Summer has quickly approached and I wanted to wish a pleasant and safe summer break to all of you. This year was a fantastic year. I saw a lot of academic growth, but also maturity. I’ve had a wonderful experience working with all of them this year. Next year, I will be moving on to 7th grade. Who knows, I may have them as students again the year that follows next.
God Bless to everyone
Dear 5D Parents,
It is the end of April. The trees and flowers are beginning to bloom. There is a lot of excitement for summer around the corner.
Beginning this week in Social Studies, the 5th graders will begin their project on Checks and Balances in the computer lab. It is important for each 5th grader to know the structure of government, but more importantly, it is important for them to understand how our government shares the duties of representative democracy amongst the branches. Our students will understand how this works and also what each branch does for the government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
In the last couple of weeks in English, the 5th graders have worked on understanding what the subjects and predicates in sentences. The use of subjects and predicates does review nouns, pronouns, action verbs, and being verbs. Also the students do gain a better understanding of identifying the differences of nouns, verbs, and even adjectives. We will work on a poetry unit in the month of May. It is a fun way to end the year, but also it highlights the use of expanding their vocabulary through adjectives and adverbs.
The Archdiocese Assessment in Math is finished. The 5th graders were tested over skills in computation with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, The 5th graders were also assessed on problem-solving, geometry, and algebraic expressions. As a whole, the 5th grade did a wonderful job on the standardize test.
Beginning this week, the leveled Math group will begin to learn how to multiply and divide fractions. This will include the following: mixed numbers, improper fractions, and whole numbers. The advanced-level group will focus on geometric principles like angles and shapes.
An early reminder that on May 18th, our 5th grade will have their fun day. We will spend the morning at Bowling Green Park and on the school soccer field. The 5th graders are permitted to bring sporting equipment like baseball equipment (please no real baseballs), soccer equipment, etc. We will not be having lunch at the park as the regular school lunch will be served in the cafeteria for that particular day.
Also, the school calendar for May did not go out on Friday. Each student will receive their calendar for the month of May today.
Have a lovely week.
As we head into a mini-Easter break, I wanted to give an update on the curriculum and upcoming events in the 5th grade.
In Math, the 5th graders are currently working very hard on fractions. We have covered a lot in the last month, for instance equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, improper fractions, mixed numbers, and converting fractions to decimals. We just began to add and subtract fractions. For the next couple of weeks, we will continue to practice adding/subtracting fractions, including improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will also multiply and divide fractions as well.
The advanced level group is focusing on algebraic expressions. The goal is to understand a variable’s place within an equation. Also, the students are solving for variables in equations as well. The students are also learning algebraic properties and properties of equality as well.
In Literature, we are working on our novel unit. Each 5th grader is reading a novel and our goal for the next few weeks is to work on comprehension skills and higher-order thinking skills. For English, we are continuing our verbs/adverbs unit.
For Social Studies, we have begun the Revolutionary War unit. This is very exciting time because the war for independence is a cornerstone of the 5th grade curriculum. The students will mainly learn about how America won the war, important individuals who led the cause of independence, and the aftermath of the war.
Now for the important news about the Field Trip next Friday. Next Friday, April 6th, we will be going to the Hitchcock Nature Center near Honey Creek, IA. The bus from school will leave at 9:15. Students are asked to bring their own lunch for the field trip. We will like for the students to bring a disposable lunch bag (paper or plastic) for the field trip. We will be returning to school at around 1:45. If you have any questions or concerns, then please let me know.
I would like to wish everyone a great Easter. Please enjoy your time with your family. See everyone on Tuesday.
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.