Curriculum Update

Curriculum Update for the Week of April 25, 2016:

Religion:  Continue working on the Miracles of Jesus film strip;  Begin Chapter 18:  Celebrating the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick; How Anointing of the Sick continues the healing work of Jesus

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban;  Complete comprehension and Analysis activities; Students will have time to read their Historical Fiction book

Language Arts: Grammar- Finish and Review Adverb Unit; degrees of adverb;  Adverb Test on Thursday;  Vocabulary:  Continue Unit 11;  Vocabulary Unit 11 Test on Friday

Social Studies: Continue Chapter 9:  the Constitutional Convention- goals of the convention;  The Constitution- a plan for government; Branches of the Government; Limits of government; President Washington- The First President; The Cabinet

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Thank you again for helping to make last week’s Walk Through the American Revolution such a positive learning opportunity.  The students learned so much through this opportunity and I was blown away by the end result.  I am still beaming with pride for my fifth graders.

This week should be relatively calm.  Please go over the Curriculum Update to see what we are learning.

Curriculum Update for the Week of April 18, 2016:

Religion:  Review chapter 17;  Chapter 17 Test on Wednesday;  Begin Chapter 18- The Celebration of the Anointing of the Sick

Math:  Unit 6 Review;  Unit 6 Test on Tuesday;  Game Day; Read and write expressions;  ALEKS

Reading:  Students should bring their Historical Fiction book to read during independent reading time;  Guidelines for this report will go home this week; Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban;  Complete comprehension and analysis activities

Social Studies:  Geography Test Thursday;  Continue Chapter 8- Patriot or Loyalist; George Washington’s Battles, Valley Forge;  Winning the War:  the war in the South and West; The Treaty of Paris

Language Arts:  Vocabulary Unit 10 Test on Monday;  Begin Vocabulary Unit 11; Grammar:  Continue unit on Adverbs-  Adverbs of how, to what extent

Art:  Apply knowledge of the 5 basic elements of shape to drawing a realistic bird from a photograph; use shape, color, and value to create a picture of a bird using magazine collage technique

I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  Don’t forget, Saturday, April 23rd is our Family Carnival Gala.  I hope to see everyone there!  Thank you for all you do to support SMA.  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

 

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Just a reminder, this week the fifth graders will participate in their Walk Through the American Revolution presentation.  It should be a great experience!  I hope to see you there.

Here is this week’s Curriculum Update.

Curriculum Update for the Week of April 11, 2016:

Religion:  Review Chapter 17;  Chapter 17 Test next Monday

Math:  Types of Comparisons; Equations and parentheses; Multiple step problems; Test next Tuesday

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban;  Complete comprehension and analysis activities

Language Arts:  Continue adjectives- adjectives used in writing; Begin unit on Adverbs- adverbs of “when” and “where”; Vocabulary:  Continue unit 10- Unit 10 Test on Friday;  Spelling:  spell words with “er” sound and spell two- and three- word syllable words;  Unit 13 Test on Friday

Social Studies:  Continue to prepare for the Walk Through the American Revolution presentation; Continue Ch 8:  Patriot or Loyalist?  Washington’s First Battles- Valley Forge

Don’t forget, SMA is having their first Family Gala on Saturday, April 23.  This is a free event and there will be lots of fun, family items to bid on.  The Teacher Feature items will also be up for auction at this event.  It sounds like their will be a lot of amazing items to choose from, including the fifth grade Harry Potter Basket, and my teacher feature- a movie night of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!  So, be sure to mark your calendars and get ready for a night of family fun!!!!

Have a fantastic week.  Thank you for all you do to help make SMA great.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw

Happy Easter!!!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Welcome back and Happy Easter!  I hope everyone enjoyed their vacation time together.  I am looking forward to hearing about everyone’s holiday adventures.

Please take a moment to look over this week’s Curriculum Update.  The Fifth Graders and I have a week of learning and fun times ahead.

