"Let us arise, then, at last, for the scripture stirs us up!"
The entire season of Lent is like a pilgrimage. As Christians, we take a prayer journey that helps us follow Christ more closely. During Lent we focus on following Christ and thinking about the relationship that we began with him at Baptism. The way we live during this season is also a sign of absence and simplicity. We are called to follow the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, or practicing works of compassion. However, during Lent they take on special meaning as we prepare to renew our Baptism.
In an effort to more fully experience the reverent nature of the season of Lent, the students will be keeping a Lenten Journal. Each week, they will receive a list of writing prompts for the week. Students should respond thoughtfully to the prompts in a full paragraph, and creativity is encouraged! I ask that parents encourage their students to take this daily reflection time seriously and allow it to deepen their sense of faith during this Lenten season.
In Religion we have 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 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 God's self-Revelation through his creation, through the Bible, and in his son, Jesus Christ. 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. At this time, we are reading the novel "War Horse" inclusive of supplemental grammar, comprehension, written and oral expression. We will be reading "Number the Stars" shortly thereafter. In addition, Mr. McLaughlin will be joining us to read a book with the students which will include supplemental activities. We're looking forward to it!
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 a debate essay and relating it to a recent topic of discussion discussed in Reading.
In Math, the students are exploring properties of addition to fractions. adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers, evaluating expressions and solving equations involving addition and subtraction of fractions, and working backwards to solve problems.
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.
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 the wave nature of light, learning how light travels and its speed of travel as well as exploring how light interacts with matter.
The Sixth Grade Class will be investigating the nature of matter including physical and chemical properties, elements, compounds, mixtures, physical and chemical changes, acids and bases and atomic structure.
*Please refer to the Fifth Grade Website to see what your children will be learning in Social Studies.
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3/13- End of Second Trimester
3/18-Report Cards sent home
3/19-Early Release Day (conferences)
Week of 3/23-Terra Nova Testing- get to bed early, stay and eat healthy :)
3/24-Book Project Due
3/25- Mass for the Feast of the Anunciation- Honor Roll Grades 4-6 recognized today
4/1-8-9:00 Stations of the Cross Prayer Service