Here's what is happening in fifth grade the week of December 3rd!
Math - We are into the fourth chapter of Big Ideas Math.  This chapter is on multiplication and will be a review for most of the students.  With that being said, I hope to be done with the chapter and have a test the week of the 10th, either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Science - Today the fifth and sixth graders had someone visit from the New Horizons greenhouse.  We will be helping to grow some herbs for them to use in their soup kitchen.
Language Arts - Students are continuing their novels in their reading groups.  In grammar we are studying pronouns.  Book reports and mobiles are due on Friday.  The students were assigned a Christmas creative writing story today.  They are to choose an inanimate Christmas object and write a story from the object's perspective.  I have also asked them to make some type of small model (a clay model, diorama, hand made ornament, etc.).  They were told that they could make an edible model to share, but it is not required that the model be edible.  The stories and models are due December 14 and we will be presenting during the last week of school before break.  The class will have some time to work on their stories in class next week.
Social Studies - We are continuing to study the American Revolution.  The fifth and sixth graders are continuing to work in their Greek god and goddess posters in world history.
Other reminders:
* Polar Express Night is on Friday the 7th
* The Christmas Pageant will be December 19th at 6:00
* The last day of school before Christmas break is the 21st and it will be an early dismissal day
Have a great week!

 

 

 

Week of November 19th.

 

This is going to be short update as we only have two days of school next week.  The math test we were going to have on Tuesday is being moved to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  We will  be getting back into vocab after Thanksgiving.  Our Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be on Tuesday at 1:00.  There will be no school Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.  I end this message with a Thanksgiving blessing.

Thanksgiving Prayer 

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

 

 

 

We had a very touching Veterans Day tribute this afternoon, thank you to all that were able to attend!
Here is what is happening in fifth grade the week of October 12th
Math- We will be finishing chapter 3 on adding and subtracting decimals and will have a test next Tuesday (11/20)
Social Studies - We are continuing our study of the Revolutionary War.  In world history the students have starting to design a poster explaining a Greek god or goddess.  They are very excited about this project!
Literacy - Students are continuing novel work in their reading groups.  We are working on a essay about peace, this essay was asked of us by the Sisters of Mercy and one student will be chosen to have their essay published in one of their newsletters.  We have begun our next book report, it is a free choice, if your child has not had a book approved by me yet, please have them do so as soon as possible.
Other reminders:
-There is no school on Monday in observance of Veterans Day.
- Thursday there will be no school for Parent/Teacher Conference.  Report cards will be given during conferences along with NWEA fall results.  I look forward to meeting with all of you!

 

Here is what is happening in fifth grade the week of November 9, 2018!
Math - We have finished chapter two and will begin chapter three, which is on adding and subtracting decimals.
Literacy - The students are still reading novels in their reading groups.  In grammar, we will have a test on nouns on Thursday.  I am not assigning a vocab unit this week, instead they started a packet on sentences in class and I would like them to finish any thing they did not finish in class on the packet and it will be due Friday.  Today we started talking about a composition we will be working on with sixth grade for the next few weeks.  We will be writing a reflection on peace.  When the compositions are finished, we will choose one that will be published in a Mercy Education newsletter in December.
Social Studies - The students have been working on a packet of primary sources about the Stamp Act, some have already finished, if they did not, I asked the class to finish it for homework and it is due Tuesday.  We will be having our first American History test on Wednesday, this will be an open book test.  In world history we are finishing our Ancient Greek culture packet, if a student has not finished the packet they were asked to finish it for homework due Thursday.
Other Reminders:
- A big thank you to everyone for the cakes!  I hope to see many of you on Saturday at the craft fair.
- Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, November 15th (there is no school for students).  Mrs. Kelly and I will be conducting conferences together for grades five and six.  You will be receiving an email Tuesday afternoon with a Sign-up Genius invitation to schedule your conference.

 

 

Here is what is going on in the fifth grade for the week of October 29th!

Math - We are finishing up our second chapter in Big Ideas math and will have a chapter test on Wednesday.

Big Ideas Math  provides multiple opportunities for enrichment and relearning.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for more information!

We have finished NWEA Measures of Academic Progress.  Reports should be ready for Parent-Teacher conferences.

Grammar and Writing - We will be finishing our study of nouns and will have a noun test next Thursday (11/8).  In writing we are continuing to explore sentences, what makes a good sentence, what is a fragment and what is a run-on.

Reading - Monday through Wednesday, students continued to read their novels in literacy block.  Thursday and Friday they had writing and grammar.  Our report cards in grades 3-5 will reflect this change in instruction.  Changes in the report cards will be explained at Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Thanks to our faculty and families for our fabulous Literacy Character Parade! We saw many main characters today including Curious George, Tom Sawyer, Madeline, Winnie-the-Pooh, Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, and the Wood Cutter, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Harry Potter and Hermione, Peter Pan, unicorns, princesses and Super Heroes.  We are already looking forward to next year. Pictures will be posted on Facebook and Principal’s Blog.

Social Studies - Fifth and sixth grades are still exploring Ancient Greek culture in world history.  In American History, we will discuss how the colonies united to begin their fight against Britain.

Other Reminders:

- Book reports and book sandwiches are due on Friday, November, 1.

- Our annual holiday craft fair will be on Saturday, November 3.  We are asking that cakes for the cake walk be brought into school either Thursday or Friday. We will have a schedule for students to sign up to help at the cake walk next week.

