Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

I hope everyone enjoys this long weekend in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his mission of peace and love for one another.

Just a reminder, this Thursday is the Science walking field trip to La Jolla Cove to observe and study the tides.

Here is this week’s Curriculum Update for Fifth Grade!

Religion:  Chapter 10 Test on Tuesday;  Begin Chapter 11:  Celebrating the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Word

Math: Chapter 4 quiz on Tuesday- Lessons 1-4;  Multiplication Practice; Multiply Decimals by whole numbers; Game Day

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Chapters 9-12; Focus on Figurative Language throughout the novel- similes,personification and idioms

Social Studies:  Begin chapter 6:  The Middle Colonies- New York, New Jersey

Language Arts:  Continue Plural Nouns, noun determiners; possessive nouns;  Begin Vocabulary Workshop Unit 7- Create word cards;  Spelling Test on Friday

Art:  Continue to create pastel pictures of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

Have a fantastic week, everyone!  Thank you for everything you do to help make SMA an amazing place to learn.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

It looks like this week will be a dry one.  I definitely hope so! Thankfully we are back to our regular schedule.  We will be celebrating Monday mass this week.  Please drop your fifth grader off at the Junior Yard so that we are able to walk over to the church with our first grade buddies.  Just a reminder, this Tuesday will be pizza lunch.  No need to pack lunch or order Choice Lunch.

Please check this week’s Curriculum Update to see what we are learning in the fifth grade.

Curriculum Update for the week of January 11, 2016:

Religion:  Finish Chapter 10:  Jesus is the Bread of Life; We are strengthen to be disciples; Chapter 10 Review;  Chapter 10 Test next Monday

Math:  Shift patterns in multiplication; Patterns with fives and zeros; sharing methods for multiplication; multiply two-digit numbers

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;  Complete comprehension activities

Langauge Arts:  Writing:  paragraph on what it means to be a part of the SMA Family; WorksVocabulary Workshop: Continue unit 6- see homework schedule for daily exercises; Unit 6 Test on Friday;  Grammar:  Continue unit on Nouns: plurals, noun determiners and possessives; No Spelling this week!

Social Studies:  Finish chapter 5: Life in New England, fishing and whaling, The Triangular Trade, The Middle Passage;  Chapter 5 Test on Friday

Art:  Make a connection to the Religion study of the feast day or Our Lady of Guadalupe;  Learn chalk pastel techniques; Use line, shape, and pattern in a drawing of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a restful and joyful Christmas Break.  I am looking forward to seeing all of my Fifth graders eager and ready to share all of their Christmas Break fun.  In addition, I am also looking forward to getting right back to work and sharing all there is to learn about our Catholic Faith during Religion class and the start of the original 13 Colonies during our unit of American History.  Of course, the class and I still need to wrap up our study of the novel, Holes then, delve in to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  All in all, the week is shaping up to be a busy one of learning and discussion.  I know the fifth graders are well-rested and ready to dig in.

Please feel free to join us on Friday at our first all-school mass of the new year.  This mass will be celebrating Epiphany. Hope to see you there!

Lastly, State Reports will be due at the end of this month.  The students and I took some time to review the MLA Format of works sited, but I am happy to look over your child’s report before the due date to make sure everything is in order.

Please be sure to look over this week’s Curriculum Update to see what we will be learning.

Curriculum Update for the Week of January 4, 2016:

Religion:  The Season of Christmas: A Time to Rejoice in the Incarnation; Epiphany; Begin Chapter 1:  In the Eucharist we celebrate and receive Jesus Christ- Passover and Eucharist

Math:  Review operations with fractions; Math Practices; Practice with Fractions; Shift Patterns in Multiplication

Reading:  Finish reading and discussing the novel, Holes;  Begin to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets;  Complete comprehension activities and begin a character analysis of three main characters to compare and contrast from book 1 to book 2 (This will be an ongoing process until the completion of Chamber of Secrets)

Language Arts:  Begin unit on Nouns- Common and Proper Nouns; Noun or Adjective; Vocabulary Workshop:  Begin Unit 6 and complete 20 word cards; Spelling:  Unit 6 Test on Friday

Social Studies:  Begin Chapter 5- Geography of the Colonies: New England, Middle and Southern Colonies; New England, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island; Life in New England- fishing and whaling, the Triangular Trade, The Middle Passage

As you can see, we will be jumping right in.  I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  Be sure to stay dry as I understand we may have two storm fronts moving in.

