"Let us arise, then, at last, for the scripture stirs us up!"
"The love of God has been poured into our hearts by his Spirit living in us, alleluia."
A very blessed Easter season to all of our community.
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 the enslavement of the Israelites in Egypt; God's choice of Moses to lead the people to freedom and the promised land; the conquering of Canaan; the stories of Deborah, Samson, Ruth, Samuel; the reigns of David and Solomon; the building of the Temple in Jerusalem; and praying with the psalms. 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. We are currently reading "Number the Stars" and are discussing the Holocaust as well as a Book Project to culminate the overall theme and book.
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 making and interpreting frequency tables, line plots, box-and-whisker plots, stem-and-leaf plots, histograms & double bar & line graphs as well as interpreting measures of central tendency and range, circle graphs and solving problems by making organized lists.
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 how the brain and nerves work together as the nervous system in addition to the refelexes, the five senses, and the power of the mind. The students are also preparing for the Science Fair where they have been given a choice of research or an experiment where they will learn more about the Scientific Method and include it is part of their overall project on May 21st.
The Sixth Grade Class is learning about the physical properties of ocean water-dissolved content, temperature, and density-and the different types of living things supported by the water. The students are also preparing for the Science Fair in addition to the fifth graders and are to have a topic of research or an experiment chosen by April 13th.
*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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April 27-May 1-No School-Spring Vacation
May 21-8-11:00 5th/6th Grade Science Fair
June 5-6th Grade Field Trip to Monkey Trunks
June 12-Last day of school (1/2 day), Closing Ceremony