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Week of February 1, 2016

It's hard to believe we are in the month of February!
Along with the special activities for Catholic Schools Week, we are covering the following material.
Religion - We are beginning Chapter 10.  In this chapter, the students will be learning about the importance of Eucharist and that Jesus is the Bread of Life.  The point that Jesus is truly present under the appearances of bread and wine will be emphasised.
Language Arts - We are close to finishing Maniac Magee.  Hopefully, we will finish it by the end of this week.  There will not be a WoW word or Spelling packet this week due to the disruption of our schedule. There will, however, be one next week. :-)
Social Studies - We are finishing up Chapter 5 on the New England Colonies. Ask your child how the childhood of the New England colonist compared to his/her own childhood.  The test will be sometime early next week.

Week of January 25, 2016

Religion - We are studying the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The students are learning about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and how the Sacraments of Confirmation and Baptism are connected.
Language Arts - Our WoW word this week is ambidextrous.  Writing prompt: What career would being ambidextrous help the most? Why?  
We are continuing to read the book, Maniac Magee and should be finishing it by the end of next week.
Social Studies - We are beginning our study of the Thirteen Colonies by focusing our attention on the New England Colonies.  By the end of this week, ask your child to compare their life to that of a child in the New England Colonies. 

Week of January 11, 2016

Religion - We are continuing to learn more about the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The students have already learned about the sacraments that are linked to Confirmation, as well as, the two essential signs of the Gift of the Holy Spirit.  This week we will be discussing the different parts of the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Language Arts - The WoW word for this week is plethora.  The prompt is: Is it good to have a plethora of homework, or recesses, or is it better to have a reasonable amount of both?
In Reading we are continuing to read Maniac Magee.  The book is divided into three parts.  As the student reads, he/she will be filling out a vocabulary study worksheet on key words found in the book.  The page will be noted and the student will be practicing their context clues skills to determine the meaning of the word in the passage. 
Social Studies - We are finishing up Chapter 4 this week and "hopefully"  beginning the next Unit on the thirteen colonies!  There will not be a formal chapter test since we started this chapter during November and have had a plethora of interruptions.  Instead, progress will be measured by the grades posted for the workbook pages completed throughout this chapter. 

Week of January 4, 2016

The Christmas season is drawing to a close, I hope everyone had a joyous and blessed holiday.  Now it is time to go back to work! 
Religion - We started off the week with a Mass celebrating the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Throughout the rest of this week, we will discuss the Christmas season and how the Church rejoices in the Incarnation.
Language Arts - The WoW of the week is extrovert.  The prompt is; Could one be an extrovert at home, but be shy or introverted at school?  What do you think?  
The genre for January is nonfiction.  The students will need a nonfiction book with them at all times to read during quiet reading or when they are finished with their work.  
In English, we are continuing our grammar study on pronouns.  We will be practicing using pronouns as direct or indirect objects in sentences.  Our next class book will be Maniac Magee.
Social Studies -  We are finishing up lesson 3 on the Plymouth Colony and beginning the last lesson of this chapter discussing the French and Dutch colonies.

Week of December 6, 2015

The fifth graders worked very hard, last week, designing, making, and selling buttons.  They raised over $774.00 dollars!  Way to go 5th grade!!!  
Therefore this week should be a normal week.
Religion - We are continuing our discussion of Advent.  The students are given a Bible verse each morning and are asked to read the verse, reflect on its meaning, and then write in their prayer journals how they live out that message in their life today.  We are also learning about the O Antiphons.  The students are able to identify the seven names for Jesus and the symbols connected to them.
Language Arts - Our WoW word is colossal.  The prompt is; What would you do if a colossal shadow came over you?
Reading - We are continuing to read Where the Red Fern Grows.  Our goal is to finish this book before the Christmas break.  We are also working on our comprehension skills by practicing by using context clues to understand the meaning of an unfamiliar word.
Grammar - We are continuing to learn more about pronouns.  This week we will be using pronouns as subject complements.
Social Studies - We are finishing the first lesson of Chapter 4, the Spanish Colonies.  We will be learning about the early English colonies in the Americas. The notes will look different from previous notes taken this year.  The students are working on identifying the meanings of vocabulary words and answering essential questions after reading each section. This streamline approach should be helpful in identifying the main idea of each section in the book.

Week of October 26, 2015

Religion - We finished up Chapter 3 which gave an overview of the seven sacraments.  This week we will begin one of two chapters on the sacrament of Baptism.  The students will be learning that Baptism frees us from sin and gives us new life in Christ.  Don't forget to send in pictures of the prayer table your child has made with the Mary grotto.  We will be adding them to our Mary Litany Wall.
Language Arts - Our WoW word is desist.  Writing prompt: Many people desist from touching jellyfish. Would you? OR What happens to people/dogs who do not desist from chasing after skunks?
We will be finishing up the book Hatchet early this week and will be completing some culminating activities before starting our next book.
We are starting pronouns as part of our grammar study. This week we will be identifying singular, plural and personal pronouns.
Social Studies - We are beginning Chapter 3 The Age of Exploration. The first lesson explains the reasons for European exploration and the technology that made ocean exploration possible. It should be interesting to see how the students see technology in the late 1400's  compared to the technology today

Week of October 19, 2015

Thank you so very much for all of the birthday cards, notes, and candy brought in last Thursday.  I was quite surprised! Thank you for thinking of me in such a thoughtful way.
Religion - We are continuing the overview of the sacraments.  This week we will be covering the Sacraments of Service and the Sacraments of Healing.
Language Arts - There will not be a spelling packet or a prompt this week.  We are concluding our study of nouns by learning how some nouns may be adjectives in a given sentence and reviewing everything we have discussed concerning nouns.
Social Studies - We are finishing up the unit on Native Americans this week.  Our next test will be on Chapter 2, Lessons 3-5.  Hopefully, this test will be on Friday.
The next unit is about the European Explorers!

