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8/27: News from 5th

Welcome to 5th Grade! 

We just finished our 1st full week of school at St. Cletus! I’m so excited about this school year and how we are off to a great start!

Social Studies: We have started our first unit about the diverse United States. We will start with learning about the Native people of North America, and continue with the colonization of the country.

Science: Scientists use investigations to analyze different living and non-living things. We are exploring what it means to be a scientist and how to conduct an experiment.

Grammar (Language Arts): In order to have a complete sentence, the sentence needs a subject noun and a verb. We are working on finding the subject noun and verb in the sentence, and classifying them according to Shurley English.

Reading: We started off going over the elements of a story. We are starting our first novel, “Night of the Spadefoot Toads.”

Spelling: This week we finished Unit 1 words. Every week we will be doing a new unit (except for short weeks). Every week will be the same: Monday, the words are written in cursive. Wednesday, the “Connections to Reading” in the textbook will be completed. Friday, the unit words will be tested.

Math: Ms. Hays teaches math. They are starting chapter 1 in the GO Math curriculum, focusing on place values, multiplication and expressions.

Religion: Jesus taught in Parables. We are discussing the many parables of Jesus, and focusing on what God wants us to know about his word. The parables we have talked about this week are: The Sower and the Seed, The Lost Sheep, The Good Samaritan, and the Prodigal Son.

This week we also took our first iReady assessment for the year. It is taken in the Reading and Math subjects. We will be taking it again mid and end of school year. These assessments help us find gaps in students’ learning and give teachers a better understanding of what areas should be focused on in class.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at anytime!

Have a Wonderful Weekend! — Mrs. Witkowski