"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire."
As October is the Month of the Holy Rosary, we must remember the importance and power of prayer, that He hears us, and that He will respond in His time. Whatever the response is, we should accept with a faithful heart as we submit ourselves to the will of God because He is the only one who knows what is right for us at this time. Our great intercessor for our prayers is Our Heavenly Mother who we can turn to and should honor at this time.
In Religion, the first Unit of our "We Believe" series begins with reviewing God's self-Revelation, Creation, The Patriarchs, the Liturgical Year, Ordinary Time, and that God is the source of all life and that we are made in his image and likeness in addition to how sin entered the world. As a supplement to our series, we will be discussing Apologetics with the students to enhance their overall capacity to confront and respond to major intellectual and cultural challenges they face today. Each Friday we will be engaging in discussions questions and reflections based on the Sunday Mass and Holy Day liturgy.
In Reading, we will be reading varied types of genre throughout "Scholastic Scope" and supplemental group books where we are integrating knowledge and ideas, using close-reading and critical thinking questions, vocabulary and implementation of the writing process. Throughout the year we will be reading the novels "Shooting Kabul," "A Long Walk to Water," "Out of My Mind," and "Number the Stars"/"Klipfish Code."
We have completed "Shooting Kabul" and will be presenting supplemental student projects at this time.
"Shooting Kabul" takes place in the summer of 2001 when a twelve-year old boy and his family make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move their family to the United States. Adjusting to life in the United States isn't easy for this boy's family as the events of September 11th unfold. When a photography competition with a grand prize trip to India is announced, the boy sees his chance to return home to find a lost family member. But, can one photo really bring them home? This is a story of love, hope and perseverance based on real events experienced by the author's husband.
The New York Times bestseller, "A Long Walk to Water" is a story about one of the "lost boys" of Sudan and a girl who fetches water from a pond by making a two-hour walk twice a day. Both characters are survivors and their stories go on to intersect with each other's in an astonishing and moving way.
"Out of My Mind" is the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write. She has an amazing photographic memory and refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. Her brave spirit and brilliant mind will change forever how anyone looks at someone with a disability.
Lastly, we will be reading the novel "Number the Stars" and/or "The Klipfish Code. Both novels are middle school novels filled with excitement and suspense. The twelve-year-old characters throughout both books experience the Nazi occupation in various areas throughout the Holocaust. They learn about responsibility, secrecy and loyalty as they take risks to uphold their beliefs. Both novels incorporate a deep respect for freedom held by their people and their careful attempts to thwart the power of the Nazis in their homelands. The heart of the characters and the spirit of the young patriots make these both truly enjoyable and informative novels.
In Writing, we will be working in our "Grammar for Writing" textbook along with other supplemental lessons throughout "Scholastic Scope" and other texts where we are learning various parts of speech and are able to incorporate it throughout frequent diagramming of sentence structure. Throughout using these as well as our Reading series, we will incorporate what we are currently learning in Reading and apply this to varied types of writing and the writing process.
At this time, the students are working on a Persuasive Writing Project-Creating a Business. Once they have decided on what type of business it will be, they will have to write a letter to the bank looking for a loan and convincing them that the business will be successful. The persuasive business letter will contain an introduction, claim and support, opposing viewpoint in preparation of counterarguments, and a conclusion. The students will be presenting all of their ideas with a building, floor plan and business cards. When they are not presenting, they will assume the role of bank loan officers. I can't wait to see what the students create!
In Math, the students are using short division and divisibility rules as well as compatible numbers to estimate decimal quotients, dividing decimals by 10, 100, and 1000, dividing whole numbers and decimals by tenths, hundredths, and thousandths and solving problems involving division by interpreting the remainder.
In Spelling the students learn words at the beginning of the week and the patterns the words follow such as Latin and Greek Roots as well as the students choosing supplemental words. The students will be responsible for completing the packets for homework. Packets will be handed in on Friday and they should be prepared for a weekly test on Friday as well.
I am responsible for teaching both the 5th and 6th Grade Science Classes while Mrs. Timpe teaches both grades for Social Studies. This is an excellent opportunity for the students to experience switching classes as well as being prepared for class with the appropriate materials and assignments.
Each Friday the 5th and 6th Grade Classes will be meeting to take part in a Lego Robotics Program sponsored by Dan Hughes (also known as "Dan the Lego Man") who works at numerous public schools throughout the area as part of the New Hampshire Lego League. We are fortunate to be the only elementary school within the Diocese of Manchester to have Dan working with us. We will be learning a great deal from him-not only Robotics, but also team collaboration, problem solving, critical and analytical thinking and applying the Scientific Method. The kids love working with Dan and will look forward to every Friday and what he has in store for them!
The Fifth Grade Class is investigating the steps in plant reproduction and following the stages in the life cycle of a seed plant.
The Sixth Grade Class is investigating bacteria and viruses, learning that bacteria are living things and that viruses have only some characteristics of living things, as well as exploring how bacteria and viruses affect other living things.
*Please refer to the Fifth Grade Website to see what your children will be learning in Social Studies.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me or write me a note. I am also happy to meet with you at a time which would be convenient for both of us. Thank you once again for sharing with me the opportunity to teach your children and the blessings each and every one of them brings with them to share.
Monday, October 24-"Shooting Kabul" Project due
Friday, October 28th-Harvest Dance 6:30-8:00 Sponsored by Sixth Grade!
Monday, October 31-Dress Down Day for $1.00