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Language Arts
Fifth Grade - Mrs. Hughes
Sixth Grade - Mrs. Schiller
Religion/Foundations of Writing - Mrs. Quinn
Social Studies - Mrs. Deering
Science - Mrs. O’Shea
Math - Mrs. Folliard

E- Learning Block Schedule Starting 3/30

 

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5th

Math 9:30 am

 

Social 

Studies 10:30

 

Science 12:00

ELA 9:45-10:30

 

Vocab/Grammar

10:30

Math 9:30

 

Social 

Studies 10:30

 

Science 12:00

ELA 9:45-10:30

 

Vocab/Grammar

10:30

Spanish

 

Religion

10:30

 

Virtual Field Trip

6th

Science 10:30

 

Social

Studies 11:45

 

Math 12:45

 

ELA 11:00

 

Vocab/Grammar 

11:45

Science 10:30

 

Social

Studies 11:45

 

Math 12:45

 

ELA 11:00

 

Vocab/Grammar

11:45


 

Spanish

 

Religion

11:15

 

Virtual Field Trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 1- 4

Posted on Jun 02, 2020

We made it through e-learning!

This Thursday will be drop off of library books, text books, and chromebooks.  You will also be picking up report cards and a bag with items from students desks/lockers.

5th graders; Mrs. Hughes loaned out books from her library for students to use.  Please be sure to bring those back to return to her.  

 

Students will report to the doors in which their classroom typically dismisses, meet their homeroom teacher, return their books, library books and other SJF materials. Students will then receive a bag of their personal belongings as well as their report card.  

 

Students returning a Chromebook will report to their homeroom teacher and then Mrs. Maxwell who will be located near the primary grade doors on Fairfield.  All Chromebooks must be accompanied by a charging cord, the SJF issued case and the index card name tag with the students first and last name clearly printed.

 

Students Last Names    A – D

11am – 12pm

Students Last Names    E – K 

12pm – 1pm

Students Last Names    L – P 

1pm – 2pm

Students Last Names    Q – Z

2pm – 3pm 

May 26-29

Posted on May 24, 2020

Week of May 26

FRIDAY, MAY 29th is the last day to submit assignments. 

Social Studies

5th & 6th:

  •  Please use this week to catch up on any missing work.  All work should be attached and submitted with Google Classroom.
  •  If you need any help, or have questions please email me.  I will be available Tuesday-Friday during school hours.

6 ELA

Your 6th grade year is nearly over...finish strong

  • Complete assignments with your best effort
  • Contact me for help and ask questions when needed
  • Email me to let me know that you completed late/past assignments, so I can get the grade in PowerSchool asap

Tuesday, May 26 

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m. (our last mandatory Zoom)

*Complete the 6 ELA Feedback Assignment (a Google Form found in Classroom) 

*Submit any late/missed assignments. Email Mrs. Schiller to let her know they are completed.

Thursday, May 28

**Optional Zoom at 11:00 a.m. I will use this time to answer any last minute questions from students or parents.

 

5th & 6th Math:

This is your final week to submit any missing assignments and assessments in math!  Please email me your work as soon as possible and contact me if you have any questions.  I will be available Tuesday through Friday of this week during regular school hours.

 

5th & 6th Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar:

Almost done!!!!

Both grade levels have a Religion test due by midnight tonight(it's in Google Classroom posted last Thursday).

Also, chance for extra credit is also due tonight by midnight.  Extra credit was posted in Google Classroom last Thursday.

**** Please contact me if you haven't already, if your child needs another day or two to finish up any work.  

***** Also, I will be updating PowerSchool once a day.  

May 18-22

Posted on May 16, 2020

We are all so proud of all of you for how you are adjusting to e-learning. 

Science- Zoom this week-

5th M&W@12

6th M&W @ 10:30

5th- This week we will be looking at a Mystery Science activity. We will discuss decomposition and why things decompose. We will also use our observation skills with a lab.

6th grade- On Monday, we will go over slides about plate boundaries. After we discuss, you will complete the plate boundary table and the plate boundary INB using Kami. On Wednesday, we will be doing a  lab and you will need the following materials:
- a sheet of wax paper (or paper plate)
-butter knife
-one whole graham cracker (saltine or wheat thins will work too)
-one scoop of frosting (peanut butter or cool whip will work)
-one scoop of water
-one red fruit roll-up (if you have it, if not we can do without)

Social Studies

I want to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers, that has meant the world to us!  Thank you again!

5th grade Zoom 9:30 Monday & Wednesday

6th grade Zoom 11:45 Monday & Wednesday

5th Grade

  • Monday, 5/18: We will start looking into WWI.  Students will watch a video clip and we will read pages 328-330.  Please make sure reading is completed by Wednesday’s meeting.  Be sure to take notes!

  • Wednesday: We will talk about the outcome of WWI.  Students will answer questions that will be posted on Wednesday, due Friday.

 

6th Grade

  • Monday, 5/18:  We will review the different styles of architecture used by the Ancient Greeks.

  • Students will start their Greek project, they will create a 5 slide presentation about the types of columns, and will add a picture of a modern day building using that type of column.  Rubric and instructions are posted on Classroom.  This will be due Friday, May 22.

  • Wednesday we will meet to discuss the project, if students need to conference with me or have questions.  Links will be posted to classroom to help.

 

6 ELA

Three...Two...One! You’re almost done! Three ELA classes remaining! Please do what you can to finish strong:

1. Complete assignments with your best effort

2. Contact me for help and ask questions when needed

3. Email me to let me know that you completed late/past assignments, so I can get the grade in PowerSchool asap

 

Tuesday, May 19th

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m. 

*Read and annotate Ch. 22-25

Extra Credit Opportunity: Send me your annotations for Ch. 19-25

 

Thursday, May 21st

*Zoom at 11:00 

*Complete the Kahoot (Final Test) in Google Classroom. Use the novel and/or your annotations to complete. 

*Submit any late/missed assignments. Email Mrs. Schiller to let her know they are completed.

 

Math

 

6th grade:

         Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 12:45p.m.   They will be continuing their practice of writing algebraic expressions from word phrases that contain a variable and learning to evaluate expressions when a given value of the variable is provided.  As we quickly approach the end of the school year, please be sure to check for any missing work in Power School.  Any outstanding assignments are due by May 29th for the third trimester marking period.

5th grade:

?        Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 9:30a.m.  Graphing collected data from a table onto a coordinate grid and analyzing and displaying data in a line graph are the concepts the students will be focused on learning and practicing in their lessons this week.  As we quickly approach the end of the school year, please be sure to check for any missing work in Power School.  Any outstanding assignments are due by May 29th for the third trimester marking period.

Religion

5th Grade & 6th Grade

For our last week in Religion and to end this month of May, we will be studying  Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  We will hopefully be holding Zooms on Tues/Thurs. at 10:30am for 5th grade and 11:45am for 6th grade.  Those mornings I will post in Google Classroom if we will have a Zoom meeting or if I will be posting videos. A short open book test will be posted at the end of the week.  Also, Friday will be our last Virtual Field Trip.  I've enjoyed reading the students' thoughts on what they've explored.  

I will be updating Power School Monday with the most up-to-date grades.  So, I will be emailing the students about any missing work.  If your kids are having a hard time keeping up and completing work, please email me so we can go over options to solve any missing work.  I understand how crazy this kind of learning is, so please don't hesitate to reach out.  bquinn@sjfschool.net

May 11-15

Posted on May 10, 2020

 

Social Studies

5th grade:

  • Monday zoom at 10:30, we will go over any questions on the quizizz

  • Monday homework: Unit 6 quiz will be posted after our zoom.  The quiz is due Monday.

  • Wednesday zoom at 10:30 we will start Unit 8, talk about industry and the start of WWI. Homework: Read pgs 325-327 Answer questions assigned on Classroom. 

6th grade:

  • Monday 11:45 zoom.  We will start talking about the Athens and the importance to Greek history.  Monday homework: Read pgs 204-206 before our Wednesday meeting.

  • Wednesday 11:45 zoom.  We will talk about Pericles and Socrates and their influence on the people of Ancient Greece.  We will also talk about the architecture of Ancient Greece. Wednesday homework: Complete the architecture assignment.

Math:

6th grade:

         Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 12:45p.m.  The students will be demonstrating their knowledge and skills in performing the order of operations and prime factorization utilizing exponents that contain fractional and decimal bases on their Module 9 Quiz.  They will also begin learning to translate word phrases into algebraic expressions in Module 10 of their textbook.  Please be sure to check for any missing work on Power School.  Any outstanding assignments are due by May 26th for the third trimester marking period.

5th grade:

        Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 9:30a.m.  As the fifth graders begin their study of Chapter 9, they will be making and using line plots with fractions to solve problems and learning to graph and name points on a coordinate grid using ordered pairs.  From this point forward, the students will need to access their textbook online.  They may find the link to the website on the Google Classroom.  Please be sure to check for any missing work on Power School.  Any outstanding assignments are due by May 26th for the third trimester marking period.

Vocabulary/Religion/Grammar

5th Grade:

This week we will cover Unit 14 in Vocabulary.  The vocabulary words are: alibi, confederate, discharge, economical, frank, modify, mutiny, negative, pursue, reign, singular, swindle.  The Zooms are scheduled for Tuesday/Thursday at 10:30am.  I will post the night before if we will have a Zoom meeting or if I will be posting a video.  The Vocabulary test will be posted Thursday.  Have a good week!

6th Grade: 

This week we will cover Unit 11 in Vocabulary.  The vocabulary words are: alias, amble, burly, distort, dogged, dumbfounded, extinct, grit, inevitable, ingrained, meteoric, parody, prevail, relic, rend, replenish, rummage, skimp, sleuth, vandalism. The Zooms are scheduled for Tuesday/Thursday at 11:45am.  I will post the night before if we will a Zoom meeting or if I will be posting a video.  The Vocabulary test will be posted Thursday.  Have a good week!

6 ELA

Tuesday, May 12th 

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

*Read and annotate Ch. 16-18 

*Send pictures/share doc of annotations Ch. 9-18 only

 

Thursday, May 14th 

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

*Practice Link: Quizizz Ch. 12-18 Freak the Mighty Review (try to earn 100%)

*Read and annotate Ch. 19-2

*Watch Screencastify video about Theme for Freak the Mighty 

 

Submit any late/missed assignments. Email Mrs. Schiller to let her know they are completed.

Science

 

5th- This week we are researching an invasive species. We will answer questions about it on Monday and on Wednesday you will use the information you collected to create a slideshow. We will have class on Monday and Wednesday at 12:00. 

6th- We will be completing The Continental Drift Theory station labs. You will receive these on Monday and they are due Thursday. We will not have a Zoom class on Wednesday but I will provide a link and be available for questions. 

 

 

 

 

e-learning week 7 May 4-8

Posted on May 03, 2020

Week 7

Science- 

5th Zoom classes Monday and Wednesday at 12:00 pm

Have your notebooks ready for the Zoom call

This week we are talking about changes in ecosystems. We will discuss how the different symbiotic relationships affect an ecosystem and how different factors affect ecosystems as well. We will continue talking about invasive species and start to look at specific invasive species. 

6th- Zoom classes on Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 am

You'll need your blue reading essential book for class on Monday

We are starting to talk about the Earth underneath us. We will discuss the Continental Drift Theory. We will be reading and annotating p. 91-94. This will lead us into our discussion on plate tectonics.

We will be using a Merge paper cube soon, so if you want to print out a copy and cut and tape to make your own cube you can. Here is the link

https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/879cdc_2146ac3eac0045dcb440d715042de3bd.pdf

Social Studies

 

5th Grade:

  • Monday 10:30 AM zoom.  We will go over the assasination of Abraham Lincoln, and the surrender of Lee to Grant.

  • Monday homework: Read Unit 6 Lesson 6; Reconstruction and after pgs 281-283.  You should be taking notes as you read.  Please have this read by our meeting Wednesday.

  • Wednesday 10:30 AM zoom.  We will talk about what life was like in the South after the war and the amendments added to the Constitution following the Civil War.

  • Wednesday homework, answer questions assigned on Classroom.

  • Friday:  Please catch up on any missing assignments.

6th Grade:

  • Monday 11:45 AM zoom.  We will talk about the webquest, and review some vocabulary for the quiz on Wednesday. 

  • Read pages 198-201, this will end lesson 2.  Take notes only up to where you read.

  • Wednesday: We will have a Zoom at 11:45 and then I will open the vocabulary quiz.  

  • Friday:  Please catch up on any missing assignments.

Math:

6th grade:

         Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 12:45p.m.  The Order of Operations or PEMDAS is the final concept we will be covering this week in Module 9.  Students will be utilizing the acronym PEMDAS (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction) to solve problems that will include exponents with fractional and decimal bases.  The students will also review for the Module 9 quiz scheduled for next week Monday. 

5th grade;                

         Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 9:30a.m.  Having completed the content in Chapter 11, the fifth graders will be reviewing on Monday for their unit test on Wednesday.  We will revisit the study of polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, three-dimensional objects, unit cubes and volume of rectangular prisms.

 

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

*Regarding Zoom:  Tuesdays and Thursdays are our scheduled Zoom sessions.  When my children also have Zoom classes at the same time - my WiFi  does not work too well.  So, I will be posting those mornings if we will be having a Zoom session or if I will post a recorded video of myself going over the lesson or if I will be posting an assigned lesson.  Sorry for the confusion.  

5th Grade:

This week in Religion we will be covering Chapter 15- Living God's Commandments.  We began this chapter at the end of last week.  We will cover a couple pages a day.  Thursday I will post the Open Book Chapter Test.  This test will be due Friday.

6th Grade:

This week in Religion we will cover Chapter 7- Commandment and Fulfillment.  We began this chapter at the end of last week. We will cover a couple pages a day.  Thursday I will post the Open Book Chapter Test.  This test will be due Friday.  

6 ELA

It’s hard to believe we only have between 6 and 8 ELA classes left for the year! We will know for sure when we find out our last day of e-Learning. 

 

Two main goals for this week: catch up and read! Some of you have fallen behind in assignments. I understand; the nice weather last week made it tough to focus! But it’s a cooler week, and perfect for studying and reading. Let’s push these last few weeks and make it happen!

You can look at last week’s responsibilities or PowerSchool to see what’s needed. As always, please reach out if you have questions: aschiller@sjfschool.us

Tuesday, May 5th

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m. Have a copy/pdf of Freak the Mighty, a spiral and pen ready

*Read and annotate Ch. 12-13

*Check PowerSchool to see missing assignments. Ask questions if you don’t understand the assignment, know where to find the assignment or how to complete it. 

 

Thursday, May 7th

*Zoom at 11:00 a.m. Have a copy/pdf of Freak the Mighty, a spiral and pen ready

*Rising Action Assignment in Google Classroom completed by next Monday

*Read and annotate Ch. 14-15 

*Check PowerSchool to see missing assignments. Ask questions if you don’t understand the assignment, know where to find the assignment or how to complete it.

 

5th ELA

Fifth Grade ELA 

Week of May 4th

For class on Tuesday, all students have read Chapters 5-6-7-8-9.

Tuesday, the students will meet in a specific time slot depending on what class they attend. (Directions on Google Classroom) Attendance is mandatory for their class time. We will be using the break out rooms so the students are only allowed in at their specific class time.

On Tuesday, we will be discussing the chapters that were read. The students will also have to complete a quiz during their class period.

On Thursday, we will discuss the effects characters' decisions have on the novel. We will be exploring cause and effect of characters decisions. They will have a video to watch for the lesson and an assignment to complete. During our Thursday class period (9:30-10:30), the students will watch the video and work on the assignment. I will be available on Zoom if they need assistance.

E learning 4/27-5/1

Posted on Apr 26, 2020

Mrs. Larmon will be checking the progress of our students on Wednesday. It is important that all work be completed by Tuesday.

Fifth Grade ELA-Week of April 27th

 

On Monday, the student packet for chapters 1-2-3 and 4 will be due by 9 am. Students should have read chapters 1-4.

 

On Tuesday, we will meet by class. Please see Google Classroom for schedule. Attendance is mandatory.

 

On Tuesday, we will base our lesson from the readings from chapters 1-4 in The Lion, The Witch, and  The Wardrobe.  We will examine how descriptive language is used to give a setting an emotional impact. Together, we will look at the setting of our class novel and use our senses, adjectives, along with text evidence to understand how setting can affect our emotions.  We will realize that language an author uses to describe the setting in a story leads to an emotional impact for the reader.

 

We will complete a chart to examine this objective using chapter 2. 

The students then will have independent work that will be due on Thursday by 9:00 am.

The students will also have a ten question quiz on Tuesday based on their reading of chapters 1-2-3-4. 

 

For class on Thursday, we will read chapters 5-6-7-8-9 in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I have the PDF version on our Google Classroom. I will also post audio links for the novel. If your child listens to the audio version, I ask that they follow along with the PDF version also.

 

Mrs. Larmon will be checking the progress of our students on Wednesday. It is important that all work be completed by Tuesday.

Thank you.

 

 

Social Studies

5th:

  • We will discuss the impact of the Gettysburg Address, and the Fighting 54th.  Students should have finished reading Lesson 4 and taken notes.

  • Monday, 4/27: Zoom at 10:30 AM.  Homework: read pages 275-277 before we meet on Wednesday.  Students should be completing their notes. Homework: Complete the photo analysis posted on Classroom.  Please remind your student to submit their work on Google Classroom.  

  • Wednesday, 4/29: Zoom at 10:30 AM.  We will go over their photo analysis and talk about Sherman’s March to the Sea.  Homework: Read pgs 278-279.  Answer questions assigned on Classroom on a google doc.  Due Sunday.

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6th:

  • This week we will explore the rise of Greek Cities.  Students will read about how the Greeks set up their cities, who was in control of the governments and where the people would meet daily.

  • There are a good amount of vocabulary words in this chapter, please encourage your student to keep up with the readings and notes.

  • Monday, 4/27: Zoom at 11:45 AM.  We will discuss the geography, KWL charts, and how this civilization thrived without a main river. Homework: Read pages 196-197 Questions on Slide 18 due Wednesday.  Will be turned in on Classroom, do not share.

  • Wednesday, 4/29: Zoom at 11:45 AM.  We will go over what made a citizen in Ancient Greece, who had power, and how an oligarchy and monarchy are different.  Homework: Students will complete the WebQuest posted on Classroom.  Webquest will be due 5/2. 

Math:

6th grade:

        Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 12:45p.m. 

       The sixth graders will be starting Unit 4 this week with the concepts of exponents and prime factorization.  The students will be able to express and evaluate exponents of whole number powers, including exponents whose bases are decimals or fractions.  They will also review the methods for finding the prime factorization of a number and write it as a numerical expression using exponents.

5th grade:

        Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. 

       Students will be continuing our study of geometry by learning how unit cubes are used to represent the volume of solid figures and how to calculate volume using the mathematical formula of length x width x height.  They will also understand that volume is expressed in cubic units or unit cubed (u³).

Science

5th grade

Zoom classes at 12:00 pm Monday & Wednesday

This week we will be talking about Balance in Ecosystems. We will discuss limiting factors- focusing on two, disease, and competition. Monday, we will write down some definitions, read p. 97 together and you will have two workbook pages for homework. They will be due on 4/29. Wednesday, we will watch a StudyJams video and read p. 119 together. Homework will be to test yourself on StudyJams and workbook p. 165

6th grade

Zoom classes  at 10:30 am Monday & Wednesday

 

This week we will take a closer look at the coronavirus, social distancing, and flattening the curve. We will listen to and takes notes about a podcast by Brains On! and we will answer some short answer questions about what we listened to. On Wednesday, we will discuss virus protection and create a Piktochart about ways to keep our families protected.
 
 
Vocabulary/Grammar/Religion
5th Grade:  
I will be posting to Google Classroom after posting this blog.  This week in Vocabulary will cover Unit 13.  We began this Unit on Zoom last week.  The vocab. words are:  achievement, acquire, debate, exhibit, foe, latter, massacre, monotonous, preserve, sanitary, sprawl, widespread.  I will be posting a test later this week.  
I will also be posting on Google Classroom tomorrow about our next Religion Chapter.  
6th Grade:
Last week we began Unit 10 in Vocabulary.  The vocab. words are:  abominable, bumbling, consequence, delude, dole, engulf, foil, formulate, initiative, memento, nonconformist, null and void, panorama, posterity, pry, refurbish, resourceful, rigorous, subsequent, unerring.  
I will also be posting on Google Classroom tomorrow about our next Religion chapter. 
 

6 ELA

Tuesday, April 28th

1. Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

2. Complete Ch. 1-5 Conflict Assignment (found in GC) using the Kami extension

3. Read Chapters 6-8 (continue to annotate in whatever mode works for you: Kami, your spiral, Google Docs)

4. Look at PowerSchool. If there are missed/late assignments, begin to complete them and submit to Mrs. Schiller. 

 

Thursday, April 30th

1. Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

2. Share your annotations with me (Ch. 1-8) 

 

3. Take the Quizizz on Chapters 1-8 (you have until 9 p.m. today to finish)

4. Complete the Book Conference form (April). Found under classwork in GC. 

5. Read Chapters 9-11 by next Tuesday

6. Look at PowerSchool. If there are missed/late assignments, begin to complete them and submit to Mrs. Schiller. 

E learning 4/20-4/24

Posted on Apr 18, 2020

Welcome back!  We hope you had a Blessed Easter! 

 

Social Studies:

If your student is having trouble turning work in on Classroom, please let me know and I will be glad to help.  I have also posted two tutorial videos on Classroom on how to turn in work on Google Classroom.  Please encourage your student to submit any work that is missing.

5th grade

  • Monday Zoom at 10:30, we will talk about the advancement of the Civil War and the next major battles including Antietam and Gettysburg.  We will also talk about the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation. 
  • Readings to be completed by Wednesday: pgs 267-269  Students need to take notes posted on Classroom.
  • Wednesday Zoom at 10:30, we will have talk about Pickett's Charge, and the Gettysburg Address.  Students will discover some of the ways women supported the war effort.
  • Readings to complete by 4/27 pgs 270-273.  There will be an assignment posted on Classroom Wednesday that will be due on Monday morning.

6th grade

  • Monday Zoom at 11:45, we will talk about the video students watched before break about the Ancient Greeks.  We will talk about what we already know about these people, and what the geography of this land is like.  Geography of an area impacts the way people live.
  • Readings to be completed by Wednesday: pgs 192-193.  Vocabulary and key ideas need to be put into notes.  Slides are posted on Classroom.
  • Wednesday Zoom at 11:45, we will review the vocabulary from Monday's readings and start discussing the agriculture in this region.
  • Readings to be completed by 4/27 pgs 194-195.  Assignment posted on Classroom due Monday (4/27) morning.

Science

5th & 6th grade- 

On Wednesday of this week, we will be celebrating Earth Day. This week we will be looking at what Earth day is, why it's celebrated and what we can do to help keep our Earth healthy. Your assignment will be given and explained to you during your Zoom and will be posted on Google Classroom. It is due 4/24.

5th grade will have their Zoom meeting at 12:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday.

6th grade will have their Zoom meeting at 10:30 am on Monday and Wednesday. 

Math

6th grade:

         Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 12:45p.m.  I will be sending the online meeting link and directions on those mornings by 8:00a.m. on the Math Google Classroom along with the materials they will need for the lesson we will be doing together and follow-up work they will need to complete afterwards.

        This week, the sixth graders will be reviewing Modules 13 through 15 on Monday for their upcoming Unit 6 test on Wednesday, completing their study of calculating geometric areas, surface areas, and volume as well as reflecting points and calculating distances on the coordinate plane.

5th grade:

        Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 9:30a.m.  I will be sending the online meeting link and directions on those mornings by 8:00a.m. on the Math Google Classroom along with the materials they will need for the lesson we will be doing together and follow-up work they will need to complete afterwards.

       Students will be reviewing the identifying characteristics of polygons, triangles, quadrilaterals, and three-dimensional figures on Monday for their mid-chapter quiz on Wednesday of this week.  The fifth graders will then continue their study of geometry with the introduction to geometric unit cubes and how they are used to construct solid figures.

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

5th/6th Grade:

This week's Zooms will be on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Tomorrow I will post a Vocabulary "test" in Google Classroom.  The kids should try to complete this without their books- but if needed they can use it.  On Tuesday we will correct it on Zoom.  On Wednesday I will post again in Google Classroom about the next Unit in Vocabulary.  I will also post on Wednesday about our next Religion assignment.  During Tuesday's Zoom we will discuss our last Chapters on Lent, Holy Week, and Easter.  Have a good week!

Any questions or concerns, please email me at bquinn@sjfschool.net.  

6 ELA

Welcome back! Alleluia! So good to say that word again!

I hope you had a blessed Easter. 

This week we begin our new novel, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. For those who don’t have their own copy, you will be able to read and annotate the pdf using the Kami extension. This is the first time I will be teaching a novel online; but, we have some great activities to tackle and insightful conversations to have, so I’m excited for you to start reading!

Tuesday, April 21

1. Zoom at 11:00 a.m.    Have your spiral and a pen ready for notes 

2. Wait until after Zoom Conference  Complete Practice: Rules of Capitalization on No Red Ink

3. Read Chapters 1-3 of Freak the Mighty

4. Look at PowerSchool. If there are missed/late assignments, begin to complete and submit them to Mrs. Schiller.

 

Thursday, April 23

1. Complete Bellringer for Chapters 1-3 in spiral (will discuss during Zoom at 11)

2. Zoom at 11:00 a.m.     *Come with questions about Ch. 1-3 

3. Complete the 8 question Quizizz for Chapters 1-3 (Link in Google Classroom)

4. Read Chapters 4-5 of Freak the Mighty by next Tuesday, 4/28

5. Look at PowerSchool. If there are missed/late assignments, begin to complete them and submit to Mrs. Schiller. 

e-Learning wk 4 April 6-April 9

Posted on Apr 05, 2020

***On Thursday, students are scheduled to have a half-day before beginning our Easter break. Because this is a half-day of e-learning, students will ONLY be responsible for completing a religion assignment that will highlight the selflessness that Jesus showed. This assignment will be posted to Mrs. Quinn's Religion stream on Thursday morning and is to be completed on Thursday.

Science- 

5th- We will finish this week with our study of Ecosystems, Food Chains, and Food Webs. We will continue to get our assignments on Google Classroom and meet on Monday and Wednesday at 12:00 pm. 

6th- We will finish up Weather with some labs. We will create a Cloud in a Jar and have a student's choice. We will meet on Monday and Wednesday at 10:30 am and continue to check Google Classroom for communication and assignments. 

6 ELA

Hi everyone! It’s Holy Week, the holiest week of the year. A perfect time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and how it impacts our faith. 

 We will only conference on Tuesday, April 7th. No conference is scheduled on Thursday. Just a reminder that Zoom conferences are mandatory. April 9-19 is our Easter Break. NO assignments will be posted during that time. However, if you ever need to ask questions, know that I will be checking emails. You can always reach out if needed. 

 

When we return, we will begin our novel Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. I will have a pdf version you can read online. Or, you are welcome to purchase your own copy (optional) for annotations.

Tuesday, 4/7: 

Correct and “resolve” comments from Narrative #2. 

Complete the “Rules of Capitalization II” in No Red Ink

Meet for Zoom Conference at 11:00 a.m. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/854813230 (Meeting ID: 854-813-230)


Thursday, 4/8: 

Complete the Holy Thursday assignment posted in Mrs. Quinn’s Religion Classroom.  Take a picture of your final product. Send the picture to your homeroom teacher for credit. 

Math:

6th grade:

         Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 12:45p.m.  I will be sending the online meeting link and directions on those mornings by 8:00a.m. on Google Classroom along with the materials they will need for the lesson we will be doing together and follow-up work they will need to complete afterwards.

      Students in sixth grade will be learning to calculate the volume of rectangular prisms in order to solve problems using the height, length and width of structures.  In some cases, the students will need to find one of the missing measurements if they are only given two of them along with the total volume of the figure.  Students may log on to Reflex math on their own and practice their math facts at any time during the coming week. 

5th grade:

        Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 9:30a.m.  I will be sending the online meeting link and directions on those mornings by 8:00a.m. on my Google Classroom along with the materials they will need for the lesson we will be doing together and follow-up work they will need to complete afterwards.

      Students will concentrate on identifying, describing and classifying three-dimensional figures by their proper geometric names from observing the shapes included in their construction.  They will also review classifying and identifying triangles by their side and angle names.  Students may log on to Reflex math on their own and practice their math facts at any time during the coming week as well. 

Social Studies:

There will be an assignment posted on Thursday for Holy Week, students will need to take a picture and can turn it in to their homeroom teacher.

5th:

  • This week students have an article to read and highlight on Classroom.  The article is Battles of the Civil War.  They also will be writing a reflection about this article.  Due Wednesday.
  • Students will view a clip about the Civil War Wednesday and have questions to answer.  
  • All assignments will be submitted via Google Classroom.  I have posted tutorials on how to turn in assignments.
  • 5th Zoom will be 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • Please check PowerSchool and Classroom for missing assignments.

6th

  • We have finished our travels through Ancient China, students had a go at a virtual Kahoot today, it was interesting.
  • Wednesday students will be working on KWL chart for our next chapter, Ancient Greece.  We will look at some slides and talk about what we know and want to know about this period of time.  We will start Ch 8 after Easter break.
  • 6th Zoom will be 11:45 on Monday and Wednesdays.
  • Please check PowerSchool and Classroom for missing assignments.

5th ELA

Please check PowerSchool. A few students have not completed the required E-Learning assignments as of 5:00pm on Sunday. Please review PowerSchool along with their Google Classroom. For those  who have met their requirements, excellent work. For my students with incomplete work, please complete and submit asap (by Tuesday at the latest). Thank you.

As for this week, we will meet on Zoom during  our class time on Tuesday. We will not meet on Thursday. We will discuss our argumentative essays , have a journal writing assignment and start to plan for our fantasy unit after Spring Break.

Mrs. Nash has asked that all work on Thursday be focused on an Easter Activity. Mrs. Quinn will lead us in the directions for that assignment.

Please stay well and thank you for your support. Remember to use the shughes@sjfschool.us to submit any work if not a google document.

Happy Easter to you and your family.

 

Religion

5th Grade & 6th Grade:

We will have our Zoom session on just Tuesday this week. We will go over the students work in Religion covering Holy Week and Easter. The students who still need to get caught up on past E-work have til Wednesday night to turn in. Have a nice break and Happy Easter!

e-learning wk 3 March 30- April 3

Posted on Mar 29, 2020

Our new block schedule was emailed on Saturday, 3-28.  Students will meet with their teachers via Zoom.  

Social Studies:

I have posted a copy of the block schedule to Google Classroom, along with an outline for the weeks lesson.

5th Grade:

  • This week we will finish lesson 3 and will focus in on the Anaconda Plan, the Battle of Shiloh, and the iron clads.
  • Vocab that students can fill into their notebooks while finishing their reading is posted to Classroom.
  • During our Zooms, we will go over our notes and talk about the key terms and events.
  • Please check with your student to make sure they are getting their assignments turned in and are keeping up with their readings.  All assignments will be turned in on Classroom, and I posted videos on how to turn in assignments on Classroom if they forgot, or need a reminder.

6th Grade:

  • This week we will finish Chapter 7.  We will focus this week on the education system and inventions.  
  • Students should be finished with the readings by our Zoom on Wednesday. Pgs 176-178
  • Please check with your student to make sure they are getting their assignments turned in and are keeping up with their readings.  All assignments will be turned in on Classroom..

Math:

6th grade:

       Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 12:45p.m.  I will be sending the online meeting link and directions on those mornings by 8:00a.m. on my Google Classroom along with the materials they will need for the lesson we will be doing together and follow-up work they will need to complete afterwards.

      This week, students will be starting work on Module 15.  We briefly covered some of the material that is included in this section of Unit 6 before we left school.  Students will understand how to properly dissect geometric prisms into nets in order to calculate their surface areas and use this skill to solve word problems.  Students may log on to Reflex math on their own and practice their math facts at any time during the coming week as well. 

5th grade:

        Students are scheduled for our live e-learning experiences this week on Monday and Wednesday at 9:30a.m.  I will be sending the online meeting link and directions on those mornings by 8:00a.m. on my Google Classroom along with the materials they will need for the lesson we will be doing together and follow-up work they will need to complete afterwards.

      Classifying and comparing the characteristics of quadrilaterals will be the polygons students are concentrating on this week in Chapter 11.  They will learn to identify particular quadrilaterals by their names and the relationships they share with each other.  Students will also begin reviewing the definition of polygons and attributes that specifically describe them by name.  Students may log on to Reflex math on their own and practice their math facts at any time during the coming week as well. 

5th grade ELA:

Hello!

What does our ELA week look like for our first official E-Learning lesson? 

The fifth graders will pick up where we left in our argumentative writing. The students need to review the work we completed in school by Tuesday. They can check Google Classroom for requirements for class on Tuesday.

We will continue this lesson until Easter Break.

When we return from Easter vacation,  we will begin our Fantasy Unit. This is a fan favorite of fifth grade. 

Usually I would supply the kids with books that I know that they would love.  On Thursday, we will discuss some book titles for the Fantasy Unit. I will continue to do our read along with a daily video of the novel The Thief of Always that they will need to listen to each day.  (After Easter Break)

Each student will need their own copy of their own fantasy novel. As times are difficult, there is a National Emergency Library Website that is posted on their Google Classroom. PLease register with your child for this website.  Because of the national emergency, all of the novels on this site are FREE!!! (If the Easter Bunny needs to place an actual hard copy of a novel, the kids should have a good idea what book they would like to read by Friday.) There are so many amazing novels for the kids. I will also post a list of Fantasy novels that the students truly enjoyed last year.  (On Google Classroom)

For their Bud, Not Buddy work, I asked the kids to email me a picture of their completed work when we had our Zoom meeting last week. This work should be emailed by Tuesday.  (Along with their current book reading log) If they could just put the Bud, Not Buddy test into their folder, I will collect this test when we return to school.

To say I miss the kids is an understatement. I look forward to “seeing” them on Tuesday and Thursday. I am available every week day for help. They can leave me a message on our Google Classroom. The students and you are welcome to email me with any questions at all.

This week, Mrs. Nash asked us to call our homeroom students to check in with them. I hope you won’t mind if I just spend a few minutes checking in with our kids.  I miss their smiles, their humor and the care that they have for one another. I even miss indoor recess! 

As always, I keep the kids in my daily prayers. Thinking of all of you during these unchartered waters. 

Stay safe.

Sherry Hughes

 

Science-

This week we start our block schedule in Science. I will "zoom" with the students on Monday and Wednesday, they will find the link on Google Classroom (6th grade at 10:30 and 5th grade at 12:00). Our "Zoom" will consist of a short lesson followed by work that the students will complete on their own. Even though I will not "see" them T, TH, and F, I am still having office hours on those days from 9-2 for any questions they may have. Students can still email me at coshea@sjfschool.us from their school Gmail addresses. 

