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Week of May 7, 2018

Thank you so much for the cards, flowers, coffee, chocolate, and gifts given to me throughout last week.  You made every moment of every day special! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Religion - This week, we are finishing up the last sacrament of healing, The Anointing of the Sick.  Pop Quiz: Ask your child what Viaticum is and what the word means. Our test on the Prayer to the Holy Spirit, will be next Wednesday.

Language Arts - We are not having a spelling packet or a WoW word this week.  Both will return next week :). As we continue to read our class novel, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, we are focusing on the elements of plot and point of view.  This book has a lot of symbolism in it. It’s a pleasure to watch the students making connections as they are reading. The students should be almost finished with their book for April/May.  We will begin the Book Report Project this Thursday. It will be due on Monday, May 21st.

Math - During this week and next, the students have been able to identify symmetry in a given figure and was able to determine if it had rotational symmetry.  We have also worked with decimals, rounding them to the nearest whole number and comparing decimals to the nearest thousandths. Next week, we will be using percents to name part of a group.  For example, If 8 of the 20 students are boys, what percent of the students are boys?

Social Studies - We will be finished with the American Revolution next week.  Our chapter test will be on Thursday, May 24th. During that week, I will also listen to the students either recite or sing the Preamble of the Constitution.

Week of April 16, 2018

Religion - This week we finished the first chapter on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.  This chapter not only introduced the origins of this sacrament but the reason it is needed.  This year, my goal as your child’s religion teacher, is to help your child build a lifelong relationship with God. The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is key to this relationship.  We continued with our study of God’s forgiveness by reviewing the rites of this sacrament. This is a review because we covered this before the students received the sacrament during Lent. Next week, we will continue learning about the Sacraments of Healing as we explore the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Language Arts - We finished the Figurative Language stations earlier this week.  The students completed 8 stations on the various elements of figurative language.  They needed to work as a group, and agree on the answers to the worksheets. Some of the group discussions were not only delightful but informative as well. I am looking forward to my students adding some figurative language to their creative writing!  This week we are starting a final class novel, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.  This is a wonderful book which uses the different elements of figurative language and teaches some valuable lessons along the way.

Math - This week the students are introduced to the concept of ratios.  Since they are becoming proficient in fractions, ratios are a breeze!  During the rest of this week, the students will be introduced to working with positive and negative numbers, using a thermometer, as well as, adding and subtracting decimals.

Social Studies - We are so close to war it’s not even funny, the Revolutionary War that is.  The students have been learning about the causes that led up to the Revolutionary War and the first battles before war was actually declared.  The students are also memorizing the Preamble of the Constitution. I will quiz them in three weeks. If they are able to recite it, they will earn 25 merits, however if they sing it, they will earn 150 merits!  After one short study session, some of the students were reciting it on the bus to COSI!

Week of March 19, 2018

Religion – We started this week by reviewing the various forms of prayer.  The students were able to identify each form and tell what prayer was.  We also reviewed daily prayer, including the Liturgy of the Hours and how sacramental objects are used in our prayer life.  This week we have a wonderful opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation! We will take a couple of days to prepare to receive this sacrament by going over the format, making an examination of conscience, and reviewing the Act of Contrition.  By the end of this week, we will be gearing up for the holiest week of the year, Holy Week.  The students will be participating in an interactive Stations of the Cross, for children.  They will also have a keepsake of their reflections for each station.

Language Arts – Our WoW word this week is tenacious.  The prompt is to write about a time you were tenacious or about a time when you witnessed someone being tenacious.  This week, as part of the spelling packet, the students are to work on six different activities on Spelling City.  In Reading, we are finishing the book Maniac Magee.  I am so pleased with my class! As they read Maniac Magee, they are identifying the various forms of figurative language that is used, and are able to tell what the author means when he is using the figurative language. Way to go, 5B!

Math – We started our week by wrapping up some investigations on probability.  In the first investigation, the students rolled one dot cube ( a die)  20 times making a frequency table with the data followed by questions.  In the second investigation, the students blindly chose one of three card, also making a frequency table, then using that table to make predictions.  We then moved on to, simplifying improper fractions.  Whether adding, subtracting, or multiplying fractions, the students are getting quite proficient in reporting the answer in its simplest form.

Social Studies – We are well into the first lesson of Chapter 8.  In this chapter the students are learning about what lead up to the desire to break away from Britain. This chapter is longer than the previous ones, so I will be giving a quiz incorporating lessons one and two, and then another over lessons three, four, and five. This chapter ends with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  The students will be given an opportunity to sign a piece of parchment paper with a quill pen.

Week of January 22, 2018

Religion - This week, in Religion, we are continuing our study of the Sacrament of Confirmation, through the use of the Religion book, as well as a packet on Confirmation.  After we read and discuss the section in the packet, the students work in small groups to answer the corresponding questions.  

