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Science

Instructor
Mrs. Amanda Wood
Department
5th Grade

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Week of February 19th

Hello Parents,
 
I hope you all enjoyed the 4 day weekend!  I can't believe this weather today!!!  Keep the 70 degree days coming!!!  Our visit to Saint Andrews today was fun!  I think the kiddos are getting excited about moving on to bigger and better!  But not yet!  We still have a lot to learn in the 5th grade!  Here's a peek at our week!
 
Religion:
This week we will spend some more time talking about Lent and what it means to us.  We will be working on some beautiful All About Lent poster that will hang in the hallway throughout the season of Lent.  We will also continue our discussion on the Sacrament of Eucharist.
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Our Word of the Week is PLACID.  For our writing prompt, students need to write about what placates them when they are upset or angry.  Chocolate usually does the trick for me!!  We will begin our next novel, Maniac Magee this week.  I am looking forward to starting this book, as I have not read it in quite a long time!  I expect our first quiz to be next Tuesday over Chapters 1-11.  In Grammar the students will be working on Lessons 1 and 2 of Grammar Flip.  On Friday we will have a quiz over Common and Proper Nouns and Basic Capitalization rules.  Spelling packets are due Friday as usual, as well as our Final Drafts
 
Math:
We will cover Lessons 73-75 this week.  On Monday, the children will work on a Reteach packet over lessons 66-70 and next Tuesday we will have a test over those lessons.
 
Science:
We will work on a Solar System WebQuest today and tomorrow to wrap up our unit on Space.  On Thursday we will begin discussing our next unit-Forces and Motion.  We will make some paper helicopters on Thursday to see if we can get them to drop slowly out of the air and on Friday we will go over the vocabulary for the Chapter.  Expect a Vocabulary quiz next Thursday!  I love this unit and I am hoping to have some fun labs in class!!!  Look for pics on my page!
 
Reminders:
-Pack a snack daily
-Replenish School Supplies when you run out
-Gym Clothes NEXT Monday
 
Have a great week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please send me an email!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 
P.S.  Thank you so much for all the Valentine Goodies you gave me last week!  TOTALLY worth the extra work-outs!!!!
 

Week of February 12th-16th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Sunny Monday!  I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend!  We have another 4 day week this week, with a whole lot going on, so let's get started!
 
Religion:
This week, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, we are working on All About God's Love posters. These posters are so cute.  The children get to show examples of God's love in the world, tell what God's love means to them, and share a special Bible Verse about God's love that speaks to them.  Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, and we will be celebrating Mass at 9:00.  We will also read a section in our book about the importance of Lent.
 
Reading/Lang. Arts:
Our Word of the Week is Irk.  The students will be writing paragraphs about what irks them the most.  I am sure I will be reading some good papers this week!  We will review our Holes book today in class and go over the questions for the final test.  I have been going back and forth about when to give the final test.  I am going to move it to Wednesday due to our play this evening.   We will be focusing on Pronouns in our Grammar Flip Program this week.  Spelling packets will be due on Thursday, as well as Final Drafts.  We will have our WoW quiz, Spelling test, and Grammar Quiz on Thursday.
 
Math:
We are working on a Valentine Math Review Packet this week, as well as lessons 71 and 72.  
 
Science: 
Last week we started our individual research on a planet (or dwarf planet) in our solar system.  Students will continue their posters in class this we will also work on a fun phases of the moon activity involving Oreos!!  Our Solar System Lab-a-palooza will continue on through next week!  The Chapter 4 Tests were awesome for the most part!  I think the children really enjoyed our Space unit!
 
Reminders:
-Students should be at the school, in full costume, by 6:15 tonight!
-Pack a snack Daily
-We will exchange Valentines on Wednesday
-Meatless Wednesday for lunch for Ash Wednesday
 
I think that covers it all!  If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 
 

February 5th-February 9th

Good Morning Parents!  Happy Chilly Monday!!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  It was so nice to see so many of you at the Spaghetti Dinner and Dance on Friday!  I sincerely hope no one took any pictures or videos of me busting my moves on the dance floor!  No one needs a re-cap of that!!!  :-)
 
 
One would think that with Catholic Schools Week over, we would have time to take a breath, but that is not going to happen this week I'm afraid!  We have another one jam-packed with play rehearsals, conferences, and our Living Museum!  And what's that I hear about a wintery mix coming Wednesday morning???  Fasten your seatbelts!  Here we go!
 
