What Are We Doing This Week?
Special Announcements and Reminders
***We have been talking a lot about respect this past week and will continue to talk about it this week. Fifth grade has been struggling as a whole with this. Please continue to talk to your children at home and come to me with any questions or concerns. As a student at St. Michael, each fifth grader is expected to treat each other, their teachers, and themselves with respect, and I expect to see this every day. There will be consequences as needed. Thank you for your help with this!
*April 19th: Good Friday Mass 1:30
*April 19th: Progress reports available online
*April 30th-May 3rd: ILEARN
*May 1st: Retreat at Camp River Ridge
*May 3rd: Science Fair
*May 8th: Rosaries Due
*May 21st: Field Trip to Fernald
We will be working on measurement in math, starting with a ruler and moving on to customary units of length, weight, and capacity.
Students now have accounts for Prodigy Math. It is an online program that allows them to play a game against each other while reviewing math skills. I am asking that each student play Prodigy at least 15 minutes weekly. This can be done at school or home. I assign questions that are related to what we are learning in class as well as ILEARN practice questions.
***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 theme this week and reading a realstic fiction story about bullying.
***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 be talking about the different forms of prayer this week.
*Rosaries are due on Wednesday, May 8th. Students can turn these in whenever they are done. Thank you for your help in this project!
We will continue in the space unit students started while I was gone.
Test on Friday.