5th- During our Zoom meeting, we will discuss Food chains, food webs, and how much energy is transferred using the Energy Pyramid. Have your notebooks ready. On Wednesday, we will get an Ecosystem project that will be due on Monday. 

6th- This week will discuss and complete reading Weather Forecasts. We will practice reading weather maps and interpreting Station symbols that Meteorologists use. 

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

It was so great to see some of you and the kids last week at the parade!  This week we begin our E-lessons. Please bear with me this week. I only very recently created my Google Classroom.  I will post lessons and expectations on Google Classroom. And, we will begin our Zoom classtime starting tomorrow. I am also very new to Zoom so hopefully these classes run smoothly??.  I hope you are all doing well and getting through this crazy time. I miss the kids and our classes. I look forward to seeing them on Zoom this week??. 

6 ELA

Hi everyone! If you have any questions (even on M/W/F), feel free to send me an email or a message on Google Classroom. Also, you will be getting a phone call from your homeroom teacher this week, checking in on you. I hope everyone is staying healthy! See you on Zoom :) Take care! 

                         

Tuesday, 3/31:

1. Finish writing Narrative #2 

 

2. Using the notes from the Zoom Conference Form last week, make the necessary changes to Narrative #2

**Note: No need to share your narrative with me again. I already have access to your document (since you shared last week), and I will be reading through them to give feedback. 

 

3. Click on link: no red ink Next, click blue “Sign Up”. Then, click on student. Enter your class code: 

Period One: lively planet 97

Period Two: neat park 72

Period Three: royal candle 80

 

4. Attend Zoom Conference at 11:00 https://us04web.zoom.us/j/854813230 (ID: 854-813-230)


 

Thursday, April 2

1. Log into No red ink and complete the listed assignment:  Diagnostic 

**Note: Assignment is available today only from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

 

2. Zoom Conference at 11:00 https://us04web.zoom.us/j/436715769 (ID: 436-715-769)

e-Learning Week two: March 23-27th

Posted on Mar 22, 2020

Math:

      Students should be checking my blog or Google Classroom daily for assignments and updates.  I will be available on email and Google Classroom each day from 9a.m.-12p.m. to answer questions and help you with assignments.  I will also be checking for messages throughout the day, so do not hesitate to contact me.  Also, do not forget to check in for attendance purposes on your Science Google Classroom each day.  If you are in my homeroom, remember to join our Google Classroom.

6th grade:

      Reviewing the plotting and reflection of coordinate points, calculating distances, and drawing figures to compute perimeter and area on the coordinate plane will be part of the this week’s focus for sixth graders in math.  They will be demonstrating their understanding of these transformation geometry concepts in a home quiz which will be submitted at a later date.  The students will also be conducting a webquest online search on the parts of a circle and how to find Pi, a concept introduced to them the week before last.  Please contact me if there are any questions regarding this assignment or specific questions from the worksheets.  There will be a grade given upon the completion of this work.

      During any time this week, students may log on to Reflex math and practice their math facts.  Students’ work for the week will be reviewed and collected upon our return to school.  Please keep well and God bless you throughout the remainder of the week!

5th grade:

      To start the week off, students will be conducting a webquest online search on the parts of a circle and how to find Pi, a concept introduced to them the week before last.  Please contact me if there are any questions regarding this assignment or specific questions from the worksheets.  There will be a grade given upon the completion of this work.  On Thursday and Friday, the fifth graders will be reviewing previous concepts from packets they were given to practice during our e-learning framework.  They will be utilizing the packet containing pages 1-8 which encompasses material we covered in Chapters 1-3 of their textbook.  They may refer back to their book (online if they no longer have access to their texts) for help with these problems.  Math on the Spot videos from their Go Math website can also aid them in this endeavor.

      During any time this week, students may log on to Reflex math and practice their math facts.  Students’ work for the week will be reviewed and collected upon our return to school.  Please keep well and God bless you throughout the remainder of the week!

6 ELA

Student responsibilities (Daily): 

  • Students will check Google Classroom and 5th/6th blog for assignments and updates
  • Enter attendance in science Google Classroom
  • Students will read an independent reading novel a minimum of 25 minutes daily 

Hi everyone! I have to say that I miss you. So let’s talk! We have two meetings this week using the Zoom website (Zoom.us). Let’s meet on Tuesday at 11:00. However, if you ever have questions, Mrs. Maxwell has given you the capability to email your teachers, and you can message me (or any of your teachers) on Google Classroom. We are here to help! Take care, Mrs. Schiller

                        

Monday, 3/23:     Use today as a catch-up day:

  • If you didn’t submit your narrative last week, you can still turn in the assignment by Tuesday.
  • Many of you still need to make revisions (corrections) to your graded narratives from last week
  • If you didn’t read 25 minutes each day, use today as a good reading day
  • If you didn’t complete the “Punctuating Dialogue” worksheet, take the time to do that today
  • If you’re looking for something extra, try one of the practice links on Google Classroom (i.e. Punctuating Dialogue, Figurative Language, etc.)

Tuesday, 3/24:     Log into Zoom for a video conference beginning at 11:00, click on “Join a Meeting” and click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/658676494? or enter the meeting ID: 658 676 494

The meeting will be approximately 25 minutes long

Wednesday, 3/25:     You will be given three prompts to choose from (See Google Classroom)

Pick ONE of the prompts for your next narrative

  • Make a plan and then start a timer for 25 minutes (use phone or chromebook) 
  • Think about all the different components in a reflective narrative.
  • When you’re ready to begin your plan, hit start (I don’t expect you to finish completely). Good luck!

Thursday, 3/26:     1. Share what you were able to complete in 25 minutes with me. **Just make sure your heading is MLA formatted  and send to aschiller@sjfschool.us

             2. Complete the Zoom Meeting Form posted in Google Classroom before tomorrow’s meeting. 

Friday, 3/27: Fill in the Zoom Meeting Form (Google Classroom)

Update! Due to the teacher parade, the ELA Zoom Meeting #2 will now begin at 1:00 p.m. 

  • Click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/985991750 or click “Join a Meeting” and enter the meeting ID: 985-991-750
  • We will discuss narrative #2, talk about next steps, and answer any questions you may have. 
    

Social Studies

  • Students please fill out daily attendance posted on Mrs. O'Shea's Classroom page.  
  •  Please check Classroom and blog for updates.  You can also email me at edeering@sjfschool.us to ask any questions.

5th Grade

  • Please check Google Classroom, I have been posting links to go along with what we are reading about.
  • Monday: We will have a video chat to talk about last weeks reading, 10:30 is the time I would like to meet with the 5th grade.  https://zoom.us/j/4099278843 
  • Please continue to follow the reading on the packet you received.  This outline is also posted on Google Classroom.

?6th Grade

  • Please keep working daily on Google Classroom.  I have all readings posted there.  If you have missed an assignment, please check and submit it by Wednesday.
  •  Monday I will video chat with 6th grade at noon.  Please go to zoom for this meeting.  Once here, we will discuss the past weeks readings and assignments.
  • https://zoom.us/j/4099278843
  • This week we will read about Confucius and his teachings.

?

 

Science

How are you all? I hope everyone is healthy and able to spend some quality time indoors with your families. We are going to be using a video chat program called Zoom. I will post a link on Google Classroom for you 


 

5th grade- This week we are still discussing Ecosystems. 

We will chat on Monday, March 23rd at 12:00 pm. Try your best to log on but don’t worry if you can’t make it, I will try and record it. I will post a link on Google Classroom 

  1. You will take notes on pages 1 and 2 titled "You Are What You Eat". They are the last two pages in your packet; the slides are on Google Classroom.

  2. Complete your Energy in the Ecosystem Project

  3. Finish your Food Chain Scavenger Hunt (we started this before we left). If you didn't receive this due to an absence, I will repost on Google Classroom. The cards are there already, you can print them out and have a parent or sitter hide them for you to find for a little added fun!! Take pictures and send them to me if you do!! 

You can take pictures of your completed work and email them to me at cosshea@sjfschool.us by Monday, March 30th. 

 

6th grade- 

We will chat on Monday, March 23rd at 10:30 am. Try your best to log on but don’t worry if you can’t make it, I will try and record it. I will post a link on Google Classroom.

This week you will use the weather forecast to help you with this assignment. This assignment will have two parts. 

  1. You will fill out a weather slide complete with the day of the week, temperature, highs, lows, pictures, etc. Use the weather from last week for ideas and today's weather.  

  2. You will use the weather that you completed in the slides above to create a “Weather Forecast”. You will pretend that you are a Meteorologist and let your viewers know what they should expect weather-wise this week. You should make sure you use the vocabulary you learned while taking notes last week. You are at home so be creative. You have an unlimited wardrobe, utensils, and props. You will create your video on Flipgrid. I will post a link on Google Classroom, Have fun!! You can research all different meteorologists from around the area to see their “style”.

Keep checking Google Classroom for new posts.

5th ELA

Hello Fifth Grade ELA! As I’m working on creative ways to Elearn with you, this week plan is a continuation  of last week. Please finish your Bud, Not Buddy packet. You will also complete the end of the novel test. Take your time and read directions carefully! If at any point you have questions either ask on Google Classroom or email! Miss you!!

Attention: New Attendance News!

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

Dear Parents, 

Good morning! Day 2 of our e-Learning adventure continues. Thank you for your cooperation and patience, as we are all in “uncharted territory”. 

Each teacher has posted assignments on Google Classroom and/or on the 5/6th grade blog (sjfschool.net). Many students have already submitted assignments (if applicable) or have begun packet assignments distributed to students last Friday. Please make sure your child has “logged in” to begin the assignments for each of their classes. Teachers are available to answer questions via email or on Google Classroom directly. Please feel free to contact any teacher directly with questions you may have. 

We have been asked to create an attendance document for the 5th and 6th grade students to track attendance (one will also be created for 7th and 8th graders). Students should fill out the 3-question Google Form each day by 5:00 p.m. We will begin this process today, March 18, and continue until formal classes resume at SJF. The attendance form will be located in Mrs. O’Shea’s Science Class in Google Classroom. 

We understand that this is a difficult time for many, but we will navigate this together! We are stronger together! 

Go Falcons!

Best regards, 

The 5th and 6th Grade Teachers

 

e-Learning Week one: March 17-20

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

As you have been notified, school will not be in session along with the other Illinois schools from now until at least the following two weeks due to the COVID-19 virus. This is new to all of us so please bear with us as we are venture through the new teaching method. Thank you in advance for your patience. 

The teachers will be available via email if you have any questions.  

6 ELA week 1

Students should bring home:   

2-3 independent reading books, handout packet (5 attachments), Chromebook and ELA spirals

 

Student responsibilities:

Daily: Students should check Google Classroom (GC) and Mrs. Schiller’s blog for assignments and updates

**Students will read from their independent reading novel a minimum of 25 minutes daily (this will count as part of your classwork responsibilities)

 

Students, I will be available on Google Classroom and email between 9:00 and 12:00 each day, but I will also check emails and ELA classroom during other hours, as well. Ask questions if you’re not sure! We are all new to this, so it’s okay to ask! Take care of yourselves. :) 

                            -Mrs. Schiller 

 

Monday, 3/16:     No school--no formal assignments

 

Tuesday, 3/17:     Last day to submit narrative--double-check review sheet before submission Share with aschiller@sjfschool.us by 4:00 p.m.Book Conference Form (use 3/17 as the date) should be filled out completely. Before you set your goal, remember you will be reading for 25 minutes each day, and your goal should reflect that. Push yourself to read a little more this trimester.             

Wednesday, 3/18: Follow directions and complete the “Punctuating Dialogue” worksheet in the packet. *you may use the “cheat sheet” in your spiral to check your work 

Go to GC for the “Punctuating Dialogue” Quizlet

 

Thursday, 3/19: Begin checking Google Docs for returned narratives with comments. You can make edits to narratives once they have been checked. All narratives will have notes/edits by Friday at 4:00 p.m. 

Make sure you are reading for 25 minutes (minimum) each day. All students will take at least one AR when they return to classes. 

 

Friday, 3/20:  Check Google Docs for returned narratives with comments. You will make edits to narratives once they’ve been checked. You will receive credit if you “resolve” your issues on your narrative. I do receive an alert when you make changes/corrections to your document, and many of you have already done this. Well done!

 

Friday Update: ** Because some students didn’t receive the “Eliminating Passive Voice” assignment in the packet, I am making this an optional Friday assignment. It’s great practice, but it is optional. 

(Optional) Complete the “Eliminating Passive Voice” assignment in the packet. You may use the “Helping Verbs Song” slide in GC to help. 

 

Science

5th grade- You will be working on the Ecosystem packet that you were sent home with on Friday. You should do a little bit of the three assignments each day. 

 

March 17- 20

  1. 1. What’s for Dinner worksheet
  2. 2. Energy Flow in the Ecosystem project - You will complete this project and color each section and the cover. We will attach to a sheet of white paper when we return. (This will be a two-week activity)
  3. 3. Lion King Ecology Sheet- You will watch “The Lion King” and answer the questions about the Pride Rock Ecosystem. 

 

In the event that we are out longer than one week, you will complete the following

March 23- 27

  • “You are What you Eat” slides on Google Classroom. Open google slides and watch the slide show. You will complete the “You are what you Eat” pages 1 and 2. 

  • Complete the Energy Flow in the Ecosystem project

  • Keep an eye on Google Classroom for any additional work. 

 

6th grade- Your assignments will be posted on Google Classroom tomorrow morning (3/17) at 8:00 am. Use the week to complete all the assignments. Pace yourself, Do not wait until the last day to complete it all.

 

March-17-20

  • Look at the Weather Map slides. As you are studying them, take notes on the Weather Map modified. When you get to the appropriate slide, follow the directions and fill in the Interactive Notebook page (INB). If the slide asks you a question, just jot down the answer in your notebook.

  • Keep a journal of the weather forecast for each day we are off of school on the attached Google Doc. Make sure you are using the vocabulary from the weather packet we completed and the above slides. Cold front, warm front, occluded front, stationary front, high pressure, low pressure, air mass and anything else you want to add. 

  • Complete the Air Pressure and Front Practice. You will open the Google slides and answer the questions. You will answer the questions in the text boxes.

 

If you have any questions I will be available via Google Classroom and email coshea@sjfschool.us

 

 

Math:

      Students should be checking my blog or Google Classroom daily for assignments and updates.  I will be available on email and Google Classroom each day from 9a.m.-12p.m. to answer questions and help you with assignments.  I will also be checking for messages throughout the day, so do not hesitate to contact me. 

6th grade:

      This week, the sixth graders will be continuing last week’s lesson in Module 14 of reflecting points and calculating distances on the coordinate plane.  They will also be instructed on creating a polygon in the plane from given coordinates and finding the perimeter and area of shapes.

      During any time this week, students may log on to Reflex math and practice their math facts.  Students’ work for the week will be reviewed and collected upon our return to the classroom.  Please keep well and God bless you throughout the remainder of the week!

5th grade:

     The fifth graders will be continuing their start to last week’s lesson in Chapter 11 of identifying and classifying polygons.  They will also be learning that triangles are specifically classified by both a side and an angle name based on their sizes and measures.    

      During any time this week, students may log on to Reflex math and practice their math facts.  Students’ work for the week will be reviewed and collected upon our return to the classroom.  Please keep well and God bless you throughout the remainder of the week!

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar
5th Grade:
I spoke to the 5th graders on Friday and we went over assignments and needs for both Religion and Vocabulary over the next 2 weeks. They can focus on one subject each week.
In Religion, the kids will read and do Activities in the "Holy Week" pages of their books.  I gave the students a handout of pages and information.
In Vocabulary, the kids will complete Unit 12 in their vocab. books.   No sentences or flashcards will be due.  They can work on these once we go back as a refresher before test or quiz.   
6th Grade:
I spoke to the 6th graders on Friday about the next 2 weeks of E-Learning.  I also gave the students a handout with their assignments.  
In Religion, the kids will read and do Activities in the "Holy Week" pages of their books.  
In Vocabulary, the kids will complete Unit 9 in their vocab. books.  No sentences or flashcards will be due.  They can work  on these once we go back as a refresher before test or quiz.  
Please feel free to reach out to me anytime at: bquinn@sjfschool.net
Take care!
 

Social Studies:

Please see my personal blog for more detailed outlines.

5th grade:

  • Students were given a packet on Friday that outlines reading for the next two weeks.
  • 3-17 to 3-20: Students will start reading a bout the events leading to the start of the Civil War.  There are limited notes while we are not together, the daily reading and vocabulary terms are on their packets. 
  • 3-23 to 3-27: Students will read about the election of Abraham Lincoln and the early battles of the war.

6th grade:

  • Students will have readings and details posted to Google Classroom.  We will be continuing our studies of Ancient China, Confucius and his teachings will be the focus this week.

5th ELA:


Hello! During this time, please know that the directions for the fifth grade packet is located on Google classroom. There is also a PDF of our novel, Bud, Not Buddy, on Google Classroom.. In our assignment notebook is a plan of what to do each day. Please note, the students can write messages on Google Classroom if they have any think to ask. Please feel free to email me with any questions regarding their work. All the students took home a few good novels to read. The work is for the next two weeks. Thank you.

 

March 9-13

Posted on Mar 09, 2020

No school next Monday, March 16

Science

5th- This week we discuss biotic and abiotic factors, discuss the Food Chain, how energy transfers as it moves up a trophic level. 

6th- Monday we will "Skype a scientist." We are talking with a meteorologist from Washington State. We will have a quiz on Tuesday on the 3 types of heat transfer. The rest of the week we will discuss weather maps, air pressure and the different types of weather fronts.   

Math:

6th grade:

Sixth grade students will be taking their Module 13 quiz on calculating the area of polygons this week Tuesday, March 10th.  They will also begin learning to compute the distance of points graphed in the coordinate plane.  At the end of the week, the students will learn the parts of a circle, its properties of Pi, and how to use the formulas for circumference and area of circles in celebration of March 14th, Pi Day!

5th grade:

The fifth graders will be preparing to take their Chapter 5 test on dividing decimal numbers on Wednesday, March 11th, this week.  The students have also begun preparing for the Aspire test in April by reviewing the Order of Operations within the last week and beginning their study of geometry in Chapter 11, which is also greatly integrated in the Aspire exam.  In connection, they will learn the parts of a circle, its properties of Pi, and how to use the formulas for circumference and area of circles in celebration of March 14th, Pi Day!

6 ELA

Understanding the organization of a reflective narrative is the goal this week. How to structure the introduction, body paragraphs and the conclusion will be taught this week. On Thursday, students will write their first narrative in class, taking into consideration all of the components that have been reviewed the past three weeks (i.e. active voice, figurative language, sensory details, dialogue, etc.) 

In addition, there will be a field trip opportunity for select students in 6th grade. A presentation outlining the requirements will be discussed on Monday. Good luck!

Vocabulary/Grammar

5th Grade:

This week we will cover Unit 11 in Vocabulary.  The Unit 11 words are: absurd, avalanche, classify, ensure, navigate, nestle, plea, principle, realistic, security, selective, tart.  We will review on Thursday and have a test on Friday. 

In Grammar we will be working on Unit 2 ( Nouns: Common, Proper, Singular, Plural, Irregular, Possessive).

6th Grade:

This week we will cover Unit 8 in Vocabulary.  The Unit 8 words are: affluence, arrears, cascade, cringe, crotchety, immobile, impassable, innovation, jovial, manacle, martial, minimum, nimble, onset, partition, perishable, retrieve, sinister, taut, template.  We will review on Thursday and have a test on Friday.

In Grammar we will cover Chapter 3 (Sentence Variety and Structure).

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • We will finish our Lewis and Clark one-pagers, check deerhistory Instagram for some pictures of their creations.
  • This week we will focus on the Westward Expansion of the new nation.  We will talk about Manifest Destiny, and the importance of this movement to the nation.  We will also talk about the impact this movement had on the Native Americans.
  • Quiz Friday on Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • We are working towards the start of the Civil War.

6th Grade:

  • Our travels through Ancient China have begun, students are again see connections between rivers and the establishment of early cities.
  • We will work on the geography of this area this week.
  • Last week students watched CNN 10 for current events.  This week we will continue CNN 10.  Reflections will be due by Monday, directions are posted on the assignment on Classroom.

5th ELA

We will finish reading our Bud, Not Buddy novel. Our comprehension test for this novel will be next week. At the end of each chapter, the students have had a variety of ways to access the readings. They can refer to this as they study for their test.

For our writing portion, we have begun our argumentative writing program. There will be nightly homework in response to the lesson for the day. Please refer to their assignment notebook and Google classroom for current information and resources. 

March 2-6

Posted on Feb 29, 2020

Special Lunch Wednesday

Parent-Teacher Conferences - Thursday

 

Social Studies

5th grade:

  • We will start exploring with Lewis and Clark this week.
  • Western movement and the Gold Rush
  • We are working towards the causes of the Civil War

6th grade:

  • We will start with a review game Monday. Ch 6 test will be Tuesday.
  • Ancient China will start this week.
  • Current events resume this week.

Math:

6th grade:

Students will be concentrating on solving area problems with complex polygons this week and reviewing for the Module 13 quiz scheduled for Monday, March 9th.  The quiz will encompass %tharea problems on triangles, parallelograms, rhombuses, and trapezoids along with area combinations of two or more of the above-listed figures.

5th grade:

The fifth graders will be finishing their chapter on dividing decimals this week by learning how to solve problems through the use of writing zeros in the dividend to divide decimals and applying the strategy of working backwards to find decimal quotients.  The Chapter 5 test will be administered on Tuesday, March 10th, precluded with a complete review of the chapter concepts on Monday, March 9th.

Science

5th grade- We will start to learn about Ecosystems. We will talk about Biotic and Abiotic factors in an Ecosystem.

6th grade- We will continue to talk about Layers of the Atmosphere. We will also start to talk about different types of heat transfers and how they relate to the Earth. 

6 ELA

Our narrative study continues! Last week, students focused on sensory details in writing. Classes did sorting activities, group writing practices, and identified categories of senses. We will do another sensory writing activity early this week. 

Narratives also include dialogue. But, students must be selective in their choices of dialogue. Our focus will be to include only dialogue that moves the story forward. In addition, we will review punctuation rules when writing dialogue. 

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

5th & 6th Grade 

This week in both grades we will be talking about and studying Lent.  I apologize for being a week late!  I needed to get in a little more Vocab. before the end of the trimester.  So, this week we will talk about what the kids are "giving up" and why this is important. We will use our Religion books and other tools to delve into Lent.   Quiz/Test will be either Thursday or next week.  Friday we will get together with our Prayer Partners.  

 

February 23- 28th

Posted on Feb 23, 2020

Wednesday we will have our Ash Wednesday All school mass at 1:00 pm. 

THURSDAY, February 27th is an early dismissal @ 1:45 for a Faculty In-Service.

The 2nd Trimester ends Friday, February 28th. 

Science

5th grade- This week we will have our test on Photosynthesis. We will review on Monday and Tuesday. Our test will be on Wednesday. We will then start to talk about Matter in Ecosystems and how all living things interact. 

6th grade- We will finish up our Women in Science Wanted posters. These will be due on Tuesday. We will be working on our Weather Unit next, starting with our Atmosphere.

Math:

6th grade:

The sixth grade students will be continuing their study of geometry this week by focusing on the area formula of triangles to solve problems.

5th grade:

The fifth graders will be working on the concept of placing the decimal point in the quotient correctly when both the dividend and divisor are decimal numbers.  They will also be learning to write zeros in the dividend when it is necessary to complete the division process with decimals.

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

5th Grade:

This week we will cover Unit 10 in Vocabulary.  We will also continue in our Grammar books.  The Vocabulary review will be Wednesday and the test Thursday.  The end of the trimester grades need to be in by Friday so this test will be recorded in this trimester.  Friday will either be Prayer Partners or a short film about Black History Month. The kids did a great job on their Black History projects. These grades will also be recorded for this trimester. They will be posted in Power School later this week.  

6th Grade:

This week we will cover Unit 7 in Vocabulary.  We will also continue in our Grammar books.  The Vocabulary test will be Thursday this week.  We will review on Wednesday.  The end of the trimester is Friday so the grades from this test will be included in this trimester.  Friday we will possibly get together with our prayer partners in 3rd grade.  

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • This week we will continue with our studies of the United States Constitution.  We will learn about the federal system, supreme court, checks and balances, as well as the steps that were taken to approve the Constitution.
  • There will be a quiz Friday on our studies of the Constitution.  All vocab is posted on Google Classroom.

6th Grade:

  • We will start this week with Meditation Monday, students have been learning about Hinduism and Buddhism.  We will have a moment of reflection and meditation.
  • Students will learn about Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.  We will be making connections between Hinduism and Buddhism this week as well.  
  • Ch. 6 test is TUESDAY, March 3

6 ELA

Our narrative study is going well! While the task of identifying active and passive voice in selected passages was (somewhat) easy, students are finding that their own writing is filled with passive voice verbs. The challenge is to write primarily in active voice. We will continue this week focused on that skill. 

In addition, students will begin to recognize how the inclusion of sensory details makes their writing more interesting. 

5th ELA

Bud, Not Buddy will continue to be our focus. Last week, we focused on summary narratives, began tracking character traits, noticing the importance of setting and empathy of another person’s feelings. We will continue with these skills and develop deeper thinking as we grow in the text.  We will also be practicing our oral reading skills. I ask you to CONTINUE reading orally with your child. This is such an important skill for your child. There is not enough time during the school day to practice this skill. We will also be focusing on finding the main idea in nonfiction reading and locating supporting details.  Please make sure your child is still reading the novel of his or her choice each evening.

February 17-21st

Posted on Feb 18, 2020

Feb 17-21

Math:

6th grade:

Students will be starting Unit 6 on Geometry this week.  We are transitioning to this unit in order to cover material that will be included on the Aspire test in the spring.  Module 13 will focus on the area formulas for polygons; this week's focus will be on quadrilaterals.  The National Parks independent project on ratios and proportions is due on Friday, February 21st.  All missing assignments need to be submitted by the end of this week in order to be included on the Trimester 2 report card.  Please check Power School.

5th grade:

The fifth graders will be continuing their chapter on dividing decimals.  Wednesday and Thursday we will be reviewing for their mid-chapter quiz on decimal patterns with powers of ten, estimating quotients, and dividing decimal dividends with whole number divisors.  The quiz is scheduled for Friday, February 21st.  Also due on Friday is the independent math project on decimals.  All missing assignments need to be submitted by the end of this week in order to be included on the Trimester 2 report card.  Please check Power School.

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

5th Grade:

This week the students will present their projects for Black History Month.  We spent last week working with the Ipads doing research and some students made iMovies about their subject.  We will also be making "thank you" cards for our first responders.  This coming weekend SJF is hosting the pancake breakfast to "get behind the vest".  The students' cards will be handed out to first responders in attendance.  Time permitting, Friday we will possibly get together with our Prayer Partners in 1st grade.

6th Grade:

This week the students will be getting their Religious board game grades back.  Also, we will be making "thank you" cards for 1st responders for this weekend's "get behind the vest" breakfast at SJF.  We will also start a new chapter in Religion.  And finally, if time permits, we will get together with our Prayer Partners on Friday!

Science

5th grade- This week we will be completing our Photosynthesis Model in class. Your child was given the instructions for the project last week. It is due on Feb 21st minus the Photosynthesis summary. Mrs. Hughes will be working on the summary during their ELA  class next week. We will have our test on Photosynthesis Tuesday, February 25th. I will hand out a study guide to help them study for their test. 

6th grade- We have been watching and discussing Hidden Figures in ELA and Science class to celebrate African American Women Scientists. We will be working on a small research project in class celebrating all Women Scientists past and present. Projects will be due on Monday, February 24th.  

6 ELA

Aspire Prep begins! Just as teams practice and prepare for Conference play, and as actors rehearse for the final production, we need to prepare for our reflective narrative. Students will begin by learning ALL of the components needed for a quality narrative. Our study begins with avoiding passive voice writing and recognizing the power of active voice. Students will dissect outside resources and then tackle their own writing. 

Sensory details, figurative language (review), and dialogue that moves the story forward will also be covered in the coming weeks. 

Social Studies

 

5th Grade

  • This week we will begin Unit 5, A New Nation.  Students will be switching out their books for the next volume.
  • We will start looking at how the Constitution and how the government was established.
  • Please encourage your student to check PowerSchool for missing assignments.

6th Grade

  • Students participated in a caste system activity this week, they were assigned a caste level and had an assignment to fill out while moving around the classroom "society" as their level.  Students then wrote a reflection on how this.
  • We will continue to learn about the Hindu religion and how religion is part of their daily life.
  • Please encourage your student to check PowerSchool for missing assignments.

February 10-14

Posted on Feb 09, 2020

5th and 6th Out of Uniform on Monday, Feb. 10th  (No pajama pants, please)!

Friday, February 14 is Valentine's Day- You can bring in a treat to share with your classmates. 

Math:

6th grade:

Having come to the completion of Module 8 on percents, the students will be taking their Unit 3 Test on Friday, February 14th, encompassing Module 8 concepts with excerpts of ratios and proportions from Modules 6 and 7.  Students will be reviewing the material on their exam on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week during class.  It is expected that students continue their independent work on their Trimester 2 projects which are due on Friday, February 21st.  All missing assignments on Power School must also be submitted by February 21st. 

5th grade:

Students will be observing division patterns with decimals, estimating quotients, and dividing decimals by whole numbers as they commence their study of Chapter 5 this week. A quiz on this material is currently scheduled for Friday, February 21st.  They are expected to continue working on their Trimester 2 independent projects which are also due on Friday, February 21st.  All missing assignments on Power School must also be submitted by February 21st as well.  The end of the trimester is quickly approaching! 

Science

5th- We will continue learning about Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration. On Wednesday, we will start on our 3D Photosynthesis Project. Students may bring in any crafting materials they think will help them with their 3D model. I will explain more in class. 

6th- We will be moving on from Space back to Earth. We will begin discussing Earth's atmospheric layers and how the atmosphere affects the weather. We will start on our Weather Unit. 

On February 11th, both 5th and 6th-grade classes will have a presentation from the SXU nurses on sleep. They will discuss the importance of sleep for their developing brains, how blue light before bed can affect their sleep habits, and how the body/brain cycles through different cycles of sleep.  

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

5th Grade

This week in Religion, the students will use the Ipads for a research project focusing on Black History Month.  The students will be able to complete this project during class over the first few days of the week.  If time allows, we will get together with our Prayer Partners on Friday.  

6th Grade

Monday we will begin Unit 6 in our Vocabulary books.  Review will be Thursday.  Test will be Friday.  In Grammar, we will be covering "Effective Sentences and Word Choice."  

Social Studies

5th Grade

  • Unit 4 Lessons 4-7 quiz will be on Thursday, 2-13.  Students started making flashcards on Friday, we will finish those Monday.  Please encourage your student to study the vocabulary and main ideas from these lessons.  Study guide is posted on Classroom.
  • We will finish the Revolutionary War this week.
  • All slides are posted on Classroom, we summarize key points and ideas in our notes and note all vocabulary words. 
  • Please remind your student to have their earbuds each day for class.  They will need them in many classes as well as in computers.  

6th Grade

  • This week we will learn about early civilizations that grew along the Indus River, these will include Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro.
  • The importance of city planning will be discussed this week, and we will continue to build on how having specializations helps civilizations to grow.
  • Trade and migration will also be discussed.

6 ELA

February is Black History Month, and in ELA we are highlighting achievements of Black Americans in history. In addition, our bookshelves are celebrating titles by black authors and those that feature black protagonists. 

Our current short story, Mother Fletcher's Gift, features a main character who lives in Harlem. Students will do some research on the Harlem Renaissance while reading the story to familiarize themselves with the story's references to the jazz musicians and writers who flourished during this time period. 

The short story will also be a catalyst for our study of character traits.

5 ELA

We will finish reading our class novel, Home of the Brave. The students will have a writing assessment with directions posted on Google Classroom. We will examine main ideas in our nonfiction readings.  The students will use a variety of scaffolding measures to uncover the main ideas in our readings.

Our homeroom will celebrate Valentine’s Day of Friday. Please let your children bring treats and valentines. Thank you.

 

Feb 3-7

Posted on Jan 31, 2020

Please remind your student to check in with each teacher when they return from an absence to get all missed work and to schedule any quizzes or tests that need to be made up.

Tuesday, Feb. 4 dress down day for cancer awareness.  Please bring in a dollar donation for this great cause.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Special Lunch 

Math:

6th grade:

     Continuing with Module 8, the students will be working on solving problems with percentages this week.  They will also receive an independent extension project for Trimester 2 that utilizes their skills from Module 6 and 7 on rates and proportions.  Touring the United States' National Parks on their Chromebooks, students will complete questions they are asked on facts that challenge them to respond by calculating rate and proportion problems. The students will have two weeks to complete the project and turn it in by Friday, February 21st..  They can acquire help from parents, siblings, tutors, teachers, etc. on it.  All instructions and directions will be explained in class and are included in the introduction to the packet.  They will also be given time to work in class this Friday. Assignments may be submitted sooner than the due date, but no later than the due date.

5th grade:

     Students have completed their unit study on multiplying decimals and will be taking the Chapter 4 test this Wednesday.  We will be reviewing in class on Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the exam.  The students will begin Chapter 5 on dividing decimals as well as receive their independent extension project for Trimester 2 that incorporates their skills in multiplying and dividing decimals later this week.  Students will be solving decimal problems at the local bowling alley.  They will have two weeks to complete the project and turn it in by Friday, February 21st.. They can acquire help from parents, siblings, tutors, teachers, etc. on it.  All instructions and directions will be explained in class and are included in the in the packet.  They will also be given time to work in class this Friday.  Assignments may be submitted sooner than the due date, but no later than the due date.  

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

For both 5th/6th grade:

Last week on Thursday of Catholic Schools Week (Thankful Thursday), in Religion, the children were given the class period to write a "thank you" letter to someone who has been a part of their Catholic faith and education.  Some wrote to teachers past and present.  Some wrote to Mrs. Nash and Sr. Jean.  Some wrote to their parents, grandparent, or sibling.  I can't tell you how beautiful these letters were!  I gave the children a few prompts to help if they couldn't find the right words.  I also reviewed correct form for writing a letter.  But, all in all, these letters were straight from the children.  Please ask your kids about their letters.  They show what kind, thoughtful, appreciative kids you are raising!

This week in 6th grade Religion:

Monday and Tuesday the students will present their Religious board games to the class and as part of their project grade.  The rest of the week will also continue with Religion.  More info to come!

5th Grade:

The 5th graders will work on Unit 9 in Vocab. and continue with Grammar.  The unit test will be Friday and a review or pretest will given on Thursday.

Social Studies

5th grade:

  • This week we will take a Google Expedition through the Revolutionary War.  We will discuss some key battles during this period of time.
  • Students will continue working on the Constitution booklets and memorizing the Preamble.  Students will recite the Preamble to me during recess, class time, or before school. Due by Friday, Feb. 7 this is a grade.
  • Students should be using my Google Classroom page for helpful links for this unit of study.