Religion:
We will complete our first chapter on the Eucharist tomorrow.  On Wednesday, we will have a review over Chapter 10 and the test on Thursday.  Next week we will begin a packet on the Sacrament of Eucharist, along with a cute poster about God's Love that will be a activity for Valentine's Day!
 
Reading/Language Arts:
I can't believe it, but we will be finishing up our Holes novel this week!  I will have the children take a test over the entire book on Friday.  There will be no quiz over the final chapters we will be reading this week.  Our Word of the Week is AMBIDEXTROUS.  Students need to write a paragraph telling what career would being ambidextrous be the most helpful for and why.  We will begin with our word map and essay map today. Rough Drafts will be due Wednesday and Final Copies will be due Friday.  We will continue the use of our Grammar Flip Program this week, focusing on Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases.  We will not have a Grammar Packet this week, but we will have a Grammar Quiz on Friday, along with our Spelling test.  Spelling Packets will go home today and are due Friday.
 
Science:
We will finish up our Crater Lab we started last week today and then begin reviewing for our Chapter 4 Test, which is scheduled for Wednesday!  After the test, we will begin our individual research on planets and create informational posters the remainder of the week.  I also have a webquest and some fun labs scheduled for next week to wrap up our unit on space!
 
Math:
Today my math class will work on a Reteach packet for Lessons 61-65 and there will be a test over these chapters tomorrow.  We will then work on Lessons 71,72, and 73 the remainder of the week.
 
**Reminders**
-Pack a Snack every day!
-Start working on costumes for the play!  We will have a dress rehearsal for the play THIS FRIDAY, so students really need to have their costumes ready by then.  Amazon is a great place to shop for costumes if you are like me and couldn't sew on a button let alone a whole costume! 
-There will be performances for the play at  10:30, 2:30, and 6:30 on February 12th.
-Conferences are tomorrow from 4-8.  If I did not send you a conference sheet, but you feel we should meet, please send me an email and I will make time for you!!
-The children will hold their Living Museum with their special 2nd grade buddies on Wednesday afternoon.  Please make sure your child is familiar with his or her person so we can teach our 2nd grade friends some new things!
 
Whew!  I think that covers it all!  I hope all of you have a wonderful week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me any time!
As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 
 
 
 

Week of January 29th-February 2nd

Dear Parents,
 
Happy Monday and Happy Catholic Schools Week!  It was so nice to see so many families here at Open House yesterday!  I'm glad the children got a chance to show off some of their work and share our classroom with you!  This week is packed full of fun and excitement, and even a little bit of learning!  
 
Events for the Week:
Monday: Career Day and Thank You Cards to Emergency Service Workers
Tuesday: Red, White, and Blue Day
                Family Rosary at 8:35 AM in the Church lead by Father Chris
Wednesday: Spirit Day!
                     Get up and Dance
                     Vocations Speaker 10:15
                     5th grade/Faculty Volleyball Game Starting at 1:00
Thursday:  Favorite Literary/Fictional Character Dress Up Day
                  Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
Friday:  School Uniforms
             Mass at St. Andrews (Pack a brown bag lunch or order pizza)
             Spaghetti Dinner and Dance in the evening
 
And what will we be learning this week?  Here are my tenative plans for the week:
 
Religion:
Today we began chapter 10 and our discussion on the Eucharist.  We will be talking about what the Sacrament of Eucharist is, why we celebrate it, and what it does for our faith and connection with God.  I expect to have a test over this Chapter NEXT Wednesday.
 
Reading/Language Arts:
We are still working our way through Holes!  The plot is getting interesting!  This week we will have an open-book/open-note quiz over chapters 29-39 on Wednesday.  Our Word of the Week is Gregarious!  We will begin our Essay Maps and Rough Drafts today and tomorrow.  Final copies will be due on Friday.  Our Grammar concept this week is Adverbs.  Spelling Packets and Grammar packets will be due on Friday, but due to our trip to Saint Andrew on Friday, we will need to have our Spelling Test, Grammar Quiz, and Vocab Quiz on Thursday.  I don't want the children to feel rushed while taking these quizzes, and I am afraid we just won't have a lot of time when we return to Seton on Friday.
 
Science:  I am hoping to finish up lesson 4 and read through lesson 5 in Science this week.  We will be discussing meteoroids and Pluto.  I am hoping to have a lab this week on Meteoroids as well.  I am still planning on our Chapter 4 test being on Tuesday or Wednesday next week.  I will be sending out review guides via email this week.  Then we will begin a week and a half of Lab-a-palooza Take 4!
 
