The 5th/6th Grade musical is fast approaching. The musical is very exciting and a great opportunity to see all the hard work that our students have put in. There will be a couple of matinee performances beginning tomorrow at 2:00 P.M. in the gym. For Thursday, that matinee performance will be at 1:45. For Wednesday and Thursday, we do allow the students to come to school dressed up in some of their costumes for the play. We asked that they do not come to school fully dressed in their costume. No hats, gloves, capes, wigs, whatever extra add-ons will not be worn during school hours, just during the performances.
For Math, our classes have finished up division and decimals. We just began numerical and algebraic expression with the use of a variable. The goal is to know when to use a variable and how the variable is used. Also, we have just began divisibility rules. This is always a lot of fun, because a lot this is mental math and it is helpful with the thought process skill of mathematics.
In Social Studies, we are just wrapping up our unit on the Spanish Conquistadors. This is an important unit because it sets the stage for colonization of the Americas, which is a key component to the Revolutionary War that will take place down the road.
For Language Arts block, we are continuing our novel reads. There are various daily assignments that focus on comprehension skills, but also skills like figurative language and writer’s workshop that the students participate in. The 5th graders are also working with adjectives at this time. Currently we are studying the use of adjectives and their descriptive needs.
Below are pictures of our annual Kindgarten Mummy Wrap that we did last week for Halloween. It was a major blast with every student enjoying the experience.
Thank you everyone. Have a great week.
This past week was an incredible week in 5D. We had our first field trip to the Holy Family Shrine. It was an incredible experience to learn about the history of the shrine and the significance the shrine has on our community. The shrine has recently added a Stations of the Cross exhibit to the property. I was awestruck at the beauty and creativity. The 5th graders really enjoyed the stations, but also marveled at the scenery around the shrine. I believe all of us left a better person. We have many wonderful photos from the shrine, please check them out.
On Thursday, we have our classroom pictures. A picture envelope went home in their Friday Folders. Please bring back the envelope and payment back by Thursday. Students are to wear dressed-up clothing for the picture. After the pictures, the students can change back to regular school uniform clothing.
Next Thursday, October 26th, is our Parent-Teacher Conferences. The conferences will be in the 5th grade classrooms. Please show up at your scheduled time. Conferences are only scheduled for 15 minutes each, but if you want more time to discuss any important issues, then I will gladly meet with anyone the following weeks for further discussions. The first quarter report cards will be going home that day. Please look these over and sign and return as soon as possible.
The past couple of weeks in Math, our leveled Math group has been primarily focused on multiplication using the Lattice Method. We have begun division with estimation and single digit divisors. Our advanced level class has concluded their order of operations and exponents unit and moved on to decimals. For the next couple of weeks, we will continue to work with decimals using all four operations, plus using decimals in real-life situations.
In Social Studies, we are concluded our Native American unit with our cool Native American project. The project’s main focus was a celebration of Native American culture through language, food, traditions, and history. Each student chose a tribe and researched that tribe’s culture. All students then made a booklet that highlighted those special cultural features. Each booklet was specially decorated using the tribe’s proud images for display. Starting this week, after the presentations of the booklets, we will begin to learn about European colonization of the Americas, beginning with the Spanish colonies.
For our Literature Block, we have began our guided reading groups. Some groups have begun with a novel and articles that focus on comprehension strategies. In English, we are in the process of learning about pronouns, plus worked on proofreading and editing. For the proofread, we went into the computer lab and typed of the edits.
Thank you everyone. Have a good week.
The 5th graders just wrapped up another important week. Now we have a quick three day weekend.
Next week is the Terra Nova testing for grades 3-8. The Terra Nova test is a standardized test that is one of the indicators teachers use to help our students and the school community. The Terra Nova test on Language, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies’s skills.
We will begin testing on Monday, September 25th. Testing will take place each morning throughout the week. Since our community knows the importance of the testing, we ask that each student be present at school, especially in the morning. Please have your child get a good night’s rest and have a hearty breakfast in the morning. If a child is sick that day, or has an appointment, then we will use Friday as a day for students to catch up.
Yesterday in the Friday (Thursday) Folder, an information sheet went out on the field trip to the Holy Family Shrine. The Field trip will be on the morning of Friday, October 13th. The field trip will last from 8:30 to 11:30 when we arrive back at school. If any parents would like to volunteer and join us on the field trip, then please bring back the volunteer form as well as the permission form. The field trip cost $5.
This week in 5D, we finished up the unit on early Meso-American civilization. Our test was Thursday. In the following weeks, we will begin our Native American culture unit. A project will be included in this unit. The project is a research based project. Students will research a tribe of their choice. The research will be an elaborate study on Native American lifestyle, geography, history, and culture. It is important for students to learn and respect different cultures, while gaining a deeper understanding of one’s culture. Plus, it is a fun way to show creativity with this project.
In Language Arts, the class has focused on comprehension skills and figurative language as well. The students are learning more about similes and metaphors and incorporating these into their writing. In English, we have began a short pronouns unit.
For Math, our accelerated Math mod has completed their Multiplication and Division unit. Next will be Order of Operations, including a big focus on exponents.
The leveled Math mod has begun their unit on Multiplication. The first few days were dedicated to Mental Math theory and operations. There is a continued emphasis on problem solving activities as well.
Please enjoy your weekend
See everyone back on Monday
Hello. My name is Jerry Carreon and this is my 4th year at SPSL. I'm a 5th grade teacher and I teach Math and Social Studies. I really enjoy teaching at SPSL. I've been very blessed to be around great families, students, administrators, teachers, and assistants.