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.
- 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.
- 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.
Explain the decision (Rewrite the question as your statement)
Why you think this way
Use a writing prompt
Show evidence from the novel
Restate my topic sentence
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.”
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.
Introduction of Interpretation of theme
Interpretation of theme book club introduction
Finding meaning in the midst of struggle
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
Reading with Interpretation in mind
Examining thought prompts to help us grow complet ideas
Debating to prompt rich book conversation
Examining suggestions for generating provocative debatable ideas about text
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.
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