Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 16-20: Upcoming Events

April 16th-April 20th


Religion –We continue to work through presenting our Google Slide Presentations on the 7 Sacraments. We began learning about the Beatitudes this week. Next week, we will continue to focus on each Beatitude individually and what it means and how to live it as a 5th grader.

Reading/Language Arts – Mrs. Anderson’s class will continue reading the whole class book, Bridge to Terabithia next week. Mrs. Alsin’s class will continue with their “special needs” lit circles and research projects. Mrs. Schaffer’s class finished the first round of Lit Circles this week. Round 2 will begin next week! Students who read a Peg Kehret book will read a Tim Green book and students who read a Tim Green book will read a Peg Kehret book. 


We had an amazing author Skype with Sarah Weeks. Students did a great job asking her questions and listening intently to Mrs. Week's answers. Thanks again to Mrs. Mara Van Ee from our Curriculum Enhancement committee for getting everything setup and running, students really enjoyed this skype.





Math - We continue to work  on reading , interpreting, and creating  graphs and charts.


Science - Perfect conditions outside to start our unit on weather. We started discussing the differences between weather and climate and watched some great videos on severe weather. We will continue next week adding our amazing atmosphere and different types of clouds to our discussions.


Language Arts – This week we wrote our intros, thesis statements, and conclusions for our informative papers. We also spent time learning about transitions and domain specific vocabulary and how to add them to our writing. We put all this together and begin writing (typing) rough drafts next week.


Spelling – Next week’s spelling list consists of words with the ending blends of -le, -el, and -al. For vocabulary, instead of learning a word a day next week, students will be given 10 vocabulary words to become familiar with and test over on Friday with their Spelling words. Various activities will be completed with these 10 words. Using context clues will also be re-visited.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

April 9-13: Upcoming Events


5th Grade Newsletter
April 9th-April 13th

Religion –We continue to work through presenting our Google Slide Presentations on the 7 Sacraments.  We began learning about the Beatitudes this week. Next week, we will focus on each Beatitude individually and what it means to and how to live it as a 5th grader.

Reading/Language Arts – Our MLK unit is complete!  If you are in the building, please take some time to walk through the 5th grade hallway.  The completed informative writing pieces and illustrations turned out beautifully. Mrs. Anderson’s class will continue reading the whole class book, Bridge to Terabithia next week.  Mrs. Alsin and Mrs. Schaffer’s class will continue working in Literature Circles.

Math –  We will be taking our Unit 5 Test on Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4. Your child has their math journal, the notes in their spiral, and a Unit 5 studyguide to prepare for the test. We also discussed several study strategy and test taking skills to implement while reviewing in class.     

Social Studies - We have been presented Iowa History projects, They are amazing! Again, I am so impressed with student creativity and technology skills. We will start our Weather Unit when all have presented Iowa History.

Science - We had Zach Sharpe from the KCCI Storm Hunters come talk about his job as a storm chaser and present some pretty awesome information. This was an introduction to our weather unit that we will start this week.

Language Arts –  We worked on organizing our information for our informative writing pieces.  We also took time to do a bit more research to fill in any holes in our research.  Next week, we will writing our intros, thesis statements, and conclusions. We will then put all this together and begin writing rough drafts.    
 
Spelling –  Next week’s spelling list consists of words with the Greek/Latin roots homo, auto, phobia, and tract.  We will also review synonyms, antonyms, homographs.

Friday, March 30, 2018

April 3-6: Upcoming Events
  • Monday 2: NO SCHOOL, Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 3: 
  • Wednesday 4: 
  • Thursday 5:  
  • Friday 6:  

5th Grade Newsletter
April 2nd-April 6th

Religion –We continue to work through presenting our Google Slide Presentations on the 7 Sacraments.  We spent this week focusing on the Stations of the Cross. This culminated with the Stations of the Cross in the church on Friday.  After the Easter Break, we will spend time learning about the Beatitudes.

Reading/Language Arts – Our MLK unit is complete!  If you are in the building, please take some time to walk through the 5th grade hallway.  The completed informative writing pieces and illustrations turned out beautifully. Mrs. Anderson’s class will continue reading the whole class book, Bridge to Terabithia next week.  Mrs. Alsin and Mrs. Schaffer’s class will continue working in Literature Circles.

Math –  We will be taking our Unit 5 Test on Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4. Your child has their math journal, the notes in their spiral, and a Unit 5 studyguide to prepare for the test. We also discussed several study strategy and test taking skills to implement while reviewing in class.     

Social Studies - Most students have completed their projects over Iowa History and will be presenting them beginning on Tuesday.  We will start our Weather Unit when all have presented Iowa History.

