St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School

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Miss Carol Ducheny
5th Grade

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Week of December 18, 2017

Religion - This week we are wrapping up Advent.  The students are continuing to prepare their hearts for coming of Christ’s birth by saying the Angelus before recess, saying extra prayers throughout the day, and doing kind deeds for others.  They are keeping track of their progress by coloring in an Advent wreath.

Language Arts - We have finished with The Cay.  The students have taken the book test so we will be ready for our next book in the new year! Our booktalk for November’s book will be held tomorrow.  The students have jotted down some thoughts in order to “sell” their book.  During the Christmas break, I would like every student to get a Biography for the January book report.

Math - This week we embarked on a math quest reindeer roundup!  The students have to complete a variety of tasks, using their mathematical skills,  in order to retrieve Santa’s reindeer, scattered throughout the world, in time for Christmas!

Social Studies - Students took on the role of an explorer and held an electronic conversation with another explorer.  They needed to tell about themselves and ask questions from their fellow explorer. The students got a kick out of watching their partners comments on the screen as they were talking “typing”.

Most importantly, thank you for sharing your child with me during this school year.  It is both an honor and a pleasure to be a part of your child’s life.  Have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Week of December 11, 2017

Religion - Last week we completed our activities and chapter on Advent.  Instead of memorizing a prayer for December, the students have been reciting The Angelus before going out to recess.  The Angelus pays tribute to a crucial aspect of Mary’s role in the Incarnation, when it quotes from Luke’s Gospel “be it done to me according to thy word” (Lk 1:38). This wonderful event could not have happened without her consent, without what is known as her fiat. By saying “yes” to God in allowing herself to become His mother, she showed us the ultimate example of trust in our Creator!  We will continue to say this prayer throughout the Advent and the Christmas seasons.  This week, the students are working on shadow boxes depicting the O’Antiphons.  Each shadow box will include the title of the prayer and the date it will be prayed.  It will also include the 2 symbols for the antiphon.  Look for these to be posted in the hallway outside of the classroom door.


Language Arts - We are continuing to read The Cay.  The students have been working on the following reading comprehension skills using this book: use of figurative language, inferencing, and cause and effect. We are also comparing how Philip’s character has changed since the beginning of the book.

Our goal is to finish this book before Christmas break.  This week our WoW word is colossal.  The prompt is, What would you do if a colossal shadow came over you?  The writing trait we are spotlighting this week is Ideas.  This includes adding supporting detail sentences using strong adjectives and verbs to enhance the paragraph.


Math - We begin this week by continuing to learn about how to multiply fractions. Last week we used fraction manipulatives to discover when multiplying fractions the product is less than what you started with.  We will then move into converting units of weight and mass in both the metric and US Customary System.  Toward the end of the week, we will work with exponents and square roots.


Social Studies -  We will be having our first test on Chapter 4, Lessons 1-2 on Tuesday.  The students will be tested on Vocabulary and Reading Check questions.  Our final test for the chapter will be on Friday.  It will cover Lessons 3-4.  I have a special Social Studies project in mind for next week. It will be completed totally in the classroom and the students should get a kick out of it.

Week of November 27, 2017

Final week of the Ducheny, Wood's Button and Magnet Factory!  The students have been working quite hard producing works of art to be sold this Friday for the Adopt A Family Program.
Religion - This week we will be learning about the Liturgical Year, throughout which we remember and celebrate the life of Christ.  The students will be learning about the liturgical seasons and what is emphasised in each.  For example in Ordinary Time we learn about the life of Christ and grow as his followers. 
Language Arts - The WoW word for this week is novel.  The prompt is: What is novel to  your grandparents by not to you?
This week we are putting the final touches on the matchbook summaries for Hatchet, as well as, beginning our new class book, The Cay.  
Social Studies - We are starting Chapter 4 which tells about the early colonies in the Americas.  We will be discussing the conundrum:  What became of the LOST COLONY?

Week of November 13, 2017

The fifth grade Button and Magnet Factory is officially open for business!  The students are making both buttons and magnets to sell for the Adopt-A-Family Program.  We will be selling this artwork on Friday, December 1, 2017.
Religion - In chapter 5, the students are learning about the different parts of the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. They will be identifying the various symbols used in the Sacrament and will look up Bible verses referenced in the Blessing of Water.
Language Arts - The WoW word for this week is ludicrous.  The prompt is: What do you think is ludicrous?  Just a reminder: anytime a student finds a WoW word, in a book they are reading, on TV, or in the newspaper, he/she is to bring in a note or the book to receive a merit!  In Reading, we are continuing to read Hatchet.  I would like to finish this book before Thanksgiving!  The students are working hard on their chapter summaries for the matchbook folder.
Social Studies - We finished lesson 3 today.  Tomorrow the students will be learning about how to read an elevation map.  I would like to have a quiz on Friday covering both lessons 3 and 4 vocabulary and reading check questions.

Week of November 6, 2017

Religion – This week, we are continuing to learn about the Sacrament of Baptism which gives us new life in Christ.  Along with Chapter 4, the students will be working on a Baptism packet, connecting what they have learned in the textbook to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We will continue our study of this sacrament in Chapter 5 which describes the symbols used in the sacrament, as well as, the gifts that are received in Baptism.