6th grade:

  • Students will take an "Expedition" through the Indian Subcontinent this week and answer questions from this "trip".
  • We will continue our journey through ancient India, students will continue to learn about the geography, climate, and religion of these ancient people.

6 ELA

Taking notes and annotating happens all the time for a 6th grade student. However, when students are asked to annotate a video, the task is different than annotating a document, but equally important. Last week students were asked to read and annotate from several different types of writing, including two videos. Students will use these annotations to strengthen their background knowledge for the next writing assignment. 

The "Every Picture Tells a Story" writing assignment begins with (you guessed it!) a picture. Students will have a variety from which to choose. Once they have selected a picture, they will create a story about the picture using annotations from last week. The pictures are actual footage of the immigration processing centers of Angel and Ellis Islands. Writing assignments are due on Friday. 

5 ELA

Fifth Grade ELA

Our work with nonfiction continues!

This week, we will focus on the nonfiction work by experts, Kylene Beers and Robert Probst.  We will be reading a wide selection of nonfiction and learn many strategies to better understand what they are reading. Thank you for helping your child read with fluency last week. I hope you enjoyed listening to the speeches they practiced. Please continue to read orally with your child. Not only does it help with fluency, but also comprehension. 

Our AR points are due Feb. 13th. Most students have already reached and passed their goal for this trimester.  

Please help your child locate high interest nonfiction books to enjoy. A trip to the library offers so many wonderful choices.  One trip to the Harold Washington Library brought 34 new books into our classroom.

 

 

Science

5th-

This week we are learning about Photosynthesis. We will dive into a variety of activities from watching a video, reading passages and participating in a hands-on activity. Next week, we will start a Photosynthesis project and have a test on Friday the 14th or Tuesday, the 18th. A study guide will be handed out on Friday, the 7th.

6th- We are working on our Planet one-pager and will have a Planet Escape Room on Friday. Next week, we begin on Weather and Climate.

 

January 27-31st

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

Happy Catholic Schools Week!

Monday: Dime Wars for Dairy starts (runs all week) and St. Rita Band

Tuesday: Trivia 

Wednesday: STEM project

Thursday: Thankful Thursday

Friday: SJF Spirit Day, wear your Fisher Gear. Fisher Falcon Olympics this afternoon.

Math:

6th grade:

Students will be learning and practicing how to write a percentage from a ratio, fraction and decimal in Module 8.  They will also learn how to reverse the process from a percentage into a ratio, fraction and decimal number.

5th grade:

Students will be able to multiply decimal numbers with other decimals and properly place the decimal in the product.  They will also be able to multiply decimals with zeros in the product.  These skills will culminate their study on multiplying decimals, and the students will be taking their exam on Chapter 4 next week Wednesday, February 5th. 

6 ELA

During CSW, many of our classes are shortened due to fun and educational activities within the school day. So, the plan this week is to continue learning about varying the style and structure of our sentences. Students will not only locate but also write original sentences with this in mind.

We will do this by reading and annotating three different pieces of writing: a history essay, a memoir, and a newspaper article. In addition, students will also watch a video to gather additional information. Using all of these modes, students will then synthesize, not summarize, a new idea based on the information gathered on the immigration process at Ellis Island and Angel Island.

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

5th Grade

We have many fun activities throughout the week- and NO homework(except an act of kindness a day)!  So, this week the kids will do a little bit of each subject.  There will not be any tests this week either!

6th Grade

The students did such a great job on their board games!  This week they will get to play them with their prayer partners and fellow students.  They will also present their games to the class this week as part of their grade.  No Homework(except an act of kindness a day) or tests all week!

Social Studies

5th Grade

  • Students will continue learning about events in the Revolutionary War.  This week we will discuss Paul Revere, Continental Congress, and start focusing on the Declaration of Independence.
  • Students will start studying the Preamble of the Constitution and next week will have a quiz on it.  The quiz will be reciting the Preamble, students can come in early or during recess if they do not want to recite during class.

6th Grade

  • Students will finish their Ch 5 review in class Monday.
  • Ch 5 quizizz will be on Wednesday
  • We will start our exploration through Ancient China this week.

Science

5th- 

This week we will continue our lesson on Photosynthesis. We will be using our note-taking skills while using an interactive PowerPoint.

6th- This week we will do a couple of activities on Planets. We will be taking a virtual field trip to Outer Space so students will need their phones for class. We will be using the Google Expedition app. Please have them download it at home so we can start right away in class. 

5th ELA

January 27th

Fifth Grade ELA

We are entering one of the most important units in fifth grade ELA this week.  Our focus this week is to support students in reading ever-increasing, more complex texts with strong literal comprehension.  We will be reading complex non fiction text. The students will learn to recognize that text will often have multiple main ideas.  When fifth graders preview a text, it’s important for them to recognize that the text may contain a long introduction before turning the focus of the text or that it might reveal its focus slowly in other ways.  Our whole group and small group instruction this week will focus on the skills of previewing increasingly complex text. Please help your child find a nonfiction book that is of high interest to them. Earlier this week, I went to the Chicago Public Library to add books to our collection. You could help by taking your child to the library and exploring the wonderful titles waiting for them at the library.

Your child is creating a Nonfiction packet that should be used as they read their nonfiction text.  Please remember to have the kids read orally to you. One of the skills we are working on is fluency. 

Jan 21-24

Posted on Jan 17, 2020

5th ELA

Week of January 20th

Fifth Grade ELA

Our posters for the Interpretation of Theme Project will be due on Thursday.

Directions were posted on Google Classroom and this blog.

As the students have been tracking themes across complex novels and have been writing to develop their thinking, we now are moving onto nonfiction text.  In this unit, we look at how our text become more complex, and will develop strategies to tackle these difficulties.

 

Interpretation of Theme Assignment:

 

Interpretation Paragraph (60%)

The paragraph should begin with theme you developed. Discuss the purpose of writing this paragraph.

Discuss how this theme is shown in your novel. Make certain to write the title of the novel (underline) and the author.  Use evidence from the novel to show the connection/support to the theme. Use thought prompts to enhance your sentence writing.

Follow these guidelines for the song and the poem.  

Make certain that every statement ties back to the interpretation of  the theme.

Write a conclusion statement to tie all the work to the theme.

 

Drawing (20%)

The drawing that you create should encompass the novel, the poem and the song.  Be creative.

The art should show how the theme is connected to the novel, the poem and the song.

 

Mechanics ( Voice, Conventions, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice, Organization) (20%)

The theme is easy to identify on the poster. 

The order of ideas is neat and shows planning.

Higher level thought prompts used throughout.

Sentences have a variety of lengths and starters.

Punctuation, Spelling, Quotations, and Underlining when needed.

 

Social Studies

5th Grade

  • We will begin our lessons on the American Revolutionary War.  Students will study key military leaders and battles from this period of time.
  • The role of women in the war will be explored

6th Grade

  • This week we will learn about early inventions in Mesopotamia that include the wheel, glass, and bronze.  We will talk about cause and effect.
  • Judaism will be our focus on Wednesday 
  • Study guide is posted to Google Classroom.  

 

Math:

6th grade:

This coming week wraps up our study of rates, ratios and proportions with a quiz on Module 7 on Thursday, January 23rd.  The students will be reviewing these concepts on Tuesday and Wednesday in preparation for their assessment.  On Friday, the students will begin their study of percentages and converting decimals, fractions and ratios into percentages.  The extra credit worksheets they were given at the beginning of last week are also do this Friday.  No late submissions will be accepted.  

5th grade:

Reviewing decimal multiplication concepts on Tuesday and Wednesday this week will be our main focus in class and homework assignments in preparing for the students' Chapter 4 Quiz on Thursday, January 23rd.  We will continue on Friday with Chapter 4 in modeling decimal multiplication problems with a hundred square.  The extra credit packet students received at the start of last week is also due this Friday.  No late submissions will be accepted.

6 ELA

This week students will continue their study of the March on Washington in 1963. Students will research, write and present their findings in a group project. In addition, students will be required to use 10 vocabulary words in their presentation from an annotated essay provided to them. 

Within the week, we will also begin our background work in varying sentence length, style and structure. Students will be required to identify and write with confidence using simple, compound and complex sentences in upcoming essays. 

5th Grade Vocab./Grammar:

This week we will cover Unit 8 in our Vocabulary book.  Friday will be the Vocab. test.  We will review Thursday in class.  We will also continue with our Grammar books.  A lot of the early exercises in Grammar are reviews of topics the students have covered in past years.  I will let the kids know when to expect a Grammar test.  

6th Grade Religion

Last week I assigned a "Religious Board Game".  The students are working in groups of 2 or 3 kids.  They have the handout with detailed directions.  The students will have this whole week during class to complete the board game, essay, and presentation.  This assignment is due by the end of class on Friday.  Next week they will do their presentations for the class.  And next week during Catholic Schools Week, we will travel to the third grade to play the board games with our prayer partners.   

Science

5th grade- This week we are focusing on our Photosynthesis vocabulary and the process of Photosynthesis. We will have a vocabulary test at the end of the week. 

6th grade- We are presenting our Planet projects Tuesday and Wednesday. Students will take notes throughout each presentation and will use those notes for an open note test.  

January 13-17

Posted on Jan 10, 2020

Science

5th- This week we will continue discussing Plants and Photosynthesis. We will use some plant simulations to see what affects plant growth and talk about the basic needs for life. 

6th- We will begin our research on the Planets. We will use Google slides and Flipgrid to present our research to the class. Once all presentations are complete we will have an open note test on the information provided.  

6 ELA

Monday will be the Hatchet Final Assessment. Students will use the novel during the test, so they can provide evidence to support their claims. Good luck!

This week we will listen to and read about the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" Speech. Students will reflect on the speech and the impact it had on our country. 

Social Studies

5th grade

  • This week we will start exploring the events leading up to the Revolutionary War.  Students will take a close look at the taxing that took place to repay debts after the French and Indian War.
  • Quiz Friday on Unit 4 Lessons 2 & 3, French and Indian War = Lesson 2 and Colonists Protest British Rule = Lesson 3
  • Students created flashcards in class on Tuesday.  They should be using these to study.

6th grade

  • We will continue our travels through Ancient Mesopotamia.  Students will start to explore the importance of written law in ancient times, how written language can help ideas spread throughout an empire.
  • Current Events will be Friday

Math:

6th grade:

Finishing Module 7 on rates, ratios and proportions, including comparisons of measurements within the customary and metric units will be this week's focus in math.  Next week, students will be taking their quiz on this unit on Thursday, January 23rd.  An extra credit worksheet packet will be distributed on Tuesday reviewing concepts we have been covering in class this trimester and must be turned in by Friday, January 24th.  Students will receive credit for any correct responses.

5th grade:

Students will continue to work on multiplying concepts with decimals this week and are scheduled to take their mid-chapter quiz next Thursday, January 23rd.  An extra credit worksheet packet will be distributed to the students on Tuesday focusing on decimal multiplication and previous concepts we have covered in class and must be turned in by Friday, January 24th.  Students will receive credit for any correct responses.

Religion

5th Grade:

This week we will be working on Chapter 7 Grace: A Gift from God.  This chapter covers how we receive special graces in Baptism and Confirmation that help us follow Jesus.

We will probably meet with our Prayer Partners in first grade on Friday. 

6th Grade:

This week we will be working on Chapter 14: Exile and Remembrance.  This chapter will help the students name situations in which people may feel lost and to recognize that God's help is available at these times.  

We will probably meet with our Prayer Partners in third grade on Friday.

January 6-10

Posted on Jan 05, 2020

6 ELA

Welcome back!

Although we've completed reading and listening to Hatchet, the literary analysis continues. We begin the week determining whether Brian was a dynamic or static character based on evidence--what the character says, how he thinks and ways he behaves at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the novel. 

Next, students will work together to determine theme. Finally, students will be completing a "one-pager" which compiles art, symbols and important words to analyze the novel. 

Reading vocabulary of the week: Dynamic vs. Static

 

Math:

6th grade:

Returning to school this week, the students will be continuing their study of rates, ratios, and proportions we began before the holidays in Module 6 and 7.  They will also be learning to utilize proportions in converting units of measure both in the customary and metric systems.

5th grade:

The fifth graders will be learning to use subtraction to find a pattern in a number sequence containing decimal numbers.  They will also begin their focus in Chapter 4 on multiplying decimal numbers and noticing patterns that help them place the decimal correctly in the products they compute.

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • Unit 4 will start this week, we will take a close look at the French in North America, French and Indian War and the Colonists protesting British rule.
  • Students will need their notebooks, hardcover book, and pens each day in class.

6th Grade:

  • Any rewrites of pharaoh papers are due Monday, Jan. 6  No late submissions will be accepted.
  • We will begin our journey through Ancient Mesopotamia this week.  Students will start with a Google Expedition through the geography of this region and we will learn about their life and government.
  • Current Events will start again this week.

5th ELA

Welcome Back!

Hope the holiday was a wonderful celebration!

If you are looking ahead at your January calendar, fifth grade will not be creating the biography bottles this year. Due to the arrangement of the fifth grade curriculum this year, this project will not be in our January lesson plan. 

This week, we will be wrapping up the unit with our current novels. The students will be looking at the two text they have read and see similarities and differences that they see across the text.  We will compare characters connections to themes. We will study the choices the author did not make to better understand the ones they did make. Finally, we will delve deeper into literary analysis.

 

Vocabulary/Grammar

5th Grade

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years!

This week we will begin Unit 7 in Vocabulary.  The vocab. words are: barrier, calculate, compose, considerable, deputy, industrious, jolt, loot, rejoice, reliable, senseless, shrivel.

In Grammar, we will be reviewing: kinds of sentences, proofreading, complete subjects and predicates.

Also, the students will be getting back their Advent/Christmas tests.  I spoke to the kids about how to get extra credit if they want to improve their grade.  Extra credit is due by Wednesday. 

6th Grade

In Vocabulary, we will begin Unit 5.  The vocab. words are: acute, bluster, bungle, commentary, duration, eerie, facet, fidelity, fray, headstrong, inhabitant, numb, pacify, ravenous, refute, remorse, setback, smug, synopsis, tarry.  The unit test will be Friday.  

In Grammar, we will be covering: sentence fragments, run-on sentences, and eliminating extra words.

Also, the students will be getting back their Advent/Christmas tests.  I spoke to the kids about how to get extra credit if they want to improve their grade.  Extra credit is due by Wednesday. 

Science

Welcome back! We will begin this week with a Hyperdoc on our #oneword2020 resolution. We will use Flipgrid and Padlet to share our submissions with peers in our local area. After our One word;

5th grade will then begin talking about Plants and Photosynthesis. 

6th grade will finish up our Space Unit with our lesson on the Planets. Students will be creating a presentation about their assigned planet and we will take notes on the presentations and use those notes for an open note test near the end of next week. 

 

Dec. 16-20

Posted on Dec 14, 2019

 

Christmas is almost here!  This week is busy at SJF!

Monday: Mother McAuley Choir will visit us at 12:30

Friday:

  • Cookie orders will be delivered in the morning
  • Students may participate in a $5 grab bag exchange in homeroom. This is optional, students who want to participate may bring in a wrapped gift.
  • Christmas Prayer Service 10:15
  • Early dismissal at 11:30

Social Studies

5th grade

  • We will have a quiz Wednesday, Dec. 18
  • Students should be reviewing their index cards to study.  The vocab is posted on Google Classroom.
  • A review will be done in class Monday and Tuesday

6th grade

  • Ch 4 test is Wednesday, Dec 18
  • Chapter reviews due Monday 
  • Review Game Tuesday
  • Prince of Egypt Thursday

6 ELA

We begin this week with a book conference, setting independent reading goals for over Christmas break. I'm very proud of the 6th graders! While conferencing, many students discussed books they added to their Christmas wish lists. 

This week we will listen to, read, and annotate Ch. 15-19 and the epilogue (if time allows) of Hatchet

From my family to yours, have a wonderful Christmas!

Math:

6th grade:

The students will continue their study of rates and ratios using tables and graphs and will be introduced to the concept of proportions.  The sixth graders will also be reviewing rate and ratio word problems and writing and simplifying ratios in classroom activities related to Christmas.

5th grade

The fifth graders will be subtracting decimals and reviewing estimating and calculating sums and differences with decimals in preparation for the Chapter 3 test on Wednesday of this week.  They will also be using their knowledge of adding and subtracting decimals in a classroom activity on Thursday.

Science-

This is a busy activity-filled week @sciencewithoshea headquarters. We will be making our science ugly sweaters, borax ornaments, and using our songwriting skills and science knowledge to produce some of our own Science carols! Check out @sciencewithoshea on Instagram to see some of our activities. Phew, I am tired just writing about it! 

5th ELA

Fifth Grade ELA 

Week of December 16th

We will finish our second book club novel by Thursday. The accelerated reading test for this book is due Friday. 

 

Interpretation of Theme is our focus this week. We are understanding the main ideas and author's purpose of our novel. We are growing ideas together to develop larger interpretations of our story. 

 

At the end of the week, we will have some activities with a Christmas theme.

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Enjoy the next few weeks with your children. All the best in the upcoming year!

Merry Christmas.

 

Religion

5th and 6th Grade

After studying Advent and Christmas for the past week and a half- this week we will watch a movie about the Nativity.  The kids will either be watching, "The Star" or "The Nativity Story" depending on how much time we will have.  We will be attending a couple Christmas events, and Friday we won't be having any classes.  Have a wonderful Christmas Break!

December 9-13

Posted on Dec 09, 2019

Christmas season is upon us, we have many festive events planned the next two weeks. 

  • Friday, Dec. 13 is out of uniform for $1 to fund hand warmers for PADS.  This out of uniform is Christmas themed or Ugly Christmas sweater.
  • Friday, Dec. 13 is also our Christmas classroom door decorating contest day and our Christmas carol day in the gym.
  • Friday, Dec. 20 each homeroom will host a $5 Christmas gift exchange. Notes will go home.  If your child would like to participate, they should bring in a wrapped $5 gift address to girl or boy grab bag.

 

Math:

6th grade:  

In preparation for the Module 6 test on Wednesday, December 11th, students will be reviewing the concepts of ratios, rates and unit rates on Monday and Tuesday.  Students will begin a further study of ratios and rates found in tables and graphs as they begin work on Module 7 later in the week and up until Christmas break.

5th grade:

The fifth-grade students will continue their review of place value, comparing, ordering, and rounding decimals on Monday in anticipation of their Chapter 3 Quiz on Tuesday, December 10th.  They will be finishing the chapter with building their estimating skills and computing sums and differences of decimal numbers in preparation for their Chapter 3 test which is currently scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th. 

6 ELA

Without giving too much away in our novel, Brian Robeson is about to experience a tornado while surviving in the Canadian Northwoods. This week, students will be working on a group project researching "famous" tornadoes and the destruction they caused. Presentations will be in a broadcasting format, where students will act as the broadcaster/anchor, meteorologist, storm chaser and witness. It will be educational and fun!

Science

The Christmas Season is upon us and we are getting busy.

5th- This week we will look at specific types of mixtures and learn how to classify them. We will have a test on Mixtures and Solutions on Monday, December 16. Friday we will be meeting with our STEM partners.  

6th- We are finishing up Galaxies. We will have a test on the different types of galaxies on Tuesday. Students will be able to have one side of an index card with information written on it for the test. 

Social Studies

5th grade

  • This week we learn about the Middle Colonies and the Southern Colonies.
  • We will explore the economy of these regions and daily life.
  • Quiz on Unit 3 Lessons 1-3 will be Wednesday, Dec. 18. Quiz will include all vocab from these lessons and main topics we discussed.

6th grade

  • The social pyramid and daily life in Egypt will be explored.
  • We will learn about the roles of children in Egypt
  • Students will begin Ch 4 review this week, will be due on Monday.  Review game on Tuesday.  Study guide posted to classroom.  Make sure to study vocab and main ideas we studied.
  • Chapter 4 test will be Wednesday, Dec. 18

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

5th Grade & 6th Grade

For both grades- we will be spending the next week and a half covering Advent, Christmas, and the Nativity.  The students will be having a test on what we cover.  That test will be at the end of this week or early next week.    I will let them know which day so they will have enough time to study and prepare.  The school schedule is filled with concerts and masses!  Lots of holiday fun!

5th ELA

ELA Fifth Grade

Quick Outline for Book Club

 

Use homework sheets 9 and 10 to help you write your outline.

Paragraph 1 

Introduction

Title, Author, Main Character, State the problems, and the possible theme.

 

Paragraph 2

Problem #1

Evidence pages

Quick sentence to unpack your thinking-Why does  your author have your character experience this problem?

 

Paragraph 3

Problem #2

Evidence pages

Quick sentence to unpack your thinking-Why does  your author have your character experience this problem?

 

Paragraph 4

Problem #3

Evidence pages

Quick sentence to unpack your thinking-Why does  your author have your character experience this problem?

 

Paragraph 5

Theme

Evidence pages

Quick sentence to unpack your thinking-Lesson taught or learned from the way the character responds to these difficulties through the theme?

 

Paragraph 6

Conclusion

Your accelerated reader test for Book Club Novel #2 is due Friday, December 20th.

Dec 2-6

Posted on Nov 26, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!  No school on December 6, 2019. Special Lunch is Wednesday, December 4th from Calabria.

Social Studies

5th grade

  • Unit 3, Colonial America will start this week.  Students will learn about how religious reasons caused people to seek a new life in the colonies.
  • Conflicts with Native tribes and how that will effect colonial life. 
  • We will learn about other European countries that settled in the New World.

6th grade

  • Pharaoh research projects were due 11-26.  
  • We will dig into Hatshepsut's mystery, why did they try to remove her from history?
  • Daily life in Egypt, what was it like? 

Math

6th grade:

Understanding the concept of unit rates to solve word problems and using ratios to make comparisons will be the primary focus of Unit 6 this week in math.  Students will be finishing the unit this week and are scheduled to take a quiz on Wednesday, December 11th.

5th grade:

The 5th-grade students will review comparing and ordering decimals this week and learn how to round decimal numbers to the nearest tenth, hundredth and thousandth place value.  They will also begin to review the first part of Chapter 3 for their quiz scheduled next Tuesday, December 10th on place value, ordering, comparing, and rounding decimals.

6 ELA

Welcome back! 

Students are in the midst of the novel, but in the upcoming chapters there is a major conflict for Brian Robeson, our main character. Students will continue identifying conflict, both internal and external, in our novel and in other tasks. 

Also, using text evidence to identify point of view will also be a focus this week. 

Reading term of the week: Internal Conflict: Character vs. Self

Science

5th- This week we will catch up with Mixtures and Solutions. Tuesday the SXU nursing students will present to the students. 

6th- This week we will continue with our work on Galaxies and Light Years. We will have a test on Monday, December 9th (tentatively) on Galaxies and move on to the Planets next week. 

5th ELA

Fifth Grade ELA

Week of December 2

The students will be presenting their projects today. The project reflected their knowledge of the story elements of their recent book club novel.  The main focus of the project is understanding the Key Ideas and Details of their novel. We will swap books tomorrow and begin a new novel. Students should be reading each evening. Please find time to practice oral reading with your child. Oral reading not only helps fluency, but also comprehension.  Plus, what precious time to be able to read alongside your child.

After each book club novel, the students MUST take an accelerated reader on that novel within the time frame offered. The accelerated reader counts toward their fourteen points for the second trimester AND also a test grade for the novel.


We will continue our writing of narrative essays. This will take us to Christmas vacation. We will be introduced to our general writing rubric this week. The rubric is a valuable tool. With the introduction of a new skill, the rubric will be weighted to reflect the main focus of the writing for the week. 

 

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram! This is a private account. Please make sure that your instagram name is one that identifies you so that you will be welcomed into our Instagram classroom.

 

Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

5th Grade Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

The 5th Graders did an awesome job hosting the Thanksgiving Mass.  They worked very hard and it showed! 

We began Unit 6 in our Vocabulary books today.  We will soon be adding the Grammar books to our lessons.  I think the students are ready to cover both Vocabulary and Grammar at the same time.  Unit 6 test will be Wednesday or Thursday.  I will let the students know tomorrow after I gage their confidence of the Unit. 

6th Grade Religion/Vocabulary/Grammar

This week we will finish Religion Chapter 9 (Our Land and God's Kingdom).  Today the kids are working on study guides.  We will go over the study guides and review tomorrow.  An open book test will be Wednesday.  Thursday we are possibly going to get together with our prayer partners in 3rd grade. 

Nov. 18-22

Posted on Nov 17, 2019

Falcons, thank you so much for your awesome donations for Honor Flight Chicago! 

6th graders, what a wonderful job on the Veterans Day prayer service!

Social Studies

5th Grade

  • Students have been learning about the lost colony of Roanoke, last week they started writing about their ideas on what may have happened to these colonists.  We will share with the class on Monday.
  • This week we will continue working on the British colonies, we will dig deeper into the governments that were set up in the colonies.
  • The Pilgrims will be a topic this week that we will cover, your 5th grader will be ready to share some history at the Thanksgiving Day table!

6th Grade

  • 6th grade has been working on their Pharaoh research project, and the cereal boxes are coming along.  Students are responsible for writing a 5 paragraph essay that must be printed and turned in. Students will also need to have a work cited list, I have been reminding them to write down all of the sources they use as they will need to cite their work.  Please remind your student that their essay needs to be in their words, this is something that we talk about every time we work on a written piece.   Due date as of now is 11-26, this may be moved.
  • We will watch a clip about the Lost Queen of Egypt, Hatshepsut.  Students have learned about her and how she spread the Egyptian trade routes, but there is a mystery tied in with her, they tried to erase her from history.  We will try and uncover why the ancient Egyptians did this and come up with some of our own ideas why.

Math

6th grade:

Understanding the concepts of ratios, rates, and unit rates will be the areas of focus this week in math.  As the students begin their work in Unit 3, Module 6, they will learn how to express two quantities as a ratio and compute the unit rate enumerated in real-world word problems from their textbooks.

5th grade:

Reading and writing decimal numbers to the thousandths place as well as comparing and ordering them in numerical sequence by forming a human number line are the activities and exercises fifth graders will be assigned to work on in class and at home during this week.  Students are encouraged to continue practicing their basic math facts on the Reflex math website located on Google classroom on a regular basis.

Science

5th grade- Monday we will review for the test that we will have on Tuesday. Students completed a study guide on Friday in class. Our next unit will be on Mixtures and Solutions. 

6th grade- We finished our unit on Moon Phases. We learned a few songs to help us remember, used Oreo Cookies to make Moon Phases and reviewed with our fortune tellers. We will have our test on Wednesday. Monday we will participate in a Moon Phase Escape Room. Tuesday we have a presentation from the SXU nursing students. Our next unit will be on Galaxies and Light Years

6 ELA

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Because of your generosity, the SJF community raised enough money to send a Veteran to Washington, D.C. with the Honor Flight Chicago Organization! If you have never been to Midway or O'Hare Airports to see the Veterans return from their trip to our nation's Capitol, you should go. It's a moving experience to welcome and thank the Veterans for their invaluable service. Again, thank you!

After a busy week preparing for the Veterans Day Program, we finally get to discuss conflict in depth. We have touched on the important literary topic, but this week we begin making connections to our novel, Hatchet. 

A few important things to note in 6th ELA for 1st trimester:

  • 6th graders read 398 books!
  • 97% of the 6th graders achieved the AR goal
  • we had 272 book conferences to set (and achieve) students' independent reading goals

Reading terms of the week: Internal vs. External Conflict

Religion/ Mechanics of Grammar

5th Grade:

Ms. Chermak will be with us all week planning and rehearsing the All School Thanksgiving Mass.  During the planning process- the kids will talk all things Thanksgiving.  It's a great week for the 5th graders with Ms. Chermak as our guide.

6th Grade:

This week we will begin a new Chapter in Religion.  Chapter 9 will cover "Our Land and God's Kingdom."  We will cover the meaning of catholic, ministry, laity.  We will also study the scripture, "The First Leaders of Israel."  1 Samuel 3:3-6, 8-10   

Thursday will be the chapter test.  Friday we will hopefully be meeting with our 3rd grade Prayer Partners. 

Week of 11/11- 11/15

Posted on Nov 10, 2019

Our Veterans Day Celebration will be on November 15th at 1 pm. Students will be collecting money for a red, white and blue dress down day in support of the Honor Flight Organization. 

The first trimester ends on Friday, the 15th. 

School Picture RETAKE DAY is November 15th

Science

5th- This week we will work on our element Poster Project. We will research on Monday and work on our posters during class. They will be due on Thursday. Students will present their projects on Thursday and Friday in class. Our test on Metals, Metalloids, and Nonmetals will be on Tuesday, November 19th. 

6th- This week we will continue to work on different activities to learn the Moon phases. Tuesday students will need  oreo cookies (not cracked) for a lab in class.

Math:

6th grade:

Students will be completing the trimester this week with the submission of the independent math projects on multiplying and dividing fractions with recipes on Tuesday, November 12th and taking their test on Unit 2 on Wednesday, November 13th, demonstrating their knowledge on multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals.  On Thursday, the 6th grade classes will learn some unique features about the decimal representation of the fraction 1/7th through some very special activities.  They will end the week starting Unit 3 on ratios and rates.

5th grade:

This week, the fifth grade Falcons will be turning in their completed long division movie marathon project on Tuesday, November 12th as well as taking their test on Chapter 2.  They will also be commencing their study of decimal number place value in Chapter 3.  

5th grade ELA

  • This week, in ELA, our focus will be on completing our book club novel. Our hope is to finish the book by Friday. Please make certain that your child is reading every night! The book log accompanies their reading. Accelerated readers are due tomorrow for the first trimester. 
  • This Wednesday and Thursday, I will be attending a Writing conference to enhance our writing curriculum. During this time, Mrs. Paluch will be here to continue the lessons of the week. 
  • Our work will be focused on understanding where our ideas live in the text.  We will use text evidence to help support these ideas. There are anchor charts in our ELA notebook to help raise our level of writing about what we read.
  • It is also National Kindness Day this week. The students will read and annotate a news article about a recent study from UCLA on the benefits of being kind. From the information and data, the students will create a poster with facts based from the study on why kindness is important.  
  • At the end of the week, they will be working on comprehension questions in regards to their novel. These questions will push them to think about key ideas and details along with craft and structure.
  • It has been a wonderful first trimester. I am so impressed with the way the kids have dug deep within their novel to observe, comment and write about their reading.  They are making connections to themselves, other text and to the world. I wish you could hear our deep conversations about their book club novels and our class novel, Home of the Brave.
  • Second Trimester Accelerated Reader  will be worth fourteen points.

(If you get a chance, glance at their writing about reading in the ELA notebook. The kids are awesome ideas that they are growing!)

 

Social Studies

5th Grade

  • This week we will start with a Veterans Day lesson, we will talk about the history of this day and why it is important to honor those who serve and have served our country.  We will also watch a video clip about Honor Flight Chicago and create a writing piece.
  • Our travels in history will take us to the first English colonies.  We will learn about charters, cash crops, Jamestown, Roanoke, and Pocahontas.
  • We will start to get into the Pilgrims and the importance of their colony and the connections made with the Native people.

6th Grade

  • This week we will start with a Veterans Day lesson, we will talk about the history of this day and why it is important to honor those who serve and have served our country.  We will also watch a video clip about Honor Flight Chicago and create a writing piece.
  • We will be working on our pharaoh project this week, students have an outline for their 5 paragraph essay posted on Classroom, as well as the overview of what is needed on their cereal box.
  • No current events this week as we will be working on research

6 ELA

God Bless America! Happy Veterans Day! As a member of a military family, I encourage you to thank a Veteran and their families for their service to our country. Please join us on Friday, 11/15, as the 6th graders will host the Prayer Service to honor all Veterans past, present, and future. The prayer service begins at 1:00. All are welcome!

We continue to delve into our novel, Hatchet, this week. Students have done an awesome job locating figurative language and recognizing literary techniques such as foreshadowing and repetition. 

Just a "heads up"...I will be attending a Writing Conference for two days this week. My hope is to learn new ways to challenge and help students in their writing when I return. 

Religion/ Vocabulary

5th Grade:

This week we are beginning a new chapter in Religion.  We will learn about how Jesus formed his church (Apostles, then Popes and Bishops).  Depending how the students grasp this- we may have an open book test on Friday.  I will let the kids know on Wednesday.

6th Grade:

The 6th graders have a busy week with hosting another all school mass on Friday.  We will finish our Vocabulary Unit 4 and take a pre-test Wednesday, and test on Thursday.  Friday we will go to Mass to celebrate and honor our Veterans.  

 

 

 

Nov 4-8

Posted on Nov 01, 2019

*Please remind your student to bring a Fisher fleece or SJF gym sweatshirt if they get cold in class.  No hoodies.*

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • Retake for quiz U2 L1-3 will be on Tuesday.  Students should study the vocabulary that was posted on Classroom last week.  The retake score will be averaged with the original score.  
  • We will continue our unit on early explorers this week.  Students will learn about the Northwest Passage, coureurs de bois, and the first English colonies.

6th Grade:

  • We will continue our journey through Egypt, students learn about the social pyramid, and religion in Egypt.
  • Students will receive their research rubric and instructions this week.  If your student hasn't already done so, please make sure they bring in an empty cereal box (or instant rice/potatoes box) for our project.
  • Current Events will be presented on Friday.

Science

5th grade: What a busy week we had last week with our open note test, Halloween Scavenger Hunt, and our All Saints Day Mass. This week should be a little calmer as we begin to discuss Metals, Nonmetals, and Metalloids.  We will continue to look at the physical and chemical properties of certain elements. By the end of the week, we should begin our Element Poster Project which will be due on November 14th. This will conclude be our last grade for the trimester and conclude our Matter unit. We will start out the next trimester with our exam on Metals, Non-metals, and Metalloids. 

6th grade: We will continue with our Lunar Cycle starting with notes and slides. We will complete a variety of different activities this week. Looking forward in my plans, we will have our Lunar cycle test after the trimester ends. We should be ready to take the test on November 19th. 

6 ELA

What a fun Halloween week!

This week 6th graders begin the second class novel Hatchet from Gary Paulsen. This Newbery Award winning novel is a story of survival and transformation which pairs perfectly with our next unit of "Dealing with Disaster". Often, students face situations that challenge their core values and resilience. Hatchet gets students thinking and making connections with their own lives. 

Reading term of the week: Conflict

5th ELA

 

Fifth Grade ELA

Week of Nov 4th

This week in ELA we will be writing about our reading. We will have students invest in their writing about what they read.  We will explore a variety of story elements to see more into our novels. We will use higher level prompts to enhance our writing.  The students will consider perspectives and the effects it has on a story. Analytical thinking will enhance our work using cause and effect.  At the end of the week, the students will revise their writing about reading.

