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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! 

 
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