Sunday, May 21, 2017
Four more weeks of 5th grade!! My, how time flies…especially at the end of the school year, when there is still much left to learn! Here’s a window into our week…
Reading/ELA:Our work continued last week withNo Talking, by Andrew Clements. Using the events of Chapter 12 as their inspiration, students put their narrative writing skills into practice. Their job was to create a story rich in specific details using thoughts, action, dialogue, description, and feelings. However, there was one catch; just as the fictional 5th graders of Laketon Elementary School did, our students wrote their stories using 3-word sentences! Quite a challenge!! Also, we continued on in our text, and took a quiz on Chapters 8-14 on Friday. This week, we will move forward to the conclusion of this engaging story.
Writing:We took time last week to stretch our poetry writing muscles by reflecting on the spring season. Using sensory details, and focusing on the gerund (-ing) form of verbs, students brainstormed a list of ideas, composed rough drafts, edited and revised their work, and published their final pieces. Check out our beautiful Spring Is… poetry on display outside of Room 202!!
Religion:Last week, we concluded our study of the Sacrament of Matrimony, and students took a quiz on this chapter in our text. Next week, we will move on to our final Sacrament at the Service of Communion, Holy Orders. Also, we have been focusing our attention on our Mercy Ships fundraising efforts. I am happy to report that we are well on our way to reaching our class goal!
Science: After becoming experts in our sensational sense of smell, we moved ahead to explore our terrific sense of taste! On Thursday, we concluded our study of this sense with a taste test lab activity. Students got to sample foods from each taste group – sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami. They explored the differences in the acuteness of each taste when place on different areas of the tongue, and we took a poll to chart our taste preferences. This week, students will be introduced to our spectacular sense of sight with a Dominant Eye Test lab activity. More on that coming up soon…
Social Studies: As we dug deeper intoChapter 9 in our text last week, our class gained insight into the pattern of colonial commerce known as triangular trade. They explored the differences between slavery in the North and South, and took a close look at life on a plantation. This week, we will move forward in this chapter, and prepare for a test on Friday.
Reminders for the week ahead…
Wed., 5/24:10;00 a.m.: Band concert
Thurs., 5/25: 9:00 a.m.: Ascension Thursday Mass & NJHS Induction (FULL DRESS);bookstore open
Fri., 5/26:Social Studies test – Ch. 9
Enjoy the remainder of this sunny Sunday!!