What Are We Doing This Week?
Special Announcements and Reminders
***December 12th: Early Release
***December 13th: 5th Grade will go to confession during the day
***December 13th: School Christmas Program 7:00 P.M.
***December 14th: ReadnQuiz due
***Fifth grade will be visiting Father Vince on Tuesday, December 18th. Would anyone be willing to bake cookies for 5th grade to enjoy and share with him for this? Please let me know if you will be able to do this.
We are going to squeeze in chapter 7 before Christmas break. We will be covering numerical expressions and order of operations this week.
***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 finishing The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate this week as well as working in our reading books. We will be reading a story about Winter, the dolphin from Dolphin Tale. We WILL have spelling, vocab, and a reading test this week.
***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!
Chapter 7 has focused on life in the 13 colonies. Students will be ready for their test on Wednesday of this week. Study guides will go home today.
We will be learning about the Church calendar and the Liturgical Year, focusing on Advent and Christmas.
***Fifth grade will continue to lead rosary on Wednesdays at 8:30 until January. You are welcome to come!
We will continue in our unit on physical science.
Words focus on the "le" sound this week.