Curriculum Update for the Week of April 4, 2016:

Religion:  Easter and what is means for Catholic Christians; Begin chapter 17:  the Sacrament of Healing- Jesus heals the sick; the Apostles preach and heal in His name; We are all called to care for the sick

Math:  write multiplication word problems; use rounding to determine reasonableness; comparison problems; Ch 6 Quiz on Thursday;  Complete at least 5 topics on ALEKS

Reading:  Read and discuss the novel, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban;  Complete comprehension and analysis activities that focus on the topics of theme and point of view

Language Arts:  Grammar:  finish and review unit on adjectives: degrees of adjectives;  Adjective test on Friday;  Vocabulary:  Introduction to unit 10; complete 20 word cards by Friday;  No Spelling this week

Social Studies:  Continue to prepare for “A Walk Through the American Revolution”;  Begin Chapter 8: declaring independence; life during the war; women and the war; Patriot or Loyalist; The War in the North- Washington’s first battles

It looks like we will have a great week of learning.  I hope everyone enjoys the remainder of their Easter break.  Thank you for stopping by to look over this week’s Curriculum Update.  See you soon!  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor

BACK TO NORMAL

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

After last week’s sea voyage, the fifth graders are back to being land lubbers!  This week will be a week of calm and back to normalcy (I think).  Please look over this week’s Curriculum Update to see what the fifth graders will be learning.

Religion:Continue Chapter 16:  The Rite of Reconciliation; the Act of Contrition and absolution;  Open book test on Thursday

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss A Year Down Yonder;  Complete comprehension and analysis activities;

Language Arts:  Grammar- continue unit on adjectives- limiting adjectives, proper adjectives and predicate adjectives;  Writing:  Finish character analysis paragraphs on Harry Potter characters;  Spelling:  Unit 12- plural forms of words by adding endings to base words and irregular plural forms; Unit 12 test on Friday

Social Studies:  Chapter 7 test on Monday;  Begin chapter 8:  Declaring independence; The debate in Congress; Life during the war; Women and the war

Don’t forget, this Friday there will be no extended care.  I hope everyone has a happy and blessed Easter Sunday.  Enjoy your time off!  Thank you for all you do to help make SMA a great place to learn.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffn

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

 

Ahoy Mateys!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Our over night field trip aboard the Star of India is this week!  It should be a fun experience for all.  Please be sure to contact me with any questions you may have.  I am only too happy to help.

This week’s Curriculum Update is very tentative due to final preparations for the Star of India taking precedence.  Thank you for your understanding.  I want to make certain the students feel prepared and secure in what to expect.

Curriculum Update for the Week of March 7, 2016:

Religion:  Final review of Chapter 15; Chapter 15 Test on Friday

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss, A Year Down Yonder– Chapters 2-3;  Comprehension and analysis activities for Ch 1 – 3

Langauge Arts:  Writing:  Continue to work on Harry Potter Character analysis essay  Grammar:  Continue unit on Adjectives- limiting adjectives and proper adjectives;  Vocabulary Workshop Test on Monday ;  No spelling test this week!

Social Studies:  Final preparations for Star of India:  practice sea chanteys (sorry, parents); review events leading up to Revolution, the Triangular Trade and “sailor’s vocabulary”

Art:  apply knowledge of the 5 basic elements of shape to drawing a realistic bird from a photograph;  Use shape, color and value to create a picture of a bird using magazine a picture of a bird using magazine collage technique

Math:  review division with whole numbers and decimals; Division Test on Wednesday

Have a fantastic week!  Thank you for all you do to support SMA.  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Griffin

Head of Head of Muggle Studies

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We have an exciting week ahead as the fifth graders prepare for their two upcoming field trips to BizTown and the over night experience aboard the Star of India.  Please look over this week’s Curriculum Update to see what we are learning and the schedule of tests coming up.

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 29, 2016:

Religion: Finish Chapter 15-  Reconciled with God and the Church;  Discuss and complete chapter 15 review;  Chapter 15 Test next Tuesday

Reading:  Begin reading and discussing, Richard Peck’s A Year Down Yonder

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Begin unit on adjectives- limiting adjectives; Spelling:  Unit 11- words with the endings -ed, -ing, -er, and -est;  Unit 11 test on Friday;  Vocabulary Workshop:  complete unit 9 exercises, Unit 9 test on Friday

Social Studies:  Prepare for Junior Achievement BizTown;  BizTown Field Trip on Wednesday;  Finish Chapter 15 and continue to prepare for Star of India field trip.  Chapter 6 test next Friday

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!  Thank you for all of your help and support to provide the best Catholic education.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Just a reminder that this Saturday is SMA’s Annual Gala.  It will be held at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.  It should be a great time for all.  Please come and support the school by bidding on some great mini vacation items or add to our classroom library by bidding on the Fifth Grade Wish List novel sets.  There will also be a final appeal to help raise funds for some upgrades to our school technology plan.  I hope to see you there!

Lastly, permission slips and fees for the Star of India are due.  Please send these in with your students on Monday.  Thank you!  Please be sure to let me, or Mrs. Lowell know if you have and questions or concerns with regards to this field trip.

