What Are We Doing This Week?
Special Announcements and Reminders
***We have a busy week wrapping up a few concepts before heading to break. Students will need to work extra hard to stay organized and prepared. We have tests on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please note, if students will be gone on Friday, they will want to take everything on Thursday, (if possible) so they don't forget information over break. I hope they enjoy a week off of school! :)
***October 17th: SMS Spirit Day
***October 31st: Classroom Halloween Parties
***November 1st: All Saints Day-Students are encouraged to dress up like a saint at school. We have saints projects due this day in class as well. Directions went home last week. Students will have time to work on these at school, but they may work on them at home as they wish as well.
We are finished with chapter 4 and will spend a few days reviewing long division. Students will have their chapter 4 test on Thursday.
***You should be seeing "Minute Math" sheets coming 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 as well as the 5th grade sheets.
***We have started doing time tests every other Friday. All students start at 2s and 3s and work their way up to 12s throughout the year when they are ready. If this is something your child struggles with, practicing at home will be helpful. This is something they will need to have mastered before going on to higher level math classes!!
***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 will be talking about folktales this week as well as personification.
In English we will be learning about possessive nouns. This can be a challenging concept for the students.
***Please note that the author of Running Out of Time, Margaret Peterson Haddix, will be speaking at the Brookville Library on October 16th at 6:00. I know nights are hard and get busy, but this would be an amazing apportunity for the kiddos if they happen to have a free evening! ;)
***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 will finish chapter 4 early this week and spend the remaining days reviewing. Students will be ready for their chapter 4 test on Friday.
***Our LAST states test over the Northeast states will be this Tuesday, October 16th.
***Fifth grade is going to start leading rosary on Wednesdays on October 17th at 8:30. You are welcome to come!
Students will be working on a group activity this week which will focus on food chains. We are learning about producers, consumers, and decomposers as well as ecosystems and habitats.
Our spelling words all focus on contractions this week. No challenge words.