Math: Students are continuing to work on long division using estimation and interpreting the remainder.
Spelling: Because of Holy Hoops, A.K.A. “no homework week” there is no spelling list this week.
Literacy: Students are reading their literacy books at school because there is no homework this week. We are discussing the readings in class the next day. I have graded all of the seatwork and have returned the literacy folders to each student to show him or her what to work on or improve upon. If students are not completing the seatwork in school, it should be done at home as we will be getting into brand new books in about a week. (That’s homework. Sorry, Holy Hoops!)
Writing: Students are working on a five paragraph position paper with an introduction, three supportive paragraphs that each have a fact to support the position, and a concluding paragraph. This paper will be graded using the 6+1 Traits of Writing: idea organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation.
Grammar: Students beat me at a game to see who could come up with the most homonyms. They won and earned five minutes of extra recess. Grammar is fun. We divided the list of homonyms into homophones and homographs.
Religion: Students are finishing their saint reports. Many are now at the editing stage or they are writing the bibliography. If students have not done the work in class, they will be working on it at home. They are to work on this independently and use their own words.
We will be leading the November 1 All Saints’ Day mass. Students who do not have a reading in this mass will be invited to be a reader for the other fifth grade masses throughout the year.
Science: Students have defined biosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. They have created a 4-square picture of each sphere and they will be explaining how the spheres interact. We will follow up with a question about the ways that God wants us to take care of His gift of creation.
Social Studies: Students are beginning Chapter 3 in their “America Will Be” text. We read about how history is interpreted and we discussed groups of people who are not usually represented in history.
Spanish: This week the students learned to make paper flowers to decorate our Day of the Dead altar next week. We also decorated Calaveras (skulls) to put on our altar. Students up through fifth grade worked on adjectives.
****Please do not forget to bring photo “recuerdos” –memories– of a loved one and a piece of fruit, candle. flowers-especially marigolds! Thank you.
Art: Fifth grade artists are learning about repeated patterning in math art.
P.E.: In physical education students have reviewed the rules and will begin playing games to demonstrate knowledge and skill of Flag football. Sportsmanship and humility are encouraged as we start playing games. SLE 4. A person of integrity who consistently: C. makes moral choices that preserve the sacredness of the human person.
Music: This week in elementary music class, grades 4-5 are going to be playing rhythms using half notes/rests on classroom instruments. They will be using classroom glockenspiels and xylophones to play a harmony background to an autumn themed song they have been learning. They are also getting introduced to dynamics (piano and forte).
- October 23rd to 26th– Holy Hoops tournament every day from 3:15 to 6 pm
- October 25 – Individual Picture Retakes
- October 26th –– Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten Parent Coffee in the School Library beginning at 8:15 am
- October 31st – Early Release (11:45 am), Orange and Black Day (Follow guidelines in Parent Student Handbook)
- October 31st – “Trunk” or Treat, 6 pm in Traffic Loop
- November 1st – All Saints Day Mass, 10:30 am, Dress Uniform (Note: No school mass on Friday, Nov. 2nd)
- November 8th– Early Release Day- Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:30 to 7 pm
- November 9th– No School for students– Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 am to 3 pm