The students are off to a great start in their book clubs. Please help your child to read each night. Their group makes the requirements for reading homework.  If your child is absent, they should check in with their group of the required reading.

 

6th grade:

This week in math, students will concentrate on multiplying and dividing decimals with whole numbers and with other decimal numbers.  The Unit 2 Test on fractions and decimals is currently scheduled for Wednesday, November 13th.  Independent projects are due on Tuesday, November 12th, and students are encouraged to work on them each night.

5th grade:

Students will continue working on long division problems this week, learning how to interpret the remainder and use the strategy of "drawing a diagram" to help them solve word problems.  Reviewing for the upcoming Chapter 2 test on Tuesday, November 12th, will begin at the end of this week.  Students' independent math projects are also due on Tuesday, November 12th. 

Vocabulary/ Religion

5th Grade

We began Unit 5 in Vocabulary last Friday.  Unit 5 words are: blemish, blunt, capable, conclude, detect, fatigue, festive, hospitality, nomad, persecute, supreme, transport.  Mrs. Schergen was my substitute Monday and Tuesday.  I will be back Wednesday.  The students will take a pre-test.  Those that get 100%  or only 1 wrong can opt of the test on Thursday.  Friday will be Religion.

6th Grade

The kids did a wonderful job hosting the All Saints' Day Mass this past Friday.  They worked very hard with Ms. Chermak and that work paid off.  Mrs. Schergen was my substitute Monday and Tuesday.  I will be back Wednesday.  This week we started Unit 4 in Vocabulary.  The vocab. words are: acquit, deem, devastate, discredit, elusive, generate, idolize, ingratitude, keepsake, mortal, ovation, petty, plight, repent, reverie, revocation, scan, strand, strife, topple.  The pre-test will be Thursday and the test Friday.  

 

Oct 28-Nov 1

Posted on Oct 26, 2019

Students may wear orange or black on Halloween, no costumes. They may also bring a treat to share.

*Please remind your student to wear their SJF fleece or gym sweatshirt if they get cool in class.*

Social Studies

5th Grade

  • We will have a quiz on Tuesday, Oct. 29 covering lessons 1, 2, & 3.  I will post vocabulary to review on Google Classroom.
  • Monday we will have a quizizz review game, students will be able to take the quizizz until they reach 93% or higher.
  • Wednesday will begin a lesson on the history of Halloween
  • Friday we will begin learning about the Spanish in North America

6th Grade

  • This week will be learning about Menes and the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt.  
  • Government and religion will be studied this week as well. 
  • We talked last week about our research project for Egypt, students can bring in an empty cereal box that we will use.

6 ELA

We continue working with 8 types of Figurative Language this week. However, students will also be introduced to other types such as oxymoron and symbolism (which will play a significant role in our next class novel, which will begin next week!)

With Halloween this week, we will incorporate some spooky figurative language activities and creative writing too.  

Science

5th grade- We will have an open note test on Physical and Chemical changes on Tuesday. Wednesday we will begin to discuss whether something is metal or nonmetal and why the periodic table is set up the way it is. This will lead us to our culminating project on Elements. 

6th grade- We will start talking about the Lunar cycle. We will complete an inquiry lab on Tuesday on the Moon phases. I am really looking forward to this unit, it is one of my favorites to teach!! Watch out for your child to start busting out the moon phases rap!! 

 

Math

6th grade:

Learning to fluently add and subtract fractions will be the area of concentration this week in the 6th grade textbook.  Tuesday, the students will receive an independent extension project based on multiplying and dividing fractions, the concept we recently covered the last couple of weeks in our current math unit.  The students will have two weeks to complete the project and turn it in by Tuesday, November 12th.  They can acquire help from parents, siblings, tutors, teachers, etc. on it.  All instructions and directions will be explained in class and are included in the introduction to the packet.  They will also be given time to work in class on Wednesday.  We will be doing a special geometric Halloween project on Thursday and will finish the week on Friday with a day of learning Egyptian math to coincide with the students' study of Egypt in their social studies unit.

 

5th grade:

Estimating and dividing problems that have two-digit divisors will be covered in our classroom study this week.  On Tuesday, the students will receive an independent extension project based on long division using multi-digit divisors.  The students will have two weeks to complete the project and submit it by Tuesday, November 12th.  They can get help from parents, siblings, tutors, teachers, etc. on it.  All instructions and directions will be explained in class and are included in the introduction to the packet.  They will also be given class time to work on the project on Wednesday.  We will be doing a special geometric Halloween project on Thursday.  Friday, we will continue our study of Chapter 2 with more practice on dividing with multi-digit divisors. 

5th ELA

Halloween Week!

The students are writing persuasive essays this week called, “Don’t Carve Me!”  

We will share these stories in class on Thursday!

Book Clubs officially start this week. Today, all students should have a copy of the novel they will be using for the next few weeks. Our goal for this unit is analyzing themes across genres. We continue our work on annotating the as text we read. The students are studying exemplar text, annotating what works for their own writing.

This week our goal will be to understand/interpret a story by paying attention to not only characters, but also plot, setting and repeating objects in a story.

Our mentor text to accompany this unit is  Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. Please consider this book as a topic of conversation at your dinner table.

Religion/Grammar Mechanics

5th Grade

This week we will continue with Chapter 4 in our Religion books.  The Religion test from last week proved to be a little difficult.  The students were offered extra credit to bring their scores up.  I will enter the new scores into Power School tonight.  The different types of Sacramentals were a little confusing for some.   We will go over these a little more this week.  The students' excitement for the scapulars was fun to see!  Also in Chapter 4, we studied a reading from the Book of Revelation.  At Friday's All School Mass for All Saints Day, this reading will be featured.   

6th Grade

The 6th graders will continue rehearsing with Ms. Chermak this week for Friday's All School Mass.  If available, please join us at 1:00 for our All Saints Day. Mass.  

 

Week of October 21-25

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

Math:

6th grade:

Students will be finishing Module 4 by learning to solve multi-step problems with fractions and mixed numbers.  The quiz on Module 4 has been moved to Wednesday.  Tuesday the students will review in class for the quiz.  Starting Module 5 on Thursday will begin the study of decimal numbers and how they perform when used with standard algorithms.

5th grade:

This week's quiz on Chapter 2 has been rescheduled for Wednesday.  The students will be reviewing how to divide one- and two-digit whole numbers on Monday and Tuesday.  The rest of the week will be devoted to continuing our study of long division and understanding the significance of remainders.

6 ELA

We begin this week covering "Common Errors in Writing" because issues such as homophones are troublesome in 6th grade! A review will be helpful for ALL!

Then, students will begin a review unit on Figurative Language. Besides being a necessity in narrative writing, students enjoy finding examples in class novels and in their independent reading. The challenging part of the unit is when students have to use figurative language in their own writing. 

Reading term of the week: allusion

Science

5th grade- This week we will continue discussing Chemical and physical changes. We are working on taking notes as I deliver the slides to the students.

6th grade-  This week we will finish TIdes and start discussing Moon Phases. They will have an open note quiz on Tides on Wednesday. I will also be handing back the Seasons test on Monday. Students will have the opportunity to make test corrections for half a point back for each incorrect answer. Test corrections are due on Tuesday. 

Religion/Mechanics of Grammar

5th Grade:

Today we reviewed Unit 4.  Tomorrow(Tuesday) will be a pre-test.  Test on Wednesday.  Any students who score a 93% or higher on the pre-test have the option of not taking the test on Wednesday.  We will switch to Religion on Thursday.  

6th Grade:

Today is the Unit 3 review.  Tuesday is the pre-test.  Wednesday is the test.  Students who score a 93% or higher on the pre-test have the option of not taking the test on Wednesday.  

The 6th graders will be hosting the next All School Mass, Nov. 1st.  Beginning Thursday, Ms. Cermak will be working with the 6th graders to prepare. 

5th ELA

Book Club Selections Have Begun!

The kids have previewed books that their group will select for the Interpretation of Theme Book Clubs that start next Monday. All students will have a week to obtain a copy of the novel that their group will need. I have a limited number of books along with our SJF library. Other options are your local library or check with a friend.  All students need a copy of the novel that they selected by Monday, October 28th. (Thank you)

This week in writing, we will continue our work of  revisions.

 Some topics we will be working on are the following:

Rewrite, Edits, Adding Twin Sentences, Becoming your own writing partner, Bringing out their character quirks, Alternate endings and Developing characters through a series. 

The students are developing a writing portfolio. Ask them to share their creativity with you.

We have our sequence packet due today. They will have a quiz on sequencing on Thursday.

We are also developing character traits. Check out their drawings and their writing about the current  character in their notebook.

Accelerated Tests are due next month. 

 

Social Studies:

5th Grade

  • We will continue working with our explorers. This week the Colombian Exchange and the Spanish explorers will be our focus of study.

?6th Grade

  • We will continue our travels through Egypt. This week we will focus on the geography of the land, how the Nile River helped these people live and build a strong empire.
  • Current events for 6-1 and 6-3 on Friday

 

Week of October 14-18

Posted on Oct 14, 2019

Week of October 14-18

Math

6th grade:

Dividing mixed numbers and solving multi-step problems with fractions and mixed numbers is what students in the sixth grade will be practicing this week in math.  The students will also be starting to review for their quiz next week Tuesday.  This Friday, the students will access their accounts in Reflex, an online math website they used last year, to help them practice their multiplication facts through educational games.

5th grade:

This week's focus is concentrated on using partial quotients to divide by two-digit divisors.  Students will also start reviewing the material we have covered so far on division in chapter two for their upcoming quiz next week Tuesday.  On Friday, students will be given their login information for Reflex, an online math site they have utilized in the past, to practice their multiplication facts through the use of educational games.

Science

5th grade- We are continuing to discuss Properties of Matter. We learned about the Physical properties of Matter and this week we will talk about Chemical properties of Matter. We will then talk about Chemical and Physical changes.

6th grade- We completed our unit on the Seasons. I was very impressed with the quality of the projects that were turned in! We will now start to focus on the moon. First, we will discuss the tides and the reason why we have different tides. Then next week, we will move on to the Lunar Cycle.  

6 ELA

Assessments are finished! Most students did very well! However, I recognized that most of the 6th graders need further instruction on how to write arguments to support claims and organize reasons. This will be an on-going process that we will begin with mini-lessons this week. We will begin with students looking at a writing prompt and determining, what exactly is the prompt asking me to do? Because most essay questions are multi-faceted, many students are not answering all of the questions or they may not understand vocabulary in essay questions. This is an important skill! 

In addition, we will be watching Disney's Miracle at Midnight this week, as it's a perfect compliment to our novel. Both stories take place in Copenhagen during WWII and address the bravery of the Danish Resistance movement. Students will write a compare/contrast essay after viewing. 

Social Studies

5th Grade

  • We will continue working with early explorers to the New World.  Students have been working on making interactive notebook pages, we will continue this week adding to our notes.

6th Grade

  • Students started their chapter reviews on Friday, we will finish them Tuesday in class.
  • Wednesday is a review game
  • Thursday test
  • Friday we start our journey through Ancient Egypt, students will meet some of my BFF's, Arizona Smith and Egyptologist, Dr. Zahi Hawass while we explore this civilization.

Vocab/Grammar/Religion

5th Grade 

We will begin Unit 4 in our Vocabulary books.  The Unit test will most likely be Thursday.  Friday we will be visiting the 1st graders for Prayer Partners.

6th Grade

We will begin Unit 3 in our Vocabulary books.  The Unit test will be Thursday or Friday.  The students will also be finding our which charities were chosen for our donations.  The students will also be receiving their final Charity Project grade back.  They did such a great job on this project!

Week of Oct 7-11

Posted on Oct 05, 2019

*Please make sure your student has their SJF fleece, sweatshirt, or school sweater if they get cool.  

Social Studies:

5th grade

  • We will take a quiz on the Eastern Woodland tribes, these are the Creek and the Iroquois.  The quiz will go over some vocab from this lesson and also the types of governments these tribes had.  Students will need to know the similarities between these two groups and differences.
  • Wednesday we will start learning about early explorers to the New World.

6th grade

  • We will continue learning about technologies of the Stone Age and the importance of art to these early peoples, including cave paintings.
  • The importance of agriculture will be studied as well as Catal Huyuk.
  • Ch 3 test will be Thursday, Oct. 17, review game will be Wed.

Science

5th grade- This week we will continue our study on elements, atoms, and compounds. Please make sure you have your earbuds in your pencil case in case we need them for class. 

6th grade- Our Seasons projects are due on Wednesday.  We will have our test on Seasons on Friday 10-11, which we will review for on Wednesday and Thursday. The Saint Xavier Nursing students will present to us on Tuesday about the dangers of vaping and vaping in the news. I've seen the presentation and it really is very informative.  

6 ELA

We've done it! Number the Stars has concluded. 

Although we have finished reading our class novel, the analysis continues. We explore theme, plot structure, and point of view this week. The final assessment for Number the Stars will be on Friday. 

MANY students have asked when we are starting our next class novel. It's so wonderful to have these students so motivated to listen to and read good stories!

Reading term of the week: Point of View

Math

5th grade:  

Students will be utilizing their prior knowledge to find the Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple of two whole numbers in order to simplify and add and subtract fractions.  They will also be learning about reciprocals and how they are used to divide fractions.

6th grade:

Solving and checking division problems with one and two-digit divisors is the main topic being covered in math this week.  Students will also learn how to determine where the first digit of a quotient should be placed before beginning the division process.

Religion/Vocab/Grammar

5th Grade:

*We will begin a new chapter in Religion this week.  

*The students got their Vocabulary tests back today.

6th Grade:

*We will begin a new chapter in Religion this week. 

*The students got their Vocabulary tests back today.  

5th & 6th:  On Thursday the students will vote to pick which Charity will receive the money(spare change) we have collected over the last month.  The 6th graders will also be receiving their Charity Project grades back Tues. or Wed.  

Fifth Grade ELA

Interviews are over! Reading Partners will start on Tuesday. This partnership will lead to a book club in a few weeks. This week we will continue our work in using context clues as we read to help us understand our text. We will also work on sequencing events of a story.  

The students will be discussing more with their reading partner. Their writing about reading will also increase with volume.

In writing, we continue working as fictional writers that are creating characters with real wants and troubles that matter.

Sept. 30-Oct. 4

Posted on Sep 27, 2019

October 1st is picture day.

October 2nd is Special Lunch

Homework Club starts Tuesday, Oct. 1 in room 204

Science

5th grade- This week we will tackle what makes up the matter we have been talking about. Our vocabulary this week is element, compound, atom, and molecule. 

6th grade- We will discuss our Season projects and we will work on them in class. They will be due around October 7th. Friday, we will be working with our 1st grade STEM partners. If you have any empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls please bring them in. 

Vocabulary and Grammar

5th Grade:  This week we will begin Unit 3 in our Vocab. books.  Quiz will be Thursday.

6th Grade:  We will begin Unit 2 in our Vocab. books.  Quiz will be Thursday.  

*I will be sending a note home this week to explain how the students' Vocabulary and Grammar grades will appear on the Progress Reports and Report Cards.  Sorry for the delay in getting this information to you.  This added class is new at SJF and the Archdiocese has to approve new curriculum.  

5th and 6th Grade Religion

This Friday we will likely be working with our Prayer Partners in the 1st and 3rd Grades!

6 ELA

Last week’s “Throwback Thursday” was a terrific opportunity for the students’ first writing prompt. It was a perfect pairing for our mini-lesson (which will be carried throughout the year) of “SHOW, don’t tell” in narrative writing. Typed essays are due on Wednesday in MLA format. 

 

Due to the writing assignment, we didn’t get a chance to tackle the analyzing visuals lessons. Those will be completed this week. 

In addition, we will listen to, read, and think about the climax, falling action and resolution of our class novel, Number the Stars. Plot analysis and synthesis (a new concept for many students) will be conducted with each class novel. 

Reading term of the week: Foreshadowing vs. Foreboding

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • We will finish our unit on Native American tribes this week.  
  • Students have been creating a Winter Count, they will finish this Monday.  
  • Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands, goverments in these early tribes will be covered.
  • Quiz Tuesday, Oct. 8 on these two regions; Plains and Eastern Woodlands
  • There will be a quizizz posted Thursday for review, students should be studying vocab from these two lessons, as well as their homes, foods, differences and similarities.

6th Grade:

  • Students have a quizizz assignment that will close on 10-1 to review for the Ch 2 quiz.
  • Ch 2 quiz Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Wednesday we will begin Chapter 3, Early cultures.  
  • Border Cave and Old Stone Age will be our focus this week.

 

Math

5th grade

This coming week, the students will be finishing Chapter 1 and demonstrating their knowledge and skills on place value, multiplication, and expressions on Friday when they take their first test.  We will be reviewing for this exam on Wednesday and Thursday in class and the children will be assigned problems for homework that are similar to those on the test.   Students are welcome to come in for extra help this week on Wednesday and Thursday morning or after school on Tuesday.

 

6th grade

The test on Unit 1 is scheduled for this Friday, October 4th.  The students will be will be displaying their knowledge and skills on the set of integers, rational numbers, and how to find the factors and multiples of numbers.  In preparation for this assessment, we will be reviewing content material in class on Wednesday and Thursday and in the material assigned for homework.  Students are welcome to get extra help on Wednesday and Thursday morning or after school on Tuesday this week.

5th ELA

This week, the fifth graders have begun the process of annotating informational text.  We have practiced close reading and understand the importance of reading material multiple times to dig deeper into the meaning.

We used materials to help us make inferences about the material we read.

 

My students and I have begun our mini conferences to discuss their current personal narrative story.  The papers have been graded based on the learning progressions of their grade. We discussed what went well for their story and what to do in order to improve their thoughts for the next time we write. Their reading life was also discussed. We looked for what is working for them and what needs to improve to make a stronger, better reader.

On Wednesday, we will begin our realistic fiction writing.

 

In Reading, we continue to read the novels that improve our accuracy, fluency and comprehension. We are leaning to stop, think and jot about topics or ideas as we read. These jots will become our writing about reading later on this week.

Sept. 23-27

Posted on Sep 20, 2019

** School Picture Day is October 1**

Social Studies

5th grade:

  • We will have a quiz Tuesday covering vocab and main ideas that we learned about the Inuit, Tlingit, and Navajo/Pueblo tribes.  There is a review game posted on Google Classroom
  • Kahoot review in class Monday, quizziz will be posted for practice at home for quiz Tuesday.
  • We will continue learning about early native tribes this week, the Plains and tribes of the East coast. 

6th grade:

  • We will continue working on the discovery of the Iceman of the Alps.
  • Students will watch parts of Iceman Reborn, a Nova documentary on the discovery of this ancient man and the clues his body and belongings have taught us about life in prehistoric Europe.
  • Students have been learning about decisions that historians must make when excavating a site, and how those questions can help us better understand the past.
  • Current Events will be Friday

 

Math

5th grade:

This coming week the 5th graders will be continuing to use the math strategy of "solving a simpler problem" to evaluate numerical equations, learn to formulate numerical expressions, and utilize the Order of Operations to evaluate problems.  Currently, we are scheduled to complete chapter 1 at the end of next week with a test over all the material we have covered in this unit.

6th grade:

The students will be learning to understand how to identify opposites and the absolute value of rational numbers as well as comparing and ordering rational numbers in their sequential order and on a number line. Next week, the students will be finishing the third module of the unit with a quiz and a test on the entire unit will follow after a complete review of all three sections of the unit. 

6 ELA

I'm so proud of the students' efforts last week completing the group research project, "The Helpers". Using the exit slip assessments, it's clear the students understand the contributions of these brave individuals. Working as a team proved worthwhile! In addition, students are learning the importance of citing their sources when researching and writing. 

This week students will be working on analyzing pictures (photographs and posters) and visualization. Both are key in understanding the issues and scenes in our novel during WWII. 

We hope to complete Chapters 8-13 this week. The students are noting different conflicts in the "Rising Action" of the plot structure. 

Reading term of the week: foreshadowing

5th grade ELA

According to research, one of the ways we can show children how to love reading is to teach them that reading matters in their lives.  We can show them how to open their hearts and minds to the characters and the stories they are reading. We can teach them that reading is not just figuring out the words but it is also finding a way to make the stories matter. (Lucy Calkins)

 

This week we will continue to read our choice novels.  We are working on skills to increase our reading fluency, stamina, and rate.  We continue our small group and individual conferences to work on skills presented in the mini-lesson or develop skills along our learning progressions.  We continue to stop and jot for specific information we are finding as we read. The students are using these “jots” to help in their formation of responses to reading questions and reflections.

 

In writing, the students are wrapping up their “true stories”. We continue to work on our revisions with the skills taught in the mini-lessons. Anchor charts are found in their ELA notebook to use as a guide for their revisions. This week, we will revise our true stories on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, we will create an “About the Author Page” to use for their publications.  

Starting Thursday, we will begin writing a series of short fiction stories. All their work can be found in their writing folders at this time. 

 

Last Friday, we had a conversation about the importance of their reading logs.  Please make sure your child is filling in their reading log each night so they can keep track of the number of pages and the time it took to read these pages.  All this data helps us to make sure that their reading is the best it can be for them.

 

On Tuesday, any fifth or sixth-grade student that read Raymie Nightingale is invited to the official launch party for the third book in the series by Kate Decamillo.  We have been waiting for the arrival of the newest book, Beverly, Right Here. Students are welcome to come at 7:30 am for juice and doughnuts as we wait for the AMAZON truck to arrive with the highly anticipated novel!!!! 

 

 

Our book clubs will be starting in a few weeks. The students will choose the novel that their book club will read.  More details to follow. The kids will have ample time to locate and secure the novel that they will need either through our school library, public library or at a bookstore.  Each student will be responsible for their own copy of the novel.

 

Science

5th- This week we will finish up structures of matter and properties of Matter. We will be reviewing all week for our first Science test on Friday 9/27.

6th- This week we will be using technology to study our Seasons. We will go on a Webquest, use Legends of Learning and use digital Station Labs to review for our test which will be near the end of next week (TBD). 

RELIGION

5th Grade

Last week we began discussing the Beatitudes.  The students told me they studied the Beatitudes in 4th grade.  And, I know they will be covering them more in depth in 7th & 8th grade.  So, we decided to move on to the next Chapter, which covers Sacraments (specifically Baptism). 

6th Grade

The students presented their "Charity" projects today.  They did awesome!  It was incredible last week watching them at work with their groups!  After all their hard work, they will get to spend the next couple days watching, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."  I hope they enjoy it!

*On a personal note-- My mother-in-law passed away this past weekend.  I will be off for the next few days.  Mrs. Schergen will be my substitute teacher.  The children know this and were very kind to me and offering condolences.  They are all such good kids!    

September 16-20

Posted on Sep 16, 2019

6 ELA

This week we begin our book conference preparation. Every other week, I will meet with each student to assess their reading progress and stamina, discuss their current novel, and determine student interest so I'm better equipped to recommend novels. The students' job this week is to find or continue reading a novel, so they are able to converse with me for our first book conference which will be Monday, September 23rd. 

In addition, we will continue reading (and listening, annotating and inferring) Number the Stars, Chapters 5-10. 

Finally, students will begin a research project called "The Helpers" this week. There were many individuals who defied the Nazis and in some cases sacrificed themselves to hide, feed, and save the persecuted during the Holocaust. Students should know about these brave, selfless individuals. 

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • Quiz from Unit 1 Lesson 1 is Tuesday, 9-17.   Students have a study guide with vocab and key terms.  They should be reviewing that and pages 20-26
  • We will begin looking at the different Native American tribes this week.  Students will learn some of their customs, how the lived, hunted, communicated and survived.

6th Grade:

  • Current Events will be presented Friday, thoughtful reflections due Monday.
  • We will start chapter 2 this week, we will learn about archaeologists and the steps they use to help decode the past.  We will look at examples of primary and secondary sources.
  • Ice Man of the Alps will studied, students will learn about the importance of this find and how this man that died two thousands years ago can teach us about the past.

Science

5th Grade- This week we will discuss Matter and Its Properties. We will learn how the particles in different states of Matter are arranged and various properties of matter.

6th Grade- We will begin our study of the Sun-Earth-Moon system. The first area we will talk about will be the Seasons. Students will be able to answer the questions;

How does Earth move?

Why is Earth warmer at the equator and colder at the poles?

Why do the seasons change as Earth moves around the Sun? 

Religion/ Mechanics of Writing

5th Grade

Graded Vocabulary and Religion tests are coming home today.  If any student would like extra credit, they can see me.  This week we will be working on Unit 2 in Vocabulary.  Test on Thursday!  Later this week we will begin a new chapter in Religion.  

6th Grade

Last Friday the students were put into groups for a Religion project about Charities.  Each group picked a charity to research.  This week in class the students will have time to work with their groups.  Friday will be presentation day!  

* In 5th and 6th grade we have started a loose change collection.  Once we have a full jar of change, we will be donating to one of the 6th grade charities. 

5th Grade Math:

     Using multiplication to solve division problems, solving a simpler problem to help find the solution to a more challenging word problem, and learning to write numerical expressions are the math concepts fifth graders will be focused on during this upcoming week.  They will also be making an organizer listing all the key math words commonly found in word problems in order to understand which types of computations they need to complete to solve the question(s) posed to them in word problems.

6th Grade Math:

     Students will begin this week reviewing on Monday for their quiz Tuesday on the Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple.  They will also be making an organizer listing all the key math words commonly found in word problems in order to understand which types of computations they need to complete to solve the question(s) posed to them in word problems.  They will end the week learning to comprehend how to classify rational numbers.

5th Grade ELA

Fifth Grade ELA

This week in ELA, the students will continue working on our stamina, fluency and active engagement as we read. We are working on strategies that will become part of their readers’ growing repertoire of strategies. 

This week in Reading, we will monitor for sense and activate problem-solving strategies when text becomes difficult. We will look at strategies when books become too hard to understand or too difficult to read. We will work on synonyms to help us understand words we may be unfamiliar with in text.  We will begin writing each day about our reading and to develop our thoughts as we read the novel of our choice.

In writing, we are learning how to revise our stories. This week we will plan stories with structure in mind.  We will revise our stories to add elaboration. At the end of the week, the students will inquire about how authors use punctuation to get their audience to read in a specific way, and then revisit and edit their own writing, attending to what they learn.

Students should be matching the time read in school with the time read at home. All reading logs should be filled in completely each day.  Thank you for making sure that your child has at least two novels in their ELA bag at all time.

 

Week of Sept. 9- Sept 13

Posted on Sep 08, 2019

No school Friday, September 13th

Science- 

5th grade- We will start our unit on The Structure of Matter. Students will use their skills to measure, compare, and find the relative density of various objects. 

6th grade- We will have a vocabulary test (Scientific Method) on Thursday. We will also focus more on Scientific Inquiry this week. 

6 ELA

A shortened, but busy week in ELA. We begin our historical fiction novel Number the Stars this week. Students will strengthen their annotation and note taking skills while listening and reading the novel. As a class, our discussions (while students refer to their notes) will help students focus on the characters, setting, and conflicts that arise at the start of the novel. 

Reading vocabulary word of the week: Dramatic Irony

5th Math:

This week students will be reviewing the skills of multiplying 1-digit and multi-digit numbers and learning how to use multiplication to solve problems.

6th Math:

Learning how to find the Least Common Multiple or LCM of two or more numbers using three different methods will be the primary focus for students this week.  The second quiz for Unit One is currently scheduled for Tuesday, September 17th.

Social Studies

5th grade:

  • We will continue learning about early hunter-gatherers to North America and how these early people survived and learned to live from the land.
  • Students have learned about primary and secondary sources, we will continue to look at examples of these items and how they help archaeologists understand the past.
  • There will be a quiz Thursday.  Students should be reviewing their vocab from page 20 on, as well as what primary and secondary sources are.

6th grade:

  • We will finish chapter one this week working with culture and regions.
  • Chapter two will start us with looking at how historians and archaeologists decode the past, what tools do they use to help.
  • No current events this week.  

5th grade ELA

Fifth Grade ELA

Week of September 9th. 2019

 

Thank you for coming to “Back to School” night.

 

This year in Reading Workshop, our curriculum will include Interpretation of Theme using Book Clubs.  We will explore Nonfiction novels, research debatable issues, dive into Fantasy and end the year in our poetry unit. All the while working on integrating knowledge and ideas into our responses. We will explore key ideas and details.  The students will analyze the structure of their texts.

 

This week we are working on our reading stamina. The students all have a reading log in their ELA notebook. Whatever time we read in school should be matched at home every night. The kids need to read each night. 

In our writing workshop, we will explore narrative, informational and opinion writing. This week, we are writing narrative short stories and learning how to revise our original story.

 

 

Fisher Fest Fever is beginning!

This week in 5th Grade Religion and The Foundations of Writing:

Mrs. Carey(school counselor) spoke to the 5th graders today.  It was awesome!  Ask your child about it!  The rest of the week we will be starting new chapters in Religion and Vocabulary.  Last week's Religion and Vocabulary tests will be coming home Tuesday.  

This week in 6th Grade Religion and The Foundations of Writing:

Mrs. Carey will be meeting the 6th graders next week.  There will be a Vocabulary test this Wednesday.  Last week's Religion test will be coming home Tuesday.  In Religion, we will begin a project about charities.  More info to come.

Have fun at Fisher Fest!!!!

 

Week of Sept 3-6

Posted on Aug 30, 2019

No School Monday, Labor Day.     

Hot lunch begins this week.

Special Lunch Wednesday, Sept. 4

Back to School Night 6:30-8

5th Social Studies

  • Students will finish their regions paragraph and picture Tuesday
  • Settling the Americas: we will learn about the early hunter-gatherers to the region, how archaeologists study the past and some of the first civilizations in North America.

6th Social Studies

  • Our first set of Current Events went great!  The kids did a great job.  Thoughtful reflections are due on Tuesday on Google Classroom.  
  • We will finish working with latitude and longitude this week, there will be a quiz on Friday.
  • Current Events will be presented Friday and we will finish Ch 1.

Science

5th and 6th grade- This week we will continue to review the Scientific Method and do some quick labs to see these steps in action.

Students should bring in two pennies

6 ELA

This week students will learn to annotate different sources, such as non-fiction  text and videos. Our focus will include: 

     *activating students' "Thinking Voice" while reading and not just reading the words

     *how to decipher what we already know and only taking notes on what's new  to us

We will also continue our WWII pre-reading activities. I'm very impressed with the students' thoughtful responses to our themes thus far. My hope is to begin our first novel by Friday of this week! 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Infer

5th Grade Math

This week the 5th graders will be finishing their study of exponents and taking a quiz on Friday covering the concepts of place value, utilizing mathematical properties to solve problems, and exponents.  Students should study Chapter 1, Lessons 1 through 4 to further prepare and will be given homework to aid them in reviewing for their assessment in addition to their in-class overview of the material on Thursday.

 

6th Grade Math

Students will begin on Tuesday with a quiz on integers:  their opposite values, how to compare and order them, and their absolute value from 0.  The week will continue with determining the factors and multiples of numbers and how to utilize prime factorization to find the greatest common factor or GCF.

5th ELA

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.-Maya Angelou

 

Welcome to fifth grade ELA!!! This year, we will be combining reading and writing to create an ELA curriculum.  The mechanical part of the grammar and vocabulary will be taught by Mrs. Quinn.

I’m very excited to be able to share our  reading and writing curriculum with fifth grade students this year.  This curriculum adheres to Common Core State Standards, and is based on 35 years of research and development made by the Teachers College at Columbia University, and spearheaded by Lucy Calkins.  I know that the fifth grade students at St John Fisher School are really going to enjoy becoming better writers and readers, and I look forward to facilitating their progress!

 

Please see my personal blog for how our ELA class will run. 

 

Week of August 26-Aug 30

Posted on Aug 26, 2019

Notes for the week:

  • Special lunch forms are due Wednesday, August 28th
  • Hot lunch starts on September 3rd
  • Special Lunch from Barraco's on September 4th

Science

This week I will spend some time getting to know your child. Many of them are new to the floor and some are old pros.

5th grade will make a mad scientist lab coat, review the steps of the scientific method and we will "Save Fred". 

6th grade will tell me about themselves on a Science Flask. They will also be reviewing the steps of the scientific method and will be Helping Harry. 

6 ELA

This week students will be getting acclimated with their chromebooks and logging into Google Classroom. We have already bookmarked useful websites and started our first writing assignment in the MLA format. Assignments will be shared after our first Tuesday conference. 

We will also begin our pre-reading study of World War II, as this will be necessary for understanding our first historical fiction novel which tackles the wartime issues that both Jews and Christians faced. 

Just a reminder that students may come in early to take AR tests or look for a novel in my classroom any day after 7:20 a.m. 

5th ELA

Week of August 26th

This week, the fifth grade students are using their summer reading packets to create a “Book Buzz”.  This exercise will create a buzz within the class to get other classmates excited about which books to read next.  We will begin our reading workshop model this week. During this workshop week, we will focus on when reading has been the best of times and when reading has been the pits.  We will set some goals for our reading life and be introduced into the value of our reading log.  

5th Social Studies

  • This week students will be joining their Google Classrooms. Students were given the codes last week if they wanted to log in over the weekend. Google Classroom will have our chapter notes, video clips, weblinks, and games that will be used during our studies this year.
  • We will continue working with the the regions of the United States, students are creating interactive notebook pages, we will be adding them to our notebooks the end of this week.
  • Parent signatures on the social studies outline is due Tuesday, Aug 27

6th Social Studies

  • Our first round of current events will be presented on Friday, Aug. 30  In class we have gone over how to create a Google doc, with proper heading and how to then "add" the doc to the assignment.  Students need to make sure that they submit and turn in their event on Classroom.  Thoughtful reflections will be due on Tuesday, Sept 3 via Classroom.
  • We will learn about latitude and longitude this week.  Students will focus on map skills, identifying the seven continents of the world and the major oceans.  There will be a quiz on the continents/oceans Friday.
  • Next week there will be a quiz on using latitude and longitude.  Students will receive a packet today in class and we will be using that to help us understand how these are used and we will also be practicing on worksheets.
  • Parent signatures on the social studies outline is due Tuesday, Aug 27

Math

It has been a pleasure working with your students to settle into our first full week of school this year!  Below are a few important upcoming dates.  I will be posting more information on class expectations and work requirements for each math class after the holiday weekend and look forward to meeting everyone on Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 4th!

5th grade-  Our first quiz is scheduled for Friday, September 6th on Chapter 1, Lessons 1-4.  We will do a complete review of these chapter sections in preparation for the assessment the day before the quiz.

 

6th grade-  Our first quiz of the year will be on Tuesday, September 3rd on Unit 1, Module 1.  A complete review of the material will be covered during class this Friday to help prepare the students for this quiz.

 

Welcome 2019-2020

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

Welcome back!

5th Grade ELA:

Welcome to Fifth Grade ELA!

This will be an exciting year in fifth grade and I’m so happy to be a part of an amazing team of teachers. This year will be an adventure as we embark teaching reading and writing! It will be a great experience to work with you to develop your  passion for reading and writing.

