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Week of April 4

Happy Easter! Today is the day the Church celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation, which is usually celebrated on March 25th. This year, March 25th was Good Friday so the feast day was moved to today!
This week we will:
Religion: Discuss Divine Mercy Sunday, how long Easter Season will last, make place mats for the Prison retreat and review the different types of prayer.
Language Arts: take a look and work with words that end in -ion for Spelling Unit 25 and our WoW is MALICIOUS. The prompt is: Persuade someone to NOT do a malicious act. We will start our novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Math Voto: continue working with fractions.
Science: estimate density using marshmallows to sink a film canister in water. Collecting all classroom data, we will determine if our estimations hold true!
 
Your child must look for a mystery novel for the month of April.

Week of March 21 - HOLY WEEK

This week is the holiest week of the year. What are you differently to show that it is holy? That is the question I have posed for my 5th graders, but it can be for all of us. How is this week different?
Religion - We finished our chapter on prayer and will be moving into a review of the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Language Arts - We will not be having a WoW prompt nor a Spelling packet for this week. Instead, look for pages of work with grammar and exercises with reading skills.
Math - We are working on adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators.
Science - We continue to explore density as a physical property of matter.
 
May you experience a very Holy Easter this year!

Week of March 14, 2016

We are finishing up our IOWA testing this week. Please continue to make sure your child has a good night's rest as well as eating breakfast each morning to ensure the best possible results!
Religion - We begin Chapter 12, which discusses the types of prayer we use.
Language Arts - We will be studying spelling patterns using prefixes this week in Unit 24. Our WoW is BENEVOLENT and the prompt is: Describe what a benevolent act would look like for a 5th grader. We continue our study of the novel, The Cay and we are working on identifying adjectives.
Math Voto - We are gathering data and discussing ways to display this data. We are also working with adding/subtracting fractions.
Science - We are exploring density of matter this week and connecting why density can be used to identify materials.
 
Most of the 5th graders have turned in their permission slips for COSI. We have scheduled this field trip for April 7th, which is the Thursday we return from Easter Break! (Please remember that they will need to be picked up at 6:00 p.m. that evening!)
 

Week of March 7, 2016

This week we continue to work on IOWA Testing! Please make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep and breakfast each morning for the best possible testing results!
Religion - We are finishing Chapter 11 about the Sacrament of the Eucharist celebrated within the Mass.
Language Arts - We continue reading The Cay and discuss ways to combine sentences in English. In Spelling, we practice with words that have unstressed syllables...Unit 23. There will be no alternate word lists. The WoW for this week is TENACIOUS and the prompt asks students to write about a time when they were tenacious or they are to write about a time they saw someone else be tenacious.
VotoMath - We begin Unit 6 which has us adding and subtracting fractions.
Science - We continue to look at ways to measure and identify matter.

Please mark your calendars!

 There will be a parent assembly March 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Seton's Cafeteria featuring Keenan West!  He is a nationally renowned speaker on Bully Prevention! 

NO RSVP is required!

Week of February 29 - Leap Day!

Religion - Entries are being made in our prayer journals as we move through Lent, reflecting on our journey. We are also finishing Chapter 10, the Eucharist and moving into Chapter 11 about the celebration of the Eucharist at Holy Mass. The children have been making visits to the Blessed Sacrament in order to quiet themselves to hear God's voice!
L.A. - We have been busy trying to figure out how to combine sentences and use punctuation marks to help our weekly prompts get stronger. Unit 22 Spelling packet is for all students this week because we have begun Iowa testing! Our prompt for CLAUSTROPHOBIA is a choice. Your child could choose to write about a time he/she felt claustrophobic OR Write about if you would feel more claustrophobic in an airplane or standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon. We continue our novel, The Cay.
VotoMath - We are finishing up chapter 5 and will have a test by the end of the week. Expect a study sheet to go home on Tuesday.
Science - The fifth graders are discovering ways to measure matter. We are currently figuring out how a balance works.

Week of Feb. 22

Religion - While we are working to identify ways to grow closer to God for Lent, we are also finishing our chapter on the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Language Arts - We are working on Unit 21 in Spelling and our Wow is INCLEMENT. The prompt asks the students to write about how they would prepare for an inclement situation. We have started reading the novel, The Cay and are working on looking at sentence structure.
Math - We are working on converting fractions to decimals and decimals to percents. We should be ready to take a test soon on chapter 5. I'm looking at next week for that to happen. (It's good to have goals!)
Science - We are returning to MATTER and ways to measure it. Density is going to be the work this week after a quick review of volume.
 

Week of Feb 8

Religion: We begin Lent on Wednesday. 5A will be helping with the Mass @ 9:00. We are working on Chapter 10 - the celebration of the Eucharist.
Language Arts: We are working on Unit 19 Spelling packet. It must be completed by Thursday because we are off on Friday. Our WoW is IRK and the prompt has the students writing about what 'irks' them. The students should have found a novel that is centered around a different culture. There are still students who have not shown me their book choice for this month. We are slao going to begin a new novel this week. Either The Cay or Bud, Not Buddy.
Math: The students continue working with fractions and converting them to decimals!
Science: We are finishing up our unit on Amphibians. The students will be tested on the animal group, not individual amphibians. They have their notes to study. I was planning on test Thursday, but it looks like it will happen next week!
 
***One final note: Please note that the students should only be bringing in peanut/tree nut free snacks, including for their birthdays! No more Dunkin Donuts should be brought into our classroom. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter!***

Week of February 1

Happy Catholic Schools' Week! It was great to see so many of you at our open house on Sunday! Do Not forget that conferences are being held on Thursday of this week!
Religion: We are working on the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Language Arts: There will be no Wow or Spelling packet this week. We are working on finishing our Maniac Magee study, along with some added grammar study. We will also be reviewing letter writing skills!
Math: The kids have been working on equivalent fractions and we will be moving into decimals!
Science: We are finishing are written reports on amphibians!
 
 

Week of Jan 25, 2016

Religion: We are finishing up our Monstrance creations (which are so beautiful)! Students have been practicing/memorizing their Act of Faith prayer for January and we begin our next chapter (Chapter 10 - The
Eucharist) in our book.
Language Arts: We are working on Spelling Packet 18 - spelling patterns for changing 'y' to 'i' and adding our suffix. The WoW is AMBIDEXTROUS and the prompt is: What career would being ambidextrous help the most? Why? Remember, do not use words I, me and my! We continue reading  the novel, Maniac Magee.
Math: We are working on fractions and mixed numbers.
Science: We are finishing up our work on our power point presentations for our amphibians. I am asking that some of the work at this point be done at home. The children have done their research and are familiar with how to maneuver through the program, so this should not be a daunting task!
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday! 

Week of January 19

Religion: We will finish the chapter on Confirmation. This week we take a closer look at the Gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Language Arts: We focus on Unit 17 in Spelling, which includes spelling patterns for adding -ing and -ed on the endings of words. Our WoW is GREGARIOUS and the prompt has the children writing about if they are gregarious or solitary or a little of both.
Math: We continue are work on fractions, especially equivalent fractions.
Science: The students are hard at work gathering information for their amphibian reports. They are putting together a powerpoint presentation and a written report!