Thank you for all you do to support SMA.  Your love and attention makes all the difference in the world.  Take care and God bless

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

 

Hogwarts Sorting Ceremony

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

As you may all know by now, this Monday the fifth grade class will be sorted into their Hogwarts House.  It should be a fun-filled experience straight from the pages of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  Thank you to all the parents, especially Therese, Stephanie and Jen, for putting this activity together and helping to make all of our Harry Potter dreams come to life.  I can hardly wait, but before this grand festivity occurs, we will be attending mass with our first grade buddies.  Please drop your fifth grader off at the Junior Yard and we will all walk to the church together.

Due to the shortened week and the afternoons filled with Christmas Pageant practice, I will not be posting a Curriculum Update for this week.  Just know that there will be a Unit 5 Vocabulary Workshop Test on Monday and a Verb Test on Tuesday.  Any students leaving early for their Christmas break must take both tests on Monday.  Lastly, we will continue to read our class novel, Holes  and continue to review the MLA format for works cited in the State Report.

Don’t forget, the Christmas Pageant will be on Tuesday at 6:00 PM.  I am hoping to see everyone come to this fun program.

Finally, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.  Thank you so very much for all you do to help make the fifth grade experience so magical.  I am most grateful and blessed by all you give.  All the best to you and your loved ones during the new year.  Take care and God bless!

Merrily Yours,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

Busy Week Ahead

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Well, as we begin this second week of Advent, it looks like we have another busy week ahead of us.  For starters, there will not be Monday morning mass this week.  Instead we will be celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday at the 11:15 mass.  Please feel free to come join us on this Holy Day of Obligation.  Wednesday is our field trip to see, The Old Globe’s Production of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.  We will be leaving at approximately 8:45 and return between 12:30 and 1:00.  Thursday and Friday should wrap up the week quietly with our regular scheduled classes.

Please be sure to review the Curriculum Update below to keep up to date on what we are learning in Fifth Grade.

Curriculum Update for the Week of December 7, 2015:

Religion:  Complete and review Chapter 9:  Confirmation and the parts of the Confirmation Mass;  Chapter 9 Test Thursday 

Reading:  Watch “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Monday;  Read and discuss Holes:  Chapters 18-40 (Don’t worry, the chapters are very short);  complete comprehension activities

Social Studies:  Review Chapter 4;  Chapter 4 Test on Friday

Language Arts:  Transitive/Intransitive Verbs; Review Verbs Unit; Verbs Test next Tuesday;  Continue to work on Vocabulary Workshop Unit 5; Vocabulary Unit 5 Test next Monday

Music:  Continue to practice songs for Christmas Pageant,  “Christmas in Black and White”

Have a fantastic week, everyone!  I am looking forward to a fun week filled with the hustle and bustle of the Advent Season.  Thank you for all you do to help make SMA a great place to learn.  Take care and God bless.

Advent Begins

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Sunday, November 29,  marks the beginning of my favorite time of year, Advent.  I love preparing for this special time in our Church year.  All the world seems brighter as we prepare for Jesus’ Birthday.  I wish nothing but blessings for all of you and your family during this Advent season.

Just to give you a quick look ahead, on Tuesday, December 1st, the Fifth Graders will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Please have your fifth grader review The Act of Contrition.  Next, as you may well know, the Fourth and Fifth Grade classes are in charge of this month’s All School Mass, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Please come join us as we celebrate this special Feast Day. The mass will be on Friday, December 4th.

As we prepare and plan for the week’s ahead, I want to make sure you know what we are learning in the Fifth Grade.  Please check the Curriculum Update below.