Be sure to look over this week’s Curriculum Update.

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 22, 2016:

Religion:  Begin Chapter 15:  Jesus calls us to conversion; Jesus forgives as only God can do;  The Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reading:  Finish Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;  Complete comprehension and analysis check-up;  Begin reading and discussing Richard Peck’s novel, A Year Down Yonder  and the historical background behind it.

Language Arts:  Vocabulary Unit 8 test on Monday;  Introduction to Vocabulary Workshop Unit 9;  Spelling:  Unit Test on Friday  Grammar:  Finish unit on Nouns and review.  Nouns Test on Thursday

Social Studies:  States and Capitals Test, Part 2 on Tuesday;  Continue to prepare for Junior Achievement BizTown;  BizTown Interviews on Wednesday;  Continue to prepare for Star of India and learn about the prelude to the Revolutionary War:  Early conflicts with Great Britain; The Boston Tea Party; The First Continental Congress

Art: Bird Collage- Apply knowledge of the 5 basic elements of shape to drawing a realistic bird from a photograph; Use shape, color, and value to create a picture of a bird using magazine collage technique

Please be sure to check PlanBook to see what the fifth graders will be learning in Science class this week. The link is on the front page of the fifth grade site.

Have a fantastic week!  Thank you for all you do to support SMA.  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy President’s Day

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Happy President’s Day!  I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend.  Thankfully the sunny weather held out and we could enjoy the great outdoors!

Please be sure to look over this week’s Curriculum Update to see what we are learning in Fifth Grade.

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 15, 2016:

Religion:  Finish Chapter 12 and complete Study Guide for chapter test;  Chapter 12 Test next Monday, February 22

Social Studies: Begin Chapter 7:  Conflicts with Britain; new taxes, the Townshend Acts; Conflict Grows:  Trouble in Boston, the Boston Tea Party and First Continental Congress; States and Capitals Test next Tuesday- 26-50; Continue preparations for Star of India overnight program; Continue preparations for Junior Achievement BizTown with Mrs. Bonakdar

Reading: Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Continue study of character analysis

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Direct/Indirect Objects; Predicate Nominatives;  Vocabulary Workshop:  Continue unit 8 and complete unit 8 activities;  Unit 8 Test  next Monday 

Art: Bird Collage- Apply knowledge of the 5 basic elements of shape to drawing a realistic bird from a photograph; Use shape, color, and value to create a picture of a bird using magazine collage technique

Please be sure to check PlanBook to see what the fifth graders will be learning in Science class this week. The link is on the front page of the fifth grade site.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and House of Gryffindor

A Calm Week Ahead

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

In comparison to last week, this week should be relatively calm and somewhat regular.  Thank you to all for making Catholic Schools Week a roaring success.  The State Fair was the talk of the town.  I was blown away by the efforts of everyone for making it so amazing.  Thank you for your support!

There will be Monday morning mass.  We will meet in the Junior Yard and walk over to the church with our buddies.  This Tuesday the students will be taking the Math portion of the STAR Test.  We will begin promptly at 8:15. Tuesday is also Pizza Lunch.  No need to pack a lunch if your child orders pizza.

Lastly, this Friday the Fifth Graders will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with their buddies.  A simple Valentine card for their buddy is all that is required from each fifth grader. Prior to meeting with our buddies, the fifth grade class will also be exchanging Valentine cards with one another.  Please make sure there is a card for each student.  Thank you!  I would not want anyone to be left out;0)

Please be sure to look over this week’s Curriculum Update.

Curriculum Update for the Week of February 8, 2016:

Religion: Finish chapter 12- Sacramentals and popular devotions;  Preparing for Lent; Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;  Begin study of character analysis

Social Studies:  Finish chapter 6:  Life in the South- plantations and small farms;  States and Capitals Test on Friday, the first 25;  Begin preparations for Star of India overnight program;  Continue preparations for Junior Achievement BizTown with Mrs. Bonakdar

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Finish possessive nouns and begin direct/indirect objects; Spelling Test on Friday;  Vocabulary Workshop: Begin Unit 8 word introduction

Art: Bird Collage-  Apply knowledge of the 5 basic elements of shape to drawing a realistic bird from a photograph; Use shape, color, and value to create a picture of a bird using magazine collage technique

Please be sure to check PlanBook to see what the fifth graders will be learning in Science class this week.  The link is on the front page of the fifth grade site.

 

I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  Thank you for all you do to make SMA an amazing place to learn.   Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

House of Ravenclaw and Gryffindor