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-.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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May 8th-May 12th

Religion – We started a unit on Morality this week.  We are using the Cardinal Virtues to guide this discussion.  Next week, the students will create and present skits illustrating the 4 Cardinal Virtues. 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 8 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 is finishing with Lit Circles and will read the whole class book Bridge to Terabithia next.  Mrs. Alsin’s Class is finishing with the whole class book Bridge to Terabithia.

Math –  We are working on coordinates in class.  Your child was challenged last week with creating a figure using all four quadrants.  The reveal was an angry bird.          

Science -We started exploring the 5 Kingdoms of living things this week and will continue this unit next week as well.  Students learned a bit about Cinco de Mayo today and created some fun things.  Ask them!  

Language Arts – We finished up our Adjective unit with the final assessment today.  We will begin working on Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections next week.  We will also continue with our Persuasive Writing Unit.  


Spelling –  Our next Spelling list includes words that contain the prefixes com- and col-

Friday, April 28, 2017

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May 1st-May 5th

Religion – We finished up Beatitudes this week.  Next week we will move into a unit on Morality.  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.  5th grade will be leading the first rosary on Monday May 1, 2017 at 8:40 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 will work in a group to read a novel based on a character with a special need and will research a special need and present the findings to the class. Mrs. Anderson’s class is continuing with Lit Circles.  Mrs. Alsin’s Class is continuing to read the whole class book Bridge to Terabithia.

Math –  We are finishing up the unit over fractions.  An assessment will be administered after we have a review in class next week.        

Science -Students tested over our Weather Unit this week.  Those are coming home to be corrected and signed, please return Monday.  Many students took me up on creating a weather related video for a Dress Down pass.  They were AWESOME!!!  We had fun outside exploring the Earth, taking photos of God’s creation this week.  Several students are putting this into a slide show for all to enjoy.  Friday was filled with all we could fit in about the country of Cuba for Cultural Day. Students watched several videos and are in the process of creating a brochure about Cuba.  Those who did not finish this need to work on it this weekend, it is due Monday.  Our next unit of study is all about living things.

Language Arts – The Poetry Slam was a huge success!  The students all did a great job writing poems and sharing their poems with the class!  Today we celebrated Cultural Day by enjoying a Tajada (a Cuban fried banana) and wrote a descriptive paragraph about the Tajada.  Ask your child about the experience.  Throughout the week and into next week, we will continue  a unit on adjectives and Persuasive Writing.
 

Spelling –  Our next Spelling list includes words that are homonyms.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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April 24th-April 28th

Religion – We continued working on Beatitudes this week.  Next week we will finish this unit and move into a unit on Morality.  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.

Reading/Language Arts –  We continue to complete mini lessons/activities for the comprehension strategies.  Mrs. Schaffer’s class has started with the Special Needs Lit Circle Unit.  Students will work in a group to read a novel based on a character with a special need and will research a special need and present the findings to the class. Mrs. Anderson’s class is continuing with Lit Circles.  Mrs. Alsin’s Class is continuing to read the whole class book Bridge to Terabithia.

Math –  We are continuing to study the concepts of fractions to increase the student’s understanding of WHAT happens when fractions are multiplied by fractions, fractions multiplied by a whole number, or mixed fractions by mixed fractions.  The students are starting to feel a lot more comfortable with the understanding of these concepts.  It has been fun to watch the light go on!!! :)       

Science -We continued our unit over weather this week and how to measure it.  We discussed severe weather, how to stay safe, weather instruments, the atmosphere, air pressure, the water cycle, and the 4 main clouds.  Our test over this unit is Monday.  We reviewed Thursday and played Kahoot today.  Your child should have their ISN which has all they need to study for this exam.

Language Arts – We will end our Poetry Unit with the Poetry Slam on Monday!  A traditional Poetry Slam is a contest in which poets recite their poems in front of an audience, usually in a public space such as a coffee shop or cafe.  A panel of judges is present to give each poet a score based on a “free verse” poem.  Poetry Slams began in Chicago in 1984 when a poet named Mark Smith launched a Poetry reading at a Jazz Club.  The idea took hold and spread to other big cities.  Schools often replicate the idea as a forum to share poetry as well.  Mrs. Schaffer’s classroom will turn into a “cafe” with baked goods and hot chocolate to celebrate and share poetry. Please have your child bring a coffee mug on Monday.  We’ve also started a unit on adjectives and will begin a Persuasive Writing Unit next week.
 

Spelling –  Our next Spelling list includes words that have the Greek or Latin Roots audi, aero, ambi, and anti.   We will also re-visit Antonyms.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

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April 10th-April 14th

Religion –  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.

Reading/Language Arts –  We continue to complete mini lessons/activities for the comprehension strategies.  Mrs. Schaffer’s Class and Mrs. Anderson’s Class are continuing with Lit Circles.  Mrs. Anderson’s class presented group presentations over the special needs projects they have been working on this past week.  Lots of great information and presentations.  Mrs. Alsin’s Class is continuing to read the whole class book Bridge to Terabithia.

Math –  After reviewing what we know about fractions, we are adding and subtracting fractions.  Skills such as finding common denominators, equivalent fractions, changing from improper to proper fractions all have a new purpose!  I love when the kids start realizing the importance of the skills building on each other!! :)       

Science -We tested over the Respiratory this week and started our unit on Weather Thursday.  Today students watched a presentation by Zach Sharpe from the KCCI Storm Chasers.  Students loved all the great video footage he brought and asked tons of questions to get our weather unit going.  We will continue with this unit next week.

Language Arts – We are continuing to work through a unit on Poetry.  Students will learn Poetry Terms, different types of Poetry, how to study Poetry, and will try their skills at writing Poetry.  We will culminate this unit with a “Poetry Slam.”
 

Spelling –  Our next Spelling list includes words that have -le, -el, or -al at the end of them.  We will also start pairing some vocabulary words with spelling each week to engage the students in a bit more practice with word study.  Context clues will be revisited next week as well.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

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April 3rd-April 7th

Religion –  We continue to re-visit our Lenten Theme-Moving Toward Jesus.  Each student filled out a Lenten Plan that will be reflected on weekly during Lent.  There will be a Lent Prayer Service on April 4th at 8:45.  Please feel free to attend.  We will be finishing up our unit on The Ten Commandments and moving on to The Beatitudes.   As a reminder, Mrs. Alsin’s class will be leading mass next week on April 5th.

Reading/Language Arts –  We continue to complete mini lessons/activities for the comprehension strategies.  Mrs. Schaffer’s Class and Mrs. Anderson’s Class are continuing with Lit Circles.  Mrs. Alsin’s Class is continuing to read the whole class book Bridge to Terabithia.

Math –  We are currently working with positive and negative numbers.  Our next unit of study will be furthering our understanding of fractions and ratios.  We will continue to practice writing the homework assignment and concepts to study in the planner at the end of each class just like they will be expected next year.        

Science -Students have done a great job grasping the concepts and function of the Respiratory System this week.  I have moved the final test for this unit to Wednesday April 5th.  

Language Arts – We are continuing to work through a unit on Poetry.  Students will learn Poetry Terms, different types of Poetry, how to study Poetry, and will try their skills at writing Poetry.  We will culminate this unit with a “Poetry Slam.”
 

Spelling –  Our next Spelling list includes words that have the Greek and Latin roots homo, phobia, auto, and tract.