Language Arts – Our WoW word is conundrum.  The prompt is: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  We are continuing to read the book Hatchet.  After reading each chapter, the students are writing a short story summary.  These summaries will be placed in a Matchbook Summary Folder. Along with this, the students are completing a Tri-fold booklet for every 4 chapters.  A specific comprehension strategy is highlighted for every chapter.  In grammar, we are working on identifying and writing a complete sentence.  We are also working on subject-verb agreement in our writing.

Social Studies – We are continuing our unit on Early Explorers.  This week, we will be completing lessons 1 and 2, describing the aims, obstacles, and accomplishments of early explorers.  Our quiz will be on Thursday, after completing notecards and playing a Jeopardy game as a review

Week of October 23, 2017

Religion - I was so very proud of our 5th graders last Friday.  They were asked to help pick up the crosses for the innocent children.  They worked for about 45 minutes, saying a short prayer as they picked up each cross.  Then they folded it and placed it in a bin.  When the bin was full, they carried it to the truck and returned with the empty bin to start all over again.  They did everything that was asked of them! This week in Religion, we are finishing up on Chapter 3 which is an overview of the sacraments.

Language Arts - Our WoW word is herpetology.  There will not be a prompt this week due to the Art Essay the students need to write.  Due to a short week, our spelling and vocabulary tests will be on Thursday! In reading, we are continuing to read Hatchet.  After reading each chapter, the students are writing short chapter summaries which will be included in their matchbook Hatchet folder.  Along with this, the students are completing a tri-fold for every four chapters.  Each page, in the tri-fold deals with a different comprehension skill.  

Math - The students are learning about decimals using a meter stick by writing metric measures of length as decimal numbers.  They are also converting units of length in the metric system.  

Social Studies - We are beginning Chapter 3 on Early Explorers.  The first lesson will be on Exploration and Technology.  The students are always amazed when they discover the new technology was faster ships, better maps, and new navigational tools.  They will also be learning why Europeans began to look for a sea route to Asia.

Week of October 16, 2017

What a crazy, fun-filled week of learning experiences we have prepared for this week!  Since it is a 4-day week with a field trip on Friday, Mrs. Wood and I have decided to dispense with the spelling packet and test.  The students earned a week without a WoW prompt as one of the prizes for the Run4Fun, therefore, there will not be a WoW prompt or vocabulary test either.  About this time you might be wondering about the learning experiences part of the week.  During our Language Arts time we will spend the additional time on grammar lessons (for future prompts), as well as, our comprehension tri-folds and matchbook summaries for Hatchet. Religion, Math, Social Studies and Science will go on as normal.

Religion – We will be learning about what the Seven Sacraments are, and how the Church celebrates them. Throughout the rest of the year, we will be studying these sacraments, one at a time, in a more in depth format.  On Friday, the fifth graders have been asked to help take down the crosses of the innocent.  We will do this in the afternoon, after the students eat their lunch and have some down time (recess). 

Social Studies – We will finish Unit 2 by learning about the Northwest and Arctic Native Americans.  Then we will finish the review workbook pages and begin our next unit.  Chapter 3 will be on the age of exploration.  We will be learning about and discussing the cultural differences and competition for land which let to conflicts among different groups in the Americas.

Week of October 2, 2017

Religion – This week, we are continuing our lessons on Mary.  Last week, the students watched a power point presentation on the various titles for Mary.  Then they picked out a title for Mary.  Using the internet, or pictures of Mary in the home, the students were to find a picture that went with their title.  They are to bring these pictures into school by this Thursday.  Each student will mount their picture on construction paper and write a reflection of why they chose their picture.  This Friday, the fifth grade will be making their very own Rosary!


Language Arts – Our WoW word is impeccable.  The prompt is: What do you thinks tastes impeccable?  We finished the book From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  This week we are beginning our next novel, Hatchet. The September book project is due Wednesday, October 4th.  The October genre is Mystery.  Students need to be looking for a mystery to read during the month of October.  You won’t believe the book project for the Mystery genre J.


Social Studies – We are continuing our unit on Native Americans.  This week, we will be studying the Native Americans who lived on the Plains and the tribes who lived in the Southwest. We will have a Quiz after lessons 3 and 4.

Week of September 19, 2017

Religion – This week we are finishing chapter 2.  In this chapter the students are learning how they can participate in the mission of the Church and how they can give witness to Christ today. Pop Quiz: Ask your child what the Paschal Mystery is, and the difference between the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. J  We are also learning about the events that happened in Fatima.  The statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be here at Mass on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.  Please join us if you are able.

Language Arts – This week’s WoW  word is pedestrian.  The prompt is: What is the most nonpedestrian thing you have ever done?  We are focusing in on the writing trait of sentence fluency.  In grammar, we are finishing up on nouns and moving onto verbs. In Reading, the students are finishing reading their September book.  The Book Project will be coming home this Friday.  It will be due on October 4, 2017.  In class, we are continuing to read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Bail E. Frankweiler.  Will Jamie and Claudia be caught?  Will they discover the answer to the mystery of the angel? 

Math – We have been using the divisibility rules to break down a target number into its prime factorization.  We are also working on probability by describing the chance that an event will occur or not occur.

Social Studies – We have begun Unit 2 Native Americans.  The first lesson begins with the Early People and some of the various theories of how people came to North and South America.  Throughout this chapter there will be small quizzes on vocabulary words and reading check questions, as well as an end to the chapter test.