In our classroom, I value your ideas, thoughts and actions.  You have unique talents and strengths, and I cannot wait for you to share them with me and your classmates.  You will bring so much to our class. I’m looking forward to learning more about you!

I have been part of the St John Fisher community for over 20 years! All four of my children (and my husband) have graduated from SJF.   It truly is a privilege to work in a faithful, inclusive and catholic community.  Go Falcons!

5th Grade Social Studies:

  • Students will receive their text books, please make sure your students book is covered by Friday, August 23.
  • Students will be taking notes daily.  In class we read together, have discussions on the content that we have read, work on making connections to what we may know about the topic and go over vocabulary terms and key people/ideas.
  • My power points are always posted on Google Classroom.  Students who are absent, or missed something during class are able to complete their notes from Classroom.  
  • Due Friday, Aug. 23 signed Social Studies classroom rules and topics.

6th Grade Social Studies:

  • Students will receive their text books, please make sure your students book is covered by Friday, August 23.
  • We will be taking notes in class daily.  Students can always access my notes via Google Classroom.  If your student is absent, or may have missed something they can always find it on Classroom.
  • This year, 6th grade will be presenting Current Events.  Students will bring home a paper explaining how this assignment is to be presented, how it is graded, and due dates explained.  Please return the signed portion by Friday, August 23.
  • We will be studying ancient civilizations this year, students will be learning about the different polytheistic religions, and how technologies continue to develop in different parts of the world.  We will often talk about the process of archaeology, and how archaeologists and historians have to work to piece together the puzzles of the past.
  • Due Friday, Aug. 23: signed Social Studies classroom rules and topics and signed Current Events form.

Week of May 28

Posted on May 24, 2019

Social Studies

5th Grade

  • The turn of the century, students will learn about Roosevelt's presidency and our movement into World War I
  • The Roaring 20's and Women's Suffrage
  • World War II will be our ending studies this year.  Students will get an overview of what led to the United States entry to the war and how the allies won.

6th Grade

  • Students will finish their studies of Ancient Rome this week, there will be a review game on Thursday, test on Friday.
  • Students have been working on a travel ancient Rome pamphlet, they will finish these Wednesday.

6 ELA

Why are so many Patriotic American Holidays forgotten? It's important that our heroes in uniform and their families who support them are honored and remembered. These days were implemented to be observed! Students have selected from the following list: 

  • Flag Day
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Patriot Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Pearl Harbor Day
  • Gold Star Mothers Day
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day
  • Veterans Day
  • VE Day
  • VJ Day

Each group must research the importance of the day they selected. Format was discussed in class. After researching, students will create a visual presentation on Google Slides and create a script to accompany the presentation. We will begin presentations later this week. 

In addition, ARs are due by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 5/28, unless the student asked for an extension. Please have your child check their lockers, backpacks and bedrooms for any books that may belong to school. Thank you so much for your help! 

5th Grade ELA

After you select your science fiction or fantasy book, try to visualize making a game, which incorporates parts of the book. Use the following guidelines when you create your board game:

  1. Use the characters in your book as “the pieces” of the game. You must have at least two game pieces.

  2. Use the setting of the book as the game board. Remember that color can make all the difference. Use a lot of color and keep in mind that you want your game board to be neat and well organized. Your game board must be made out of poster board or of some other material that is thicker than construction paper. Your game board must be at least 18 inches high, as well as 18 inches wide. If you are planning to make your game board a special shape, be sure that your board would fit the 18” x 18” measurement if it were in a square.

  3. Use the plot of the book as the moves of the game. These plot moves will give players information about the story as they play your game. You must include at least 25 moves in your game.

  4. Write clear, concise instructions, explaining how to play the game. Your directions must be written out in a creative way. In other words, do not simply write the directions on a piece of binder paper. Think of a neat way to tie the directions into your game.

Your grade for this project will be based on the clarity of your instructions, the appearance of the game board, the creativity of the game, and the entertainment potential of your game, as well as on how well you followed instructions and included the required criteria. In addition, your game MUST reflect the content of your book

Science

This week, in 5th and 6th, we will be joining our prayer partners and doing a STEM activity. I will need each 5th and 6th grader to bring in a full, tall can of Pringles. 

This week

5th grade- We will create a diagram on Seesaw to show we know the relationship between Earth's Spheres. We will then start on Plants.

6th grade- We will use various sources to research and learn about Rocks and Minerals. 

Week of May 20th

Posted on May 19, 2019

5th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday of this week.

Today we will begin multiplying fractions.

The assessments for 5th grade are Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th.  Friday will be set aside for any child who needs extra time.

6th grade Math

the current math packet is due back on May 31st.

This week, we will look at part 2 of solving proportions with percents using the is/of method.

The assessments dates are Thursday, May 30th and Friday, May 31st.

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • This week we will be working on our chapter review, our Unit 6 test will be Wednesday.  Students should be studying vocabulary terms and main ideas/battles from the Civil War.
  • Thursday we will start moving towards the 1900's

6th Grade:

  • We will continue working through Ancient Rome, we will start talking about the architecture styles of Rome.
  • This week will be our last Current Events presentations and thoughtful reflections.

6 ELA

Are "ancient" philosophies still pertinent today? This is the question that the 6th graders will be pondering this week. 

After 25 centuries, people still reference Confucius' wise sayings. Students will read about Confucius and find a saying that connects with a certain time in their lives. Students will write a narrative essay that connects with Confucius' philosophy. 

Format discussion will take place on Tuesday. Essays are due on Friday. 

Week of May 3th Math

Posted on May 11, 2019

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and the final math packet of the year will be passed out.  This is a 2 week math packet that is due back on Friday, May 24th.

We will finish up the chapter on Measures of Central Tendency this week.  The test will be on Friday; a study guide will be p[assed out on Wednesday and a final assignment will be given on Thursday.  Both of these will help your child to better prepare for the test.

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and the final math packet of the year will be passed out.  It will be due back on Friday, May 31st.

This week, we will continue to work with proportions.  We will be incorporating percents into proportions and making the connection between percents as fractions but also as part to whole ratios.

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • Students will have a quiz Wed on Unit 6 Lesson 4
  • We will finish lesson 6 this week, learning about the Reconstruction of the South.
  • There will be a Unit 6 Test on Tuesday, May 21.  All notes are posted on Classroom and a study guide will be posted as well.

6th Grade:

  • Roman Republic, students will learn about the structure of the Roman government in ancient times and the social levels.
  • Students will complete a webquest on the Roman government this week
  • Current Events will be presented Thursday, Thoughtful Reflections are due Friday 5-17

Week of May 6th

Posted on May 03, 2019

Math

5th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday.

This week, we will wrap up the chapter on Measures of Central Tendency covering mode and range for a set of numbers.  The test will be sometime early next week.

Due to a conflict, the 5th grade assessments will be changed to: Wednesday May 29th – computation portion and Thursday, May 30th – application portion.

6th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday.

The first part of the week will be spent on solving proportions when the given part to part ratio must first be converted to a part to whole ratio.  Our focus will continue to be setting up the proportion so that the units match and using cross multiply and divide to solve when necessary.

Thursday and Friday, I hope to begin “unit rates.”

Religion

The fifth graders will be having a test on Chapter 12, Monday, May 6th.  They also need to know the 5 Kinds of Prayer, definitions, and examples of each.  They will be having a test on Unit 3 which a study guide of response questions and answers will be handed out on Monday.  This test will be on Wednesday, May 8th.

The sixth graders will be having a test on Chapter 7 on Monday, May 6th. They will also need to know the 10 Commandments in order with correct spelling.  They were given a copy on 5/1.  We will also begin studying Chapter 8 "Our Journey and God's Presence".

May Crowning is Friday, May 10th, at 11:00.  All are welcomed to this beautiful ceremony. 

Have a great weekend!  There is a rumor that we are having beautiful weather!!!

Science

5th- We are studying the Atmosphere and the Effects the Atmosphere can have on Earth's other systems. We will learn about the layers of the Atmosphere. We will have a test near the end of next week.

6th grade- We are learning about the different ways fossils are made and the different types of fossils. We will also discuss why finding fossils is so important to help us learn about the past.

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • This week we will start learning about the Emancipation Proclamation, and Union victories. 
  • Students will watch a video clip from Civil War Battlefields that shows students the battlefields, the plans and the outcomes of the battles that we have studied so far.  

6th Grade:

  • Ch 8 review Monday, game Tuesday and Ch 8 test Wednesday
  • We will begin Ancient Rome this week, students will learn about the geography and myths about the start of this civilization.
  • Current events will resume next week

6 ELA

This week we finish the novel Freak the Mighty. In addition, we will discuss theme and plot structure for the novel. Final assessment will be on Thursday. 

Students will be given the essay on Monday to prepare for the assessment on Thursday. The essay is: Who is the hero of the novel? 

Specific requirements for the essay can be found on Google Classroom. Good luck!

Week of April 29th - May 3rd

Posted on Apr 26, 2019

Welcome Back!!

The fifth graders will be discussing Chapter 12 "We Pray the Lord's Prayer" this week.  They will learn the five kinds of prayers and we will be discussing the many ways in which we can pray.

The sixth graders will be discussing Chapter 7 "Commandment and Fulfillment" this week.  They will have the test on Thursday, May 2nd. 

Week of April 29th

Posted on Apr 26, 2019

5th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back on Friday, May 10th.

Monday is Accelerated Math.

Tuesday – Friday, we will continue working with “Measures of Central Tendency.”  We will cover finding the median for a set of numbers and if time allows begin finding the mode for a set of numbers.

The end of the year assessment is scheduled for Thursday, May 30th and Friday May 31st.  Part 1 of this test is strictly computational and will cover all of the math that was taught this year.  Part 2 is an application test made up of short word problems that requires the children to apply the math they learned.

6th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back on Friday, May 10th.

Monday is Accelerated Math.

Tuesday – Friday, we will continue working on setting up and solving proportions.

The end of the year assessment is scheduled for Thursday, May 30th and Friday May 31st.  Part 1 of this test is strictly computational and will cover all of the math that was taught this year.  Part 2 is an application test made up of short word problems that requires the children to apply the math they learned.

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • Students will begin this week finishing questions about the First Battle of Bull Run, a short video clip was posted on Classroom that we watched as a class after reading about this battle.
  • We will continue our studies of the Civil War, the battles and strategies used by both sides.
  • Students will create a chart of strengths and weaknesses for both sides.
  • There will be a quiz Friday on Unit 6 Lesson 3

6th Grade:

  • Students took a Google Expedition through Ancient Greece, we looked at the Acropolis, Parthenon, Santorini and the Elgin Marbles.
  • This week we will work on learning the architecture styles used in ancient Greece.
  • We will start discussing our Greek project this week.

Week of April 8

Posted on Apr 05, 2019

 

Social Studies

5th grade:

  • We will finish Unit 6 Lesson 2, students will have a test on Thursday on this lesson.  There will be a study guide posted to Google Classroom.  
  • When we return from break we will start Lesson 3, The War Begins.

6th grade:

  • Current Events will be presented Thursday, thoughtful reflections will be due Friday.
  • This week we will learn about the architecture in ancient Greece and how we continue to see these structures in buildings today.
  • We will start working on our Greek project, all instructions will be posted on classroom.

5th Grade ELA

 

Fifth Grade ELA Week of April 8-12th

 

We will finish the novel, Bud, Not Buddy this week.  We will have a comprehension test on Thursday.

The students will not be allowed to use this book toward their accelerated point value.  Speaking of that, many students have not begun obtaining their points for the third trimester. The 15 points are due Wednesday, May 29th.

Our final “good copy” of the argumentative essay on whether chocolate milk should be served in schools is due on Tuesday.

Our final “good copy” of their argumentative essay on which vacation would be the better one to choose for your family is due on Wednesday.  Both essays have been written and revised in school. The students were given a rubric a few weeks ago to use as the essays were written.

Social Studies and ELA will combine an assignment that is due on Monday. The students are using evidence to support their answers in Social Studies class. Since this assignment mirrors our current lessons, Ms. Deering and I thought it would be beneficial for the students to see that transfer of knowledge between classes.

Math

 

5th grade Math

The test on decimal numbers will be on Tuesday. A study guide was given to each child last Tuesday; this study guide outlines everything that will be covered on the test.

Wednesday, we will start “Measures of Central Tendency” which covers mean, median, mode, and range for a set of numbers.

 

6th grade Math

The test on ratios will be on Tuesday; a study guide outlining the test was passed out on Friday.

Wednesday, we will begin the second section of the chapter on ratios – proportions and unit rates.

Religion

This week the 5th and 6th Graders will be discussing the meaning and importance of Holy Week.  We will be discussing the Triduum, Way of the Cross, and the Last Supper.

The Sixth Graders will have a Chapter 6 test on Monday, April 8th. 

Enjoy the nice weather this weekend!

Science

5th grade- This week we will look at how much water is actually fresh with an inquiry activity from our workbook and get ready to move on to our Atmosphere.

6th grade-  Monday, we will work on our infographic on Plate Tectonics. A printed color infographic is due on Tuesday. Tuesday and Wednesday we will work on an Earthquake and Volcano Hyperdoc. It will be due on Thursday. 

6 ELA

We are back to reading the novel this week! Students will listen, read and analyze Chapters 13-16 of Freak the Mighty. Ideas of foreshadowing and hyperbole will be reviewed. 

In addition, students have been working on the Music Connection assignment, making connections between a song of their choice and Freak the Mighty. Students are required to annotate the song lyrics and then write an analysis comparing the song to the novel. This assignment is due on Tuesday, 4/9. 

From my family to yours, have a wonderful Easter holiday!
 

Week of April 1st

Posted on Mar 29, 2019

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.

Due to Aspire testing, I will only see the 5th grade twice this week and we will spend both days reviewing for next Tuesday’s test on decimals.  A study guide should come home on Friday of this week.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.

Due to Aspire testing, I will only see the 6th grade twice this week and we will spend both days reviewing for next Tuesday’s test on ratios.  A study guide should come home on Friday of this week.

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • Students will start this week looking at items borrowed from the library about Slaves in Northern Illinois, we finished our "quilt squares" last week and I will be piecing together their Freedom Quilt.  Please see my blog for pictures from our field trip.
  • Unit 6 Lesson 2, we will finish this lesson leading up to the Civil War, ending the lesson on the Lincoln Douglas Debates, John Brown's Raid, election of 1860, and Ft. Sumter.
  • I anticipate this lesson will run into next week due to ASPIRE testing, schedules may be altered.

6th Grade:

  • This week we will start with Current Events
  • Students will continue to learn about the pottery and its importance to the ancient Greeks.

6 ELA

This week students will write their 2nd personal narrative; however, this will be a timed writing assignment in preparation for the Aspire test. Students will review the necessary parts of a narrative before they are given a prompt. 

Also, the Music Connection project will be assigned this week. Students will find a school-appropriate song that connects with the novel Freak the Mighty. Students will annotate the lyrics and write an analysis comparing select lyrics to the novel. Assignment guidelines will be distributed. 

Song titles must be approved by Wednesday, 4/3. The assignment is due next Tuesday, 4/9. 

Week of March 25th -

Posted on Mar 23, 2019

Math

5th grade Math

A new math packet will be passed out on Monday; it will be due back on Friday, April 12th.  Monday we will also review comparing and ordering decimals.  This topic seems to be giving about 25% of the fifth grade great difficulty.  If you feel your child could use extra practice in either area, please send them in early Wednesday or Friday of this week.

Tuesday – Wednesday, we will look at writing fractions as decimals using equivalent fractions.  Example: ¼ = 25/100 or .25   3/5 = 6/10 or .6

Thursday and Friday will be spent on adding/subtracting decimals.  The test on decimals will be sometime next week.

 

6th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back on Friday, April 5th.

This week, we will continue our study of ratios covering: using cross products to check for equivalency, ratio tables, and solve many, many ratio word problems :).

The test on ratios will be early next week.

Religion

Happy Spring!!

The fifth and sixth graders will be preparing for Reconciliation which will be on Wednesday,3/27.

Both classes will be working on their "Stations of the Cross" booklets.

We continue to discuss and take notes on the "Jesus of Nazareth" movie which is based on Jesus' life as told in the New Testament.

The sixth graders will begin Chapter 6 "Passover and the Eucharistic Celebration".

Have a great weekend!

6 ELA 

This week students analyze several components of the engaging novel, Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. Freak the Mighty is not one person, but two eighth graders who join forces to face many conflicts. Students will examine themes of friendship, courage, abuse, and being different. In class, we will investigate the topic of bullying, as both of the main characters experience the pain of being bullied. 

Students should continue to check Google Classroom if they are absent for assignments. 

Science

This week 5th grade will be finishing up our discussion on the Hydrosphere. We had a great time taking a virtual reality tour of the Hydrosphere using Google Expeditions. 

The 6th graders will continue talking about Plate Boundaries and the geological formations that take place at the plate boundaries. Both grades will review reading and interpreting data tables. 

Social Studies

Please have your student check in with their teachers after an absence.  Students should be checking PowerSchool to see what assignments they are missing.

5th grade:

  • We will continue learning about the Underground Railroad this week.  
  • Unit 6 Lesson 2, students will learn about abolitionists and how they worked to help free people from slavery.
  • The beginning of troubles that will lead the United States to a Civil War will be discussed this week.
  • Please check my personal blog for field trip information.

6th grade:

  • We will continue our journey through Ancient Greece.  This week we will be learning about the economy and agriculture in this region.
  • Students will learn about the arts in Ancient Greece, we will study pottery and the paintings that are found on these pieces of pottery.  Students will be creating a "pottery" piece as well, in the traditional Greek style.
  • Current Events will be presented Friday.  If your student volunteers to present, it is due Friday.  

Week of March 18th - Math

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

5th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back on Friday.

Monday is Accelerated Math

Tuesday – Friday, we will continue our study of decimal numbers covering comparing and ordering decimals and writing fractions as decimals.

 

6th grade Math

A new homework packet will be passed out on Monday and it will be due back on Friday, April 5th.

Monday is also, Accelerated Math.

Friday is the open notebook test on the second chapter in Geometry.  Even though this is an open notebook test; it would not hurt to review the notes with your child so they are less reliant on flipping pages and more reliant on recall of the material.

Tuesday – Thursday we will continue our study of ratios covering simplifying ratios, writing equivalent ratios, and ratio tables.

Religion Week of March 18th -22nd

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

The fifth graders will be having a test on Chapter 11 Wednesday, 3/20.

The sixth graders will be having a test on Chapter 5 Thursday, 3/21. Those who signed up for Altar Serving will be having a training on Tuesday, 3/19 and Wednesday, 3/20.  It will be during school hours.  THEY STILL HAVE TIME TO SIGN UP!!!

ENJOY THE PARADE!!

Week of March 18

Posted on Mar 15, 2019

Please remind your student to see all teachers when they return from an absence to be sure they get all work that they missed and due dates for missing work.

Social Studies

5th Grade:

  • All field trip permission slips MUST be turned in on Monday, March 18.  I cannot accept any after that date.  Thank you to our volunteers for chaperoning this trip.  Chaperones please check into the school office by 8:30 and meet us in Kane Hall.  We will go over behavior and rules for our trip and board the buses to leave by 8:45.
  • There will be a Unit 5 open note quiz on 3-18.  Students will be able to use their notes to work on the quiz.
  • Tuesday we will begin Unit 6 and start talking about slavery in the South and the Underground Railroad.

6th Grade:

  • Monday is a review game day, test is Tuesday on Ancient China.  Students should use their study guides to help them prepare for the test.
  • Wednesday we will begin our studies on Ancient Greece, we will learn about the geography of this land and the civilization that grew.

5th grade ELA

Monday during class time:

We read chapter 9 in the novel, Bud, Not Buddy.

We discussed times in our own life when little seeds grew into big ideas!

Using our argumentative style, we wrote our second flash draft in our response to our chocolate milk debate. Students finished the second flash draft for homework.  The fifth graders should make sure they have quotations in their writing and that the quotes are “unpacked” and explained.

PLEASE READ YOUR SECOND DRAFT WHEN COMPLETED!

Tuesday

We will read and discuss chapter 10 in our novel. Don’t forget the requirements of vocabulary, character traits and chapter titles for each chapter that we read.

We will balance evidence with analysis in our second flash draft that was completed for homework.

Wednesday

We will read and discuss chapter 11 in our novel. Don’t forget the requirements of vocabulary, character traits and chapter titles for each chapter that we read.

We will mark up our writing for important parts today. We will look at our claim, evidence and thinking and see where editing will be required.

Thursday

We will read and discuss chapter 12 in our novel. Don’t forget the requirements of vocabulary, character traits and chapter titles for each chapter that we read.

We will set the context for quotations. The students will take a final look at their paper to make sure all parts fit together.

Friday

Signed, Seal and Delivered

We will send our finished copies off to the press!

We will also complete an extended response for chapters 9-12 this week in our novel.

 

Week of March 11th

Posted on Mar 09, 2019

5th grade Math

Monday will be spent reviewing for Tuesday’s “Number Theory” test.  A study guide will be passed out on Monday as well; this study guide details exactly what will be on the test.

Wednesday we will begin an introductory unit to decimal numbers.  This unit will cover place value through the thousandths, making the connection between fractions and decimals, comparing and ordering decimal numbers and adding/subtracting with decimal numbers.  A much more extensive unit on decimals will occur in sixth grade.

The current homework packet is due back on Friday, March 22nd.

 

6th grade Math

The 6th grade will not receive a homework packet until next week.

Monday and Tuesday will be spent reviewing the 4 major areas of percents that will be on Wednesday test.  A study guide detailing what will be on the test will be passed out on Monday.

Thursday we will begin the next unit on Ratios and Proportions.

Social Studies:

5th Grade

  • Please make sure to have field trip forms and money turned in by 3-18.  Chaperone notes will be going home this week, we have all "spots" filled, thank you so much for volunteering your time to help us!
  • We will start this week learning about the first Industrial Revolution and how this "boom" leads to a "King Cotton" growth in the South.
  • Cotton gin, and steam engines will be studied.
  • The Age of Andrew Jackson and westward expansion, we will talk about how this movement impacted the Native Tribes of America, Trail of Tears.

6th Grade

  • Confucius and his teachings will be looked at this week, we will also talk about he different inventions during this period in China

 

6 ELA

Students are busy learning the different components of a Personal Narrative. Although students have written narratives before, we have to "step up our game" and write 6th grade quality essays. Writing in active voice with sensory details and figurative language is no easy task! But I'm grateful for the students' attention and effort. Second drafts of Prompt #1 will be due on Friday. 

Also, CONGRATULATIONS to our 6TH GRADERS! Our school is participating in the Word Mania competition and our SJF 6th graders are in 2nd place nationally. Finals begin on Wednesday and end on Friday (at midnight). Please encourage your child to participate in the finals. I'm very proud of their efforts!

Religion Week of March 11th - 15th

Posted on Mar 07, 2019

The fifth graders will continue to watch the movie "Jesus of Nazareth".  They are busy writing down important events as they happen.  They will also be reading and discussing Chapter 11.  We continue to have a morning prayer and are completing a daily Lenten calendar/journal.

The sixth graders will have a Unit 1 test on Wed. 3/13.  They will be given a study guide for the response questions on Monday.  We will begin Chapter 5 "Slavery and Deliverance" on Thursday.  They are also completing a daily Lenten calendar/journal.

Stay warm!

Week of March 4th

Posted on Mar 01, 2019

 

  • Tuesday we will have a Mardi Gras Dance-a-thon in the afternoon
  • Wednesday is special lunch and Ash Wednesday. Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday.

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and the first 3-week homework packet will be passed out.  It will be due back on Friday, March 22nd.

This week, we will wrap up the chapter on Number Theory.  The final 2 topics are factor trees and squares and square roots.

The test on Number Theory will be sometime next week.

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.  The current math packet is due back on Friday.

This week, we will continue our study of percents covering percent of a number and sales tax.

6 ELA

This week students will be analyzing three different examples of Personal Narratives. Specifically, they will be looking for: 

  • figurative language
  • sensory details
  • verbs in active voice
  • lesson learned
  • writing in first person (but not using I to begin every sentence)

Seeing well-written, student examples of narratives is important as they can be used as guides for writing. 

Also, SJF is participating in a Word Mania competition. Students are given 15 letters and three minutes to create as many words as they can. We are playing a few minutes each class--students are VERY competitive! Some students are even downloading the app on their phones (at home), as they've said it's much easier to play on the phone. Please encourage their participation! Thank you!

Social Studies

5th grade

  • This week we will finish learning about the Louisiana Purchase and move on to the War of 1812.
  • Students will have a quiz Wednesday on the Constitution. Students should be reviewing how many states were needed to ratify it, the branches of government and what they are responsible for, what the Bill of Rights are and how many amendments are in the Bill of Rights. 
  • Please check my blog for information about our field trip. Students are bringing home permission slips Monday, all money and permission forms must be returned no later than 3-18

6th grade

  • This week will start with a video about the Emperor’s Clay Army, we will discuss the importance about this find and what it teaches us about this time period and people.
  • Students will start learning about Confucius and his contributions to the Chinese culture and education.

Religion

Monday starts the 3rd Trimester and report cards will be distributed on Wed. 3/6.  There will be a mass on Ash Wednesday at 1:00.  All are invited to come and receive ashes.  Both 5th & 6th graders will begin a Lenten calendar on Ash Wednesday with an emphasis on "Do, Don't, and Pray For" activities.  We will complete these daily.  Please encourage your child to attend mass during Lent.

The fifth graders will be watching the movie "Jesus of Nazareth".  They will complete a timeline consisting of 16 events that took place during Jesus' lifetime.  These timelines will be completed in class and graded.

The sixth graders will be working on The Stations of the Cross and Ash Wednesday/Lent activities.

Stay warm!

Science

Monday starts a new trimester. Remember everyone starts with a clean slate and an A. It is your job to work your hardest.

5th grade- We will finish discussing the Geosphere and get ready to talk about the Hydrosphere. 

6th grade- We will be finishing up our Earth's layer unit. We will work on station labs Wednesday and Thursday. Monday we will have an assessment on Earth's Layers. We will then move on to plate tectonics. 

Have a good week! 

Week of February 25th

Posted on Feb 22, 2019

Math

5th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday and is the last 2 week math packet for the year.

This week, we will continue the chapter on “Number Theory” by reviewing prime and composite numbers and the divisibility rules for 2 and 3.  The rules for 4, 5 and 10 will be taught as well.  Later in the week, we will get into factor trees and writing the prime factorization for composite numbers.

 

6th grade Math

Periods 1 and 3 – Monday and Tuesday will be spent reviewing and preparing for Wednesday's first quiz on percents.  A study guide will be passed out to every student on Monday.

Thursday, we will begin the section on “Percent of a Number” and in Geometry we will cover angle measurements for all triangles.

Period 2 – Monday, the kids will work on more percent word problems in preparation for Tuesday’s quiz.  A study guide will be given to every student on Monday to help better prepare them for the quiz.

On Wednesday, we will begin the section  “Percent of a Number.”

Religion

The fifth graders will be having their Chapter 10 test on Tuesday 2/26 and we will begin Chapter 11 "The Communion of Saints".  They will also be having a test on Friday on the Parts of the Mass.  They will be given a study guide on Monday.

The sixth graders will have their Chapter 4 test on "Piety and Prayer" Thursday, 2/28.  

Science

I hope everyone enjoyed "Skype a Scientist" last week. What a great experience to speak with a real life Oceanographer! 

This week

5th grade- We will have a short quiz on Earth's Systems on Tuesday. Wednesday and the rest of the week we will discuss the effects of the Hydrosphere.

6th grade- We will review for our test on clouds on Monday. Tuesday we will have a test on clouds. Wednesday we will start to talk Changes to Earth's surface from erosion, plate tectonics etc. 

Social Studies

5th grade:

  • Students made a Constitution booklet to keep with them during this unit of study, it includes the Preamble of the Constitution and the three branches of the government.
  • Preamble recitations will continue till Wednesday.  This will count as a grade.
  • We will learn about how the Constitution was ratified and the expansion of the United States with the explorations of Lewis and Clark.
  • Students will be bringing home permission slips next week for our upcoming field trip.  Signed permission slips and payment will be due by March 22.  Please email me if you have any questions.  

6th grade:

  • Students started working on comparing and contrasting the four river valley civilizations that we have studied.  They will be writing a short essay about what they have learned.  This will be due Wednesday.
  • We will continue our explorations through ancient China this week, students will learn about the emperor's clay army, we will talk about why this discovery is so important to historians and what we can learn about this dynasty from the remains uncovered.  Students will watch a video clip about this discovery, they will see some of the excavation and the use of modern technologies to study the remains.

Week of February 19th

Posted on Feb 15, 2019

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and the last 2 week math packet will be passed out.

This week, we will continue the Number Theory chapter covering the “divisibility rules” for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10. 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new math packet will be passed out.

This week we continue to work on percents covering changing fractions to decimals and then to percents.  Many, many word problems will also be solved this week :).

In Geometry, we will begin our study of triangles.

6 ELA

This week students will listen to/read a classic, Old Yeller, by Fred Gipson. It's an excerpt of the Newbery Award Winning novel by the same name. Students will examine literary elements, such as character, theme, and plot. They will also examine verb usage, prepositional phrases and other examples of grammar in the novel. 

Besides analyzing the novel, students will also get the opportunity to watch the full-length movie in class. To conclude, students will compare and contrast the novel and movie. It should make for an enjoyable week!

Social Studies

5th grade: 

The fifth grade will be going on a field trip this year to Naper Settlement, the program we will be seeing is Voices of the Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois.  This is scheduled for Friday, March 29.  Students will need a brown bag lunch that day, we will eat before we return to school.  Permission slips and more information will be sent home in a few weeks.

  • We will begin Unit 5, The New Nation this week.  We will learn about the early struggles of our new nation.

6th grade:

  • We will begin our travels through Ancient China this week, we will start with the geography of the land.
  • Students will make connections this week between the geography of this area and the geography of the other civilizations we have studied.
  • Current events will resume Friday.

5th grade ELA

This week, the fifth graders will begin their novel study of Bud, Not Buddy written by author Christopher Paul Curtis.  This book won the Newbery Award for Excellence in American Children’s Literature. All the students will be reading this book as a whole class novel.  Since we have only enough for a class set, all reading will be completed in school. The students will use their notebook as a resource as we look for a variety of story elements as we read our novel.  The students will have a variety of activities to complete both at home and at school. Please pay close attention to their assignment notebooks for daily activities in regard to their novel.

In addition, the students should still be reading each night for their enjoyment.  Their reading logs are an important tool to access their reading rate and fluency.

We will also begin our next unit in the Lucy Calkins Writing program.

The students will be focusing on The Research-Based Argument Essay.  Our goal of this unit is to teach students to argue logically by teaching them to analyze text, to weigh evidence, and to consider logical reasoning.  

Our first unit’s bend will guide students develop a solid argument by researching both sides of an issue, postponing a quick, premature conclusion until the actual evidence is cumulated and reviewed.

Again, review the student planner each night for our daily writing/research homework.

There will not be any Word Wisdom this week since we will be using vocabulary from our novel.

 

Religion

Many thanks for the flowers and candy on Valentines Day!! I appreciate your thoughtfulness.   

The fifth graders will be having a test on Chapter 9 Tuesday, 2/19 and we will begin reading and discussing Chapter 10 "The Eucharist".

The sixth graders will be having a test on Chapter 3 Thursday, 2/21.

Enjoy the 3 day weekend!!!

Science

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! 

This week 5th grade will continue discussing Earth's Systems. We will also review alternate forms of energy.

6th grade- We will finish up our lesson on clouds. Students will have a short content-based test on clouds either Friday or Monday. 

At the end of the week, we will participate in a program called "Skype a Scientist." I have been in touch with a scientist who will provide two presentations (for 5th and 6th) and we will be able to ask her questions about her field of study. She will discuss Alternate forms of energy with 5th, specifically water energy. With the 6th grade, she will discuss the weather, clouds, the water cycle etc.  

 

 

Week of February 11 - Math

Posted on Feb 08, 2019

*Feb 14, Special Olympics Valentine's Day Dress Down  $2 Donation.

*If your student would like to bring in a Valentine to pass during recess on Thursday.*

5th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday.

Tuesday is the test on “Order of Operations.”  A study guide was given to each child on Thursday of last week.  If you feel your child can use some additional practice for the test, please send him/her in early Monday morning.

Wednesday, we begin the next chapter in math entitled “Number Theory.”  This chapter covers: prime/composite numbers, factor trees/prime factorization, the divisibility rules, and perfect squares/square roots. 

 

6th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday.

The test on the 4 operations with decimal will be on Tuesday.  Monday we will review for this test.  Please encourage your child to look over their notes for the short answer section of the test.  If you feel your child can use extra computational practice, please send him/her in early on Tuesday.

Wednesday we begin the chapter on “Percents.”

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • We finished Unit 4 on Friday and students started working on their review packets.  Review packets will be worked on in class on Monday, if not finished in class on Monday, they will be homework and due Tuesday.
  • Wednesday we will have a review game
  • Thursday is our Unit 4 test.  Please make sure your student has all supplies need for test taking; 2 test folders, highlighter and pen.  Many are missing these supplies.

6th Grade:

  • We will continue our exploration of Buddhism, students will learn about the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.  
  • Students will learn about how Buddhism is practice in the world today, and we will have a meditation exercise.
  • Chapter 6 test will be Friday, Feb. 15.  Chapter Review will be due Wednesday, it will be assigned on Google Classroom.  
  • Review game Thursday.

Religion:

The fifth graders will be having their Chapter 9 test on "God's Word Feeds Us" on Wednesday, February 13th. We continue to read the Gospels and interpret their meanings.  They will have their Apostles Creed quiz on Friday, February 15th.

On Monday, the fifth and sixth graders will make Valentines for the Ronald McDonald House.  They will be paired with their prayer partners.

The sixth graders will be studying Chapter 3 "Covenant and Commitment".  We will be discussing the promise that God made to Abraham and how he fulfilled it with Isaac.  We need to remind ourselves that we are people who need to honor promises and commitments.  God's covenant with all living beings remains in force as long as the world lasts.

 

Science:

5th grade- This week we will discuss Earth's Major Systems. We will be studying how these systems interact and affect each other. Thursday, we will do a Valentine STEM project. 

6th grade- This week we will be talking about the different types of clouds. We will study them with a variety of activities such as reading an article, making a foldable activity, and creating a cloud poster with cotton balls. On Thursday, we will be using our Virtual Reality glasses again, so students will need to bring in their phones or iPods to SCIENCE class. Please make sure the Google Expeditions app is loaded to their phone. 

5th grade ELA: 

Fifth Grade ELA 

Week of Feb. 11

What an exciting time last week as the students delivered their biography speeches! Well done fifth grade!

