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Week of September 14, 2015

Religion – We completed Chapter 2.  In this chapter, the students learned about the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. Our next chapter will lead us into our study of Mary.  The students will be learning that Mary is a model of discipleship for us and for the Church.  Some of the doctrinal content we will be covering are; Mary is Jesus’ first disciple, Mary is the most blessed among women, Mary is the greatest of all the saints and, how the Church remembers and honors Mary.


Language Arts – Our WoW word is pedestrian.  The definition we are using is dull or boring.  The prompt is: What is the most nonpedestrian thing you have ever done?  In Reading we are beginning our Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks.  The first lesson is on Story Vocabulary where we discuss the meaning of plot, setting complications (problems), antagonist, and protagonist.  First the students viewed a short video of Little Red Riding Hood, then they identified the story vocabulary words with the video.  Finally we connected our class book, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, to this story vocabulary by determining which vocabulary word went with which character or event.


Math – This week, the students learned what a square number was and how to find its square root.  Our final lesson in this chapter is learning about factor strings and prime factorizations.  A study guide will be used to practice for the chapter test.


Social Studies – This week we are completing the last two lessons in   Chapter 1: Our Nation’s Geography.  These two lessons deal with the factors that affect climate and vegetation, and how geographical physical features affect where settlements were built.  The students should be ready for the chapter test by the end of this week.

Week of August 24, 2015

Welcome to 5th grade!!!
As you can imagine, we started the year by organizing, learning a little about each other, and practicing our daily routines. One major change from 4th to 5th grade is having lockers. At the beginning of the year it is a challenge for the students to keep all of their books and supplies in their lockers instead of their desks and THEN be able to pack up everything they need for the morning or afternoon classes! This is a work in progress that the class is handling quite well. 
 Religion – We are adding to our knowledge base about Jesus and identifying ways we can follow him.
 Lang. Arts – The word of the week (WOW) is garrulous. The prompt is, which animal do you think is garrulous? Students need to write a paragraph with 3 main ideas for choosing their particular animal and 3 supporting details. They are to follow the paragraph planner in their vocabulary folder. Prompts are due on Thursday.
 In Reading we are beginning our first class novel, From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
 Math – We are focusing in on multiplication facts, by identifying all given factors for a target number.
 Social Studies – This year we are studying American History. The students will have their user name and password to use the online book. There is a direct link to the online book on my Links page.