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Science - Mrs. O’Shea
Math - Mrs. Folliard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 
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