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Mrs. Amanda Wood
5th Grade

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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!
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.  
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!
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 
As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
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!
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.
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.  
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 any time!!
Thank you for sharing your children with me!
Mandy Wood