Hello and happy Friday!
This week, our 5th graders took the NWEA test for Reading, Math, and Language Arts from Monday-Wednesday. This test will be taken 3 times this year (Fall, Winter, and Spring), and is used to assess student growth in those 3 areas mentioned. Thank you to our students for working very hard during this time! I will be printing reports fairly soon, and this will be something that we can look at during conferences (or before) if you'd like.
We began our new unit, which is on multiplication and the order of operations. This unit extends students' understanding of multiplication to larger numbers, and also introduces the order of operations and a bit of algebra concepts. So far, we have discussed factors, the properties of multiplication, multiples of ten, and powers of ten. We have had some great workshop days, and students have been working hard! To help your child at home throughout this unit, I suggest having them practice multiplication problems either on paper, with flashcards, or on the computer. There are some great apps if you have access to a tablet (I can suggest some if you'd like), or students can visit:
IXL and XtraMath have apps as well- I'm pretty sure that IXL is free, XtraMath is not.
We have finished our first novel in our book study- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe! What an amazing book- if you have not read it yourself, I (and probably most of the students) highly recommend it! I've never read it before myself, and it was truly amazing how many connections there were between the book and The Bible. On Wednesday we had an excellent discussion about how our novel ties in with the story of Jesus being crucified and rising again, and on Monday we will discuss the end of the book. There will be a final project that is introduced on Monday as well. Aside from our novel, we also have been working closely with Ms. Dillon, our reading specialist, on the different types of syllables. She will continue to come in once a week to work with us, and in the next week we will begin practicing spelling with what she has shown us.
-The fifth grade visited the St. John's food cupboard today- what a beautiful day for a walking field trip! Mrs. Caruso gave us a wonderful tour, and explained to us where many of the food cupboard visitors come from and a little bit of background information. Check my website for some pictures!
-5th grade camp information was sent home today. All forms are due Next Friday. If you would like to be considered to be a chaperone, please make sure to fill out the appropriate form and submit it by Friday. If you have any questions about anything camp related, do not hesitate to ask! (I will do my best to answer them, if not I will direct you to Stephanie since she is a pro at camp )
-Next Friday is our October all school mass. Our school is still collecting food on first Fridays, though there is no casual dress day. If you would like to donate any non perishable food items, please send them in with your child next Friday.
Have a wonderful weekend!
5th Grade Teacher- Language Arts, Math
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School