This week we will be exploring the history of Valentine's Day through a nonfiction article.  We will annotate this reading to dig deeper into the true meaning and history of Valentine's Day. You will be surprised to find out it's not just a Hallmark Holiday!

We will start our next novel.  This novel will be a "whole class" experience. Surprisingly, the fifth grade students have not read, Bud, Not Buddy.  We will be reading this novel in class starting on Friday.  Activities to support our reading will be used. 

Vocabulary will be done this week along with a test on Friday.

Valentine's Day celebration will be Thursday. Out of uniform supports Special Olympics. Treats and Valentines are welcome for all.

 

Week of February 4th-8th

Posted on Feb 01, 2019

Food collections for Ronald McDonald House are being sent on Monday.  Thank you all for your donations.

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new homework packet will be passed out; it is due back on Friday, February 15th.

This week, we will continue to work on order of operations.  The test on this topic should be sometime next week.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.

We will wrap up the chapter on the 4 operations with decimals Thursday; the test on this chapter is Friday.  Please remind your child to look over their notes for this test.

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • This week we will continue our studies on the American Revolution.  We will focus in on the writing of the Declaration of Independence and the start of the war.
  • We will move into the beginning battles, and the conclusion of the war.
  • There will be a Unit 4 test on Wednesday, Feb. 13.  Students will be given a study guide, the test will cover all vocabulary terms and main ideas from the unit.  Students will be given their reviews back before the test to study and we will have a review game on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

6th Grade:

  • Students will continue their travels through ancient India.
  • Our focus this week will be on the religion in this region, Hinduism.  We will learn about their belief system and Vedas.  In class we will look at the Hindu Temple of Lemont, students will learn about some of their gods/goddesses and how they worship.
  • There will not be current events this week, we will start our next session of events next week.

Religion:

5th Grade:

The fifth graders will have their Unit 2 test on Wednesday, 2/6.  Their Apostles Creed quiz will be the following week.  We will begin Chapter 9 "God's Word Feeds Us" and will be reading and discussing several Scripture readings.  These Scripture readings help us to understand and grow closer to God.

6th Grade:

The sixth graders will begin Chapter 2 "Sacrifice and Promise".  They will have their test on Thursday, 2/7.

Science

5th grade- We will have our test on 2/4 on Natural Resources. We will finish up our SuperSaver Program this week. I hope the students enjoyed this program as much as I liked teaching it. On Friday, we will take a virtual field trip and learn more about these renewable and non-renewable resources. 

6th grade- Monday, we will rehearse our "Live" weather reports with our groups and put our finishing touches on these projects. The rest of the week we will get to see what our groups came up with as they present our Live weather reports. 

Religion Week of January 28th - February 1st

Posted on Jan 25, 2019

The fifth graders worked very hard on their "Gifts of the Holy Spirit".  I am sure you will be pleased when you see them at Open House this Sunday, 1/27.  Mass is at 10:00.  We have started Chapter 8 "We Profess Our Faith" and are learning the importance of the "Apostle Creed"prayer.  They will need to memorize this prayer for the quiz the first week in February.  The Chapter 8 test will be Wednesday, 1/30.  We will also begin reviewing for their Unit 2 test which will be given the following week.

The sixth graders did an awesome job on their "Old Testament Games".  I am sure you are anxious to see them at Open House. We will be reading and discussing Chapter 1 in their Religion books on "Revelation and Response".  They should be ready for the test on Thursday but if they need more review time they will have it on Friday. 

See you at Open House!!! Stay warm!!!!

6 Language Arts (ELA)

Happy Catholic Schools Week! It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at Open House yesterday. Despite difficult road conditions, all students reported to 6th grade homeroom today! Terrific!

This week's temperatures are predicted to be record-setting--please make sure your child is wearing a hat and gloves to school. Yes, even if it doesn't look cool! (Can you tell I've had this "conversation" with my own children?)

We are looking forward to fun activities this week, many of which we will do with our 3rd Grade Prayer Partners. 

Stay tuned to the forecast! Have a good week and be safe. 

Week of January 28th

Posted on Jan 25, 2019

Ronald McDonald house food collection will be extended to Monday, Feb. 4 5/6th grade is collecting cereal/oatmeal cups and/or boxes of individual oatmeal.

5th grade Math

We will begin our study of Order of Operations this week.  This is a very challenging topic and one that we will work on for a few weeks.

The current math packet is due back on Friday of this week.

Please continue to practice flashcards with your child as often as possible. 

*Please see Ms. Deering's Google Classroom for the Wednesday Math assignments.*

6th grade Math

The sixth graders will receive a new math packet on Monday; it will be due back on Friday, February 15th.

We will wrap up the chapter on the 4 operations with decimals this week by continuing to practice with all of the operations.

The test will be sometime next week; it does have a short answer section that comes directly from the notes; as well as computational problems and word problems.

In Geometry, we will continue to work with area and perimeter of squares and rectangles and if time allows, begin the section on triangles.

*Please see Ms. Deering's Google Classroom for the Wednesday Math assignments.*

5th Grade ELA:

Thanks to all the families that were able to make the open house on Sunday.  Also, thank you for the biography bottles. The kids are so proud of their work!

Last Friday, we introduced the topic of Outlining in regards to their speech.  

The kids took the information from their speech and created an outline for the information.  The students are able to use the notecard with their outline (as an aide) as they present their speech to the class. The written speech is not allowed to be used as an aide.

Vocabulary test will be on Friday. This week has words that may not be common to the usual vocabulary of a fifth grader.

Each night, a page will be assigned for homework. The kids also made flashcards to help in their studying.

Most of our class period will be spent listening to the speeches of our classmates.  We will continue our focus on high interest nonfiction books. The students will need this book  each night for their nightly reading.

On Wednesday, their work will be posted on Google Classroom to complete and have ready for class on Thursday.

Stay warm.

 

Social Studies:

5th Grade

  • We will continue along the road to the American Revolution, Unit 4 Lessons 4 & 5.  This week we will learn about the events that lead the Colonists to revolt against the British.
  • Stamp Act, Townshend Act, & The Tea Act will all be covered this week showing students why the Colonists wanted to break from the British.
  • Lexington and Concord will be explored this week.
  • Students should be checking Google Classroom for Wednesday, there will be a reading assignment and homework assignment as well.  The notes for the readings will also be posted to Classroom.

6th Grade

  • We will continue our travels through Ancient India, we will learn about the early Harappan Civilizations and Mohenjo-Daro.
  • There will be current events presented Friday and thoughtful reflections will be do on Monday.
  • Students will need to be checking Classroom for Wednesdays readings.
 

Week of January 22nd

Posted on Jan 18, 2019

During Catholics Schools Week, we will be collecting items to help stock the cabinets at the Ronald McDonald house, one less worry for those families who are staying.

5th grade is collecting oatmeal or cereal cups 

6th grade is collecting unopened boxes of individual oatmeal packets.

 

5th grade Math

Tuesday is Accelerated Math and a new 2 week math packet will be passed out.

Wednesday we will review for Thursday’s test on Exponents.  A study guide should have come home on Tuesday detailing what will be on this test. 

Friday, we will begin the chapter on “Order of Operations.”

 

6th grade Math

Tuesday is Accelerated Math. 

The current math packet is due back on Friday.

This week, we will wrap up the chapter on the 4 operations with decimal numbers by covering dividing with decimals.  The test will be sometime next week.

Social Studies:

5th grade:

  • Unit 4 The Struggle for North America
  • We will learn about the French in Louisiana and the French and Indian War this week.

6th grade: 

  • Study guides were to be submitted via Google Classroom so that they can be corrected and returned for studying.
  • Review game Tuesday, Ch 5 test Wednesday
  • Thursday we will begin our travels into Ancient India.
  • No current events this week, last groups will present next Friday.

Religion

The fifth graders will be having a quiz on the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit on Tuesday, 1/22 and a test on Chapter 7, Thursday, 1/24.

The sixth graders will be presenting their Old Testament games this week.  They have done an awesome job!!!  Please check them out at Open House, Sunday,1/27.  You will be quite impressed with your child's creativity!  I was also proud of how well they all worked together.

Stay warm!

Science

How cool was it to see the Blood Moon last night? It is a pity that the clouds had to come and cause us to miss the second half. At least we got to see some of the Blood Moon. 

5th-

We will continue to discuss Energy Efficiency. This week we will discuss Natural Gas, using Natural Gas at home and how to conserve at home. Students will receive their kits for you to install the Energy Efficiency products. 

6th- 

This week we will be working on a group project in class. Students will create and present a live weather report as a meteorologist. 

5th grade ELA:

*Please see my personal blog for pictures of these wonderful biography bottles!*

Presentation Week!

After a snowy three day weekend that gave time for revisions and rewrites, the students will write their FINAL copy of their biography, in class, on Tuesday.  Papers will be due on Wednesday.

After the paper is completed, the students will think about the information contained in their biography narrative essay and draft a speech that they will deliver to their classmates.  (We even have a bluetooth microphone to help amplify our story!)

The kids will not be allowed to read from a notecard but will be able to have an outline on the front of the notecard to use as reference. We will discuss this on Wednesday.   A general reference outline will guide them during their presentations.

Biography Bottles are due Tuesday.

Presentations will begin on Thursday.

Students should be reading, for enjoyment, every night, for at least twenty minutes.   

 

Looking forward to sharing our classroom with you at Open House on Sunday.

 

Week of January 14 - 18

Posted on Jan 11, 2019

Math

5th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday.

This week, we will continue our study of exponents and if time allows move into order of operations.

There is quite a bit of terminology that goes with both of these topics, so the kids will be taking notes.  I will remind the kids as often as possible to look over their notes; any additional study time you can give your child will certainly help.

As you know, exponents are based solely on multiplication and with the large number of 5th graders who have yet to master these facts; this could be a very challenging concept.  Please continue to practice with your child as often as possible; thank you :).

 

6th grade Math

The current math packet is due back next Friday.

This week, we will review adding/subtracting decimals numbers and move into multiplying them.

For the test on “The 4 Operations with Decimal Numbers,” the kids will be expected to explain the rule for each operation and also explain why this rule is followed.  They are taking notes and being encouraged to look these over as often as possible.  Any additional study time you can provide your child will surely benefit them come test time.

We will also continue our study on polygons.  This week, we will cover the 4 angle measurements of all quadrilaterals and begin area and perimeter of squares and rectangles with measurements that are both mixed numbers and decimal numbers.

Religion

The fifth graders will be reading and discussing Chapter 7 "Grace - A Gift of Strength".  They will be learning the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as the Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit. We will also be completing a project on the "Seven Gifts" which will be done during class.

The sixth graders will continue to work on their Old Testament Games.  

6th Language Arts

Just a reminder: On February 15th, students will need to have accumulated 18 Accelerated Reader points for the second trimester. Most students are well on their way to achieving this goal. However, during our book conferences today, some students had to be "encouraged" to get moving! Please check in with your 6th grader to determine their progress. We want students reading independently every chance they get. 

This week students will continue to gain confidence deciphering the differences (and similarities) between metaphors, similes and allusions. Many students are now finding examples of figurative language in novels on their own. 

Reading vocabulary terms of the week: Figurative vs. Literal

Science

5th Grade-

We will continue to discuss Energy Efficiency. This week we will discuss different forms of energy, renewable, and non-renewable natural resources. At the end of the week, we will be completing an activity, we will need 18 small 8 oz glass jars (6 per class). If anyone has baby food jars at home can you please bring them in before Friday? Thank you

6th grade- We will continue our unit on Weather and Climate. We will take a look at some weather forecasts, different models a Meteorologist uses to report the weather and the different climates on Earth. 

Social Studies:

5th grade:

  • This week we will explore the economies in the colonies and colonial governments.
  • There will be a quiz Friday on colonial economies and governments pages 131-141

6th grade:

  • We will read about the wheel and how archaeologists believe its origin is in Mesopotamia and we will also talk about cause and effect and how this comes into play in historical discoveries.
  • We will explore the beginnings of Judaism, Israel and exile to Babylonia.
  • Current Events due Friday
  • Chapter 5 test will be Wednesday, Jan. 23.  Study guide will be posted to Classroom.  We will have review game on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

5th Grade ELA:

Our Writing Week

Each night, I will ask for  your help.

Please help your child in revising and editing their work for their biography.  Each class day, the students will write a portion of their biography paper with the use of ideas from their writing folders.  The goal is to use a variety of sentence starters, transitions words and vivid verbs as they create their paper about their famous person.

You will need to sign each night’s work to show that someone helped to revise and edit their paper with them.  

We will write a final copy on Friday, in class.

 

The biography bottles are beginning to arrive.  Please find the link to the assignment here: Biography Bottle and Directions

There are also a variety of ideas as you search the web for biography bottles.

 

The bottle and paper are due on Tuesday.  

I understand that this is a major project.  Hopefully, with planning, nothing will need to be completed over the three day weekend.  We will write their speech, IN CLASS, on Tuesday, January 23rd.  They will practice the speech on Wednesday, January 24th  and start delivering their presentations on Thursday, January 25th, of next week.

 

We have begun our nonfiction unit. I asked the kids to find a high interest nonfiction book to accompany their reading this week.

 

The vocabulary review unit test is Friday. This test covers the last three chapters we have completed. The kids created flashcards for each unit and should be reviewing them each night.

 

Twelve accelerated reading points are required for the second trimester. Most students are at the halfway amount of points toward their goal.

 

Week of January 7th - 11th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Happy New Year!!!  Hope everyone had a great break. Many thanks for the generous Christmas gifts.  

This week in fifth grade we will be reading and discussing Chapter 6 "Baptism and Confirmation".   We will be having a test on Thursday.

The sixth graders will be reading and discussing "Revelation and Response" in Chapter 1.  On Tuesday we will begin working on their Old Testament games.  This will take several days and will be completed during class. 

6th Language Arts

Happy New Year! 

This week we jump into our figurative language unit which leads into our Narrative Writing unit (later this month). Students will identify and analyze figurative language in novels, short stories and poetry. After they are able to identify and analyze independently, students will begin using figurative language in their own writing. This is a necessary skill when we begin writing narratives later this month.

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Allusion

Week of January 7th

Posted on Dec 20, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new math packet will be passed out.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent preparing for Thursday’s test on the Coordinate Plane.  A study guide was passed out to each child on Monday detailing what will be covered on this test.

Friday, we will begin the chapter on Exponents and Order of Operations.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new math packet will be passed out.

Tuesday, we begin the second chapter on decimals which covers adding and subtracting decimal numbers.  The children will be required to know both the rule for these operations and why we must follow the rule.  Rule - line up the decimal when adding and subtracting.  Why? Because then the numbers are lined up according to their place value.

Since the second chapter on decimals is such an easy chapter, we will be simultaneously working on the second Geometry chapter.  This chapter covers regular and irregular polygons.  The children will be expected to identify the 3 types of triangles (isosceles, scalene and equilateral) and memorize that all 3 angles of a triangle add up to 180 degrees.  Identify the quadrilaterals (square, rectangle, trapezoid, and rhombus) and know that all 4 angles add up to 360 degrees.  They will also need to be able to identify both regular and irregular pentagons, hexagons, heptagons and octagons.  This chapter has so much information in it, so as a class we will review as often as possible.  Any extra time you can spend reviewing your child’s notes with them, will help immensely.

5th grade Social Studies:

*Please have your student check in with each teacher after an absence to collect any work that is missing, missing work from absences are due within a two days of returning for a day missed, students will be given more time for longer absences.*

  • We will continue working with Colonial America, students this week will make their interactive notebook pages for the Southern Colonies.  There will be a map quiz on Friday.

6th grade Social Studies:

  • Current events will be presented on Friday.  I have posted a review of this assignment on my blog.  Current Event comments will be due Jan. 14.  This assignment is posted and submitted on Google Classroom.
  • We will continue our journey through ancient Mesopotamia.  Students started to learn about the geography of this region before break, we will briefly review and then continue our travels.

 

Science

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas break! We had some great weather and it was so nice to take time to relax and refresh! 

So many people make New Years Resolutions and within a few weeks, they break them. We are going to spend a couple of days working on the #oneword2019 movement. We will take some time to look at different words and find one that we will individually focus on this year. 

At the end of the week: 

5th grade will start to focus on ComEd and Peoples Gas Super Savers Program. This program is designed to educate 5th graders about using water and energy sources wisely. 

6th grade will move into the Earth Science part of the year. We will start discussing the weather and weather patterns. 

5th grade ELA:

 

Welcome back! What a wonderful break!

The week ahead looks like this:

This will be an exciting reunion tomorrow!

The kids will be fired up to share the information they read over their break.

Each student chose a biography about someone that they wanted to learn more about.  

The kids annotated their way through the book. There was a list of information the kids researched  as they read their nonfiction biography book.

Each post-it should be placed in the spot where the information was gathered.

With this information, they will develop a rough draft. (I have handouts to use to make the writing process easy for them.) During the rough draft, the kids will learn to write a strong introduction and develop a strong middle of the paper.  The middle means developing a perfect paragraph, sentence variety, transition words, sequence ideas, use subheading and create powerful endings. We will work on this in school.

Once the rough draft is developed the students will then revise and edit.  This will hopefully be done over the weekend. From there, the kids will create a good copy for their biography report.  From this information, the students will write a speech to deliver to the class about their person of interest.

In the meantime, the biography bottle will be designed to represent their person. ( I am asking that the biography bottle be completed at home. Due to the use of materials, it will be easier to complete this portion of the project at home.)

We discussed the biography bottle after Thanksgiving break.

The biography bottle, report and speech will be due on January 22nd.  

The kids will also design a file folder poster to set up behind the biography bottle.  The mini poster will reflect the setting of their person’s life. (We will complete this in school.)

Biography Bottle Directions and Examples

 

We will also be working on our vocabulary this week with a vocabulary test on Friday.

Your child should still be reading every night. They have a free choice of reading this week.

Next week, we will start our next Lucy Calkins book which is Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction.

The kids will need a high interest nonfiction book starting next week.  We will discuss book ideas toward the end of the week before they go to the school library.

Week of Dec. 17th - 21st

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Religion:

The students will be having cookies and a drink on Friday, 12/22.  If your child did not order any they are welcomed to bring their own that day.  They may also bring in a Christmas treat to share but this is optional.  Dismissal is 12:30 so they may also bring a snack or lunch to be eaten in the classroom.

This week the fifth graders watched the movie "Nativity Story".  It really helped the children to understand the events that led up to the birth of Jesus.They will be reading and discussing Chapter 17 "Jesus Establishes His Church", but they will not be having a test.

The sixth graders will read the story "The Three Trees" which is a folktale about three little trees and what they dream of becoming when they grow up.  Their wishes come true in a surprising way!  They will be completing a project relating to this story.

Enjoy the weekend!

5th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back on Friday.

This week, we will continue to practice division with 2 digit divisors.  This topic does seem to be getting easier for most of the 5th grade; however some are still struggling.  If you have time, please practice with your child to see where he or she is at.

We will also continue working on the coordinate plane. 

6th grade Math

The sixth grade will not receive a new math packet until after the holiday break :).

The first decimals test will be on Wednesday, 12/19; a review sheet detailing this test was passed out last Friday.  Monday and Tuesday will be spent preparing for this test.

Thursday the kids will review the coordinate plane by completing a holiday picture on the coordinate plane.

Social Studies:

Students will have cookies and milk on Friday morning, if they ordered.  We do have our grab bag gift exchange Friday morning as well.  If your student would like to participate they should bring in a wrapped $5 gift, girls exchange with girls, boys with the boys.  We have a 12:30 PM dismissal on Friday, your student may bring a snack to eat during our movie.  Sunday best please.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and  Blessed New Year!

5th Grade: 

  • We will continue working with the 13 colonies.  Students have been working with ipads/chrome books to look up information about each colony and filling in their interactive notebook pages.
  • Tuesday we will begin the Southern Colonies.
  • Wednesday, quiz on labeling the New England and Middle colonies.  Students have already completed maps that are pasted into their notebooks, last week I posted several colony matching games to Google Classroom for studying.

6th Grade:

  • Students finished Ancient Egypt last week, this week will start learning about Mesopotamia.  I have posted a link to a video about Mesopotamia for any students who were not in school on Monday.
  • We will begin learning about the geography of this region Tuesday and Wednesday. 
  • Thursday is current events.  If your student is signed up to present, it will be marked missing if they do not have it.  The final due date for this set of events is Jan. 25.

6th Language Arts

We did it! Another novel completed!

This week, students have been working on plot structure and character development. In addition, they have been working hard determining theme (with text evidence). One of their favorite activities is visualization! Your children are wonderful artists who recreate pivotal scenes from the novel. The final assessment for the novel will be Wednesday, 12/19. 

Finally, I need to thank the many parents who have emailed and sent letters the past few weeks. Your kind words have touched my heart! It's a gift to be able to teach. It's a blessing to teach at St. John Fisher!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year from my family to yours!  

5th grade ELA:

What an exciting week to be with our St John Fisher kids!

The week ahead:

Vocabulary and Annotations are our main topic this week.

If Santa is looking for a great gift to place under the tree or in the stocking, we are using the book, The Boy Who Invented The Popsicles by Don L Wulffson. The kids are loving the stories. We are using this book to help learn how to annotate while reading.

(Also, Post-It notes are a popular stocking stuffer!)

Vocabulary this week continues with the words that deal with motion. We had so much fun writing questions for our sports press conference. The kids acted out their roles as sports legends being questioned by the media while using vocabulary to ask and answer their questions.

This week, I am asking the kids to memorize a few Latin roots to help understand the meaning of words. There is a pop quiz on the Latin terms Wednesday and a vocabulary test on Thursday.

 

Our homeroom will be enjoying a Christmas Brunch on Friday. The kids have a sign up sheet for things that they are bringing to share.

We will also have a Christmas Grab bag. The cost for that gift is $5.  We will have the gift exchange at our party on Friday.

 

Week of December 10th-14

Posted on Dec 06, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new homework packet will be passed out; it will be due back on Friday, December 21st.

Tuesday through Friday, we will continue to work on division problems that have 2 digit divisors.  This is a very challenging topic for many 5th graders so any additional help or practice you can give your child will surely help to alleviate some of the frustration.  Also, any 5th grader may come in on Monday or Wednesday morning (7:30) to practice these problems at the board.

We are also working on the coordinate plane as well and will continue to do so all week. 

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.  The current homework packet is due back on Friday of this week.  The 6th grade will not receive a new packet until after break.

Tuesday – Friday will be spent on the final section of the first chapter on Decimal Numbers.  The topic we will be working on is changing fractions to decimal numbers when the division never ends.  The skills we will be focusing on are following the given directions on how to write the answer correctly and also how to show the answer as a repeating decimal number. 

The test on the first chapter will be sometime next week.

Social Studies:

I want to thank all of the 5/6th graders who took the time to make festive cards to send to those serving our country over seas.  The kids took this project seriously and ran with it.  I was overwhelmed by the amount of items the kids collected and brought in.  I shipped two boxes to Col. Ellen Ball on Saturday.  The items I could not ship will be donated to the Hines VA, they have a Fisher House there that collects donations to help families out while their loved ones are in the hospital.  Again, I thank you all for your generosity and dedication to service.  I know the cards and goodies will bring a smile to their faces.

~Ms. Deering

5th Grade:

  • We will finish lesson 1; New England.  
  • The Middle Colonies will start this week, we will discuss New Netherland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
  • We will work on the reasons for different colonies being established and the people who were instrumental in these colonies being established.
  • Notes for this unit are posted on Google Classroom.  
  • There will be a quiz on Wed. Dec 19 on the 13 colonies.  Students have made interactive notebook with the 13 colonies and I have posted many websites on Google Classroom that are related to the colonies as well as map quiz games.  Students will have to label the 13 colonies on their quiz, there will be a blank map and a word bank.

6th Grade:

  • Students will have ch 4 test, Egypt on Wednesday, Dec 12
  • We will have a review game on Tuesday.  Any extra credit from Egypt will be applied to either their essay or test.
  • We will begin Chapter 4 on Thursday.  There will be a short quiz on Thursday, Dec. 20 covering vocab from the first lesson in Mesopotamia.

Religion:

The fifth graders will be reading and discussing Chapter 17 "Jesus Establishes His Church" this week.  They will be learning more about the leadership of the Catholic Church and the roles of the Pope and other bishops of the Church.  They will have a quiz on Thursday 12/13.

The sixth graders will have a timeline test on Old Testament stories, Monday 12/10. They have been working very hard and have made note cards to help study.  They will read and discuss about "Toys for Tots" and "Salvation Army".  These are two of my favorite charitable organizations especially this time of year!

Have a good week!

5th Grade ELA

Fifth Grade ELA Week of December 10th

 

Vocabulary week :

Part 1-Movement Page 28

Today we used only context clues to work on the meanings of the words in the story about Bob Beamon’s Olympic record jump.

Flashcards are for homework tonight.

Part 1 test is Friday.

On Tuesday, the students will write a self reflection of their experience in the first book club.

We will also continue on to finish the Interpretation of Theme Unit before we leave for Christmas Break.

Next week, please look for details about the upcoming project: Biography Bottles!!

 

6th Language Arts

 

It’s hard to believe there are two weeks until Christmas break!


This is an exciting week because we finish reading our novel, Hatchet. Yet, there is still much to discover from the novel. Students will be determining theme, analyzing character development, and understanding literary elements. In addition, the sixth graders will be preparing for the Hatchet final assessment scheduled for Wednesday, December 19th. The Christmas season is upon us!

 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Epilogue

 

Science-

5th grade- We will finish up our unit on Matter- We will have a test on Thursday. I will hand out a study guide on Monday for students to start studying.

6th grade- We will be working on a Seasons project. Students will have a number of project options and will choose which one they will complete.  

Have a great week! 

Week of 12/3 Math

Posted on Nov 30, 2018

5th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back on Thursday of this week.

On Tuesday, 12/4 there will be a test on adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  A study guide which details exactly what will be on the test was given to each child on Friday.

On Tuesday, we begin dividing with 2 digit divisors.  I have learned from past experience that this is one of the most frustrating topics for many children.  To alleviate some of the frustration, we will work concurrently on the coordinate plane.  Each class period will be split in half with the first half being dedicated to 2 digit divisors and the second half being spent on the coordinate plane (because it’s fun and everyone will leave math happyJ)

6th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on 12/14.

This week, we will continue our study of decimal numbers.  We are currently working on converting a fraction to a decimal number when the division terminates and equivalent fractions may be used. 

There will be a quiz sometime this week on comparing and ordering decimals as well as converting fractions to decimals when the division terminates.

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • 5th Graders will finish making Christmas cards for troops, I have posted on my blog page the details.  I hope to have the package mailed by Wednesday this week.
  • We will be starting Unit 3 this week, Colonial America.  

6th Grade:

  • We will continue current events this week.  
  • Our journey through ancient Egypt is coming to an end, we will finish this week learning about how the society of Egypt was structured and the roles of children in Egypt.  
  • We will have our Chapter 4 test on Wednesday, Dec. 12.  There will be a chapter review/study guide assignment and we will play a review game in class on the Tuesday before the test.

5th Grade ELA:

Dear Parents, 
My first blog is in regards to a newsletter sent out by Jim Fornaciari.
All veteran teachers at SJF have formally been evaluated throughout our tenure as teachers. All documentation is found in our files that are located in the school office. 
Next, our school and teachers have also been evaluated and accredited by both the Archdiocese of Chicago and the State of Illinois Board of Education.  These evaluations were completed by selection committees and direct teacher evaluations were part of this process.
2. For the importance of improving ourselves as educators, we understand that the new evaluation, introduced to us during this current school year, is part of our own growing professionally in our classroom. We, as a staff, are dedicated to improving our craft. We look forward to understanding the Danielson evaluations.
 I was asked to be on the first team to be evaluated so that I would then assist other teachers in uploading all needed documentation. 
I am half way through my evaluations and have embraced the opportunity to learn more about myself as an educator. 
I hope that this helps to clarify any information that may have been previously presented to you.

Week of December 3rd - 7th

Posted on Nov 29, 2018

6th Grade Language Arts

I have to begin with another gratitude blog! THANK YOU 5th and 6th graders and their families who generously donated travel sized items for the service men and women overseas. In addition, students crafted wonderful cards and letters to brighten soldiers' spirits during the Christmas season. 

Mrs. Deering and I just "threw the message out there" in hopes that a few chapsticks or lotions could be sent overseas at Christmastime. We are overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness. We have BOXES of travel sized items to mail!

For so many reasons, I'm proud to call SJF home. It's families like yours that go above and beyond for those in need. What a beautiful demonstration of all the good we can put into the world! 

Religion

This week the fifth graders will be discussing and completing activities on Advent and Christmas.  They will have a quiz on Thursday, Dec. 6th.

The sixth graders will be reviewing the timeline of all the Old Testament stories.  They have been making note cards to help study for the test.  The test will be on Monday, Dec. 10th.

Just a reminder that there is no school on Friday, Dec. 7th. The teachers have a Religious Institute day.

Have a great week!

Week of November 26th

Posted on Nov 20, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday will be Accelearted Math and a new homework packet will be passed out; this will be due back on Friday December 7th.

This week, we will look at adding/subtracting mixed numbers. This is the final section of the chapter and unit on fractions J.  The test is scheduled Tuesday, December 4th

 

6th grade Math

Monday will be Accelearted Math and a new homework packet will be passed out; this will be due back on Friday December 14th.

This week, we will look at comparing and ordering decimals and if time allows begin rounding decimal numbers to the given place value.

Social Studies:

5th and 6th graders will be making Christmas cards to send to the troops stationed in the Middle East this week, I have add more details to my blog.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.

5th Grade:

  • Monday we will start going over the Unit 2 review in class, Unit 2 review was posted on Google Classroom.  Students should complete the review on a piece of paper.
  • Tuesday we will have a review game, Unit 2 test is Wednesday.  The test will cover the vocabulary terms from Unit 2 and the concepts from lessons 4-7, exploration in the New World.  Due to the snow day, the test will be on Thursday.  Students should have their reviews started, if not completed by Tuesday.  

6th Grade:

  • We will be finishing our video on Egypt's Lost Queen, Hatshepsut.  Students learned about her role as a pharaoh in Egypt and the expeditions that she led to Punt.  This video gives us more background into who she was and why people tried to erase her from history.  Students will complete a short answer response from the video.
  • This week we will explore how Egyptian society was set up, what daily life was like and how this civilization continued to grow.
  • I have been working on the Egyptian projects, packet grades will be entered first, 95 points possible.  The essays will be entered next a possibility of 25 points for the essay.

ELA Grade Five

Week of November 26th

Thank you for a wonderful parent/teacher conference. It was so nice to spend time talking about our favorite subject!

This week in Reading and Writing:

Our interpretation of theme novel is complete!

From our book discussions, the students enjoyed their choice novel.

This week, we will work on our group project for their evaluation.  Each group will work together and individually to create a project for their novel.  

There are certain requirements that are expected with some free choice involved also.  

When the students complete the project, they will present their work to the class.

They may bring prompts/costumes to help tell their story through their book talk.  

They will also be able to bring in a treat that represents their novel.  (Because of Winn Dixie readers may think about bringing in “dump punch” or lozenges.)

We will also be doing the next chapter in our vocabulary unit.

Remember that the students do not have school next Friday, Dec 7!

 

 

6th Grade Language Arts

Welcome back!

Thank you to all the parents who attended parent-teacher conferences. It’s wonderful to connect with parents to set goals for students and talk about their progress. Knowing the parent-school connection is strong helps students succeed!

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas always seems to move quickly at school. We have much to accomplish in ELA.

This week we get one step closer to finishing our novel, Hatchet. This is a pivotal time for the main character, Brian. Many issues that face students today carry over from our novel. Good discussions and thought-provoking arguments are happening daily as a result of our reading.

I am also impressed with the students’ work ethic to improve their writing skills. Editing can be a tedious process, but students are becoming conscious of their errors and working hard to correct them.

Reading vocabulary term of the week: TONE

Science

5th- This week we will finish up Chemical and Physical changes in Matter. We will start talking about Mixtures and Solutions. On Friday, we will meet up with our STEM partners in 1st grade. We will have a test on Elements, physical and chemical changes, mixtures and solutions on Thursday, December 6th. We will then start on a Free Conserving Energy Program through ComEd and Peoples Gas. 

6th- Our test on the Lunar Cycle is on Wednesday, Nov 28th.  We will start on Season and Tides after the test. We should have a final test on that before the Christmas Break. 

 

 

 

Week of November 19th - Math

Posted on Nov 18, 2018

6th grade

I will only see the sixth grade on Monday and we will look at comparing decimals.

The kids will not receive a new math packet until after break.

 

5th grade

The current math packet is due back on Tuesday.

Period 1 and 2 - (Tuesday) - We will begin adding/subtracting mixed numbers.

Period 3 - add/subtract word problems

Week of November 26th - 30th

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

The fifth graders will have a test on Chapter 5, Wednesday, 11/28th.  They will be given a "Family Tree" project on Tuesday, 11/26, and this will be due Friday, 11/30.

Week of Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 15, 2018

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! 

I thought you might enjoy this Thanksgiving prayer.  Enjoy your family and friends during this holiday.  Mrs. Burns

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We're slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen!

Social Studies:

5th Grade: 

  • Quizlet will be posted to Google Classroom Monday.  There will be test on Unit 2, early explorers on Tuesday, November 27. There will be a study guide posted to Classroom.
  • We will have a review game on Monday, November 26.

6th Grade: 

  • We will finish our video Egypt's Lost Queen, Hatshepsut.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

 

Dress Code

Posted on Nov 13, 2018

With the cold weather starting to set in, please review our SJF dress code. 

Girls: 

  • Grades 4 – 8,   Plaid skirt and white blouse/polo
  • Grades K – 8,    Sweater (solid white, navy or hunter green) or St. John Fisher fleece, vest.,SJF gym sweatshirt (school issued only) 
  • Socks or tights (white, navy or hunter green) 
  • Pants (navy slacks may be worn Oct. 1 to May 1)

 

General Guidelines for Girls:

  •        Only single, small earrings may be worn.
  •        Sweatpants, pants, and flannel pants may not be worn under a uniform skirt or jumper during class hours.
  •        Excessive jewelry, chokers and necklaces are not appropriate and will be considered out of uniform.
  •        Blouses and shirts should always be neatly tucked into skirts.

 

Boys:

  •        Grade K – 8,   Navy dress pants. White or light blue polo shirt

             SJF gym sweatshirt or school fleece vest (school issued only)

 

General Guidelines for Boys:

  •        Boys are to wear belts to help provide a neat appearance.
  •        Shirts must always be neatly tucked into pants.

Shoes:

  •  Loafers, buckle or tie oxfords, or clean gym shoes are allowed as part of the school uniform.
  •   Sandals, moccasins, clogs, “Crocs”, “flip-flops,” and boots are not permitted during the school day.

 

Week of November 12th -

Posted on Nov 09, 2018

5th grade Math

A new homework packet will be passed out on Monday and it will be due back on Tuesday, November 20th.

