The first week of school has come and gone, and the students are settling into the rhythm of fifth grade. I have enjoyed getting to know them so far, and am really looking forward to spending the rest of this year with them!
How You Can Help
Several parents have asked about helping out in class. I welcome parent helpers, so feel free to email me or come by after school and let me know if you would like to volunteer, and I will gladly get back to you about days and times and details. Thanks!
Looking for a way to help without working in the classroom? We can use donations of small items to use as prizes in our class store. Every week, the students have the opportunity to purchase things with the reward tickets they have earned throughout the week. Small, inexpensive toys; stickers; school supplies; etc. would be perfect. If you’re interested in donating any of these items, you can bring them in after school or send them to school with your child. Thank you very much!
Last week our class learned how to write a formal email. If students need to email me or another staff member for any reason this year, they are expected to use the format we discussed in class. If they lose their instruction sheet, it is available online at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-UhHydZoZsQME9wWGJHQ0JybTA/view?usp=sharing.
Here’s What We’ll be Learning This Week:
Bible – This week we will learn about Abraham’s trust in God and obedience, from Lesson 2 in the workbook.
Our memory verse for the week is Colossians 3:1-2, which says, Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Please help your child memorize the verse in this version (the New International Version).
Reading and Writing – We’ll learn what “close reading” involves, and students will begin to study the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and practice reading it “closely”. In addition, this week the students have a reading log to work on. They should read at home, fill in the sheet to show what and for how long they have read, and hand it in on Friday. Please remind your child to read regularly at home! It would be a good idea to set aside a certain amount of time for reading each day.
Grammar – We will learn about nouns: what they are and how to correctly make them plural.
Spelling – Our list this week can be found on www.spellingcity.com/limaa and is called “Sort 26”. It features words with the er, ear, and eer spelling patterns.
Math – We are continuing to work in chapter 1, with such topics as place value, comparing decimals, and ordering whole numbers and decimals.
Science – Students will learn more about matter and its properties. We will do a hands-on investigation that goes with this topic.
Social Studies – We’ll be looking into how the English Colonies in America were settled and what life was like there.
This Week’s Homework:
Monday: math workbook pages 41-42
Tuesday: math workbook pages 47-48
Wednesday: math workbook pages 53-54
Thursday: math workbook pages 59-60
(Students should do these assignments on the days listed above. Homework should always be handed in the next day, unless otherwise stated.)
Bible – verse test on Friday
Spelling – test on Friday
Math – Chapter 1 test next Tuesday (Aug. 29)