Curriculum Update for the Week of November 29, 2015:

Religion:  Review The Act of Contrition and the Sacrament of Reconciliation; Begin Chapter 8:  The Sacrament of Confirmation; the coming of the Holy Spirit and Pentecost;  Read and discuss the story of “Our Lady of Guadalupe”

Math:  Review properties of fractions; Real World Problems; Making Generalizations; Dividing Fractions; Solve Division Problems; Quiz on Friday

Reading:  Begin to read and discuss the novel, Holes, by Louis Sachar:  Chapters 1 – 15 (they are short chapters);  Discuss and complete comprehension activites

Language Arts:  Begin Vocabulary Workshop Unit 5:  Vocabulary Cards due Friday; Grammar:  Continue unit on verbs:  Subject-Verb Agreement; Don’t and Doesn’t; Transitive/Intransitive Verbs; Writing: Begin to review note-taking and MLA citation for State Report;  Spelling:  Unit 5 test on Friday

Social Studies:  Continue Chapter 4;  Roanoke and Jamestown; New England Settlements: The Pilgrims and the Mayflower; Dutch and French Colonies

Art:  Make a connection to the Religion study of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Learn chalk pastel techniques; use line, shape pattern in a drawing or Our Lady of Guadalupe

Music:  Continue to learn and practice music for the Christmas pageant

Thank you to all of you for continuing to check in every week to see what we are learning in Fifth Grade.  Have a wonderful and blessed weekend.  See you soon.  Take care and God bless!

Warm Regards,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

Busy Week Ahead

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We are definitely in for a busy week ahead.

First things first, don’t forget, we have mass on Monday morning.  Please drop your students off at the Junior Yard so we are able to walk over to the church with our First Grade Buddies.

Next, Tuesday we will be taking the reading portion of the STAR Test.  Once again, please make sure your student is at school by 8:00 so that we may begin testing right away.  Thank you!

Tuesday is also the start of Parent-Teacher Conferences.  I am truly looking forward to meeting with all of you to discuss the progress and growth of your Fifth Grader.  I am also just happy to have the opportunity to see things through your eyes.  See you then!

Lastly, SMA Second Annual Spirit Run is this Thursday!  Don’t forget to turn in those permission slips and get ready to run with the fifth grade.  It is sure to be a fun day!

This week’s Curriculum Update is a bit short as we will be running on a half-day schedule Tuesday-Friday. There will definitely be a difference in the workload seen at home.  Thank you for your understanding and patience as we begin the happy march into my favorite time of year, Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas.  Yahoo!

Curriculum Update for the Week of November 16, 2015:

Religion:  Begin Chapter 8:  The Coming of the Holy Spirit; Pentecost; Preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Reading:  Read and discuss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone;  Discuss and Complete comprehension activities and extension activities:  Figurative Language- similes, idioms and personification

Social Studies:  Continue the presentation of Explorer’s Reports

Language Arts:  Vocabulary Workshop:  Unit 4 Test on Monday;  Writing:  Continue Hogwarts House Sorting paragraph

Art:  Continue to explore the art and culture of the Pacific Islands, especially batik fabric design and Tiki sculpture; Make an original Tiki mask design in wax-resist

I hope everyone has a restful and relaxing weekend.  Thank you for all you do to help make SMA the wonderful school it is!  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

Curriculum Update

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Thank you to all who were able to come and celebrate SMA’s Annual All Saints’ Day Mass.  It was a lovely day and I enjoyed seeing all of the saints come to life.  I am in the midst of grading all of the Saint’s Reports and I am so pleased with how well they have all turned out.  A BIG thank you to Mrs. Daly for all the time she dedicated to completing the art portion of this report with the students.  The art made all the difference and really added to the whole experience.

Just a reminder, this week is the last week of the First Trimester.  I will be working with the students to tie up any loose ends due to absences.

Also, the Fifth graders will be begin their first session of STAR Testing first thing Tuesday Morning.  Please be sure your student is at school on time as the interruption of tardy students can cause other students to become distracted and loose focus.  Thank you!!

Please be sure to read over The Curriculum Update below to see what we are learning in Fifth Grade.

Religion:  Finish and review Chapter 5:  Baptism

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Ch 10-12.  Discuss and Complete comprehension activities.

