Fifth Grade — Weekly Updates

04/09

 We had a great first week back from break.  Chapel is coming along nicely and should be a great one on Wednesday.  Please be sure to look over the new mask requirements.  I have discussed them with the class as well.  The classes have all been updated. Blessings on your weekend!

Class 

Update 

Religion 

Workbook lessons/Chapel Preparation

Memory 

  John 20:17-18: "Jesus said, 'Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: 'I have seen the Lord!' And she told them that he had said these things to her."

PE

We are back to P.E. on Friday.  They will have art with Mrs Thiede for the 4th quarter.

Health 

We continued our nutrition unit.

Study Skills 

We are done!

Math

We will cover these topics in math this week:  Using estimation when dividing by a 2 digit number,reciprocals, using reciprocals to divide fractions, and ratios.  Math TEST: Wednesday April 14.

Science 

We spent most of last week on physical and behavioral adaptations and how they help organisms survive and thrive.  We also talked about what happens when an organism is unable to adapt to a changing environment.  This week's focus in science will continue to be ecosystems with more of a focus on how matter and/or energy moves through an ecosystem.  We are going to analyze different types of specific ecosystems and explore how biotic and abiotic factors interact with and depend on one another in some specific examples. Food chains, food webs and energy pyramids will all be part of our work this week as well as we learn how matter and/or energy moves through an ecosystem.  I do expect to do a few small checkpoints during the week, but NO major tests or projects are planned.   As always, you can keep up with our day to day assignments and any changes to this schedule at https://stpaul5thscience.blogspot.com/

Social Studies 

5th grade is back with Mr. Wellna for our new unit. Unit 7 is underway and will cover major topics about America around the year 1900.  No quizzes or tests this week.

Reading

We will continue to read Bridge to Terabithia together this week.

English

We will continue our nonfiction writing this week. Students will choose a topic that interests them, and some research to find information to put into a paragraph.

Vocabulary 

We will review Units 10-12 this week. The test will be Friday April 16th.

Unit 10

  1. Abolish 

  2. Brittle

  3. Descend

  4. Expand

  5. Portable

  6. Visual

  7. Famine 

Unit 11

  1. Absurd

  2. Classify

  3. Navigate

  4. Principle 

  5. Realistic 

  6. Security

  7.  Selective

Unit 12

  1. Appliance

  2. Confirm 

  3. Gauge

  4. Neutral

  5. Presentable

  6. Shred 

  7. Rotate

Band/Music 




Announcements 

  • Class chapel on April 14th.  It will be on Facebook and Vimeo.

03/25

 Thank you again to those who sent in cereal boxes.  We surpassed the goal so bring on the casual Friday's!  Happy Easter to you from the Fischer family.  I pray that we all enjoy this special time of year to remember what Jesus did for us. The classes have all been updated. Blessings on your Easter Break!!

Class 

Update 

Religion 

Workbook lessons 

Memory 

  We will not have memory the first Thursday after Easter.

PE

We are back to P.E. on Friday.  They will have art with Mrs Thiede for the 4th quarter.

Health 

We continued our nutrition unit.

Study Skills 

We are done!

Math

The following topics will be covered in 5th grade math this week:  An investigation on probability, simplifying improper fractions, dividing by two digit numbers, and reading comparative graphs.

Science 

Upon our return from Spring Break, this week's focus in science will continue to be ecosystems with more of a focus on how matter and/or energy moves through an ecosystem.  We will explore how changes to an ecosystem affect the organisms that live there in the form of adaptations. We are going to talk about different types of ecosystems and explore how biotic and abiotic factors interact with and depend on one another in some specific examples. Food chains, food webs and energy pyramids will all be part of our work this week as well as we learn how matter and/or energy moves through an ecosystem.  I do expect to do a few small checkpoints during the week, but NO major tests or projects are planned.   As always, you can keep up with our day to day assignments and any changes to this schedule at https://stpaul5thscience.blogspot.com/ .

Social Studies 

Mr. Wellna is making a triumphant return to teach 5th grade for a while.  Our new unit in social studies will be about America around the year 1900.  There will be no tests or quizzes this week.

Reading

Now that we are officially into our Fantasy unit, we will begin our next class novel Bridge to Terabithia. Bridge to Terabithia tells the story of two very-different children who form an inseparable bond. Together, they create a magical kingdom in the woods where they can allow their imaginations to rule. 

English

We are moving into the second half of our Informative Writing unit, where we will focus on research reports. No major assignments will be due this week.

Vocabulary 

We will begin week 2 of Unit 12. Students will be responsible for completing Word Study (pg. 125) and Vocab for Comprehension (pg. 126-127). The test for this unit will be Friday April 9th. The words for the unit are:

  1. Abuse

  2. Appliance

  3. Confirm

  4. Daze

  5. Flimsy

  6. Gauge 

  7. Migrant

  8. Neutral

  9. Pitiless

  10. Presentable

  11. Rotate

  12. Shred

Band/Music 




Announcements 

  • Class chapel on April 14th.  It will be on Facebook and Vimeo.

