I hope everyone had a wonderful vacation week and is eager to return. We have so much to look forward to and be grateful for as we look towards the last weeks of the school year. Throughout this time, let us continue to "let our light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
In Religion we will be learning about the Israelites, their enslavement in Egypt and the Exodus. As a supplement our "We Believe" 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. Throughout the Lenten season, the students took part in Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl where the students will be gathering in groups to learn about areas in need of our support and what we can do to help.
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. We are currently beginning the novels "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry and "The Klipfish Code" by Mary Casanova. 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 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.
In Math, the students are measuring and drawing angles, learning about constructions of angles, angles of triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons, circles, symmetry, tessellations, and solid figures.
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 meet from 9-10:30 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 are all 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 look forward to every Friday and what he has in store for them.
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 is currently investigating how lenses redirect light, exploring the use of lenses in telescopes and microscopes, and probe the relationship between light and color.
The Sixth Grade Class is currently learning about how combinations of inherited traits and acquired traits result in offspring that have similarities to and differences from their parents.
*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.
May 13-Coke Plant Production field trip, Londonderry, NH
June 1-5th/6th Grade Science Fair 8-10:30 am
June 3-Monkey Trunks, 6th grade students and parents
June 10-Family Fun Day
June 15-Last Day of School