were busy reviewing policies and procedures as well as starting on a writing piece. Students are completing a writing pre-assessment about someone they admire or a pair of magical goggles. This pre-assessment will generate a base from which students will grow as writers throughout the year. Students will begin a fictional narrative writing unit focusing on plot and its structure in stories. Students will focus on effectively writing these stories with description and dialogue.



Students will learn how to conduct controlled experiments by experimenting with variables that affect the behavior of pendulums they have built in class. They will graph their results in a variety of ways and use their graphs to predict the behavior of different lengths of pendulums they construct. Students will take a quiz based on their experiences with pendulums (also called swingers) and vocabulary notes they have copied in their 5-subject notebooks on Tuesday (9/22).



Ms. Semandiris

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