Periods 1 and 2 – We will continue to work on adding and subtracting fractions this week.

Period 3 – We will begin adding/subtracting fractions on Monday. Many of the children in period 3 are not fluent with their math facts and as a result, everything we are working on with fractions is very frustrating for them.  Please practice as often as you can with your child in order to ease the frustration and allow for success in math.

 

6th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday of this week.

Monday we will begin the long unit on decimals.  The first chapter will cover understanding the connection between fractions and decimals, place value, rounding, comparing, ordering decimal numbers, and terminating and repeating decimal numbers.

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • This week we will be learning about the Northwest Passage.
  • The French Colonies and the First English Colonies will be explored by the 5th graders this week.
  • We will have a test on Unit 2 on Tuesday, November 27th.  There will be a quizlet posted on Google Classroom on November. 20 so that students can start studying.  We will have a review game on Monday, November 26.

6th Grade:

  • Egypt projects are due on Monday, Nov. 12.  Packets will be collected along with students printed five paragraph essays and their completed sarcophagus.  
  • We will move along our journey of ancient Egypt this week and learn about the social pyramid and economy of Egypt.
  • Current events will resume this Friday.  Thoughtful reflections will be due on Monday, Nov. 19.

Sixth grade did a fantastic job with the Veterans Day prayer service.  Please see my blog, Erin Deering for pictures.  I was also able to get some videos of our speakers that I will try to share as well.  Thank you to our panel of Veterans who took time from their days to come and talk with us and celebrate with us.  It truly was a wonderful day.

Science

5th grade- This week we will finish up Physical Properties. We will begin to discuss mixtures and solutions then move on to chemical changes. 

6th grade- We will continue the Lunar Cycle. The students are really starting to grasp the different stages of the Lunar Cycle but we need to spend more time on it. I don't want to rush them through the unit and try and test before Thanksgiving, so we will continue our unit and have a test the Tuesday we return from Thanksgiving break. Our Lunar Cycle test will be on Tuesday, November 27th. Please make sure all 6th graders have 9 Oreo cookies for Tuesday 11/13 (8 for the activity and 1 to snack on). 

Have a good week

6th Language Arts

I want to begin another blog with a huge THANK YOU, but this time it's for our Veterans! Happy Veterans Day! We had a wonderful panel of Veterans visit the 5th and 6th graders this past Friday. After which we held a moving prayer service. The sixth graders showed just how truly amazing they are! They spoke with reverence and clarity. I, along with the entire school, am proud of their efforts!

This week things aren't looking so good for our main character, Brian, in the novel Hatchet. Students will be busy predicting, visualizing, analyzing text, and making inferences. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Personification

Week of November 5th

Posted on Oct 31, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.  The fifth grade will not receive another math packet until Monday, November 12th.  This will be the first 2 week math packet but due to Thanksgiving break, it will only contain 5 pages as opposed to 8 pages.

Wednesday of this week will be the fractions 3 test for period 1 and 2; it will cover GCF, simplifying fractions, and changing mixed numbers to improper fractions.  A review sheet will be given out on Tuesday and should come home to help your child prepare for the test.

On Thursday, we begin the last chapter on fractions J.  This chapter covers adding/subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.

Period 3 – This week, we will review converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and also cover writing mixed numbers as improper fractions.  The fractions 3 test will be on Friday of this week and it will cover GCF, simplifying fractions, and changing mixed numbers to improper fractions.  A review sheet will be given out on Thursday and it should come home to help your child prepare for the test.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.

The current homework packet is due back on Friday, November 16th.  This is a very challenging packet so please encourage your child not to wait until the last minute to begin it.

The test on dividing fractions and mixed numbers will be on Friday of this week.  We will use Tuesday – Thursday to prepare for this test.

Social Studies:

5th Grade: 

  • We will continue working with early European explorers to the Americas. 
  • There will be a quiz Tuesday, the quiz will cover any vocabulary terms and ideas from the lessons 1-3 in Unit 2 on our early explorers.

6th Grade:

  • Students have been working well on their Egypt projects.  Last Thursday they started working on sketching out their sarcophagus.  
  • We will work Monday and Tuesday on making sure they have all of their sources and we will type the works cited list together in class. The due date will be Monday, November 12
  • No current events this week.

5th grade ELA:

 

Due Monday (November 5th)

For ELA 8:00 am class and 9:30 am class

What is one decision the main character makes that you disagree with in your novel?

Please use a writing prompt and evidence taken directly from the story to support your answer.

  1. Explain the decision (Rewrite the question as your statement)

  2. Why you think this way

  3. Use a writing prompt

  4. Show evidence from the novel

  5. Restate my topic sentence



 

Matilda Readers

Compare and Contrast Matilda the novel vs Matilda the movie.

List (analytical thinking) specific ways that the novel was different from the movie.

 

Week of November 5th

Fifth Grade ELA

Launch of Book Clubs!

 

“One of the most powerful ways to teach children to think is to teach them to engage in thoughtful discussions and especially discussions that incorporate thinking under, between and around texts.  Social relationships are crucial to a reading workshop. Conversations are especially crucial because data suggests that few American students are growing up to be thoughtfully literate.”

(Lucy Calkins)

We launch our book club this week. Each club selected their novel after examining many choices in their Book Cafe day.  The selections support the goal which is Interpretation of Themes. The group will set up rules and guidelines for their club.  The students will know to read well since they will write about their reading selection. The children will learn to make claims that are grounded in their text, to supply evidence for those claims, to talk between the example and the claim, to uncover assumptions and to explore ramifications.  They will develop conversations about topics. They will guide each other to discover what the text is really about as they read.

 

The week ahead:  This is the week for Word Wisdom Vocabulary-Interesting set of words! Homework each night. Test on Friday.

Monday

Introduction of Interpretation of theme

Interpretation of theme book club introduction

Tuesday

Finding meaning in the midst of struggle

Character study

Exploring theme

Wednesday

Seeing a text through the eyes of other readers

Learning from each others ideas about their reading

Learning how to be passionate about their interpretation

Linking ideas to build larger theories and interpretation

Thursday

Reading with Interpretation in mind

Examining thought prompts to help us grow complet ideas

Friday

Debating to prompt rich book conversation

Examining suggestions for generating provocative debatable ideas about text

Book debate

 

Religion

 

THANKS FOR ALL THE BIRTHDAY WISHES AND THE THOUGHTFUL CARD, FLOWERS, AND BALLOONS!

The fifth graders will begin Chapter 5 on "Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist".  We will learn about Dorothy Day, a woman who started the Catholic Worker Movement in Chicago during the Great Depression.  Her outstanding dedication to the poor still exists today.  They will have a Chapter 5 test on Friday, 11/9.

The sixth graders did an outstanding job with the All Saints Day Mass.  I was very proud of their participation in the Mass responses and songs!  We will continue to read and discuss the books of Joshua and the Judges in the Old Testament.  We will also begin to read about the many Kings that ruled the Israelites.  

On Friday afternoon, 11/9, we will be having a Veteran's Day Prayer Service.

Science

5th grade- This week we will talk about physical and chemical changes. Our essential question will be, What happens to the amount of matter when it changes state?

Vocab- boiling point, freezing point, physical change, conservation of mass, and melting point

6th grade- This week we will talk about the  Lunar Cycle or the Phases of the Moon. Students will be able to demonstrate and predict the sequence of events in the lunar cycle. ***** We will be doing a Moon Phase activity either Friday or Monday- Please have students bring in 8 Oreo cookies, not cracked (generic is fine) by Thursday.

 

6th Language Arts

Hatchet has the 6th graders ready for more! The main character, who is 13-years old, is surviving the Canadian North Woods alone! Students are eager to find out what happens next. 

This week we will continue to listen/read, predict, and delve into literary devices found in the novel while we discuss why the author would use such a device.

In addition, the 6th graders will be preparing for the Veterans Day prayer service on Friday at 1:15. All are welcome!

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Repetition 

Week of Oct. 29th - Nov. 2nd

Posted on Oct 25, 2018

We have a busy week ahead !!!  Halloween is Wednesday and the fifth and sixth graders are out of uniform.  They can wear orange and black but no costumes.  There is no official party but they may bring treats. 

Religion

The sixth graders will be hosting the All Saints Day Mass on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 1:00 p.m.  They have been very cooperative and hardworking.  If you have the opportunity please join us. You will not want to miss this special mass. 

The fifth graders will be reviewing for their Unit 1 test which will be on Thursday, Nov. 1st.  It will include chapters 1-4.  I will send home a study guide for the short essay questions.

Enjoy the weekend!!

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • We will continue learning about early European Explorers this week. Students will finish up an interactive notebook page tracing the routes and important details of Dias, da Gama and Columbus.
  • Students will read about Ponce de Leon and Vasco da Gama and complete a packet.

6th Grade:

  • Students will continue working on their research projects, we have worked in time during class for students to research and ask for any help or guidance they may need in class. 
  • Please check with your student to make sure they are on track, our due date for the packet and paper is Nov. 7.  All information that is needed is included in the packet that students were given.  Please see my individual blog for the Egypt extra credit.
  • We will continue our travels in Ancient Egypt this week learning about their system of writing, papyrus and the Rosetta Stone and why it is so important to understanding Egyptian language.
  • Students will learn about the construction of the pyramids this week, as well as boats.

6th Language Arts 

I have to begin with a huge THANK YOU to the Olsen and Murphy families who generously donated boxes of books to our classroom library. Your generosity with help hundreds of kids enjoy new opportunities to READ! We are all so grateful!

Onto a new novel, Hatchet! Students are ready to begin a new class novel. We are in the midst of doing our pre-reading work: predictions, mapping, discussions, and vocabulary. 

I truly hope students enjoy this Newbery Award-winning novel which has themes about isolation, survival, and coming of age. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Foreshadowing

 

5th Grade ELA

 

The Main Characters

 

Who is the main character? How is she or he involved in the mystery.

Explain what is the mystery.

Is the text narrated in first or third person? How might this affect the story? Use a writing prompt and evidence from your novel to support that the mystery was written in either first or third person.

 

The Suspects

Who are the major suspects in your novel?

Suspects full name

Motive?

Alibi?

What evidence supports these characters as being suspects?(Take from the novel)

Be prepared to create a police drawing of your major suspect.

Make sure your character log has detailed character descriptions.

 

The Clues

List the three most important clues in order of importance. Explain why these clues were important to the mystery.

What is one clue you believe the author used as a RED HERRING?

 

Setting

Using the diagram in class, draw and identify the microsetting and macro setting. (Use the circle inside the circle diagram)

 

Crime Scene

Location, Date, Time

Well written description of the crime scene with evidence from the novel to support your description.

 

 

Mystery Book Review

Explain how the mystery is solved.  What important events led to the conclusion and the culprit. Use evidence from your novel to support your answer.

What part of the novel did you find most suspenseful (vocabulary word)? Use a writing prompt and evidence to support your thinking.

What would you add (or take away) from this mystery to make it more intriguing?  Why would it make this mystery more intriguing?

Recommendation

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or Why not?

The Main Characters

 

Who is the main character? How is she or he involved in the mystery.

Explain what is the mystery.

Is the text narrated in first or third person? How might this affect the story? Use a writing prompt and evidence from your novel to support that the mystery was written in either first or third person.

 

The Suspects

Who are the major suspects in your novel?

Suspects full name

Motive?

Alibi?

What evidence supports these characters as being suspects?(Take from the novel)

Be prepared to create a police drawing of your major suspect.

Make sure your character log has detailed character descriptions.

 

The Clues

List the three most important clues in order of importance. Explain why these clues were important to the mystery.

What is one clue you believe the author used as a RED HERRING?

 

Setting

Using the diagram in class, draw and identify the microsetting and macro setting. (Use the circle inside the circle diagram)

 

Crime Scene

Location, Date, Time

Well written description of the crime scene with evidence from the novel to support your description.

 

 

Mystery Book Review

Explain how the mystery is solved.  What important events led to the conclusion and the culprit. Use evidence from your novel to support your answer.

What part of the novel did you find most suspenseful (vocabulary word)? Use a writing prompt and evidence to support your thinking.

What would you add (or take away) from this mystery to make it more intriguing?  Why would it make this mystery more intriguing?

Recommendation

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or Why not?

 

 

Science

5th grade- We will continue to take notes about the periodic table and discuss the properties of metals, nonmetals and metalloids.

6th grade- We will read a couple articles this week about Mars and the Exploration of Mars. We will discuss whether we think scientists will be able to colonize Mars and if we would ever go there. We will write an essay on our thoughts when we are finished discussing. 

 

Week of October 22nd

Posted on Oct 19, 2018

Math

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new homework packet will be passed out.

This week, we will continue to review LCM and GCF and also begin reducing or simplifying fractions.  To reduce a fraction easily, a child must be fluent in the division facts; for many 5th graders this will be a very frustrating topic.  Please practice as often as you can with your child and also send him/her in early when possible for additional practice.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.  The current homework packet is due back on Friday of this week.

6th periods 1 and 3 - We will work on dividing with fractions in word problems this week and also begin dividing mixed numbers at the end of the week.

6th periods 2 - We will continue to work on dividing with fractions in word problems this week and also begin dividing mixed numbers.

 

The test on dividing fractions and mixed numbers will be sometime next week.

6th Language Arts

On Tuesday, students will take a test on the story, Mother Fletcher's Gift. I've been very pleased with the students' response to critical thinking questions. While it's difficult at first, students are rising to the challenge. 

In addition, students are writing to support their claims using text evidence. We will continue to focus on understanding the prompts/questions given and then writing a response with purpose. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Theme

 

Fifth Grade ELA  Week of October 22nd

Fifth Grade ELA  Week of October 22nd

 

October is mystery novel month. At this point, the students should be “almost” finished with their novel.  

On Monday, we will work on our police file that the student’s are working on to complete their writing on the detective, suspects, motives, and evidence that was presented in their reading.  Next Tuesday and Wednesday (October 30 and 31st) the students will present their police file book report to the class. They will also have a brown bag of evidence that was found in their mystery novel.

 

On Tuesday, we will introduce the idea of THEMES for our next novel.  We will launch our Interpretation of Book Clubs. For this bend of the Lucy Calkins Reading Program, we will study interpretation by reading great literature in small book clubs that will last for the rest of this unit.  By studying the skills and strategies of interpretation while reading, writing and talking together, book club members will come to identify themes that are important in their books, trace the progression of themes as the book progresses, and eventually think across books with their clubs.  Fifth graders need to be able to see multiple themes in a story, to select supportive evidence for each, and to see the craft as well as the content of a story as evidence for a theme. (Lucy Calkins)


 

Wednesday, Dr Michael Stritch will lead the fifth graders on our adventure around the city tracing history through the Our Lady of Angels fire.  Accelerated Reader points are due by the end of the school day.

 

On Thursday, we will “host” a book tasting.  Their new tables will be set for a tasting of novels that represent our Interpretation of Themes Unit.  The book club will “sample” different books to see which novel that their group would like to read. Each student will then need a copy of that book by NOVEMBER 1st.  Our St John Fisher library, public library,and our class library will be a wonderful resource. If not enough copies are available, it will be the student’s responsibility to obtain a copy of the novel by November 1st.


 

Friday will be a vocabulary test for this weeks vocabulary words from our Word Wisdom book.  Each student will have vocabulary homework each night this week.  

 

Our Reading class has been enjoying our read aloud novel, Home of the Brave.  I hope that your child has talked to you about this book.  This book has been a wonderful source to teach the kids how to think deeply as they read a novel.  The question, “What’s this story really about?” is often asked as we read the chapters aloud.

Your child offers beautiful insights in class discussions to help understand all that our main character deals with in order to make a new life in America.  

Ask your child about Kek and his family.  We finished the first section last week.

 

 

Social Studies

5th grade:

  • We finished our unit on early native tribes. 
  • This week we will begin our studies on early explorers and the lands and routes that they encountered and explores.

6th grade:

  • We will continue working our way through ancient Egypt, we will focus in on government and continue learning about their religion.
  • students will get their packets this week for their research projects. Please see my blog for details.

 

Religion

 

The fifth graders will be discussing and reviewing sacramentals for their test on Thursday, October 25th. We read about several Saints this week in preparation for All Saints Day on November 1st.

The sixth graders begin to read and discuss the Books of Joshua and Judges in the Old Testament.  We will be discussing and reading about the leaders of the Israelites and their entry into the land of Canaan.  They will also start preparing for the November 1st All Saints Day mass which the 6th graders will host.

 

Science

I am really proud of the presentations that we had last week! Students did a great job!

5th- We will take a look at the organization of the periodic table. We will take a look at Metals, Metalloids, and Non-metals.  On Friday, we will do  a STEM activity with the 1st graders. We will be pairing up with our 1st grade friends once a month to complete a STEM activity together. 

6th- We will finish up our study of the planets with an open note test on Monday. Wednesday we will test our knowledge with an Escape Room. The students love this activity, as they all try to make it to the "Escape Room Hall of Fame." We will finish up the week starting our next lesson on the Lunar Cycle. 

Week of October 15th - Oct 19th

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

6th grade Math

Periods 1 and 3 – We will review for Tuesday’s test on Monday of this week.  A study guide was handed out to each child last Thursday.

Wednesday, we will begin the chapter on dividing fractions and mixed numbers.

 

Period 2 – We will continue the chapter on dividing fractions and mixed numbers this week.

 

5th grade Math

Period 1 and 2 – A review sheet will be passed out on Monday to help each child prepare for Tuesday’s test.

Wednesday, we will begin the 3rd chapter on fractions which covers LCM, GCF, simplifying or reducing fractions, improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.

 

Period 3 – Monday and Tuesday will be spent preparing for Wednesday’s test.  A review sheet should come home on Tuesday with your child.

Thursday, we will begin the 3rd chapter on fractions which covers LCM, GCF, simplifying or reducing fractions, improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.

Social Studies:

Picture day Oct. 16, please do not wear green.

Please make sure your student checks in with each teacher after an absence to get any work that is missed.

5th Grade

  • We will finish our studies of Native Tribes of North America.  This week will be studying the people of the Eastern Woodlands.
  • There will be a test on Thursday covering the following tribes; Inuit, Tlingit, Pueblos, Navajo, Plains tribes, Creek and Iroquois Tribes.  I will have a review posted to Google Classroom on Monday.

6th Grade

  •  We will continue our travels through Ancient Egypt, we will learn about Menes, the government, religion, and economy of Egypt. 
  • This week students will be receiving their Egypt project packet.
  • Current events will continue, please see my individual blog for an example from last week.

Religion

The fifth graders will be discussing Chapter 4 "Sacramentals" and reading about Saints. They are doing a great job finding and discussing Bible passages!

The sixth graders will be working on a "Saints" activity.  They will be given two saints and will need to write about the similarities and differences between them. We will be working on this assignment during class time but needs to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 18th.  We also have a Ten Commandments activity that will be completed during class time.  Enjoy our "cool weather"!!!!

Science

Hooray! It finally cooled down on the 3rd floor! We have school pictures Tuesday 10/16. On Friday, we will have a school mass at 1:00 where we will sit with our prayer partners. 

5th grade- We will start our first project this week! This week we will research an element on the periodic table. Students will create a poster for the element they researched. The guidelines and rubric are available on Google Classroom. 

6th grade- We will continue to work on our "Teach a Planet" project. Each group was given a planet to research and create a poster or Google Slides on the information they found. They will present that information to the class. Each student will take notes on the information and on Monday (tentatively) they will complete an open note content-based test on the information they received. 

6th Grade Language Arts

Critical thinking is all the buzz in 6th Grade ELA. Students are uncomfortable, and that's just the way it should be! Let me explain...

Students are being moved out of their comfort zones and pushed to think more critically about what they are reading. Very rarely will students be given questions with one word answers anymore. Answers will now have to be written thoughtfully and include evidence. Sometimes, an answer to a question isn't clearly stated and students will have to infer. These are not easy tasks for many students!

The good news is that the students are excited about the challenge! Keep them reading and critically thinking--that's the goal :) 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: 3rd Person Omniscient

5th Grade Language Arts

October is mystery genre book month! What a wonderful selection of novels the kids picked for themselves!  Of course, the amount of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries had a tug at nostalgia for me.

 

We are taking a break from the Reader's Workshop this week.  We will focus on our mystery novels and exploring developing a crime folder on the novel we are reading.  This is a fun project where the students will act like detectives as they read their novel. You should see them with a fistful of Post-it notes as they search their story for clues, Red herrings, alibi’s and motives!  We have a vocabulary list of words that work with our genre that the kids will use this week.

 

The mystery unit will draw attention to the power mysteries have to spark interest in reading and inspire critical thinking for our students.

 

Week of October 9th

Posted on Oct 05, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.  There will not be a homework packet this week; please use this extra time to practice multiplication and division flash cards with your child.

We did not get near as far in the second chapter on fractions as I had anticipated last week. 

5th period 1 and 2 will review comparing fractions and begin ordering fractions this week.  The test is tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday, October 16th.

5th period 3 will begin comparing fractions and later in the week begin ordering fractions; the test is tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday, October 17th.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new math packet will be passed out; this packet will be due back on Friday, October 26th.

6th periods 1 and 3 – We did not get as far as I wanted to last week so this week we will cover multiplying mixed numbers by whole numbers and also by mixed numbers.  We will also work on solving more word problems.  The test will be sometime next week.

6th period 2 – We completed the chapter on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers on Friday.  Wednesday we will review for the test which will be on Thursday.  A study guide should come home with your child on Tuesday.

I have been so impressed with the math skills this year.  All 6th graders are working hard and are quick to catch on to new concepts and also to apply what they have learned to solve some very challenging problems.

 

5th grade social studies:

We will have a quiz on Wednesday.  This quiz will cover the Native Tribes we have studied so far.  Please have your students review their notes, hardcover books and also the slides on Google Classroom.  The quiz will include the following tribes:

Inuit

Tlingit

Navajo

Pueblo Tribes

The quiz will cover vocab words from these tribes as well as what kind of houses they lived in, what their homes were made of and their religious beliefs.  There will be matching and short answer essay on the quiz.  Students need to be sure they are restating the question and answering in complete sentences for their short essay questions.

This week we will learn about the Native people of the plains states, and the east coast tribes.

If your student is having troubles with any of the concepts we are learning, please encourage them to see me for help.  I am at school early every morning. 

Please be sure that if your student is absent, that they see each teacher to get any missed work.  Work after an absence is still due, and due within a day or two of returning to school. 

6th grade social studies:

We finished chapter three last week, and this week we will move on to Ancient Egypt.  This chapter will move a little slower than the past three, we will be covering a lot of content and there is a research project in this chapter.  Students will be given their packets in about a week or so.  This packet must be kept, it contains all of their graphic organizers and directions for the project.  Students will need to bring this with them every day, they will have the opportunity to work on their research during any free time we may have in class.  The packet must be turned in, as there are pages that are part of the grade in it.  Please check my individual blog starting next week where I will post more details and dates.

  • We will start with exploring the geography of Ancient Egypt.  We will watch a video about the geography of this area and the importance of the Nile River.  
  • Current Events 2 will start this week and be presented Friday.  Please see my individual blog for the instructions.

I want to share how proud I am of our students during the events of Friday.  Our kids did exactly what we asked of them and they did so without questions.  I am proud of them for being strong during that time.

Religion

The fifth graders will begin Chapter 19 "Living as Christians".  They will be learning how love is the greatest and highest virtue.  They will have a quiz on Thursday, 10/11.

The sixth graders will be finishing "The Book of Exodus".  On Thursday, 10/11, they will have a test on all the stories we have read and discussed in class.  They will also be given a word bank to help them study.

Enjoy the 3-day weekend!!!!

Science

This week in 5th grade, we will continue our study of atoms, element, molecules, and compounds. We will look at the periodic table and learn why it is arranged the way it is. We will learn what a metal, nonmetal, and metalloid are. 

This week in 6th grade, we will finish up our study of the planets with an in-class project. Students will have to research a planet and create a presentation. 

5th grade ELA

One of the joys of being an ELA teacher is to enjoy the writings of our students.  This weekend I had the pleasure of reading their personal narratives that pertained to a place that mattered to them. The kids thought of small moments that occurred in that place and wrote about one.  The following are a few excerpts from fifth grade writers!!

“The forgotten cabinet is just a cabinet in the corner that nobody goes to because nobody can reach it!  I climbed onto the counter and I opened the cabinet. My eyes started to glow when I saw a whole supply of s’mores waiting to be roasted!” Gavin U.

“Everyone has a bucket list and I got to cross one off mine on spring break!: Grace C.

“We went into the elevator and right before anyone pressed anything, something bad happened.  My brother pulled the fire alarm! We ran out of the elevator. We went down the stairs. We weren’t scared because we knew there wasn’t a fire.  When we got downstairs, everyone was in the pool and no one even noticed the fire alarm going off. We walked out the door to get to the beach. I guess the lifeguards knew because they were speeding on their four wheelers.  We went in the water and acted like it wasn’t us.” Owen L.

 

This week the students will be turning another small moment narrative.  We examined the style of author Robert McCloskey. He is a great resource to demonstrate how he turned one small moment and turned the story into a Newbery Award book that sold over millions of copies.   

 

VOCABULARY

We will use the workbook, Word Wisdom, this school year. It’s important to develop both their vocabulary and spelling.  For the first trimester, we will focus on developing their vocabulary by completing a chapter in the workbook each week. The students will have a vocabulary test every Friday.  We began the first chapter last week so the first test will be this Friday.

 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. What a delight to see the fall colors appearing for our enjoyment!

 

6th Grade Language Arts

I want to begin the week saying how PROUD I am of SJF students and teaching staff who really rallied together during our first "soft lockdown". Students, teachers and parents made things run smoothly. There is always room for improvement, but our first run was successful. Thank you!

For the next few weeks, the 6th graders will be immersed in the Realistic Fiction Genre. We will read several short stories, including some paired passages, and our next novel will be also be a work of realistic fiction. We will continue working on Plot Structure and Point of View with these stories. Finally, we will add a new skill to our reading plan: tracking a character's development in a story. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Idiom

 

Week of October 1st

Posted on Sep 28, 2018

5th grade Math

A new homework packet will be passed out on Monday and it will be due back on Friday.

This week, we will continue in Chapter 2 on fractions covering both comparing and ordering fractions.  The math test on this chapter will be sometime next week.


6th grade Math

All 3 periods will have the open notebook Geometry test on Tuesday.

Periods 1 and 3 – This week, we will cover using the shortcut or cross-cancelling method to multiply fractions and begin multiplying mixed numbers by mixed numbers.  The test on multiplying fractions should be sometime late next week.

Period 2 – We will wrap up the chapter on multiplying fractions this week, covering multiplying mixed numbers.  The test will be sometime early next week.

6th grade Social Studies:

  • Students will start chapter 3 this week, in chapter 3 we will start discovering how ancient civilizations progress over time.  We will learn about the importance of farming and how farming helped these civilizations grow.
  • We will not have Current Events this week, we will start our second set of current events next week.

5th grade Social Studies:

  • Students finished learning about Pacific Northwest Tribes, we read an article together in class on the Tlingit tribe and the returning of artifacts that were taken during the 1899 Harriman Expedition.  We annotated the article and discussed the importance of the artifacts to the tribe.  Students will complete an assignment Monday reviewing the important facts from these finds.
  • We will continue learning about the Native Tribes of America.  This week we will learn about the Southwest Tribes and Plains Tribes.

* Students should be checking in with each teacher after an absence to make sure that they find out what assignments and readings they missed while out.  Assignments after an absence are due within a day or two of return, for longer absences there will be more time given. *

Religion

The fifth graders will be praying a decade of the Rosary each morning and learning the Mysteries of the Blessed Mother Mary.  By praying the rosary we show our love for Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Each student will need a rosary starting Monday morning.  They will have a quiz on the "Beatitudes" on Tuesday, 10/2 and a Chapter 3 test on Thursday, 10/4

The sixth graders continue to read about Moses and his journey through the desert to the land of Canaan.  They will need a rosary starting Monday because we will be praying a decade of the rosary in honor of Our Mother Mary.

Science

We had a great week last week. We brought a lot of technology into our classroom. 5th grade got to use our new Smartboard to review for their test, the 6th grade used our new school set of Google cardboard viewers to go on a Virtual Field Trip to the Solar System. Check out some pictures on our classroom Instagram @sciencewithoshea. 

School pictures have been rescheduled. We will have a new date soon. 

Wednesday is special lunch from Barracos

This week

5th grade will be discussing the particles in matter. We will look at new vocabulary words such as element, atom, compound, and molecule. We will take a look at the Periodic Table. 

6th grade will discuss out Virtual Field Trip and start to look at each planet separately. We will discuss how mass and distance of the planets affect the force of gravity.

6th Language Arts

We did it! We have finished our first class novel. Students have given some truly valuable feedback on Number the Stars

"I loved the cliffhangers between chapters and how we made predictions. I always wanted to read another chapter!"

"I learned so much about the Resistance fighters, rationing, and other challenges people faced during WWII"

"It showed the strong bond that both Christian and Jewish families showed during the German occupation" 

"I think in some ways the author played it safe; I wanted the risk!" 

Your children were genuinely engaged in the novel. I'm thrilled! Onto our next novel in just a few weeks. 

This week we will watch a movie Miracle at Midnight based on WWII in Copenhagen. Students will be comparing and contrasting the novel and movie. Once that's done, they will write a reaction paper based on the movie. 

On Friday, I will have my second conference with students to review their personal goals for reading during the first trimester. Keep encouraging your children to read! 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Point of View

5th Grade ELA

The week ahead:

Reading

We have begun the Interpretation Book Club Unit 1 of Lucy Calkins which will develop themes. During Bend 1, the fiction that your child will read during this unit will be more complex.  The texts they are reading also tend to be more complex structurally. The fact that your child’s texts are becoming more difficult has implications for the intellectual work they will be completing across this unit.

“As this unit opens, the students will be challenged to rise to the occasion of fifth grade by choosing to read novels that are worthy of series, thoughtful reading.”-Calkins  Up to this point, we have used post it notes to show our writing about reading. Now, we will spotlight the importance of writing about reading right from the start of this unit.  We will also be reading, Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate as the demonstration text for this unit of study. Each child should be reading at home every night. This will increase their reading speed along with reading fluency.  Check out their reading log to offer encouragement of this task.

Writing

During our first unit of the Narrative Craft, the students will crystallize their images of strong narratives, self assess using student-facing rubrics, and set goals that accelerate their achievements.

Bend 1 in this unit will be concentrated on Generating Personal Narratives. We will generate strategies for personal narrative writing ideas. Your child’s writing notebook will be a wonderful insight to themselves.  Ask them to share some of their writing with you. They have embraced this writing unit. Watch as your child’s writing develops through the next few weeks. Offer them support for their progress!

 

 

Week of September 24th -

Posted on Sep 20, 2018

Math

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new homework packet will be passed out.

The rest of the week, we will continue in the 2nd chapter on fractions by reviewing how to write the next 3 equivalent fractions for a given fraction and moving on to using “cross products” to check for equivalency and solving for “n” in a pair of equivalent fractions.

For a child to be successful in working with equivalent fractions they must have a good mastery of their multiplication and division facts.  Please continue to practice with your child as often as you can.  Thank you!

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.

Period 1 and 3 – We will cover multiplying whole numbers by fractions and vice versa this week.  We will be looking at how to solve these problems mathematically but also focusing on understanding conceptually what these problems represent.  We will also spend more time this week on fraction word problemsJ

Period 2 – We will review multiplying whole numbers by fractions and vice versa and move on to multiplying mixed numbers this week.  Many word problems will be mixed in throughout the week.

 

Geometry – All 3 periods will be working on naming angles using the correct symbol and letters and also on complementary and supplementary angles.  The first Geometry test will be next week; this will be an open notebook test.

Religion

In fifth grade, we will continue to learn the Beatitudes in Chapter 3.  We are discussing how this beautiful gift from God will help us to be good, kind, and sensitive people.  Serving God and others first should be our goal in life and taking care of ourselves last.  This is a difficult concept for 10 and 11 year olds to understand.  If we demonstrate these acts of service at home and school we are showing our children how to live each day.  I have been encouraging the children to go to mass each weekend and experience the joy and comfort of spending time with God and partaking in the Holy Eucharist.  

In sixth grade, we will have a test on Genesis part 2 on Tuesday, 9/25.  We will continue to read about Moses and his journey through the desert to the land of Canaan.

5th and 6th graders need a rosary for Monday, Oct. 1st.  We will be praying a decade each day during the month of October.  The fifth graders have been assigned prayer partners with the first graders and the sixth graders with third graders.  There will be several activities during the year in which we will be together.

Special lunch forms for Oct. 3rd are due no later than Wednesday, 9/26.

Have a great weekend!

Science

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It was absolutely beautiful! Picture day is October 2nd. Homecoming is this weekend and we will have our Pep Rally on Friday at 1:30. Dress in your Fisher Blue to show your school spirit! Also, don't forget to checkout our 5th and 6th grade Instagram @sciencewithoshea

This week in Science:

5th grade will be continue to discuss Structure of Matter- We will use this week to review and understand the various structures of matter, how particles are arranged, and different physical properties of Matter. Our first test will be on Friday, September 28th.

6th grade- We will discuss Earth's Place in the Universe (MS-ESS1) and Gravity in our solar system. On Thursday and Friday, I am hoping to use the Google Cardboard viewers to complete a Google Expedition of our Solar System. I will send out more information as the week goes on. 

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • We will continue working with Native Tribes in North America.  Students will be working on their interactive notebooks this week to fill in their notes.
  • We will start learning about native peoples of the Southwest and Plains this week.
  • Please be sure to check PowerSchool to check for missing assignments.  Per our homework policy, students are to check in with each teacher after an absence to collect any work that they missed and turn in completed absent work with in a day or two of returning to school.  Missing assignments are graded as a 0 two days after due date.

6th Grade:

  • We finished chapter  2 with the Iceman.  Students were engaged and inquisitive during our studies.  We learned about some great scientific advancements that have given us so many answers about this ancient man.
  • There will be a quiz on Wednesday for Ch. 2, students should be reviewing their notes and power point to help them study.  We will review on Tuesday.
  • Thursday we will begin learning about some ancient civilizations that grew from their agricultural skills.  We will look at early formations of religions, and societies.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

6th Language Arts 

This week students will be learning about two important topics that will be used throughout the year: Plot Structure and Reaction vs. Summary Essays.

We will "break down" the plot structure of the novel, Number the Stars, highlighting character development based on the events in the story. On Tuesday, we will finish reading the story. 

In addition, there will be a brief test on the novel on Friday. 

Just a reminder, we want students reading everyday. I had a conference with each student on Friday about what they were currently reading and helping them develop goals for reading. Let's all work together to ensure students have opportunities to read!

Reading vocabulary terms of the week: Dynamic and Static Characters

Week of September 17th

Posted on Sep 14, 2018

Math

5th grade Math

A new math packet will be passed out on Monday and it is due back on Friday; the entire packet is based on Aspire type test questions.