     

  • image.png GRAFTON SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION
    Registration for the enrichment classes is through Skyward Family Access and will open on Sunday evening, April 11, at staggered start times: Grades 4K-2 at 5:00 pm,grades 3-5 at 6:00 pm, grades 6-8 at 7:00 pm Directions for registering online will be available in the brochure and on the district website. If you choose not to use online registration, you may register for classes in person at the District Office Starting Monday, April 12. However, please be aware that the enrichment classes fill up very quickly. 

03/19

 Happy Friday to you all!   Thank you to those that have sent in cereal boxes.  We still have Monday and Wednesday to collect.  I also wanted to speak to the poor memory grades.  I understand it was a long one so I will be giving an opportunity to get a few points back. The classes have all been updated. Blessings on your weekend!

Class 

Update 

Religion 

Workbook lessons 

Memory 

          Matthew 28:19-20

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."     

PE

We started our 3rd quarter class.  This means we will have PE every day except Wednesdays.  The uniforms will need to be washed often! 

Health 

We Started our nutrition unit.

Study Skills 

We are done!

Math

Our weekly math topics will include: transformations, prisms and more on reducing fractions.  Or should I say less?  Math Test onThursday,  March 25.

Science 

In Science, this week's focus will continue to be ecosystems. We spent most of last week learning a lot more about plants and a little about the animal kingdom.  This next week, we will wrap up our learning on animals and explore how biotic and abiotic factors interact with one another in some specific ecosystem examples, including Yellowstone National Park. We will start to explore how changes to an ecosystem affect the organisms that live there, including physical and behavioral adaptations. There may be a few short checkpoints (or quizzes), but no major projects or tests are planned prior to spring break.  As always, you can keep up with our day to day assignments and any changes to this schedule at https://stpaul5thscience.blogspot.com/

Social Studies 

5th Grade - We are doing a project this week.  It will be creating Civil War trading cards.  We will use class time to work this week. - Ms. Amling

Reading

Now that we have wrapped up our Argument and Advocacy unit, we will be starting our Fantasy unit! We will talk about the basic elements of Fantasy, as well as read some short stories within the genre to prepare ourselves for our next class novel.

English

Now that we have read many How-to model texts, and practiced writing our own directions for different activities, we will now be working on writing our own How-to essay. We will do some drafting and peer editing this week. The final draft will be due Wednesday March 24th. 

Vocabulary 

We will begin week 1 of Unit 12. Students will be responsible for completing Match the Meaning (pg. 122), Synonyms and Antonyms (pg. 123), and Completing the Sentence (pg. 124). They will also be expected to cut out and assemble their unit flashcards. The test for this unit will be Friday April 9th. The words for the unit are:

  1. Abuse

  2. Appliance

  3. Confirm

  4. Daze

  5. Flimsy

  6. Gauge 

  7. Migrant

  8. Neutral

  9. Pitiless

  10. Presentable

  11. Rotate

  12. Shred

Band/Music 




Announcements 

  • March 26th Family Day

  • March 29 - April 2nd Spring Break

03/12/2021

 The third trimester got off to a great start.  We had an epic badminton tournament, started collecting cereal, and decided to wear black on family day.  We will have memory quizzes on Thursday now.  The classes have all been updated. Blessings on your weekend!

Class 

Update 

Religion 

Workbook lessons 

Memory 

                  Nicene Creed 


We believe in one God,

      the Father almighty,

      maker of heaven and earth,

      of all things visible and invisible.


And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

      the only Son of God,

      begotten from the Father before all ages,

           God from God,

           Light from Light,

           true God from true God,

      begotten, not made;

      of the same essence as the Father.

      Through him all things were made.

      For us and for our salvation

           he came down from heaven;

           he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,

           and was made human.

           He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;

           he suffered and was buried.

           The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.

           He ascended to heaven

           and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

           He will come again with glory

           to judge the living and the dead.

           His kingdom will never end.


And we believe in the Holy Spirit,

      the Lord, the giver of life.

      He proceeds from the Father and the Son,

      and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.

      He spoke through the prophets.

      We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic church.

      We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

      We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,

      and to life in the world to come. Amen.

PE

We started our 3rd quarter class.  This means we will have PE every day except Wednesdays.  The uniforms will need to be washed often! 

Health 

The test went very well!  We will start our next unit on Wednesday. 

Study Skills 

We are done!

Math

This week in 5th grade math we will cover these topics: Units of capacity, multiplying fractions and whole numbers, dividing fractions and transformations.  If we stay on schedule there will be a math test on Tuesday, March 16. 

