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.

Friday, March 24, 2017

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March 27-March 31

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 March 27 at 8:45.  Please feel free to attend.  We are continuing to work through our unit on the 10 Commandments.  This paired beautifully with the theme of Mrs. Anderson’s Class’ mass this past Wednesday.  As a reminder, Mrs. Schaffer’s class will be leading mass next week on the 29th.

Reading/Language Arts –  We continue to complete mini lessons/activities for the comprehension strategies.  Mrs. Schaffer’s Class and Mrs. Anderson’s Class have started a round of Lit Circles.  Mrs. Alsin’s Class has started the whole class book Bridge to Terabithia.

Math –  We are going to finish the unit focusing on Exponents, Expanded Form, and Order of Operations early next week.  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 -We tested over the Circulatory System today and will be learning about the Respiratory System and the function of our lungs next week.  Our Test over the Lungs will be next Friday April 7th.

Language Arts – We’ve finished up our Figurative Language Unit with a quiz today.  We’ve also started and will continue working through a unit on Poetry over the next couple of weeks.  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 oi or oy sound.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

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March 20-March 24

Reminder: Tuesday, March 21 is our Gala Pizza Party.  Please have your child bring a drink (no pop) and a side (veggie or fruit) to eat with their pizza.  Thank you!

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 March 20 at 2:45.  Please feel free to attend.  We have started a unit on the Ten Commandments.  We will take some time to discuss each commandment and then create a 10 Commandments booklet to share with and teach our 1st grade buddies about the 10 Commandments.  This unit will continue after Spring Break.

Reading/Language Arts –  We will continue to complete mini lessons/activities for the comprehension strategies.  Following Spring Break, we will also take some time to read in whole class novels or in Literature Circles.

Math –  We are going to start Unit 7: Exponents and Negative Numbers.  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 -We have been discussing the Circulatory system this week.  Learning all about our blood vessels, what components make up our blood and the function of the heart.  Students took a quiz over the information they have thus far and will continue a more in depth study of the Heart when we return from Spring Break.

Language Arts – We will completed our “Writing on Demand” unit this week with a writing piece entitled, The Best Part of Me.  If you are in the building after break, stop down in the 5th grade hallway to see the completed pieces.  They turned out great!  The students self assessed their work using a rubric.  I will also give a score on the same rubric.  We will continue our figurative writing unit after break along with a Poetry Writing Unit.
 

Spelling –  Our next Spelling list includes words that have the Greek/Latin roots poly, multi, hexa, hepta, oct, and dec.

Friday, March 3, 2017

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March 6-March 10

Religion –  Mrs. Schaffer and Mrs. Anderson’s classes wrapped up our unit on the Works of Mercy.  Mrs. Alsin’s class will take the unit assessment on Monday.  We also introduced 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 March 6 at 8:40.  Please feel free to attend.  We have started a unit on the Ten Commandments.  We will take some time to discuss each commandment and then create a 10 Commandments booklet to share with and teach our 1st grade buddies about the 10 Commandments.  This will serve as the final assessment for the unit.

Reading/Language Arts – We have moved back into our routine of independently reading, conferencing, and journal writing about current reading selections.  We are also completing mini lessons/activities for the comprehension strategies.  Following Spring Break, we will take some time to read in whole class novels or in Literature Circles.

Math –  Your child brought home their Unit 5 Oral and Slate for you to review and sign.  We have moved on to everything fractions!  We are practicing writing the homework assignment in the planner at the end of each class just like they will be expected next year.        

Science - We tested over our knowledge of Health this week and students were introduced to a few of the different body systems.  Next week we will focus on the Cardiovascular system followed by the Respiratory system.  We will test over this information when we return from spring break.

Language Arts – We will complete our “Writing on Demand” unit next week.  For the final assessment, the students will answer a writing prompt and then self assess their work using a rubric.  We have started a figurative writing unit with our focus being similes and metaphors this week.  We will move into other components next week.  We will also begin a short poetry unit.
 

Spelling –  Our Spelling list next week includes words that have the Greek/Latin roots trans, dict, duc, duct.

Friday, February 24, 2017

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February 27-March 3

Religion –  We are continuing to work on our Works of Mercy Unit.  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.  We will also take time next week to discuss Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent.  We will participate in weekly Lent prayer services in the church.  These prayer services will be held...

Reading/Language Arts – We have moved back into our routine of independently reading, conferencing, and journal writing about current reading selections.  We are also completing mini lessons/activities for the teaching strategies.  Following Spring Break, we will take some time to read in Literature Circles.  

Math –  Like I stated in my email to you earlier this week, your child should be preparing for our Unit 5 test.  Your child should have marked in their planner when the test is as well as a piece of information to study each night this last week.  Your child also has a study guide that we have been working on in class.  The test dates are Monday, February 27 and Tuesday, February 28.  Thank you!      

Science - Students started exploring germs and how they can stay healthy.  This is a quick study about health and nutrition that will get us geared up for the Body systems by the end of the week.  Our 5th grade benchmark centers around the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.  Students will have a test over the information they have learned about Health on Wednesday March 1st.  

Language Arts – We will complete our “Writing on Demand” unit next week.  For the final assessment, the students will answer a writing prompt and then self assess their work using a rubric.  We will then move into a unit over figurative language/poetry/descriptive writing.
 

Spelling –  Our Spelling list next week includes words that are considered to be homographs.  Homographs are sets of words that are spelled the same but have multiple meanings.  For example, a novel can be a book with many pages or a word used to describe something new.

Friday, February 10, 2017

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February 13th-February 17th

Religion –We have finished 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.  We have started our next unit on the Works of Mercy.  Students will be responsible for know 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 have finished our MLK unit/informative writing pieces.  Please take a moment to view your child’s completed writing pieces in the hallway during conferences.  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 –  We are working on converting fractions, percents, and decimals.  I am excited to share your child’s progress with you at conferences.  Thank you!      

Social Studies - We have been discussing different types of timelines and students are working on a timeline of their life.  They are looking fantastic!  Can’t wait for all of you to see them next week when you are here for conferences!

Language Arts – We have completed our Verb Unit.  We will review on Monday and take the test on Wednesday (Feb 15).  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 “Writing on Demand” unit next week as well.  This unit allows students to practice writing answers to essay questions and other types of prompts typically found on assessments.  It is important for students to understand that every piece of writing produced (long or short), in every profession (including a student) should have an introduction, details, and a conclusion.  Other helpful writing tips are provided in this unit as well (re-state the question in the answer, vary sentence length, use transition words, include a thesis statement etc).  
 

Spelling –  Due to the short week, we will not have a Spelling list/test next week.