Language Arts:  Grammar: continue verb tenses; “to be” verbs and linking verbs; Vocabulary Workshop: Continue Unit 4 and complete workbook activities; Vocabulary Unit 4 Test on Friday;  Writing:  Begin writing first draft of Sorting Hat paragraph

Social Studies:  Finish Chapter 3: New Spain Grows, New Settlements;  Finish Explorer’s Report and present to class (no costumes necessary;0)

Music:  Continue to learn and practice Christmas Pageant songs.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week.  Thank you for all the care and support you give to SMA.  It is much appreciated.  Take care and God bless!

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

 

Fall Back

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

Don’t forget, this Sunday we set our clocks back one hour.  Yahoo!  We get an extra hour of sleep!  This is perfect timing as we will have a busy week with much to learn and a favorite tradition to celebrate.

First up, there will not be Monday morning mass as this Friday is our annual Saints’ Day Assembly and Procession with mass immediately following.  Be sure to stop by and enjoy this great celebration of our Church heroes.  Lastly, Tuesday is Pizza Lunch day.

A BIG thank you to all of you for supporting our last minute field trip to hear the San Diego Symphony!  Your support made this great trip a success.  Thank you!!!  A HUGE thank you to the parents who were able to clear their busy schedules to drive and chaperone for this amazing experience.

Please be sure to check the Curriculum Update below to see what we are learning this week in fifth grade!

Curriculum Update for the Week of November 2, 2015:

Religion:  Continue Chapter 5:  Reception of those to be baptized; Liturgy of the Word; the important signs and symbols of Baptism; the parts of the baptism; Saint Report due on Friday

Math:  Basic multiplication concepts; multiplication with nonunion fractions; multiplication with fractional solutions; multiply a fraction by a fraction; ALEKS

Reading:  Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:  Chapters 7-9; Begin to write Persuasive/Argumentative paragraph for “The House Sorting Ceremony”  SMA Style;0)

Language Arts:  Grammar:  Continue unit on Verbs:  sit/set, rise/raise, lie/lay;  verb tenses and “to be” verbs;  Vocabulary Workshop:  Begin unit 4

Social Studies:  Continue Chapter 3:  Conquest of the Americas- Cortes and Coronado; New Spain grows- new settlements, Junipero Serra and Pope;  Explorer’s Report work day on Wednesday

Music:  Continue to practice and learn music for the Christmas Pagaent

Art:  Continue to explore the art and culture of the Pacific Islands, especially batik fabric design and Tiki culture; Understand and use symmetry in an art work; Use crayons and black ink or paint to simulate the batik wax-resist fabric dying technique; Make an original Tiki Mask design in wax-resist

I hope everyone has a fantastic week!  Thank you for all you do to support your fifth grader and SMA!  Take care and God bless!

Warm Regards,

Ms. Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies

Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

This coming week will be a busy week of working on our Saint’s and Explorer’s Reports.  Please remind your fifth graders to bring all of the information they need to have successful and productive days of work.  Thank you!

Don’t forget, Monday we will be going to Mass with our first grade buddies.  Please drop your students off at the Junior Yard so we are able to walk to the church together.

 

Here is this week’s Curriculum Update.  If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email.

Religion:  Chapter 4 Test Tuesday;  Begin Chapter 5:  Christian Initiation of adults

Math:  Decimals and graphing; Mathematical practices and review; Chapter 2 Test on Wednesday;  Math games; ALEKS

Reading:  Comprehension Test Monday on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Chapters 1-5 ;Continue to read and discuss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: chapters 6-8

Language Arts:  Grammar:  finish irregular verbs, direct objects, the verbs sit/set, rise/raise, lie/lay; begin verb tenses; Spelling: Unit 3 Test on Friday, spelling practice packet due Thursday; Writing:  Continue to work on final draft of Wonder paragraphs; Introduce persuasive essay on Hogwarts House Selection

Social Studies:  continue to explore the art and culture of the Pacific Islands, especially batik fabric design and Tiki sculpture; Understand and use symmetry in an art work; Use crayons and black ink or paint to simulate the batik wax-resist fabric dying technique; Make an original Tiki mask design in wax-resist

Music:  Continue to practice and learn Christmas Pageant songs

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!  Enjoy the sunshine.  Thank you for your partnership in the Catholic education of your child.  Your help and support is much appreciated.  Take care and God bless.

Sincerely,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher

Head of Muggle Studies