I hope that you all had a great week!
Here’s what we learned in 5th grade…
Math: Students reviewed estimating and rounding, reviewed two-digit multiplication, and used the Distributive Property to find the quotient of a division problem (this prepares them for middle school algebra).
IXL sections that students can be working on this week: C.3, C.6, C.8, C.12, E.3, E.4, or B.6.
Students took a three minute, seventy-two problem times table test this week. Mastery is reached when students accurately answer at least eighty-six percent of the questions within three minutes. As of this week, fifteen out of twenty-five students have reached mastery. Yay! A few more are very close (within the high 70th % range). Please continue to have them practice at home daily. Good number sense will take them very far in all 5th grade math skills and beyond.
STEAM: Students worked on finding the average of Plane A and Plane B’s flight lengths in centimeters, revisiting the scientific method to see if our hypotheses were correct about which plane would go farther, and discussed variables to see what may have impacted the results of our trials.
Thank you to Aiden and his mom who donated really great STEAM kits! The students really enjoyed them.
Social Studies: Students researched the Makah, Mississippians, Creek, and Anasazi to see what these nations were like before colonists or settlers came. They are in the planning period of how to present the models of these cultures. Next week they will create these models and the week after we will see how colonization changed these nations.
Spelling/ELA: Students worked on words with long i and long o. We did planks ON our desks, we stood BEHIND our desks, we stood BETWEEN our chairs and desks, and we got UNDER our desks to talk about PREPOSITIONS. They like doing grammar with their bodies! We played a grammar BINGO game.
Writing: Students turned in their final drafts of their “My Gifts” papers. Then they did a critique of one thing they enjoyed about another student’s paper and one thing they would add or change. This is part of the editing process. If a student did not earn a 3 on his/her paper, he/she is welcome to take it home this weekend and rewrite it according to the rubric. They can revise their papers for a higher grade.
Religion: Students read chapter 2 in “Blest Are We” and studied the Seven Sacraments: baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance and reconciliation, anointing of the sick, holy orders, and matrimony. Deacon Kheriaty came in for the first time to introduce himself and allow students to ask him questions. We went to the church to do our first practice for the mass that 5th graders will lead on September 27. Archbishop Etienne visited our classroom and answered questions that students posed. Love is one of the Fruits of the Spirit and is this month’s theme. Students discussed what they think love is. Thank you to Genevieve, Taylor, and Ngansi for bring in food for Hope House! You are truly living the Lord’s way when you feed our brothers and sisters who are hungry.
Literacy: Students worked in their first small literacy groups with me. Various students are reading “Hatchet,” “The Sign of the Beaver,” “Holes,” and “Indian Captive.” The skills we worked on were how to give a concise, three-sentence summary of the chapter, how to identify the setting (time and place), and how to answer inferential and literal questions (they recalled the details, referenced notes, or looked in the book).
On my homepage, you can click on the links to the specialists’ pages to see what students are doing in physical education, art, Spanish, and music or Math Olympiad.
September 21th– Spaghetti Dinner… Two seatings at 5 pm and 6 pm. Outside supervision for the kids provided!
September 23rd– Girls on the Run begins today for girls in grades 3-5
September 23rd– October 11th– MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) for grades 2-8 (NO HOMEWORK THIS WEEK)
September 25th– Hot Lunch
October 4th- Blessing of the Animals, no school Mass today (bring your pet or a picture of your pet, have it blessed, and take it home)
October 7th- Pizza Lunch
October 11th- NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day (A.K.A. Indigenous Peoples’ Day) observed
October 22nd-25th– Holy Hoops 4-on-4 Basketball Tournament for all students in grades 5-8. (NO HOMEWORK for students participating in the basketball games)