"Let us arise, then, at last, for the scripture stirs us up!"
As we approach the end of the year, we have so much still to look forward to including our Field Trip to the Freedom Trail, Family Fun Day and our Closing Ceremony. As we prepare ourselves for this last week and journeys ahead, me need to continue to be true disciples and to abide in Him as branches are connected to the main trunk of a vine, drawing their life from it. He is the main trunk of the tree of life and we are the branches. It is through Jesus that we continue to produce spiritual fruits; that we continue to flourish given life, peace, and joy.
I wish all our graduates, their families and the Saint Benedict Academy community a wonderful summer. Thank you for sharing your children with us as well as the gifts they bring. Best of luck to all in the fall.
In Religion we began the year with the students looking at themselves, questioning how the scripture stirs them up and how they can be stronger than issues or fears that may challenge them. Throughout the use of scripture they will continue to motivate themselves to overcome any fears or challenges and write about them, which will be very personal to each and every one of them.
As part of our "We Believe" Religion series, we are learning about the division of Solomon's empire into two kingdoms, the prophets and their messages from God, the struggles, the exiles and the return home of the people of the divided kingdom. This unit concludes with the coming of the Messiah, the Anunciation, Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and Zechariah, the Incarnation, and the early life of Jesus. As a supplement to this series, we will also be incorporating many discussions based on Apologetics which may assist the students in dealing with challenges which make us wonder about God's plan for us and how he expects us to respond.
In Reading, we are continuing to read varied types of genre throughout our "Treasures" books along with "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. The children have been doing daily vocabulary and comprehension as well as independent supplemental activities to enhance their learning.
In Writing, we will continue working in our "Grammar for Writing" textbooks along with our supplemental "Scholastic Scope" 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 the present time, the students are working on producing written work and projects which relate to the book "Number the Stars,"and the Holocaust and the suffering and sacrifices many endured as part of this.
In Math, the students are estimating and computing with percents, investigating and solving problems involving discounts, sales tax, commission, simple interest and circle graphs.
In Spelling, each week we will review the words at the beginning of the week and the patterns the words follow such as Latin and Greek Roots. 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 both Spelling and Vocabulary, which we will be reviewing throughout the week. This Friday the kids will be taking the Great American Spellcheck test-best of luck!
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.
Throughout both classes, students will be given the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning throughout use of microscopes and conducting experiments as well as providing their own pictures and vocabulary to assist them throughout chapter outlines. In addition to chapters throughout our Science books, we are keeping up to date with current science by reading issues of "Science World." This allows the students to apply literacy in Science, reading informational text where they must determine central ideas and summarize key supporting details, graphing, vocabulary enrichment, writing and hands-on activities to supplement the text as well.
The Fifth Grade Class are investigating how the brain and nerves work together as the nervous system in addition to the reflexes, the five senses, and the power of the mind.
The Sixth Grade Class is evaluating a variety of health risks and investigating choices that can lead to more healthful lives including a group presentation based on research.
*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.
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June 8-5/6 Field Trip to Freedom Trail
June 9-Family Fun Day
June 12-Last day of school (1/2 day), Closing Ceremony, Mass begins at 8:30, Ceremony begins at 10:00 in Gym