Language Arts - The students are currently reading the book Holes.  We are currently examining the plot of the story and the changes that have occurred in the main character, Stanley.  Students have completed a character sketch, on the character of their choice, identified in writing the how Stanley has changed since the beginning of the story and, written a summary paragraph about one of the subplots woven throughout the book.  

Our WoW word 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?

Math - For the next couple of lessons, the students will be learning how to reduce fractions.  They will first build upon their knowledge of reducing fractions by dividing by a fraction of 1.  They will then practice finding the greatest common factor and, use it to reduce a fraction.  

Social Studies - We are finishing the chapter on the New England Colonies.  Our test will be this Thursday.  The students have been amazed that some of the ideas the founders incorporated into the new colonies are found in our country today.  Ideas such as freedom of Religion and separation of Church and state.

Reminder:  DARE graduation this Thursday afternoon

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.

August 28, 2017

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.

The 5th Graders' final opportunity to plan and participate in  Mass on the Seton Campus, will be this Wednesday, May 17th.  All 5th graders should plan to dress up for Mass.  They will also take a final picture as a 5th grade class at the conclusion of this week's Mass.  
For Boys: dress pants and collared shirt.  Tie or jacket are optional.  
For girls: a dress, skirt or dressy pants, no sleeveless attire, shoulders must be covered.  
Following Mass students will be permitted to change into play clothes for the rest of the day.  
Our May Book Report is due NEXT Tuesday, May 23,2017

May Crowning Dress Code

We have been telling our students to dress up in their Sunday best.  For boys: a shirt with a collar, dress pants, and shirt tail tucked in.  Tie or jacket are optional.  For girls: a dress, skirt or dressy pants, no sleeveless attire, shoulders must be covered. 
Reminder: Students must bring their uniform to change into later.

Week of May 1, 2017

Religion - We are learning about the sacraments of healing.  We have finished the chapters on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and have moved on to the chapters on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  By the end of this week, ask your child  about the word, viaticum.  
Just a reminder, May Crowning is before Mass on Wednesday.  The 5th grade students are to dress up in their Sunday best and bring their uniform to change in later.
Language Arts - This week we are finishing our "Matchbook Summaries" for Where the Red Fern Grows.  We have started our new book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  During our novel study, we will be focusing on the symbolism used in the book, as well as, the use of figurative language.
The WoW word is amicable.  The prompt is,  Some people feel that if two children cannot be amicable to each other, they should be made to stay together until they learn to get along.  Convince someone that this is true.
Math - We started the week by making and interpreting comparative bar and line graphs and quickly moved onto practicing division with 2 digit divisors.  We will round out the week by practicing dividing fractions by using reciprocals and using a ratio to describe a relationship between two numbers. 
Social Studies - This week, we are learning about the events that united the 13 colonies and led up to the Revolutionary War.  We will be discussing the French and Indian War,  the Stamp Act, The Townshend Acts, the Boston Tea Party, and the Coercive Acts.  Each of these will be introduced to the students as if they were colonists from the 13 colonies.

Week of March 20, 2017

After a week and a half of testing, we are finally back to our normal schedule.  Even during the weeks of testing,  we still made sure learning was taking place.  On St. Patrick's Day, the fourth and fifth graders were grouped together to plan and build a device that would move a leprechaun's gold into his secret hiding place.  The students were focused and imaginative.  I was truly amazed  by the variety of devices and the fact that most of them worked!
Religion - We are studying the parts of the Mass.  Students will be given a list of Bible verses and asked to match them to various parts of the liturgy.   Just a reminder, Mass this week is on Friday.
Language Arts - Our WoW word is claustrophobia.  The prompt is:to write about a person who feels claustrophobic. We are continuing the  Figurative Language centers we started last week.  Students in both fifth grades were divided into groups where they work together to complete tasks concerning similes, metaphors, personification, hyperbole , etc.  In Reading, this week, we are continuing to read Where the Red Fern Grows.  We will be covering Chapter 8.  After the students read a chapter, they are to write a short summary.  They then fold a piece of paper to make a matchbook which they attach to their folder.  A comprehension grade will be taken on every five chapters.
Math - We reviewed interpreting and displaying data collected in a bar graph, a histogram, a stem and leaf plot, a pictograph, and a Venn diagram. We then moved on to writing, comparing, adding, and subtracting decimals, fractions and percents.
Social Studies - We are currently studying the Middle Colonies.  The students are learning who founded each colony and the reason it was founded. We are also comparing and contrasting the Middle Colonies to the New England Colonies.

Titan Madness

Mark you calendar for: 
Titan Madness 
Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:00 PM.
This adult only evening, promises to be fun and enjoyable!  Join us for your chance to bid on a Teacher Package for your child and a chance for him or her to be Teacher for a Day in our homeroom.  
I am especially looking forward to the chance to take  8  students bowling with my cohorts in crime, Mrs. Fields, Mr. Powers, and Mrs. Voto,  OR enjoy  a fun filled time with board games and ice cream floats with Mrs. Schweickart, Mrs. Fields, Mrs. Voto and myself.