Friday, September 15, 2017

5th Grade Newsletter
September 19-23


Religion – All three classes have been holding daily prayer services following the resource Children’s Daily Prayer.  The Reading or Gospel for the day is read aloud, prayer intentions are stated and a quiet reflection time is observed.  This is a beautiful way to begin our Religion classes each day.   We have also started and will continue with our first unit of the school year on prayer. The kids have been learning about different forms of prayer. Next week we will continue to look at the Apostles Creed, one of the prayers that 5th graders are required to memorize. We will be discussing the meaning behind the Apostles Creed. This unit will end with a short quiz over forms of prayer discussed in class.  The quiz date is yet to be determined.


Reading – We finished reading the whole class book, Frindle, and have been using this as our example and expectation for reading this year. We are using this book to model how our reading program will work with the students as independent readers.  We will begin letter writing and conferencing with the students about their reading choices next week.  We will also begin a short unit on reading genres.


Math – We have continued unit 1 in our Everyday Mathematics program. Most nights, your child will be bringing home a study link. They will need to complete the study link as homework.  Please assist your child as needed. The parent letter serves as a reference for you as you work with your child.  We will have our Unit 1 test on Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22.  They will be bringing home their red spirals, a unit review, and their daily studylinks to study.    


Science - Your student did an awesome job following directions to get their interactive student notebooks setup for science.  We are asking questions, forming hypotheses, creating experiments, observing, analyzing data, and communicating results this week and next while doing some FUN experiments.  Ask your student about our teamwork activity and check out our photos on the 5th grade Blog here.  


Language Arts – We spent this week learning about punctuation and synonyms.   We also finished up brainstorming ideas for writing and forms of writing for our Writer’s Notebook.  Following our brainstorming, we completed a “Combo” piece of writing.  Ask your child to share it with you.  Next week, we will learn about antonyms and create many more pieces of writing.  The punctuation test will be on Monday.  Your child has been told to bring home his/her notes to study for this test.
Spelling –  Our Spelling list next week will consist of words that contain the vowel blends ou, aw, au, ow

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Friday, September 8, 2017

5th Grade Newsletter
September 11-15, 2017

(Peter asked Jesus,) “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?  As many as seven times?” Matthew 18:21

Religion – All three classes have been holding daily prayer services following the resource Children’s Daily Prayer.  The Reading or Gospel for the day is read aloud, prayer intentions are stated and a quiet reflection time is observed.  This is a beautiful way to begin our Religion classes each day.  We will attend Adoration on Tuesday the 12th, and we will continue to attend Adoration every second Tuesday of the month.  We started to discuss the fruits of the spirit using our planner theme.  We will continue after those lessons with our first unit of the school year on prayer.

Reading – We started reading the novel, Frindle. We are using this book to model how our reading program will work with the students as independent readers.  We will begin mini lessons on genre next week.  We will also begin letter writing and conferencing with the students as well.

Math – We are continuing Unit 1 in Math.  As stated last week, your child will be bringing home a study link most nights. They will need to complete the study link as homework and check it against the answers published in the family letter. They have been instructed how to do this.  It is my hope that I can save time in math class reading the answers and designate that time to answering any questions and reviewing.  Please assist your child as needed. The parent letter servers as a reference for you as you work with your child. Please remind your child to brush up on those math facts.  Assessments will be given next week on basic math fact recall. Thank you for your support!    

Social Studies – Our focus this past week has been dedicated to the events of September 11th.  I am so proud of all your children for listening and discussing these events with such maturity.  So many thought provoking questions and discussion came from viewing videos and photographs from 9/11.  

Science - We will get going with science next week discussing the Scientific Method.  

Language Arts – We spent this week discussing how to come up with ideas for writing.  Ideas start small and grow!  We practiced writing a piece in which a small idea was given and the students made it grow!  We also completed on our first week of DLR (Daily Language Review) and Word A Day. Next week, we will begin increasing our writing stamina as well as cover a unit on punctuation.  

Spelling – We will took our first Spelling test. The format of the first test was a bit different than what the students are typically used to.  We will continue to test on Spelling in a variety of formats (including writing the words as traditionally done).

Spelling will also consist of daily mini lessons along with homework on some days.