Want to know what is happening in fifth grade the week of October 22?
Math - We will continue with order of operations and numerical expressions.  Also,  today your child received a username and temporary password for Big Ideas Math.  A strip of paper with their username and password has been taped to the front cover of their assignment book.  On the strip of paper, the third column is the username and the last column is the temporary password.  You are free to remove the strip of paper at home, I just taped it there so it did not get lost in transit.  To log on you need to go to www.bigideasmath.com.  The site contains lots of resources.
Science - Next week in science to students will be learning how to bake a cake for our Cake Walk at the Craft Fair.  A letter has been put in your child's take home folder explaining the cake walk.  Mrs. Kelly has asked parents to sign that you have received the letter and send it back with your child on Monday.
Social Studies - We will continue to examine the Stamp Act through primary sources.  We will also continue learning about Ancient Greek culture in world history.
Literacy - Ask your student what he or she is reading in “Lit. Block.”  Discussions this week included character development and details, as well as the opening events of the just right reading level novel.  Grammar and writing blocks are on Thursday and Friday mornings.
Other reminders:
Character Parade - Oct. 26.  Dress as a character from a book you read.  Be sure to bring the book.
The craft fair is November 3rd.
Want to know what is happening in fifth grade the week of October 15?
Math - Big Ideas Math will continue to add more resources at BigIdeasMath.com.  Now available through Easy Access Parent Resources, you will find information about the common core state standards for mathematics, the same standards on which the NWEA Measures of Academy Progress are aligned.  There is information on a new app, created by Ron Larson, called “My Dear Aunt Sally,” for fun ways to review math grades 2-8.  You can also sing along with Newton and Descartes as they review math by grade levels.  We will let you know as more resources are made available.
We will be reviewing the properties of addition and multiplication and exploring order of operations.
 
Literacy - All students in grades 3-6 have started reading a group novel.  Discussion will include main character, setting, plot, conflict, and solution.  Vocabulary words are picked from each novel.  Grammar and writing will continue to be taught by grade level. In grade 3 we reviewed…
In grammar we will be review singular and plural nouns.  In writing we will be working on making our sentences more detailed and what is a sentence fragment and what is a run-on sentence.
In Social Studies we will be examining some primary sources about the Stamp Act.  We will also be working on latitude and longitude.  In world history grades five and six will continue our study of ancient Greece.
Other reminders:
Tonight is the Prince, Princess and Parent Party!
Our craft fair is coming up on November 2.  The fifth and sixth grades are organizing a cake walk.  In the Friday folder you will find information about the cake walk and how you can participate.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

 

 

What is happening in fifth grade the week of October 8, 2018?

Literacy - We will begin our new literacy groups on Tuesday.  You should have received an email from your child's reading teacher.  Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays the students will meet with their reading groups.  On Thursdays they will have grammar with me during the literacy block and writing with me on Fridays.
Math-  We are beginning the second chapter of our Big Ideas math book.  This week we will be focusing on number properties, order of operations and numerical expressions.
Social Studies - We are continuing to discuss what led to the colonies deciding to break away from English rule.  We will also continue our study of Ancient Greece in world history.
Other reminders:
No school on Monday, October 8.
Prince and Princess Parent Party on the 12th (a flyer went home today in their Friday folder)
We will be participating in the BOOK IT program (a letter and calendar was send home in the Friday folder)
Fifth grade students need to research and have 10 bulleted points on the artist Monica Stuart.  They must have their points and be ready to present them to Sister Regina on Tuesday.
There will be a Spanish test on Friday the 12th.
Have a great week!
Week of October 1
Looking to the week ahead in fifth grade.
Math - We will be finishing chapter one and will have our first math test on Thursday.
Social Studies - We have been discussing whether or not the colonies should break free from British rule.  Each student was given a side to write a paragraph on why we should be free or why we shouldn't.  These paragraphs were begun in class last week and are due tomorrow (Tuesday).
Language Arts - We are on unit three of vocabulary.  Literacy groups are changing a bit next week.  Principal Segal will not longer have a literacy group so she can use that time to work in her principal duties.  New groups will begin October 9th.
Other Reminders:
There will be no school on Monday, October 8th in observance of Columbus Day.

We have concluded fall NWEA testing.  Any make-ups will take place next week.

Have a great week!
Week of September 24, 2018
The students did a great job presenting their time lines at our Mercy Day celebration on Friday!
Due to there being no school on Friday, we will have the vocabulary unit 2 test we were supposed to have on Friday tomorrow and there will be no new vocabulary unit this week.
This week in math we will exploring powers of 10 and decimal place values.
In social studies we will look at lines of longitude.  We will also discuss some of the different view points people had on whether to break free from English rule or not.  We will also continue our study of Ancient Greece in world history.
The class took the NWEA math test this morning and will be taking the reading next Monday during technology class.
Have a great week!

December Areas of Study

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Math - We will explore multiplication.

Grammar - We will be studying pronouns.

American History - We will study the the American Revolution.  Sixth Grade will study the events leading to the Civil War.

Geography - We will study latitude and longitude.

World History - The fifth and sixth grades will explore Ancient Greece.

Homework Week of 11/19/18

Math - pgs. 150 and 155 due 12/4/18

pgs. 167 and 168 due 12/5/18

p. 169 due 12/6/18

pgs. 171 and 172 odd problems

due 12/6/18

Vocab - open book review test on 12/7/18 for units 1 - 6, no exercises assigned

Grammar - p. 339 exercise 2

p. 341 exercise 4

p. 343 exercises 3 and 4

due 12/6/18

Book Report - book report and book mobile due 12/7/18

Monthly Book Reports:

In addition to nightly assignments, students will also have monthly book reports.  The book assignments are as follows:

September
Choose one of the books provided in class

October
Choose a book by Gary Paulsen

November
Choose a fiction book

December
Choose a non-fiction book

January
Choose one of the historical fiction novels provided

February
Choose a biography or autobiography

March
Work on end of the year project (no book report)

April
Choose a fantasy or science fiction book

*** The specific instructions and due dates will be given monthly. ***