5th Grade Newsletter
Religion –We have started our unit on the seven sacraments. We’ve been learning about each one individually and categorizing them into Sacraments of Initiation, Service, and Healing. Next week, we will relate each sacrament to scripture. Students will be in charge of creating a google slide presentation about the seven sacraments. We are asking that students include personal photos of themselves or family members receiving the sacraments. Any photos you may have can be uploaded directly to your child’s google account. If it is easier to email them directly to your child’s teacher, please feel free to do so. If your photos are hard copies, simply take a photo of the photo with your cell phone and email or upload it. Thank you! We will also have generic photos of the sacraments for any student who does not have a picture for any particular sacrament.
Reading/Language Arts – We will be finishing up A Christmas Carol next week and moving on to our unit on MLK. Throughout the month of January, we will read various books and articles about MLK and reinforce a number of comprehension strategies during this unit. We will culminate this unit, with an informative writing piece. There will still be time for independent reading and conferencing to reach that 40 book mark at the end of the year!
Math – Your child will be bringing home his/her Unit 4 Oral and Slate and Open Response tests for your review. Please sign and return the tests with your child. We will be starting Financial Literacy to support our BizTown field trip. It is so fun to teach these real-life skills to the students!
Social Studies - We have moved right into our BizTown unit. Students will be learning a great deal in a short amount of time about how a business and the economy runs. Students will apply for the jobs they would like to have at BizTown. Next week we will talk about the application process in the real world and practice interview skills in preparation for our interviews next Thursday the 18th. We will also be electing our BizTown mayor and district attorney next Friday.
A letter is coming home next week explaining this program/field trip a bit more. Permission slips will be sent home on Tuesday. Please read, sign, and return the field trip permission slip by January 19th.
Language Arts – We have been working on strengthening our sentences when writing in DLR this week. This will continue next week. Some of the easiest ways to strengthen a sentence include adding adjectives and adverbs, combining subjects, combining sentences with conjunctions, etc. In 5th grade, one of our main goals is to make our writing more mature. Practicing how to strengthen sentences is the best way to do this. We have also been working on our rough drafts of our persuasive papers. We will work on editing them and then typing our final drafts next week to then be turned in for a grade.
Spelling – Next week’s spelling list will consist of words that have the greek roots of graph, phon, photo, tele, and scope.