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.