Next week’s spelling list will include words with the prefixes un- and dis- .





Sunday, September 3, 2017

Welcome to our Blog.  We are so excited to get this year rolling.  All happenings can be found on our iFive Blog.  We update regularly so be sure to check our site weekly.  All important info will be posted to our blog, be sure to view every week to see what's going on in 5th grade.


  • Monday September 4 - No School
  • Tuesday September 5 - Spirit Wear, students may wear St Francis or Dowling shirts to show school spirit with Dress code bottoms. 
  • Friday September 8 - "Show your Colors" Support your favorite team by wearing their team colors with dress code bottoms. 
  • Please return the pink Parent form to your child's homeroom teacher as soon as you can. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

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May 22nd-May 26th

Religion – Students will be assessed in May on the Hail Holy Queen and The Apostles’ Creed next week.  Please continue to add these to your daily prayers at home.  We have started and will end the year learning about Mary and the Rosary. We will also be participating in praying one decade of the rosary each week in the month of May with the K-4th graders.  The next decade will be prayed on Monday May 22 at 8:45 in the church.  Please feel free to attend.

Reading/Language Arts –  We continue to complete mini lessons/activities for the comprehension strategies.  Mrs. Schaffer’s class will continue to work with the Special Needs Lit Circle Unit.  Students just finished reading a novel based on a character with a special need and have started researching a special need in groups.   The groups will present their findings to the class. Mrs. Anderson’s class will continue the whole class book Bridge to Terabithia.  Mrs. Alsin’s class will begin end-of-the-year student conferences for the 40 book reading program.  

Math –  We continue with Unit 9 next week.  This unit covers coordinates, area, volume, and capacity.  Bring on applying formulas like the good ‘ole days! :)     

Science -Tests from our living things unit will come home this weekend, please sign and return.  We will finish the year talking about Space and learning more about how the Sun plays such an important role in all living things.

Language Arts – We continued to work on Persuasive Writing this week.  We looked at the pros and cons of chocolate milk.  We used our own schema to determine the pros and cons as well as articles, research, and news videos.  Based on our research, we were able to develop thesis statements about each topic.  We also held a classroom debate!  We will turn all of this work into a persuasive writing piece.  We will also continue working on Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections next week.  
               
Spelling –  Our next and LAST Spelling list includes words that contain the silent letters, tl, st, gh, mb, is, kn

Monday, May 15, 2017

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May 15th-May 19th

Religion – We’ve continued and wrapped up our unit on Morality this week.  We used the Cardinal Virtues to guide this discussion.  We will be finishing the year discussing the importance of Mary in our church as well as the mysteries of the Rosary.  Students will be assessed in May on the Hail Holy Queen and The Apostles’ Creed.  Please continue to add these to your daily prayers at home.  We will be participating in praying one decade of the rosary each week in the month of May with the K-4th graders.  The next decade will be prayed on Monday May 15 at 8:45 in the church.  Please feel free to attend.

Reading/Language Arts –  We continue to complete mini lessons/activities for the comprehension strategies.  Mrs. Schaffer’s class will continue to work with the Special Needs Lit Circle Unit.  Students just finished reading a novel based on a character with a special need and have started researching a special need in groups.   The groups will present their findings to the class. Mrs. Anderson’s class started the whole class book Bridge to Terabithia.  Mrs. Alsin’s class will begin end-of-the-year student conferences for the 40 book reading program.  

Math –  We started Unit 9 and will continue into next week.  This unit covers coordinates, area, volume, and capacity.  Bring on applying formulas like the good ‘ole days! :)     

Science -We have been learning a great deal about how living things are categorized.  We broke each of those 5 kingdoms down even further and are learning specific characteristics for them.  We will review Monday and test over this information on Tuesday.

Language Arts – We continued to work on Persuasive Writing this week.  We looked at the pros and cons of fast food, juice, and chocolate milk.  We used our own schema to determine the pros and cons as well as articles and news videos.  Based on our research, we were able to develop thesis statements about each topic.  We also held a classroom debate!  We will continue with persuasion techniques and writing next week.  We will also begin working on Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections next week.  

Spelling –  Our next Spelling list includes words that contain the Greek and Latin Roots biblio-, graph-, grad-, gress-.