5th Grade Newsletter
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.