February 22, 2013
Another short week, but a lot was accomplished!
Both classes enjoyed their Junior Achievement Job Shadow field trips. Mrs. White’s class went to CME and Ms. Gaudard’s class went to Krapohl Ford.
Math – Mrs. White’s class is still working on ratios and should have a test in about a week. The class also worked on the website www.ixl.com this week. Every student has a password and user name for this site. This would be a great practice to do at home. This site is aligned to the common core standards. Ms. Gaudard’s class will have a math test on ratios midweek. Then both classes will begin preparing for the mid-year test.
Science – We are learning about simple machines in our “Forces in Motion” unit.
Religion – The fifth graders are continuing to work in their Lent books and we are discussing the season of Lent in class.
Writing – The students will be turning in their mystery stories next week. They have done an amazing job with this particular piece of writing.
Reading – Ms. Gaudard’s class is continuing to work on Award Winning Book Reports.
Social Studies – Chapter 9 tests are in your child’s Friday folder. We will begin the chapter “Forming a New Government” next week.
Have a great weekend and stay warm!
The curriculum for 5th grade at Sacred Heart Academy includes daily lessons in the following areas:
Mastery of multiplication and division of whole numbers, understanding of geometric shapes, introduced to adding and subtracting fractions and converting measurement units within a given system.
Students are exposed to required genres for fifth grade – historical fiction, tall tales, mystery, poetry, etc. through class novels, literature circles, accelerated reader novels and book report projects.
Students also are “reading buddies” to younger children. Students study American History from early exploration through reconstruction. Explore current events through "Time for Kids" Biweekly magazine."
A major emphasis is on the cycle of sacramental celebrations. The students have collections for Christmas Outreach, Isabella County Soup Kitchen and The Animal Shelter throughout the year.
Students learn how living things grow and respond such as plant growth response, types of plants and invertebrates and vertebrates. The students learn about our living planet through ecosystems and weather changes. Finally, they learn about forces and machines. These concepts are developed through hands – on experiments dissecting, power point presentations, uses of microscopes and field trips to the Nature Center and News Station.
In addition, fifth graders have Computers, Music, Spanish, Art and Physical Education weekly. They also participate in several field trips during the school year. For example: Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day, Chippewa Nature Center, Alma College School of Dance Performance, Neyer Farms and Siers Woodland. They also participate in a Junior Citizenship program directed by Isabella County and attend a three-day retreat at Spring Hill Camp. Various guest speakers are invited to the classroom during the school year.