5th Grade News

  • Wednesday, February 14 …Ash Wednesday Mass
  •  Wednesday, February 14…Valentine Day parties ( Yes, they do exchange Valentine”s)
  • Monday, February 19….No School
  • Monday, February 26-Field Trip to Lyric Opera

 

In reading, students are finishing their Holes book reports.  Next, we will be reading a short chapter book called The Road to Freedom.  Students will be analyzing the text in order describe how the narrator’s point of view influences our understanding of the story, determining the theme of the text, and analyzing story structure.  In small groups, students will be reading different novels and applying the same skills we practice in class.  Novels include:  The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – 1963, Tuck Everlasting, and No Talking.

In language arts, we are drafting persuasive essays, really focusing on ideas and organization.  In the coming weeks, we will be switching back to expository writing with a focus organization and text structure.  In English, we are classifying inverted and natural word ordered sentences and identifying compound sentences.  In spelling, Unit 10, we are studying the /ur/ spelling patterns.  The Unit 10 spelling test will be on Friday, February 16th.

We continue our study of ecosystems in Science.  We are learning about how environment affects organisms and vice versa.  We will  discuss succession, invasive species and extinction and how they relate to ecosystems.We will have an assessment on Ecosystems next Tuesday February 13h.

In math, we continue our study of fractions by learning how multiply with fractions and mixed numbers with models and traditional algorithms.  We continue to complete and check two simple solutions lessons each week.   The students are skilled at many different areas of mathematics and are learning to answer the questions more completely.

In social studies we are beginning Chapter 5. Students will study the first colonies, how subsequent colonies came to be and what life was like for these first European Americans.  The quest for religious freedom is a theme throughout this time in our history.

Catholic School Weeks was a smash hit and we continue our Cardinal kindness by recognizing kind deeds done by students.

As Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent approaches,  the students are studying the three important themes of the season:  Penance, Prayer, and Giving Alms.    The children are ready to begin on their Lenten journey.

DARE is off to a great start!  Officer Andries has fielded many questions from the DARE box.  The students are learning about Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Peer Pressure, making appropriate choices, and all the while. keeping it real.  We are in week three of our ten week program.  Students enjoy applying what they have learned to real 5th grade scenarios.  They also write about what they have learned and apply it to their own life.

Last but not least, please remember the 5th grade service project is collecting cans.  We have been collecting cans throughout the school; however, we can also use cans the students bring from home.  Next time you go to put them in YOUR recycling bin, stop, and put them in a bag for your child to bring to school.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Mrs. Gridelli and Mrs. Noonan

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