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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.