What Are We Doing This Week?
Special Announcements and Reminders
*Fall Break is next week, October 23rd-27th. I hope all the kids get some much deserved rest.
*Classroom Halloween Parties will be October 31st at 2:00.
We will be finishing chapter 4 this week. Students will take their test on Friday. I will go over what will be on the test on Thursday and students will be assigned the review. They also always have the option of taking a practice test the day before the real test.
You should see "Minute Math" sheets coming home weekly. 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.
We have also started weekly timed tests on Fridays. All students started on their 2s and 3s and will move on to the next set of numbers when they are ready. They should be practicing these at home as needed. Multiplication facts are needed for upper-level math classes. Students may not alwasy be fast, and that is okay!!!!! However, they must be fluent. Homemade flash cards work just as well as ones you can buy at the store!!!!!!
***Students can find tutorials for math concepts on the 5th grade webpage. The link is under "math" and "pageLinks" as well. There is also always a mini tutorial for every math lesson located on the ConnectED site. This is a good way for students 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! Students will be given their ConnectEd login information this week, and I will also be giving it out to parents at open house as well.
We will be reading Folktales this week and talking about theme.
In English we will be learning about possessive nouns.
Quarter 2 Book Adventure will be due Wednesday, December 13th.
Students will have their regular vocabulary and comprehension test on Friday. I encourage students to reread this week's story at some point after we have read it in class if they are struggling on Friday tests. We have been talking a lot about slowing down while taking their tests. Many get done in 10 minutes or less. The tests can be challenging, and they sometimes require a bit of searching to find the answers.
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, students are asked to write a sentence about these words or finish a sentence that is already started. We are working hard 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!
Our chapter 4 test will be this Friday. Study guides will go home on Wednesday.
We will continue to learn about the sacraments and will be focusing on Baptism for the next few chapters.
We are learning about ecosystems right now in science. Students are working on creating their own food web based on an ecosystem of their choice.
There will be a test on Friday over the words that are going home today.
***Spelling words go home each Monday, and students have their tests on Fridays. The lists that go home on Mondays also contain vocab words that will appear on their Friday reading tests. We spend each Monday learning our spelling and vocab words and reviewing on Thursday. However, students need to practice these throughout the week as much as possible.