Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

It's May

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May is here, and is sure to be a busy month for 5th grade!  We have a lot of fun events to look forward to and a lot more learning to accomplish.  

We have 2 more big field trips scheduled for the year.  We're off to the Water Works Festival on May 14th.  Forms are due Tuesday, May 12th!  Then, we are going to the Living History Farms on May 28th.  Forms for that will go home shortly and will be due back by May 26th!  

In Reading, we just wrapped up our Frindle unit.  Students did a great job with Lit Circle discussion and analyzing themes, main ideas, and character conflicts in the book.  Grades for the Frindle tests, including our first essay response for reading are posted on Power School.  We will start our next novel study this week and it will take us through the end of the year.  

In Math, we just finished lesson 100.  The content we are learning is essential for 6th grade math.  Students will continue to have 30 problems of math almost every night.  Please make sure you continue to check in with your student about how they are doing on homework and encourage them to practice their facts nightly using flashcards, online math games, or I would be happy to find practice sheets to send home as well.  

In Religion, all grades are moving in to one of their last units.  4th grade is working on a liturgical year unit that will be wrapping up the last week with the creation of their own liturgical calendar!  3rd grade is finishing up one of their last chapter out of the book with a test on May 13th.  They will be starting a bible study shortly after.  Students will be learning about the parts of the bible, how to find verses in the bible, and several other important skills that we will be building on next year.  5th grade is also wrapping up a chapter with a test on May 13th.  They will be doing a short look at the liturgical year with a project where they will become experts on a season to share with their classmates!  

In Writing, 5th grade has been focusing on responding to essay prompts.  This is a skill that will become very important as they move into middle school next year.  We will be doing a final wrap up on this topic before moving into a final research project!  Students will also have a grammar test and a spelling test each week for the remainder of the school year.  Make sure to check in with your student on the schedule for these tests.   

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