Language Arts –  We wrapped up our verb unit with the test on Wednesday.  Next week, we will focus on our informative writing pieces.  We’ll be organizing our information and drafting our papers.      
 
Spelling –  Next week’s spelling list consists of words with the oi and oy blend.  We will also learn about proverbs.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

March 26-30: Upcoming Events HOLY WEEK
  • Monday 26th: 
  • Tuesday 27th: 
  • Wednesday 28th: Mrs. Anderson's Class MASS 8:45 am
  • Thursday 29th:  Missions Day
  • Friday 30:  Stations of the Cross @ 2:30 in the Church, Please join us!


5th Grade Newsletter
March 26th-March 30th

Religion –We continue to work through presenting our Google Slide Presentations on the 7 Sacraments.  We have wrapped up our unit on the Works of Mercy. We will test over these on Monday March 26. Mrs. Alsin’s class will test on Tuesday. March 27. Students will be responsible for knowing all of the Works of Mercy as well as how a 5th grader can serve others following the Works of Mercy to receive a 4 on the test.  To receive a 3, students simply need to know how a 5th grader can serve others following the Works of Mercy-the actual Works will be provided. We will observe Holy Week next week by going through the Stations of the Cross in detail. We will watch short videos about the Stations of the Cross and reflect on them in a journal.  Please feel free to view these videos at the following website. They are well done, meaningful and relevant to the students’ lives today. http://bustedhalo.com/video/virtual-stations-of-the-cross
Stations of the Cross will be held on Friday at 2:30 in the church.  Please feel free to join us. We will continue with The Beatitudes following our Holy Week and Easter unit.  Mrs. Anderson’s class will be leading the all school mass on Wednesday, March 28th. Students in her class may wear “dress up” clothes (think what one may wear on picture day).

Reading/Language Arts – Our MLK unit is complete!  If you are in the building, please take some time to walk through the 5th grade hallway.  The completed informative writing pieces and illustrations turned out beautifully. Mrs. Anderson’s class will begin the whole class book, Bridge to Terabithia next week.  Mrs. Alsin and Mrs. Schaffer’s class will be working in Literature Circles.

Math –  We spent time working on improper fractions, mixed numbers, and parts/whole.  Next week, we will continue to spend time converting fractions to decimals and percents.       

Social Studies - Students have been working hard researching our wonderful state of Iowa.  We will continue researching next week and begin putting projects together.  Students were given 3 choices on how they wanted to present their information to the class.  A google slide presentation, a play, or a book. All work for this project is being completed here in school.

Language Arts – We are winding down our verb unit.  The final test will likely be at the end of next week or the beginning of the following week.  The date will be communicated ASAP. Next week we will also begin organizing information and begin drafting informative writing pieces.     
 
Spelling –  Next week’s Spelling list will consist of words with the Greek and Latin Roots: poly, hexa, hepta, octa, multi, and deca.  We will also learn about Idioms.

Friday, March 2, 2018

March 5-19: Upcoming Events
  • Monday 5th: Field Trip to Iowa Historical Museum Vault 9-11:30 am 
  • Tuesday 6th: 
  • Wednesday 7th: Mrs. Schaffer's Class MASS 8:45 am
  • Thursday 8th: No School/Teachers Professional Development
  • Friday 9th-16th: No School/SPRING BREAK
  • Monday March 19: Classes Resume
  • Tuesday 20th: Spiritwear Day!

March 5th-March 7th

We hope your family has a relaxing Spring Break! God’s Blessings for everyone’s safe return.


Religion –We continue to work through presenting our Google Slide Presentations on the 7 Sacraments. We are also continuing to work through our unit on the Works of Mercy. Students will be responsible for knowing all of the Works of Mercy as well as how a 5th grader can serve others following the Works of Mercy. The next Lenten Prayer service will be on Monday at 9:10 in the church. Mrs. Schaffer’s class will be leading the all school mass on Wednesday, March 7. Students in her class may wear “dress up” clothes (think what one may wear on picture day).

Reading/Language Arts – We are finishing up our MLK unit/informative writing pieces. We will move back into our routine of independently reading, conferencing, and journal writing about current reading selections after MLK. Following Spring Break, we will take some time to read in Literature Circles.

Math – We spent time working on improper fractions, mixed numbers, and parts/whole. Next week, we will continue to spend time converting fractions to decimals and percents.

Social Studies - Students have finished presenting their timelines. They are all hanging in the 5th grade hallway if you are in the building, please stop by to take a look!  Mr. Leo Landis, Curator for the Iowa Historical Museum visited with 5th grade about the awesome artifacts we will see Monday on our field trip. We are all very excited for this trip!  We will continue discussion about our amazing State and begin our Iowa History Projects following Spring Break. 