Math:  This week in math, we will work on lessons 68,69, and 70.  With snow days and Catholic Schools Week extras, we are a bit behind my plans, but we are getting back on track.  We will have another cumulative test over lessons 61-65 next Tuesday.
 
Reminders:
*Please send in toiletries and personal care items for donations this week!
*Pack a snack every day
*Students must decide if they are packing lunch or buying pizza on Friday.  If they are packing, all lunches must be in a throw-away bag.  We don't want to lose anything or have to bring anything back with us.
*Act of Faith Prayer test on Friday!
*Biography Report due Friday!
*Scholastic Book Orders due Friday!
 
Have a great week!  Thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 
 
 
 

Dec.11th-15th

Hello Parents and Happy Monday!  I hope all of you stayed warm and cozy over the weekend!  The snow was a nice surprise, but I was happy to enjoy it from the comfort of my couch and blanket!  The countdown has started...Christmas Break is within our grasp!  Here's a look at what is going on this week:
 
Religion:  
Last week our class learned about the O Antiphons.  The children made some lovely posters with the prayers and symbols.  Today, we began making shadowboxes for the O Antiphons.  Once we have them completed and placed out in the hallway it's going to look wonderful!  We will begin Chapter 8 this week in our textbook.  Chapter 8 focuses on The Coming of the Holy Spirit.  I believe we will have a test over this chapter NEXT Wednesday.
 
Reading/Lang. Arts:
Our word this week is Colossal!  Our prompt is, What would you do if a colossal shadow came over you?  We are going to try to start rough drafts today and Final Copies will be due on Friday.  We will also be finishing our novel, The Cay, this week.  If all goes according to plan, we will have a quiz over Chapters 13-19 on Friday and next Wednesday we will have a final book test.  I know it seems like we just started the book, but it is quite short.  I promise, we aren't rushing through it!  In Grammar, we will be discussing Regular and Irregular verbs.  Spelling Packets and Grammar packets are due on Friday.  Spelling City is all set up for the lesson this week.  Children now get WoodBucks for each activity they complete by the end of the week.  We also began our Accelerated Reader program last week.  I sent letters home explaining the program, what I plan to do with it, and your child's reading goals for this trimester.  I am happy to say the children are super excited about the Accelerated Reader and stickers are already going up on our point chart!  
 
Science:  
Last week, the children worked on their Biomes Posters with a partner.  We started presenting the final project on Thursday.  The posters look amazing!  As soon as everyone presents and I have the posters all hung up, I will take some pictures of our wall of biomes and post them!  Tomorrow, we are going to begin our discussion on amphibians.  Students will get packets tomorrow.  Please be sure those packets stay in binders, as they will serve as our "textbooks" this week and next.  Again, if things go according to plan, we will also be making Amphibian research Flipbooks.  This may not start until next week though!  I LOVE talking about amphibians, so if this conversation carries on into January, I am ok with that! 
 
Math:  
This week we will cover lessons 57-60 and work on a Reteach packet that covers lessons 51-55.  On Monday next week, we will have a test over 51-55.
 
I'm so proud of how hard the kiddos are working.  They really are putting forth some great effort!  I hope they keep that up for the remainder of our time before Christmas break!
 
Reminders:
-Bring a snack daily
-We are in short supply of the thin point black sharpies.  The kids want to use them all the time, but they never have them.  I have some, but often the kiddos don't return what they borrow from me.  WoodBucks to anyone who brings in a pack to share with the class!
-A few children did not turn in their D.A.R.E. essay today for Officer Skip.  He will be here again on Friday.  Please make sure your angel has theirs finished!
 
 
Have a fabulous week!  If you need anything, have questions, comments, or concerns, please email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 

Week of November 27th

Hello Parents and Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a nice, peaceful Thanksgiving break!  I know it was sure nice to get in some good quality family time at the Wood House!  I can't believe there are only 31/2 weeks until Christmas break!!!  Where in the world is this year going!!!  We have full schedule until the Christmas Holidays!  Here is a peek at what we having going on this week:
 
Religion:
In class, we will be reading Chapters 6 and 7 this week.  Both chapters are extremely short and cover the Liturgical Year and Ordinary Time.  There will be no tests over these chapters.  On Friday we will begin our discussion on Advent by coloring Advent Wreaths.  We will have an oral test over the Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great on December 8th.  
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Today we began a new novel, The Cay.  This is a shorter novel and our goal is to finish it before the Christmas break.  We will read chapters 1-6 this week and there will be a quiz on Friday.  Students will be allowed to use books and packets for the quiz.  Our Word of the Week is Novel.  Our prompt is, "What invention or idea would would have seemed novel to our grandparents.  Final Drafts may now be typed, but the rough drafts still need to be hand-written.  Spelling Packets and Grammar Packets were passed out today.  Our spelling list is already on Spelling City.  We will be covering Subject Pronouns, Object Pronouns, and Antecedents this week.  
 