Periods 1, 2, and 3 will continue to work on solving for fraction of a whole number by solving many, many word problems this week J.  The first fractions test will be on Thursday, a review sheet will be given to each child on Wednesday.  This review sheet will be completed in school and should be brought home for further study.  It is due back on Thursday and does count as a grade.

I am available all week if you would like to send your child in before school for additional practice.

Friday we will begin chapter 2 on fractions which covers: equivalent fractions, comparing fractions and ordering fractions.  These 3 topics were covered in 4th grade so I am hoping to be able to do a quick review and move forward.

 

6th grade Math

A new homework packet will be passed out on Monday and it will be due back on Friday, October 5th.

Periods 1 and 3 – We will begin the chapter on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers this week.  In Geometry, we will cover naming lines and angles.  The Geometry test will be early next week; this will be an open notebook test.

Period 2 – We will continue working on multiplying fractions covering multiplying fractions by a whole number and vice versa and we will also cover using cross canceling to make multiplication of fractions problems easier to solve.

The kids will also be solving many word problems throughout this chapter. 

Social Studies:

I have posted pictures of our Veteran's Wall to my blog page.  Students have been bringing in pictures of family members and I am so proud of what we are creating!  I would love for this to stay up all year, please let me know if you need your pictures back sooner.  Also, please look at my blog page to see some samples of the kids paragraphs about 9-11, I am so proud of the work that they did.

5th Grade:

  • We will continue working through native tribes of America.  Students learned about South Western Native Tribes and also Midwestern Tribes.
  • We will have a quiz on Thursday this week.  This quiz will cover all vocab that we have covered so far in class.  The quiz will also cover any main ideas we talked about.  The quiz will not have anything from Ch 1, this is only on what we have studied from Ch 2 so far.
  • There will be a quizlet posted on Tuesday, students will have the opportunity to study their vocab in class and also at home for the quiz.

6th Grade:

  • We will start learning about the Ice Man of the Alps this week.  Students learned about primary and secondary sources last week and we will continue to work with these throughout the year.  
  • During our studies of the Ice Man we will continue to discuss the process of archaeology and what tools are used to unlock the past.  
  • We will watch a video about Utzi together in class.  This video has updated information about this find and what scientists continue to learn from this man.  We will also look at the museum dedicated to this man.

Religion

The fifth graders will be starting Chapter 3 "Beatitudes" on Monday.  These prayers teach us all how to live and treat others with love.  We will be using the Bible to complete our "Beatitude" activities.

The sixth graders will continue to read and discuss the stories in Genesis.  We will also be watching the video "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat".  It's a great video and I am hoping the kids will enjoy the music!!!

Enjoy the weekend and FISHER FEST!!!!!!

Science

What a great weekend! I hope everyone enjoyed the weather and had fun at Fisherfest! 

This week:

5th grade- We will continue to talk about Matter and its structure. We will also begin to talk about Properties of Matter. 

6th grade- We will continue to discuss different galaxies. We will use different activities to review these galaxies for our test on Friday, September 21, covering  Galaxies and Light Years

6th Language Arts

The sixth graders have been multi-tasking very well these last few weeks. We have been reading and listening to a story while working on expanding our reading vocabulary and making inferences in the novel. Great discussions are occurring! I'm hoping to make it to Chapter 15 this week in the novel. 

Students will be reviewing parts of a presentation (i.e. posture, voice, etc.) and delivering a group presentation based on their research of a "Helper" during World War II. 

Last week time ran out, and we were unable to learn the difference between a reaction and summary paper. That will be moved to next week. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Allegory

 

Fifth Grade ELA Blog for the Week of September 17th.

 

The goal of our daily mini lesson is designed to add to the reader’s repertoire of skills and strategies so the reader then has more to draw upon from that day forward.  In a mini lesson, a strategy is demonstrated and then the kids use that strategy. The students will use that strategy during independent reading. The new strategy will become part of the readers’ toolkits to be drawn upon as needed.

 

 

Week of September 10th

Posted on Sep 07, 2018

5th grade Math

5 – periods 1 and 2:  Monday will be our second Accelerated Math class and a new homework packet will be passed out; this will be due back on Thursday of this week.

Tuesday, we will continue working with the ruler and making exact measurements only this week, we will be focusing on measuring in centimeters instead of inches.  Wednesday and Thursday we will begin the next part of the chapter on fractions which cover “fraction of a whole” and “fraction of a set or group.”  Both topics should be a review from 4th grade, so I don’t anticipate spending much time on either.  The focus of these 2 sections will be on including the correct unit with every fractional answer.  Example – 2/3 of the pieces not just 2/3.

5 – period 3: Monday will be our second Accelerated Math class and a new homework packet will be passed out; this will be due back on Thursday of this week.

This week, we will work on “fraction of a number” which can be a very difficult concept for many kids.  If you feel your child would benefit from some extra practice please send them in early.  Most times, the reason for the frustration is lack of mastery of the division and multiplication facts.  In order for this concept to be easy, a child must be fluent with these facts.

 

6th grade Math

6 – periods 1 and 3: Monday is Accelerated Math.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent on subtracting fractions and mixed numbers from whole numbers.  There is a short quiz planned for Thursday that will cover add/subtract mixed numbers, subtract mixed numbers with regrouping, and subtract mixed numbers and fractions from whole numbers.  A review sheet will be passed out to each student on Tuesday which states in detail what will be on this quiz.

6 – period 2:  Monday is Accelerated Math.

Tuesday through Thursday, we will begin the chapter on multiplying fractions.  The kids will also work with protractors to draw various angles.

5th Grade Social Studies:

  • We started learning about early tribes of Mexico, the Olmec and Mayans.  Students had questions to answer Friday about our readings on pages 22-23.
  • This week we will continue working with Native Tribes of North America.
  • There is a quiz on Wednesday, the quiz will cover the vocabulary we have covered from last week till Tuesday.  Students should review their notes and the slides we use in class are also posted to Google Classroom if your student was absent they can catch up on missed notes.

6th Grade Social Studies:

  • 6th grade is off to a great start.  They are getting more familiar with how to write their current events and are doing great!  
  • We will continue this week working with how historians uncover the past and we will be moving on to the Ice Man of the Alps this week.
  • Students will learn how this discovery was so important and what clues told archaeologists that this was indeed, an ancient man.  Students will learn about some of the different tools and scientific tests used to unlock his past.
  • We will watch a clip about this discovery as well as look at the museum that is dedicated to Otzi.
  • Our Veteran's Wall is starting to gain members!  I will post pictures to my individual blog, please check my page to see pictures and updates.  Please feel free to send in a picture of a veteran from your family, or neighborhood.  Please also include their name, rank and you may also include their jobs, or deployments.  

Religion

The fifth graders will be having a quiz on the "Seven Sacraments" on Tues. 9-11.  They need to know how to spell these Sacraments.  Since we do not have school on Friday, they will have Music Friday on Thursday.  The children seem to be enjoying these inspirational/good feeling songs.  Please review these videos to make sure they are appropriate for viewing.  Their Chapter 2 test will be on Wednesday, 9-12.

The sixth graders will continue to read and discuss the stories in Genesis.  They will have a test on Part 1 of Genesis on Wednesday, 9-12.  

Enjoy the weekend!!!

6th Language Arts

This week our novel Number the Stars really starts to heat up! Students are making predictions and recognizing literary elements in the novel, such as Dramatic Irony. 

In addition to our novel study, students will watch videos and learn about some of the "helpers" during World War II. We will also learn the difference between a summary and reaction paper. 

Just a reminder to encourage your child to find a novel that really captures their interest. Students should read (at least) 20 minutes a night. 

Reading vocabulary terms of the week: Protagonist, Antagonist

 

ELA 5th Grade:

FIsher Fest Week!! Woo Hoo!

Have you taken a look at your son/daughter’s reading log? The fifth graders are reading at alarming rates!!!!! I wish you could see their excitement when a new book order from Amazon appears in our classroom! I wish I could share the minutes when I send them off from our mini lesson and they go off to read. I wish I could have you experience the one on one conversations that I experience with your child as they explain, tell, retell their moments in their novel. I wish you could hear how they take our mini lessons and see that work in their reading life.

In class this week, MaryKate had no idea she was analyzing text to understand the complexities of the protagonist in her novel!

We are still in the beginning book of “Building a Reading Life” in the many series of Lucy Calkins. By the end of next week, we will move into “Interpretation Book Clubs-Analyzing Themes”.  

I found the following information in some of Lucy Calkins writings and wanted to share her thoughts.

“The studies showed that the single most important way to support comprehension is to provide children with more access to interesting texts.  The next most important intervention involves giving kids more choice in books.” The reading continues, “And we need to keep in mind that a book is just right, not only because a child can read it with accuracy, fluency, and comprehension but also because a child can read it with empathy and engagement, laughter, and, yes, tears, too”. Ask your child about the curmudgeon that wanted to show up in our reading life!

Next week, (not Monday after Fisher Fest) we will officially launch our writers workshop. More details to come!! Have  a great week! See you at Fisher Fest!

 

Science

I hope everyone had a good weekend! What a nice relief from the heat! This week:

5th- Last week we enjoyed our graphing Skittles activity. We will start to talk about Matter, Structure of Matter, and comparing the mass of objects.

6th- This week we will start talking about space. We will discuss the various types of galaxies and what a light year is. 

Have a good week! Don't forget Tuesday is a dress down day, wear your patriotic colors! We will never forget! 

Week of September 4th

Posted on Sep 01, 2018

Math

5th Grade Math

A new homework packet will be passed out on Tuesday and it will be due back on Friday.

Period 1 and 2 – We will continue working with fractions on the number lines on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The children will be reading number lines and learning to draw their own correctly.  On Thursday we will begin “fraction of a number.”

Period 3 – This week will be spent reviewing fraction of a whole and working on fraction of a group.

 

6th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back next Thursday.

All 3 6th grade classes will be working with protractors this week.  The children will be learning to accurately measure angles and use the protractor to draw angles.

Period 1 – We will continue to work on subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping this week.

Period 2 – This week, we will finish up the review of adding and subtracting mixed numbers with and without regrouping.  We will also cover subtracting fractions and mixed numbers from whole numbers.  There will be a short quiz on Friday that covers all of these topics.

Period 3 – We will continue to work on subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping this week.

Religion-

Despite the very warm weather, the students are happily getting into their routine. The fifth graders are learning how to be more prayerful and listen to God every day.  We have learned how to find Bible verses and I was impressed by how fast they caught on!!  They will have their first test on Chapter 1 on Tuesday, Sept.4th.  We have reviewed for the test and they are prepared.  They will start Chapter 2 on the "Seven Sacraments" and learn about Miguel Pro who was a martyr for our faith.

The sixth graders have learned the parts of the Bible and we will begin to read and discuss the Old Testament stories in the book of Genesis.

Thanks again for joining us on "Back to School Night"!!!  Enjoy the holiday weekend!!

Science-

5th and 6th - This week we will take a look at graphing data. We will also read data tables and create graphs. We will discuss dependent and independent variables. Can each student please bring in a bag of skittles by Tuesday? We will use them to graph a bag of skittles. 

By the end of the week, 5th will be ready to move on to Matter and 6th grade will be ready to move on to Earth and the Solar System. 

6th Language Arts

This week students will be listening and reading along with the novel Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Students are already engaged in this wonderful historical fiction story. In addition, a list of books based on WWII was distributed to students last week. Encourage your child to read one (or several) of the books on that list. 

Along with the novel, students will be reviewing the major components of a compare and contrast essay. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Dramatic Irony

5th Social Studies:

  • We will begin our studies on the Native Tribes and the regions they live in.  Students will discuss how the regions they live in impacts the way they live.
  • There will be a quiz  on Sept. 13 covering the vocabulary that we have covered from Sept. 5-Sept. 11.

6th Social Studies:

  • Ch 1 quiz will be on Sept. 5, we played a Kahoot to review the vocabulary words.  There will be some plotting of cities using coordinates. 
  • We will begin Ch 2 this week, we will start working with primary and secondary sources.  Students will also start exploring how archaeologist and historians work to uncover the past.
  • Current Events 1 will continue this week, 5 students will present their event on Friday.  Students that do not present will be responsible for writing a thoughtful reflection about one of the presentations they heard.  Each should be one paragraph.  All directions are on Google Classroom, must be turned in via Classroom.
  • We will be creating a Veteran's Wall in my classroom.  Students are invited to bring in a picture of a Vet that they know, this can be a family member or a neighbor.  If they do not have a picture, I will have little cards that they can fill out with the Veteran's name, their military title and what branch they served in.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this project.

?5th Grade ELA:

  • Extended Response from class today. Please finish for homework if you did not complete in class.

  •  Explain your “HUH” moment in your novel.  Write only 2 to 3 sentences.

  • Explain what strategy  you used in order to understand your “Huh?” moment.

  • Write your “talk to text” moment and why you felt this was necessary.

 

 

Week of August 27th

Posted on Aug 24, 2018

Open House "Back to school Curriculum Nights" is this Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Tovey- Math Week 2

5th grade Math

Monday will be our first Accelerated Math class and the first homework packet will be passed out; this homework packet is due back on Friday of this week.  Both of these topics are discussed in detail in my first blog; if you have additional questions on either please feel free to email me them.

Tuesday – Friday: We will spend the first part of each math period reviewing all whole number operations and the second part working on the Introduction to Fractions chapter.  Fractions are a very difficult concept for many fifth graders, so if you find that your child is frustrated or not understanding something, please send them to my room at 7:30 for additional help or practice.

6th grade Math

Monday will be our first Accelerated Math class and the first homework packet will be passed out; this homework packet is due back on Thursday, September 13.  Both of these topics are discussed in detail in my first blog; if you have additional questions on either please feel free to email me them.

Math – 1st and 3rd class period:  We will continue to review previously taught fraction concepts and begin subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping or borrowing this week.

Math – 2nd period:  We will finish up subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping or borrowing and there will be a short quiz on this concept later in the week.  Please check your child’s assignment notebook for the actual date of this quiz.

Fifth Grade ELA   Week of August 27th

This week, we will continue our examination of developing strategies to make reading the best that it can be for you! We will continue our focus on building a reading life. The concepts of stamina, fluency and engagement continue to be our focus.

 

We will reflect back on topics from last week and look forward to our minilessons that will include:

-Examining ways to read faster, stronger and longer

-Improving our comprehension so that as we read, we are reading in a way to let the words matter

-Improving our skills to at reading for detail

-Making choices in our reading selection/choosing text that matter.

 

During all your reading sessions, please keep track of your reading log. This information will help us gage your reading and stamina!

 

Our writing workshop began today. I will share the results of our first writing piece at open house on Wednesday. Our first unit will be four to six weeks in length and will be crafting their narrative story.  Look for wonderful writing examples in the writer's notebook. Please refer to the back to school letter for suggestion to help in your child’s progress.

 

And, of course, remembering our wonderful pastor and friend, Fr Tom Purtell.

 

Mrs. O'Shea- Science

This week 5th and 6th grade will begin to look at Scientific Investigation. We will review the steps scientists take to "figure out" a problem. We will conduct a few quick labs during the week. I would ask that on Friday, each student bring two pennies for their lab. 

6th Grade LA Mrs. Schiller

Students will be finishing up their first annotations of Aesop’s fable “The Golden Axe”. Our goal in writing this year is to “Prove It!” by citing lines in a poem, paragraphs in a story, or websites in an essay.

 

In class, we are also doing background research on World War II in preparation for the novel Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. New reading vocabulary word for the week: Infer

 

5th & 6th grade Social Studies:

5th Grade: 

  • We will continue working with map skills, students have added their first page into their interactive notebook.  They color coded a map of the United States by the five regions and then used an atlas to help them label different bodies of water as well as two mountain ranges.
  • We will finish up our introduction by talking about the different types of sources that historians use to help uncover the past.
  • Unit 1: Settling the Americas.  We will start our journey to the first settlers of North America, the Native Americans.  While we work through unit 1, students will use their mapping skills to map the movements of the native tribes in the United States.
  • We will have our first quiz on Thursday, Sept. 6.  This quiz will cover any vocabulary and key ideas we have studied.

6th Grade:

  • We have been working hard with using latitude and longitude on a global grid to help pin point cities across the world.  Students will complete a plotting worksheet and we talked about how we can use maps in our books and our atlas to help us with these measurements.  Students were each given coordinates and will work to locate the city and we will be making a sign with each of these coordinates.
  • Students will continue to add to these map skills throughout the school year.
  • Our first current events presentation, assignment is due this Friday.  I have gone over the requirements of this assignment with each group of students as to what the expectations are.  I will also have the assignment requirements posted to Google Classroom.  If your student has any questions, please have them see me and I will be glad to go over their questions.  

Week of August 21st

Posted on Aug 18, 2018

Welcome to 5th and 6th Grade!

Math

5th grade Math

Dear Parents:

          This year, I will be teaching your son or daughter Math.  I have a total of 22 years experience teaching math from grades 4-8, and I am very much looking forward to teaching your child.  My goal is for each student to be fully prepared for a challenging fifth grade math curriculum.  I believe that the best way to achieve this goal is to consistently bring back previously taught concepts.  Therefore, the children will not be receiving nightly homework in math, but rather they will be receiving a homework packet that reviews previously taught material. Nothing is more frustrating for a child or a parent than when homework is assigned on a concept that is not yet fully understood.  My job will be to make sure that the current concepts are taught and understood so that the math packets will not frustrate any child. However, if at any time your child needs help on the math packet, please send him/her into school at 7:30AM.  Your child should try to complete one page per night so as to not fall too far behind. 

The format for the fifth grade math packets is as follows:

Trimester 1 – Weekly packets.  These will be passed out on Monday and are due back on Friday of the same week.  (first math packet will be passed out on Monday August, 27th)

Trimester 2 – Two week packets.  These will be passed out on Monday and will be due back on the Friday of the following week.

Trimester 3 – Three week packets.

          The children will be using the Accelerated Math Program this year.  They will work on Accelerated Math every other Monday and the test grade will count as 10% of their math grade.  This program is an excellent program in that it allows the children to work at a pace that is comfortable for them and also allows for continual review of previously taught concepts. If you would like more information on this program please feel free to email me.

The concepts that will be covered in Math this year are: a review of multiplication and division from 4th grade, estimating products and quotients, double and triple digit divisors, exponents and order of operations, fractions (introduction, on the number line, compare, order, equivalent, and add and subtract), statistics (stem and leaf, line plots, mean, median, mode, and range, graphing), and basic geometry on the coordinate plane.  If time allows, we will begin multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.

         Category Weights:

          Tests – 35%

          Homework – 20%

          Class work – 35%

          Accelerated Math – 10%

Finally, if at any time you find your child struggling in Math, please feel free to call or email me so that we can set up a time before school for some extra help.

                                                                             Sincerely,

                                                                             Miss Tovey

 

6th grade Math

Dear Parents:

          This year, I will once again be teaching your son or daughter Math.   My goal is for each student to be fully prepared for a challenging junior high math curriculum.  I believe that the best way to achieve this goal is to consistently bring back previously taught concepts.  Therefore, the children will not be receiving nightly homework in math, but again they will be receiving a homework packet that reviews previously taught material. Nothing is more frustrating for a child or a parent than when homework is assigned on a concept that is not yet fully understood.  My job will be to make sure that the current concepts are taught and understood so that the math packets will not frustrate any child. However, if at any time your child needs help on the math packet, please send him/her into school at 7:30AM.  So as to not fall too far behind with their work, your child should try to complete one page per night; most packets will be 3 week packets.

          The children will once again be using the Accelerated Math Program.  They will work on Accelerated Math every other Monday and the test grade will count as 10% of their math grade.  Accelerated Math is an excellent program in that it allows the children to work at a pace that is comfortable for them and also allows for continual review of previously taught concepts. If you would like more information on this program please feel free to email me.

The concepts that will be covered in Math this year are:

1. Review of Fractions – compare, order, simplify, add and subtract

2. Multiply/Divide Fractions

3. Number Theory

4. Geometry (quite extensive – this unit will be broken down into 3 separate chapters)

5. Decimals – place value, rounding, all operations with decimals, and changing fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions

6. Percents, Ratios, and Proportions

7. Integers (if time allows)

Category Weights:

          Tests – 30%

          Quizzes – 10%

          Homework – 20%

          Class work – 30%

          Accelerated Math (test score) – 10%

Finally, if at any time you find your child struggling in Math, please feel free to call or email me so that we can set up a time before school for some extra help.

                                                                             Sincerely,

                                                                             Miss Tovey

6th Grade Language Arts (ELA)

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome back! What an exciting time to be at St. John Fisher! Besides welcoming a new Principal, your child will have new opportunities to have fun and find success in the classroom.

 

I am eager to begin my 20th year at SJF getting students interested in one of my favorite pastimes, READING! Some of my goals this year are to get students making connections and finding relevance in text and developing a love of reading--not just reading to take tests!

 

Your child will be challenged to analyze a variety of fiction and non-fiction sources, which will hopefully expand their appreciation for different genres and make them WANT to read independently.

 

In addition, students will have opportunities to write narrative (storyteller), persuasive (debater) and expository (reporter) essays based on their reading. Our greatest objectives are to write with purpose and clarity and to format papers and cite sources in the MLA (Modern Language Association) format.

 

Grading

  • Homework: 10%

  • Independent Reading (AR): 10%

  • Classwork (including Bellringers and Literacy Centers): 30%

  • Projects and Essays: 30%

  • Tests and Quizzes: 20%

 

Accelerated Reader

This year student will be responsible for earning a set number of AR points per trimester. Points are assigned based on a book’s word count and complexity. The goal is to facilitate strong independent reading and a nightly reading habit (instead of Fortnite!). Although there are no restrictions on the books students may select to read independently,  students should plan accordingly and be reading throughout the trimester (not panicking a week before the end of the trimester!) Extra credit may awarded to students who exceed a trimester’s point total.

 

After an AR quiz is taken, students should submit the report to me within two days of taking the quiz. Reports that are not submitted will not be counted toward a student’s point total.

 

First Trimester

10 points

Second Trimester

12 points

Third Trimester

15 points

 

Students are welcome to come in any morning after 7:20 a.m. if they have a question or concern.  I can also be reached at: aschiller@sjfschool.net.

 

Even if your child has felt reading wasn’t his or her strong-suit in the past, it’s never too late to begin a life-long love of reading. I’m here to help!

 

I look forward to a successful and fun year in class. Welcome back, Falcons!

 

Best,

 

Mrs. Amy Schiller

 

 

Religion

 

Welcome to Grade 6th Religion Class 2018 -2019

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our class!  This year I will have a sixth grade homeroom and will be teaching Sixth Grade Religion.  We start each class with prayer and daily Gospel readings. We use the textbook "Blest Are We".  This year we will focus on the Old Testament. We will explore the Bible and the history of salvation as it is celebrated in the Scripture readings.  Our book is divided into five units.  We will begin with the roots of God's covenant, from Creation through the giving of the Ten Commandments.  We will also look at how God's people kept the idea of the kingdom alive through their years in the Promised Land. We will also look closely at the Scriptures written about Jesus and how He has saved us and will come again to bring the fullness of the Kingdom. On Fridays, we will start with a musical inspiration.  Each child will have the opportunity during the school year to present a song on "UTube" that has impacted their lives and will share it with the class.  This musical selection needs to be reviewed by a parent before their class presentation. 

Students are to come to class prepared each day.  All work is to be done in blue or black ink.  Assignments done in pencil or any other color ink will not be accepted.

Supplies:                                                                                         

Blue/black pens & 2 red pens

1 spiral notebook labeled RELIGION

Loose leaf paper   3x5 index cards

Weighing of Grades:  Classwork/Participation  15%

                                   Homework  15%

                                   Projects    15%

                                   Quizzes  25%

                                    Tests     30%

Please check Power School regularly to check your child's grades and missing assignments.  Also, check my blog each week for further updates.

I appreciate all your efforts and interests. Any questions or concerns please email me anytime.

Looking forward to a successful year!

Mrs. Gail Burns

gburns@sjfschool.net

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Welcome to Grade 5 Religion Class

2018-2019

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our class!  This year I will have a sixth grade homeroom and will be teaching Fifth Grade Religion.  In Religion we will focus on the sacraments and the teaching of Catholicism.  The students will learn many areas of our religion including beliefs, ritual, rites, and our own personal roles in the study of our faith.  We will spend time on Bible readings and discussions so the students become more familiar with many aspects of this holy book.  The students will learn how to look up readings in the New Testament and we will learn about the meaning of these Sacred writings and how they impact us in our everyday lives.  I hope to make the Religion program thought provoking through learning about our Catholic traditions. On Fridays, we will start with a musical inspiration.  Each child will have the opportunity during the school year to present a song on "UTube" that has impacted their lives and will share it with the class.  This musical selection needs to be reviewed by a parent before their class presentation. 

Students are to come to class prepared each day.  All work is to be done in blue or black ink. 

 

Supplies:                                                                                         

Blue/black pens & 2 red pens

1 spiral notebook labeled RELIGION

Loose leaf paper & 3x5 index cards

                                                                     

Weighing of Grades:  Classwork/Participation  15%

                                      Homework 15%

                                      Projects  15%

                                      Quizzes   25%

                                      Tests   30%

Assignments done in pencil or any other color ink will not be accepted.

Please check Power School regularly to check your child's grades and missing assignments.  Also, check my blog each week for further updates.

I appreciate all your efforts and interests. Any questions or concerns please email me anytime.

Looking forward to a successful year!

Mrs. Gail Burns

Science

Welcome to 5th and 6th Science. Thank you for taking the time out to review the Welcome brochure with your child. I believe that it is essential for teachers and parents to be on the same page in order for students to reach their full potential. I look forward to a great year! I will post a linkk to the brochure for future reference

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Mrs. O'Shea

Social Studies:

Welcome to 5th grade Social Studies!  Throughout the year your student will be learning about mapping skills, geography of North America, early explorers, Native American Tribes, Revolutionary War, The Constitution of the United States, The Civil War and Reconstruction.  

My expectations for your students are that they come to class prepared every day.  This includes having their notebook and a pen.  We will be taking notes on a regular, if not daily basis.  Students may use colored pens in their notebooks, but for assignments that are turned in they need to use blue or black pen only.  We will go over the Google Classroom sign in so that they can "join" my class.  On Classroom I will always have the power points posted.  Students should use this anytime they need to catch up on notes, if they were absent or if they want to make sure they didn't miss anything.

Grading:

  • Homework: 10%
  • Classwork: 15%
  • Tests:          30%
  • Quizzes:     15%
  • Projects:     30%

Week 1-2:

  • We will start with some vocabulary on geography and mapping terms.  
  • Students will be making an interactive notebook, so they will need glue sticks and scissors.
  • We will talk about the different regions of the United States and we will look at the Native American tribes and track their movements using our mapping skills.

6th Grade Social Studies:

Welcome to Ancient Civilizations!  During this year your 6th grader will be learning about ancient civilizations from around the world.  Students will learn about Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Americas.  During our studies, we will watch some video clips that will always link to our lessons.  There are some great videos with a host named Arizona Smith that we will watch at the beginning of many of our chapters.  These videos give a great overview of the civilization that we will be studying and helps students to often build off of some background knowledge they may have about a location and not realize it.

Current Events:  Every week we will present five current events.  These events are chosen by the five student volunteers of the week.  Students will see examples in class and we will go over directions.  These will always be due the last day of the week, and the students who do not present will have their reflection due the following Monday.  These will be assigned and turned in via Google Classroom, I will go over directions with students.

Grading:

  • Homework: 10%
  • Classwork: 15%
  • Tests:          30%
  • Quizzes:     15%
  • Projects:     30%

I look forward to an exciting year exploring our countries past, as well as ancient civilizations with your students.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if your student needs some extra help, or if you have any questions.

Thank you so much,

Ms. Erin Deering

edeering@sjfschool.net

 

5th Grade ELA:

Welcome Back to School!

Fifth Grade Language Arts Program

Sherry Hughes shughes@sjfschool.net

 

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.-Maya Angelou

 

Welcome to fifth grade ELA!!! This year, we will be combining reading and writing to create an ELA curriculum.  Our fifth graders will be taught in a block schedule for our class.

I’m very excited to be able to share our new reading and writing curriculum with fifth grade students this year.  This new curriculum adheres to Common Core State Standards, and is based on 35 years of research and development made by the Teachers College at Columbia University, and spearheaded by Lucy Calkins.  I know that the fifth grade students at St John Fisher School are really going to enjoy becoming better writers and readers, and I look forward to facilitating their progress!

 

The Teachers College Writing workshop model allows students to have the “last” word by allowing students to take something commonplace in his/her life and give it meaning.  Students learn that their lives are worth writing about, and that they should care about what they write. Using the foundations of the curriculum, students will see that writing is a craft, and they will enjoy learning how to become better writers through hard work and practice.  Writing will happen every day, and students will write in a variety of ways that touch on several different genres. Students will not be assigned specific topics, but will have flexibility to choose to write about what matters to them, within the guidelines of the specific genres of study.

 

What does Writing Workshop look like in the classroom?

Writing workshop begins with a mini lesson that teaches a new strategy. A sample of writing  that is specific to the unit or genre being studied is demonstrated.

Helpful charts are on display in the classroom.  These charts are visual reminders that reinforce writing strategies; they may help with dialogue, structure, elaboration or conventions.  

Ideas are generated and students practice telling their story to a partner.  Storytelling is a rehearsal for writing; students develop ideas. Students possibly create a timeline and identify their feelings at each point of the timeline.

Nurturing and growing the seed idea comes next through rehearsal; students are encourage to re-read their entry and think about the big, important events in this moment, what are they thinking/feeling at each point, how did they change as the story unfolds.  Students learn to make a writing plan. Some ways to make a writing plan are:

-create a timeline that tracks our stories and emotion

-take small moments and break them into a beginning, middle and end

-make a story booklet with illustrations of four major events (this forces students to remember and start thinking about major themes)

-students then tell their story to their writing partner

-drafting is the next step in the process

-revision occurs next

-we will use a mentor text for examples of dialogue

-publishing process will allow students to publish their writing where it will be enjoyed not solely by the teacher but by their peers.  It will be a big celebration!!

Grade 5 Writing Curriculum

By the end of fifth grade, students are more skilled at writing in various genres.

Unit 1: Raising the Level of Personal Narrative/Memoir

Unit 2: The Interpretive Essay

Unit 3: Informational writing

Unit 4: Research based argument essay

Unit 5: Literary and comparative Essays

Unit 6:  Historical fiction/Mixed Genre Writing

Unit 7: Writing in the Content Area/Research based informational writing/Fantasy Writing

Unit 8: Poetry

 

How Parents can help:

Encourage your child to carry their writer’s notebook with them, paying attention to details and thinking, “ I could write a true story about this.”

Think of strong feeling, and then list “small moment” stories pertaining to that feeling.  Choose one to write about.

Think of stories that your family tells and retells.  Write about one of those.

Keep an ongoing list of story ideas in your writer’s notebook.

Think of a subject, or a person, place or thing that matters to you, then list small moments you remember.  Choose one to sketch and then write the accompany story.

You can make a T chart of small moments. Think about people in our lives that are important to us.  Think of a specific person and memories;make a list and generate ideas. Then talk to someone at home about it.

 

Think of first times, last times, or important times in your life.  Write about one of those moments.

You can make an Issues/People?Moments chart: focus on the ordinary, everyday tension filled moments; or think of a person that matters to you, then think of small moments spent with that person.  From these moments, choose one to write about. Or think of an issue and do the same thing.

Diagram places of memory and label the pictures with individual words.

Use a book and look at the moments and relationships and see what you connect to and may want to examine in your own life.

Take small moments and break them into beginning, middle and end.

Develop the tension and the problem.  Tell the story using the boxes. Draw pictures and label them with words.   Adding words helps form a foundation for formulating stories.

Encourage your child to “ show, don’t tell.”

 

The Reading Workshop is not like traditional literacy programs. We will not be using textbooks, workbooks, or whole class texts.  The workshop model is founded on the following beliefs, which are rooted in literacy research:

-Learners need opportunities to read high interest, accessible  books of their own choosing

-Learners need long stretches of time to read

-Learners need teachers to read aloud

-Learners need assessment based instruction, including feedback that is tailored to specifically them.  Strugglers especially need instruction that is tailored specifically toward their specific strengths and needs, as well as extra time and help.

-Learners need a balanced approach to language arts, one that includes a responsible approach to the teaching of writing as well as reading.

-Learners need explicit instruction in the skills of proficient readers.

-Learners need opportunities to talk and write in response to texts.

 

What does Reading Workshop look like?

A reading workshop classroom relies on teacher-led instruction in the form of a mini lesson which aims to teach a specific reading skill or strategy.  The mini lesson is intended to take ten minutes. A more significant block of time (30 minutes) is devoted to independent practice, where students read self-selected books and practice the skill taught in the mini lesson.  During this time, I confer with individuals or small groups. This is the most valuable part of the workshop, as I will target the needs of each student throughout the week. The third portion of Reading Workshop includes time for students to share what they read and how they applied the mini lesson to their reading.  The share will be either small group or whole class. The above structure will be CONSISTENT every day. Other elements of Reading Workshop include interactive read alouds, book clubs, guided reading and shared reading.

 

How will my child be assessed?

Assessment in the RWW is ongoing.  I confer with individual students and groups of students, keeping records of the progress of the student.  I will be taking notes on our conferences and periodically take a “running record” of a student’s reading. Student progress is measured against grade level rubrics for fluency, comprehension, written responses and participation in workshops.

(Accelerated readers will be part of the curriculum. See information below for that requirement.)

 

Reading Logs

I will expect the students to keep a reading log journal. This should be an honest reflection of their reading each day. I will use this as a tool to monitor their progress. Please make sure that is a true reflection of their reading accomplishments.

I will use these logs to understand their reading progress.  (Momentum, holes in reading list?, trends if not finishing a book, avoiding certain genres, is the student stalled?)



 

Accelerated reading

Since this is a program that is implemented in our SJF curriculum, I will ask the students to participate. The following are the requirements for fifth grade:

First trimester: 6 points

Second Trimester: 8 points

Third Trimester: 10 points

 

From my reading about reading this summer, here are some thoughts I found:

Kids motivation and interest in reading is higher when they have the opportunity to read in school.

Researcher Stephen Krashen found that students in free reading programs performed better than or equal to students in any other reading program.

Providing students the opportunity to choose their own books to read enpowers and encourages them. This strengthens their self confidence, rewards their interest, and promotes a positive attitude toward reading by valuing the reader and giving them a level of control.  Readers without the power to make their own choices can become unmotivated.

Direct reading instruction allows time to apply what they learn in the context of real reading events.

Give approval of their reading choice no matter what their reading choice because this is far preferable to their deciding not to read at all.

 

Weights:

Accelerated/Homework 10%

Classwork 50%

Essay/Extended Responses 40%

 
 
 
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