Language Arts – We spent time this week working with regular and irregular verbs. Next week we will look at perfect verb tenses and verb tense consistency. We will continue with our Informative Writing unit next week as well. We chose our topics this week and spent a class period in the library with Mrs. LeWarne learning how to find appropriate resources to support our topics. We’ll learn how to take notes, how to look through information, how to cite sources etc. next week.

Spelling – We will not have a Spelling list next week due to only a three day week.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Feb. 26-March 2: Upcoming Events
  • Monday: Lent Prayer service @9:10
  • Tuesday: 
  • Wednesday: Auction Pizza Party, Students may bring a healthy drink and snack to eat with Pizza.
  • Thursday: 
  • Friday: 
  • Monday March 5th: Field Trip to Historical Museum Vault 9-11:30 am (students need to be in uniform) 

Open ...February 26th-March 2nd


Religion –We have finished our Google Slide Presentations on the 7 Sacraments. Students will be presenting these to the class over the next several weeks. We encourage you to take a moment and view these presentations at home. We have started our unit on the Works of Mercy. Students will be responsible for knowing all of the Works of Mercy as well as how a 5th grader can serve others following the Works of Mercy. 5th grade will be leading the Lenten Prayer service on Monday at 9:10 in the church. The theme will be Path to Sacrifice.

 Reading/Language Arts – We are continuing to work through our MLK unit/informative writing pieces. We will move back into our routine of independently reading, conferencing, and journal writing about current reading selections after MLK. Following Spring Break, we will take some time to read in Literature Circles.

 Math – We spent time working on improper fractions, mixed numbers, and parts/whole. Next week, we will spend time converting fractions to decimals and percents.

 Social Studies - Students have continued work on their timelines. They look amazing! Students will be presenting their timelines to the class and receive a grade on presentation. We will begin our unit on Iowa History next week with a visit from Leo Landis, Curator for the Historical Museum on March 1st. He will talk to our students and we will visit the museum and vault on March 5th. Please look for the permission slip that came home today.

 Language Arts – We spent time working on verb tenses this week. Next week we will look at irregular verbs and verb tense consistency. We will continue with our Informative Writing unit next week as well. We have spent some time researching topics we’re curious about and want to learn more about. Next week, we’ll narrow down our topic choices and ensure that there is plenty of information on our topic-then dig into the actual research. We’ll learn how to take notes, how to look through information, how to cite sources etc.

 Spelling – Our Spelling list next week will consist of words that are homographs. Your child will need to know how to spell the words as well their multiple meanings and how to determine the correct meaning in context.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Feb. 12-16: Upcoming Events
  • Monday: Conferences 4:30-7:30
  • Tuesday: Valentine Parties *students may bring a box or bag to collect valentines.  

    Anderson Party 1:15-2:00 (27 students).  
    Alsin and Schaffer party-2:15-3:00 (28 students)
    Conferences 4:30-7:30
  • Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Mass
  • Thursday: NO SCHOOL - Conferences 8:30-12:30
  • Friday: NO SCHOOL
  • Monday 19th: Lenten Prayer service 9:00

Open ...February 12th-February 16th

Religion –We will be finishing up our Google Slide Presentations on the 7 Sacraments. Students will be presenting these to the class over the next several weeks. We encourage you to take a moment and view these presentations at home. Next up will be our unit on the Works of Mercy. Students will be responsible for knowing all of the Works of Mercy as well as how a 5th grader can serve others following the Works of Mercy.

Reading/Language Arts – We are continuing to work through our MLK unit/informative writing pieces. We will move back into our routine of independently reading, conferencing, and journal writing about current reading selections. Following Spring Break, we will take some time to read in Literature Circles.

Math – You will be receiving your child' Financial Literacy assessment at conferences. We are working on converting fractions, percents, and decimals now.

Social Studies - What an exciting time we had at BizTown this week. Students did an amazing job running their businesses, I’m sure they have told you all about the day.

Language Arts – We have worked through action verbs and helping verbs in our Verb Unit. We will continue with linking verbs, verb tenses, and verb tense consistency. On the 14th, we will have a special Valentine lesson working on Puns in class. We will need ads from the Sunday paper for this lesson. If you receive this paper and are willing to donate the ads to our class-that would be great! Please send them with your child to school on Monday! Thanks! We will continue with our Informative Writing unit next week as well.

Spelling – Due to the short week, we will not have a Spelling list/test next week. After the conference break our list will consist of words with the prefixes uni, bi, tri, quad, and pent.