Welcome Back!

Dear Fifth Grade Students and Parents,

Welcome back to what I am certain is going to be a Magical Year in fifth grade!  I am blessed and excited to not only be a part of the SMA Community, but to also be a part of the Fifth Grade Family.  I cannot wait to make new memories together.

Here is a tentative look at what we are going to cover throughout this week.  You will note that I do not have the topics for Math and Science posted.  I will be coordinating with the Science (Mr. K.) and Math Teacher (Mrs. Stevens) in the coming days to make sure you know where to locate their information.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as the faculty works together to build our new SMA website.

Curriculum Update for the Week of August 24, 2015:

Religion:  Begin Chapter 1: “Jesus is the Son of God” -The Blessed Trinity; Jesus shows us God’s love; the Mission of Jesus and The Kingdom of God; the disciples of Jesus continue his work to build the Church;  Jesus Calling reflection journal (this will be a daily activity we discuss and complete in class)

Reading:  Student Interest Survey; Begin unit on story elements: Characters- the antagonist and protagonist. Read and discuss chapters 1-4 of Frindle.  Complete comprehension activities in interactive reading notebooks

Language Arts:  Writing-  begin unit on opinion writing and the structure of an opinion paragraph. Grammar: Review of sentences- types of sentences; fragments and run-ons; Vocabulary Workshop:  Introduction to the words of unit 1

Art: Read the book, I am an Artist; Reflect on what it means to be an artist; Create a personal expression of what it means to be an artist; Improve production in drawing and shading with colored pencils.

Social Studies:  Begin chapter 1: the land and climate- geography and landforms

Just a reminder, Wednesday is Back to School Night for grades TK-5.  I will have the sign-up for Parent/Teacher Conferences available as well as go over a few key elements of fifth grade.  I hope to see all of you there!

Don’t forget, this week is all minimum days.

I hope everyone has a fantastic first week back!  I am looking forward to seeing all of the first day smiles on Monday!  See you soon.  Take care and God bless.

Warm Regards,

Ms. Eileen Griffin

Your Fifth Grade Teacher