September 22, 2011

September 22, 2011

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Enclosed in today’s Boomerang envelope is the sign up for Powerschool. Tonight is Back to School Night and we are very excited to see you all there!  We have had a wonderful week and the students are doing a fantastic job as fifth graders.


9/22 – Tonight Back to School Night

9/30 –  5A Prayer Service 8:30am



9/26 Test #2

9/27 Lesson 16, Story Problems About Separating

9/28 Lesson 17, Multiplying by One-Digit Numbers

9/29 Lesson 18, Multiplying Three Factors, Missing Numbers in Multiplication



Next Friday 9/30, 5A will lead the morning Prayer Service. As you know this takes much preparation as well as practice. We would love to see you all there to pray with us. We will begin Lesson 1, Longing for God this week.



What a wonderful group of students! This week the 5th graders practiced the skill of Sequencing using transitional words: ‘First, Next, Then, After that, and Finally.’ We incorporated the Study Skill of making and using flash cards to learn new vocabulary. Next week we will be focusing on the Target Skill of Character – analyzing character traits and relationships through their thoughts, words and actions. Thank you for encouraging your child to read and fill in those book logs!


Language Arts

What a great week we’ve had in Language Arts! This week students reviewed adjectives, adverbs, linking verbs, mental verbs and physical verbs in preparation of writing Descriptive essays.  Next week, students will review and practice one of the five-steps of the writing process: pre-writing. Student’s will brainstorm and begin the pre-writing process for their Descriptive essay.


5th Social Studies

The test for Lesson 1 will be on 9/27. Students may access the on-line study tool via my web-age. Just click on History Alive and go to lesson 1. No study guide will be passed out as the on-line tool acts as the study guide!


After 9/27 we will begin Lesson 2, Native American and Their Land. Students will be learning:

  • How one Native American group believes the world began. (Creation Story of the Hopi)
  •  Migration Routes of Native Americans into North America
  • The natural environments that Native Americans encountered in North America
  • Identify some ways the Inuit adapted to the environment in the Arctic



Students are beginning a unit on Earth Science in the text. In this unit, students will explore layers that make up the earth and discover how weathering, erosion and deposition change the earth. Next week students will learn about the earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere and the layers of the earth-the crust, mantle, and core.


Have a great week!

Ms. Semandiris