What Are We Doing This Week?
Special Announcements and Reminders
***Welcome Back! We had a great first week of school. Students are learning how to open their lockers, getting adjusted to being upstairs, and ready for a new week of learning.
***Our fifth grade basket theme for the festival is "baking." Please have your donated items or money to school by Wednesday, August 29th.
We are starting chapter 1. We will be focusing on place value through the hundred millions place and comparing and ordering these numbers.
We will be starting "Minute Math" next week. You should see these come home in Friday folders. These sheets include 10 math problems that review different concepts. Students complete them alone in class, and then we go over them as a whole group. They will not harm the students' grades. However, I do challenge and encourage the students to do the best they can. This is simply a way for us to continue to review concepts after we have moved on to something else. ***Some students who need a challenge will be completing the 6th grade Minute Math sheets.
***Students can find tutorials for math concepts on the 5th grade webpage. The link is under "math" and "pageLinks" as well. I specifically suggest Kahn Academy for help! This is a good way for the kids to see how a concept is taught. Maybe they forget how to do a problem once they get home from school? Maybe they need to see problems completed a different way? Use this resource!
We have started our normal reading schedule! We will be looking at realistic fiction stories this week.
In English, we will reviewing what makes a complete sentence and learning the 4 types of sentences.
***Each Friday we will have a reading comprehension test over the story we read on Wednesday and an English quiz over what we have learned for the week.
***Each Monday students get a new vocab list. This goes home on their spelling list. We talk about the words and typically play a game. Then, later in the week, students are asked to write a sentence about these words or finish a sentence that is already started. We work hard in fifth grade on making complete sentences and using the correct context for the words. Students are tested over these words on Fridays. Any help at home with this is always appreciated. :)
***Students have usernames and passwords for www.readtheory.org. This website can be used at home for extra reading and English practice. I can view student progress through the teacher account. It is a great tool for everyone!
We have started chapter 1 which looks at the first people who settled in North America. We will finish the chapter this week, and students will be ready for their first test early next week.
We will be learning about the Sacraments this year. We will start out in chapter 1 talking about God's love for us and how he shows us this love.
We will be talking about plant and animal needs this week.
We will take a pre-test each Monday morning. This will help determine what spelling words students will need to study each week. This list will go home Monday evening, and students need to be ready for their 20 word test on Friday.
This week we are focusing on short vowel sounds.