Science 

In Science, this week's focus will continue to be ecosystems. We spent most of last week learning a little about plants, a lot about Decomposers and how different roles in ecosystems work together.  We will continue to then look at how biotic factors (or living things) are classified and dig a little deeper into the Kingdoms of plants and animals.  We are going to talk about different types of ecosystems and explore how biotic and abiotic factors interact with one another in some specific examples. We may start to explore how changes to an ecosystem affect the organisms that live there in the form of adaptations.  As always, you can keep up with our day to day assignments and any changes to this schedule at https://stpaul5thscience.blogspot.com/

Social Studies 

We will be having a Unit 6 test on Friday.  We will be reviewing Wednesday and Thursday.  (Review sheet will come home) -Ms. Amling

Reading

We will be wrapping up our Argument and Advocacy unit this week. We have been hard at work preparing for the Advocacy Research Presentations that will take place Tuesday and potentially Wednesday. After that, we will reflect on the skills that we have learned and practiced throughout this research unit. 

English

We will continue our informative writing unit. No major assignments will be due this week. There will also be some Grammar work as well. 

Vocabulary 

We will begin week 2 of Unit 11. Students will be responsible for completing Word Associations (pg. 115), Word Study (pg. 116) and Shades of MeaningCompleting the Sentence (pg. 117). The test for this unit will be Friday March 19th. The words for the unit are:

  1. Absurd 

  2. Avalanche

  3. Classify

  4. Ensure

  5. Navigate

  6. Nestle

  7. Plea

  8. Principle 

  9. Realistic 

  10. Security

  11. Selective

  12. Tart 

Band/Music 




Announcements 

  • March 26th Family Day

  • March 29 - April 2nd Spring Break

03/05/21

 Two trimesters down and one to go!  I keep thinking how has it gone this fast?  Let's make this last trimester the best one yet.  The classes have all been updated. Blessings on your weekend!

Class 

Update 

Religion 

Workbook lessons 

Memory 

                  Apostles Creed 


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

      who was conceived by the Holy Spirit

      and born of the virgin Mary.

      He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      was crucified, died, and was buried;

      he descended to hell.

      The third day he rose again from the dead.

      He ascended to heaven

      and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.

      From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      the holy catholic* church,

      the communion of saints,

      the forgiveness of sins,

      the resurrection of the body,

      and the life everlasting. Amen.

PE

We started our 3rd quarter class.  This means we will have PE every day except Wednesdays.  The uniforms will need to be washed often! 

Health 

Life Cycle Projects were done very well!

Study Skills 

We are done!

Math

This week in 5th grade math we will cover these topics: How to use the G.C.F. of a number to reduce fractions, geometric solids, and mean, median, mode, and range.  We will have an investigation towards the end of the week on graphing and then celebrate Pi Day on Friday.  We will do special Pi Day activities in class on this day.  Students are allowed to bring a drink from home.  Acceptable drinks besides water are: sports drinks, lemonade, fruit juice, and soda.  Please no high energy drinks and limit the drinks to 16 oz. 

Science 

In Science, this week's focus will continue to be ecosystems. We will continue to then look at how biotic factors (or living things) are classified and dig a little deeper into the Kingdoms of plants and animals.  We are going to talk about different types of ecosystems and explore how biotic and abiotic factors interact with one another in some specific examples. We may start to explore how changes to an ecosystem affect the organisms that live there in the form of adaptations.  As always, you can keep up with our day to day assignments and any changes to this schedule at https://stpaul5thscience.blogspot.com/ .

Social Studies 

Our Civil War unit will be coming to an end.  Before we take a test, we will be completing a Civil War based project. -Ms. Amling

Reading

Now that we have wrapped up our partner debates, we will be launching self-inquiry projects. Because our unit is about Argument and Advocacy, each student will choose a topic that they are passionate about, and take a deeper look into the issues surrounding their topic. They will put together Google Slide presentations to teach the class about their findings to practice being an active advocate. Presentations will most likely take place at the beginning of next week. 

English

We will begin our informative writing unit. No major assignments will be due this week.

Vocabulary 

We will begin week 1 of Unit 11. Students will be responsible for completing Match the Meaning (pg. 112), Synonyms and Antonyms (pg. 113), and Completing the Sentence (pg. 114). They will also be expected to cut out and assemble their unit flashcards. The test for this unit will be Friday March 19th. The words for the unit are:

  1. Absurd 

  2. Avalanche

  3. Classify

  4. Ensure

  5. Navigate

  6. Nestle

  7. Plea

  8. Principle 

  9. Realistic 

  10. Security

  11. Selective

  12. Tart

Band/Music 




Announcements 

  • March 26th Family Day

  • March 29 - April 2nd Spring Break

Journey to the Cross - The Lenten season is quickly approaching (it begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17th). We have another great way for your family to journey through this season together with us. Join Mrs. Butz and Mrs. Werner LIVE online Wednesday, February 10th from 6pm-7pm as they share the Journey to the Cross with you and your family! This year's Journey to the Cross includes a Jesus Tree kit for your family to make to help you count the days of Lent, daily prayers and a special online daily devotion. This is truly a journey you won't want to miss!

 

Sign-ups are required, please sign-up at www.splgrafton.org/fig. Questions? Contact Kim Butz (kimberly.butz@splgrafton.org) or Dauna Werner (dauna.werner@splgrafton.org)