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.
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
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.
- 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
- 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.