Science:
We will have our Chapter 3 Science test on Wednesday.  The children worked on the book review today, and we will do a class review tomorrow.  On Thursday we will begin our in-class biome project.  I can't wait to see what great ideas the children come up with!
 
Math:
We we will cover Lessons 51-54 in my class this week.  I expect to have a test over Lessons 46-50 next Tuesday.
 
*Reminders*
-On Friday, the 5th grade will be selling the magnets and buttons we have worked so hard to make!  Each item will cost $1.  We also have an out of uniform day on Friday for $1.  The money raised from the magnet/button sales and the out of uniform day will all go towards the Adopt a Family program.  Students will be allowed to purchase at least 2, possibly 3 items at our sale.  Personally, I plan on sending $5 will each of my daughters that day.  That will cover the out of uniform, 2 items from the sale, and a small extra donation.  
-Please pack a snack daily (thanks for those who brought snacks to share!)
-I think some of our school supplies are due to be replenished.  Items the children seem to be borrowing and not returning include black skinny sharpies, pencils, colored pens, highlighters, and markers.  
 
I hope all of you have a fabulous week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to send me an email!  Thank you for sharing your children with me!  It was good too see them today!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of October 16th

Happy Tuesday, Families!  I hope all of you had a nice weekend!  We have so many fun things planned for this week!  I can't wait to get started!!!!
 
Religion:
We are now working in Chapter 3, which focuses on the 7 Sacraments.  On Thursday, I introduced the Sacraments to the children and discussed what type of Sacrament each was.  Heads up, the children will need to be able to tell me if a Sacrament is a Sacrament of Christian Initiation, Healing, or Service. We will have a Chapter 3 Test on October 25th
 
Reading/Expression:
NO SPELLING/NO WRITING PROMPT THIS WEEK!!!
We are working on chapters 5-8 in Hatchet this week and next!  Like section 1, there are 20 vocabulary words the children will need to know the definitions of.  We will have test over chapters 5-8 on October 26th.  We are working on the vocabulary now.  Students should have a full list by tomorrow.
 
Math:
My Math Class is working on Lessons 38,39, and 40 this week.  Because we have a field trip on Friday, I need to give the children a cumulative test on MONDAY next week.
 
Science:
This week we are focusing on the design process of science.Today we took our Chapter 2 Vocabulary Quiz and made moving models of a human arm.  Students will have the chance to complete some assignments on PearsonRealize in class this week, as well as read Lesson 3. We will review for the Chapter 2 Test NEXT MONDAY and the test will be NEXT TUESDAY.  I will post a study guide soon!
 
Reminders:
Wednesday-Crazy Hat and Sock Day
Thursday-Movie and Popcorn Day 
Friday-Field Trip and Tech Day!!!
 
****We will be watching Finding Dory on Thursday.  It is PG and per school rules, I need parental consent from all of you, allowing your child to watch this movie.  I have a form...but forgot to send it home.  If you want, you can wait until the form goes home Wednesday, or you can just send in a note stating it is ok for your child to watch this movie in class.
 
Thank you so much for all you do!  I hope you have a great week, and thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood 
 

Week of September 18th

Hello 5th Grade Parents!  I hope you and your children had a wonderful 3-day weekend!  As you may already know,the staff here at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton were not off school.  In fact, we were here together working towards our faith formation goals.  It was a beautiful time spent with each other and God, and it left me with a sense of peace and information I can't wait to share with my class!
 
I have a full week planned for the children this week!  Here are some highlights!
 
Religion
We will begin Chapter 3 in our text this week.  Chapter 3 focuses on the 7 Sacraments.  I am looking forward to the conversations we will have in class!  We will also be starting to work out of our Bibles a bit more in class.  On Tuesdays after Mass, the children and I will either read the daily Reading or the Gospel together and they will reflect on the readings in their prayer Journals.  On Fridays, we will pick a reading for the upcoming weekend Masses and reflect on it.  This is a great way for the children to become familiar with the parts of the Bible and how to look the Scripture up.  It also gives them the opportunity to have a mental conversation with God.  
 