Week of October 12, 2015

Religion - We are working on Chapter 3 which is an overview of the seven sacraments. The sacraments are presented as special signs of God's love. The students are introduced to the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, the Sacraments of Healing, and the Sacraments of Service.
Language Arts - This week's WoW word is herpetology. The students may choose between one of two prompts: How could a herpetologist learn about poisonous frogs without harming his or herself?  or  Do you think herpetologists eat frog legs?
In grammar, we are coming to the end of our study on nouns.  This week we will be learning about nouns in direct address, as well as, a word that can be used either as a noun or a verb.
Social Studies - We are coming closer to finishing our unit on Native Americans. This week we will be reviewing the Plains Native Americans, and learning about the Native Americans in the Northwest and the Arctic. We will NOT have a chapter test instead we will have two quizzes, one for lessons 1-2 and the other for lessons 3-5. 

Week of October 5, 2015

What a busy week we have; Conferences and Run for Fun, Bonfire and Movie!
Religion - We are finishing up the chapter on Mary and completing our Mary Litany which will be posted in the fifth grade hall.
Reading - We have finished reading From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and will soon be starting our next book, Hatchet!
Language Arts - Our WoW word for this week is serpentine. The prompt is:Think of three other animals (no snakes or serpents) that might move in ?a serpentine manner. Describe why it might be advantageous to move in this way!  
In our grammar study on nouns, we will review nouns as indirect objects and continue on with nouns in direct address and words that can be used as nouns or as verbs.

Social Studies - We are finishing up on learning about the people and culture of the Eastern Woodland. Later in the week, we will move onto learning about the Plains people and how they adapted to their environment.

Week of September 28, 2015

This week we will be having the Everybody Counts Program on Tuesday morning.  This is a very worthwhile program that teaches tolerance for each and every person God has made.
Religion - We are in the middle of our unit on Mary and beginning our Mary Project.  The students saw a powerpoint litany presentation on Mary.  Every student will be given a title for Mary and asked to find a picture that goes with that title. Once they have their picture, they are to write about why they chose that particular picture to go with their title.  All pictures are due by this Friday. 
Language Arts - Our WoW word is impeccable.  The prompt is: What do you think tastes impeccable?  We will be learning about nouns as indirect objects and as the object of a preposition in grammar.
Social Studies - We are finishing up our lesson on the Early People and working on The Eastern Woodland Native Americans.  When finished with this lesson, the students should be able to compare and contrast the life of the Early People and the Eastern Woodland Native Americans.

Week of September 21, 2015

Religion - What a wonderful week to be able to teach Religion!  (Actually, every week is a wonderful week to teach Religion). We are counting down to the arrival of Pope Francis in the United States.  The students are researching the various symbols or garments that a pope would have.  They are also discovering the many different names a pope has in order to fulfill his three primary jobs.
Language Arts - This week's WoW word is arduous.  The prompt is: Write about a task that is arduous for you.   We are continuing our study of nouns by learning about nouns as a direct object.  We are reading a few more chapters of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler  and will have another comprehension check before the week is over.
Math - We are starting Chapter 2 which deals with estimation, addition and subtraction of whole numbers and decimals. The students will be transitioning to using the traditional algorithm. 
Social Studies - We are beginning Chapter 2  on Native Americans.  We start by learning about the early people who came to the Americas.  We will discuss some theories of how and when they came to the Americas.  Throughout this chapter, the students will be focusing on how people interact with their environment and are affected by it.

Week of September 8, 2015

Religion – This week the students will be exploring ways they can participate in the mission of the Church and witness to Christ. They will be able to explain our relationship with Jesus and name ways to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. We will end this chapter with the study of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.


Language Arts – Our WoW is myriad.  The word prompt for MYRIAD :  Is there a myriad of reasons why you should not be the one who takes out the garbage?  OR:  Can you think of a myriad of reasons that your class should have five extra minutes of recess?

Due to the four day week, the prompt and the spelling test will be on Friday.

In grammar, we are continuing our study of nouns. This week we will be covering collective, concrete, and abstract nouns.  We will then move on to identifying the subject in a sentence.

While reading From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the students will be learning about story parts by identifying the plot, setting, complications, antagonists, and protagonists in the story.


Math – This week we will be taking our divisibility rules and identifying both prime and composite numbers.  Armed with this knowledge, the students will apply it to the game Factor Capture.  By the end of the week, the students will be introduced to squaring and unsquaring (square roots) numbers.


Social Studies – This week, the students finished lesson 2 and should be able to identify and describe landform regions of the United States. Our first quiz on lessons 1 and 2 will be this Thursday. We will continue our study of our nation’s geography by studying its bodies of water.

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.