Mrs. Boettinger's 5th Grade Blog-March 29, 2019

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This Tuesday is our field trip to Madison. Try to be on time for school as we are leaving promptly at 8:30! Don’t forget to have your son or daughter pack a brown bag lunch and a pocket snack. This is an out of uniform day, but we are representing SMS, so please dress appropriately. The students will get a chance to visit the gift shops, and if they choose to, they may purchase a souvenir.

Monday is also an out of uniform day to celebrate Spring! Students are allowed to wear uniform shorts starting Monday.

On Wednesday, we will be having practice for the Variety show which takes place Friday night. Hope to see you there!

Reading Logs are due Monday. They will not be accepted without dates and a parent signature.

My hope is that students choose another historical fiction book to read on their own, now that so many loved their book report books. It is such a wonderful genre for readers and learners.

Book Report Update: We decided to work on much of the final draft work in class as well as many kids typed their pieces out and printed pictures for their “newspaper posters.” Monday will be their last class day to put their work together onto a poster. They can take it home with them to glue and add anything if unfinished. It will be due Wednesday. I do not have students Thursday. They will begin presenting reports the following week, in increments, taking the poster home to practice if needed.

Tuesday and Wednesday of next week we will continue reading The Cay.

Science

We need some experiments. We will start looking at one of Newton’s laws and do the math that goes along with the science..

Social Studies

We are continuing to learn about the Age of Exploration. Explorers, navigational tools and routes have been the focus. This week the students will be sailors! They will take on the identity of an explorer in the 1500s and examine what life at sea was like aboard a ship. Leadership, work, lodgings, food, sickness, punishment, risks and rewards are aspects that we will be talking about. Since many of the explorers came from England, our Daily Geography this week will focus on regions of the United Kingdom.

Math

We have moved into Geometry. Last week we reviewed the different types of angles and used a protractor to construct them. This week we will classify triangles and learn how to calculate the inside angles. Next up, we will explore polygons.

Language Arts/Writing

Students completed spelling lesson 10 last week. This week will ba a vocabulary week. Students will do a quick eight question vocab comprehension quiz on Monday before I introduce the unit 10 words. The test will be on Friday, April 5th. Vocab pages 102-105 will be due and graded in class on Thursday, April 4th.

Students will choose the topic of their compare/contrast essays this week. We will be doing some brainstorming as well as talking through the compare/contrast writing process.

Religion

We will continue to talk about Lent, but we are also getting back to the Sacraments. Eucharist and Reconciliation are the next two to be talked about.

We have been talking with our K5 buddies about respect, which is this month’s virtue. We came up with a very thoughtful list of those who deserve our respect and created watercolor flowers using that list.

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