Science
We will be finishing up our first chapter in Science this week!  Today we will do a lab to test absorbency of different paper towels.  We will then finish Lesson 4 on Wednesday and Review for the Chapter Test on Thursday!  The Chapter 1 Test will be on Friday!  The children have really done a great job with this chapter, so I am expecting everyone to do well on the test!
 
Reading/Language Arts
Our WoW word is Pedestrian this week!  I am anxious to see how many children actually know what this word means.  I think they will be surprised by the definition we come up with!  We will start our Rough draft today and as always, the Final Copy is due Friday.  I read through last week's prompts, and I am quite happy to see improvements in our writing already!  These children are quite talented!  We will continue our novel and read Chapters 7 and 8 this week.  There will be a quiz over these chapters on Friday.  Spelling packets will go out today and will be due on Friday.  This week's list is up on Spelling City, so if your child has time, he or she can always hop on the website for a few minutes!
 
Math
We will be working on lessons 24 and 25 this week.  Lesson 24 focuses on the use of Parentheses and the Associative Property, while Lesson 25 focuses on listing factors of whole numbers.  We will have a cumulative test on Thursday over lessons 21-25.  Please be sure your child is reviewing his or her facts each evening for about 5 minutes.  
 
Looking into the future...
I will be having my 1st annual Lab-a-polooza during the week of September 25th.  We will be working on 3 main labs throughout the week that will apply the concepts we have been learning in Science.  I will need 2 bags of gummy worms and about 4 bags of gummy bears for these labs.  If you are interested in donating those items, I would be so appreciative!  
 
I will also be doing a lab later in October that will involve several types of Halloween candy and SEVERAL sugar cubes.  If you would like to donate one bag of the following candies, or a box of sugar cubes, please let me know!  We will need Twix, Hershey Bars, Starbursts, Skittles, Milky Ways, and 3 Musketeers.
 
Thanks so much for all you do!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at wooda@saseas.org 
As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 

Week of September 4th

 Happy Tuesday Families!  I hope all of you had a wonderful, long weekend!  I know I sure did!  Due to the shortened week though, we do have a long to-do list!  Here is a quick run-down on what to expect this week!
 
Religion:
Last week, we finished up Chapter 1 in our textbook.  On Wednesday, we will have our first Religion test.  Before the test, we will have a quick review over the concepts and ideas we discussed last week.  On Thursday, we will dive right into Chapter 2.  Our class is also preparing the Mass for next Tuesday.  The children will be given their petitions and readings today (hopefully).  If your child has a speaking part, please practice with him/her this week.  We will go to the church on Monday to practice as a class.
 
Science:
We are continuing our chapter on how scientists investigate this week.  Today, we will prepare several pieces of bread by putting them in different wrappings. At the end of the week, we will observe which wrapping kept the bread the freshest.  We will really be focusing on the Scientific Method-especially interpreting our data.   Don't forget, we have our Chapter 1 Vocabulary Quiz on Wednesday!  Students have the words and definitions in their Science Notebooks!
 
Reading/Lang. Arts/Expression
Our new Word of the Week is Perturbed.  Today we will learn about the word and discuss our new writing prompt.  Students will begin rough drafts today! Our first writing assignments from last week were pretty good!  I expect all of the children to improve each week with their writing skills.  We are definitely off to a great start!
 
We are continuing our discussion on nouns this week.  We will be focusing on possessive nouns, nouns as subjects, and collective, concrete, and abstract nouns.
 
Our spelling list is up on Spelling City now.  I have not officially assigned the work to the students on this site, but I would like them to at least visit the site once or twice a week to get familiar with the words.  Packets will go home today and are due Friday.  All the words have the long e and a sounds.  
 
We will be reading Chapters 3 and 4 of our novel this week.  The children really seem to be enjoying The Mixed up Files so far!  On Friday, there will be another quiz over these two chapters.  
 
Math:
Now that all the testing is finished up and the classes are split up, we can finally begin our Math instruction!  The children in my math class will be starting on Lesson 16 of our book.  You can expect math homework each night, as I strongly believe math is one subject that needs to be practiced constantly.  If you know your child still struggles a bit with multiplication facts, please have him/her review the facts for about 5 minutes each night.  I have my daughter flip through flashcards right before she goes to sleep each night. We have made it part of our nightly routine, and it seems to be helping quite a bit!
 
 
I hope all of you have a wonderful week!  I missed these kiddos over the long weekend, and it was so nice to see their happy little faces this morning!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at wooda@saseas.org any time!!
 
Thank you for sharing your children with me!
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood