Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Q3 Week 5

Dear Parents,
 
I hope everybody had a relaxing weekend. Please remember that Friday is a half day due to teacher development.
 
Here is an overview of this week:
 
Language Arts:
We are going to have 30 new spelling words and a spelling quiz on Friday. Our roots of the week are ben, bene, and bon meaning good or well. We are going to read the next four chapters in The Secret Garden. The students are still working on improving their annotation skills. In poetry, the students will read and analyze the poem Sea Fever by John Masefield. In Grammar, we are going to identify and diagram linking verbs and predicate adjectives. Later this week, we are going to learn about predicate nominatives and distinguish them from predicate adjectives. In writing, we are going to focus on mixed points of view.
 
Math:
In math, we are going to learn how to multiply and divide decimals by decimals. Later this week, we are going to explore how to convert a decimal measurement to a smaller unit or a compound unit.
 
History:
This week, we are really going to dive into the content of early Russia. After having been introduced to Russia’s geography last week, we are going to learn about Russia’s beginning, the Mongol invasion, and about Ivan the Great.
 
Science:
In science, we are going to take a short test on the material we have covered in the plant unit so far. Afterwards, we are going to move on to photosynthesis. The students will compare how plants produce energy and how animals produce energy. We are also going to take a detailed look at the parts of a flower.
 
Have a great week.
Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Woods, and Mr. Greve

Monday, January 28, 2019

Quarter 3 Week 4

Dear Parents,
 
Our first tests of the quarter will be this week.  
 
Language Arts:
This week we are going to introduce 30 spelling words. The spelling test is on Friday as usual. We are going to review the cred and jur, jus, jud root words. In grammar, we are going to study the difference between direct and indirect objects. In writing, we are still working on understanding scientific descriptions. In literature, we are going to read the next four chapters of The Secret Garden. We are going to learn about indirect characterization.
 
Math:
In math, we are going to take a test on Tuesday. A study guide came home last week, and we corrected it together in class on Monday. Later this week, we are going to start unit 8 – More Calculations with Decimals.
 
History:
In history, we are going to review the material learned in the explorer unit.  5B will take the test on Thursday. On Friday, we are going to start learning about early Russia.
 
Science:
In science, we are going to continue learning about different kinds of plants and plant anatomy. We are going to distinguish between xylem and phloem. On Friday, we are going to conduct a fun experiment.
 
Have a great week.
 
Mrs. Woods, Mr. Greve, Mrs. Smith

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Short Week!

Language Arts:
Due to a short week, we are only going to have 20 Spalding words this week. Our root words are jur, jus, and jud which mean law. Some examples of English words include judge, jury, and justice. In Grammar, we are going to work on a review of the concepts covered so far. In writing, we are going to focus on descriptions of scientific phenomena. We are also going to read three more chapters in The Secret Garden.

Math:
In math, we are going to learn how to multiply and divide decimals by tens, hundreds, and thousands. On Friday we will review the content learned of this unit. On Monday we will review a little more before taking the test on Tuesday.

History:
This week, we are going to learn about the French and Dutch trading centers in the New World. Next week we are going to review important information about all the explorers we learned about. On Wednesday, we are going to take a test.

Science:
After being introduced to plants last week, we are now going to dive a little bit deeper into the content. The students will learn about the different parts of plants and become familiar with plant anatomy.

Have a great week.

Mr. Greve, Mrs. Woods, and Mrs. Smith

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Weekly Update

Dear Parents,

The students did great in the first week after break. Keep up the good work! This week will be the first full week.

Here is an overview of what we are going to do in class:

Language Arts:
We are going to pick up Spalding and introduce 30 spelling words. There will be a spelling test on Friday. Our root word for the week will be “cred” meaning believe. Some examples of English words in which we see this root are credential, credit, creed, and incredible. In grammar, we are going to move on in our textbook. The students will identify and diagram adverbs that tell WHEN, WHERE, and HOW OFTEN. In writing, the Students will summarize a narrative with several parts. Additionally, we are going to analyze and memorize a poem – The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Math:
In math, we are going to continue learning about decimals. The students will explore how to multiply and divide decimals by a 1-digit whole number. Later this week, we are going to round the quotient to one or two decimals. A study guide will be sent home later this week. The first math test will be later next week (Thursday of Friday). We will inform you about the exact date.

History:
The students presented their project last week. They did such a wonderful job! This week, our focus will fully be on the Age of Exploration again. We are going to read and discuss the Spanish empire in South and Central America. Then, we are going to learn about Magellan’s Voyage. Later this week, we are going to focus on the English colonization of North America.

Science:

We are going to wrap up the microscope unit. The students will work on creating a poster to demonstrate what they have learned. Afterwards, we are going to start the next lesson – Plants. The students will define plants and their needs and differentiate between different types of plants. 

Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Woods, Mr. Greve

Monday, January 7, 2019

Dear Parents,
Happy New Year. We hope you had a relaxing holiday season and are refreshed for the second semester. Please remember that this is a short week due to conferences. Tuesday and Wednesday will be half days!

This is going to happen this week:

Language Arts:
We are going to being reading and discussing The Secret Garden. We will not start Spalding until next week. In grammar and writing, we are going to catch up on some of the lessons we did not get to before break.

Math:
In math, we are going to begin working in the 5A books. We will start with Unit 7 – decimals. The student will review place value. They will also learn comparing and rounding decimal numbers and converting decimals into fractions.

History:
We will start the quarter by presenting our winter projects. The student should have created a poster and prepared a short presentation. Later this week, we are going to continue learning about the Age of Exploration. The students will review what they have already learned about Christopher Columbus as well as discuss the effects of his discovery.

Science:
In science, we are going to continue learning about microscopes. The students will gain a better understanding for the improvements of microscopes over time. They will synthesize this information by answering questions about each model independently or in partnerships.

Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Smith, and Mr. Greve

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Week 19

Dear Parents,

We are in the last full week of the quarter. Next week will be all half days. The last day of school will be Wednesday. Also, next Tuesday (12/18), we are going to have a party to celebrate the halfway mark of the school year. We will recite the Shakespeare dialogues the students have been working in for the last three weeks. A schedule for the recitation times will be sent out later this week, so you are welcome to come and watch your child perform. Later that day, we will have some food, crafts, and games to complete our Shakespeare party.

This is going to happen this week:

Language Arts:
The students are going to record the last set of 30 spelling words before break. As always, the spelling test will be on Friday. However, we are going to hold off with our root words until after break. In grammar, we are going to identify and diagram adverbs that tell how, when, where, and how often. In writing, the students will write a scientific description of a scientific object or phenomenon.

Math:
We are officially done with the 5A book. These last few days will be spent reviewing the 6 Units we covered so far in fifth grade. Every day will be spent reviewing important vocabulary words and concepts, before the students get to show what they have learned on a series of review packets.

History:
This week, we are going to move on to the next unit in our history book - The Age of Exploration. We are going to start out by reviewing what happened at the end of the middle ages and the reasons that lead to the Europeans looking for new trade routes. Later this week, we are going to learn about the first great nation of explorers -The Portuguese.

Science:
In Science, we are going to finish learning about the process of cell division with a short pop quiz. Next, we are going to start learning about microscopes. We will discuss how to use them and why they are important in the field of science. We will then move on to learn about the history of this amazing tool.

We hope you will have a wonderful week and that you will join us next week to support your child during the Shakespeare recitations.

Mrs. Woods, Mrs. Smith, and Mr. Greve


Monday, December 3, 2018

Week 18

Dear Parents,

I apologize for missing the update last week -Mrs. Smith

I hope you had a relaxing weekend.
Here is an overview of what the students will study this week:

Language Arts:
In Spalding, we are going to focus on spelling words making use of the phonograms /er/, /ir/, /ur/, /wor/, /ear/. There will be a spelling test on Friday. We are going to review the “graph” and “scrib/script” root words. Mrs. Mattheisen will continue to teach the students how to analyze and recite monologues. In Grammar, the students will study and diagram prepositional phrases. In writing, we are going to read and summarize a narrative that combines two narrative voices.

Math:
This week, we are going to finish the short ratio unit. First, we will review how to find the simplest form of a ratio. Then we are going to solve word problems involving ratio and finally, we are going to see some problems with ratios of three numbers. On Thursday and Friday we are going to review. Next Monday (12/10) we are going to take the unit test. The final two weeks of the quarter will be spent reviewing the material learned so far.

History:
We are wrapping up the unit on the Golden Age of England. We will review the material and take the unit test on Wednesday (12/5). On Friday, we are going to be introduced to the next unit – The Age of Exploration. The students should have already written the three body paragraphs for their winter project. 

Science:
This week, we are going to learn about the phases of cell division, called mitosis. We will draw and describe the different phases.We are going to have a pop quiz on plant cells this week and a pop quiz on mitosis next week.

Have a wonderful week,

Mr. Greve, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Woods