Sunday, October 22, 2017

A few pictures from our field trip to the Grignon Home.









 Here is a video of the 5th graders playing Stack the States. Mr. David hooked us up with a 2 week trial of AirServe. It's an app that allows our ipad to talk remotely to my computer which in turn is hooked up to our smart projector.  We can then play educational  games such as this one as a class. Needless to say the kids LOVED IT! Not sure how much a year  the app would cost, but if anyone is interested in donating it for our classroom we would be very grateful.

Halloween Party:
Our party will be on Oct. 31, after lunch recess. Students may bring their costumes to change into in the afternoon. Mrs. Van Pay graciously accepted my challenge to organize the party for me. A big thank you to her for her time and talents!
Religion:
Students are learning all about the sacrament of Confirmation. They have learned that the sacraments of Confirmation, Baptism, & Eucharist are linked together. They are the sacraments of initiation.
Math:
I am proud and pleased to announce that all the 5th graders passed their first chapter test! The material covered was all about place value, addition, and subtraction. Our next chapter is all about multiplication. It is very important that all students know their multiplication/division facts from this point on! We will use these facts for the rest of the year as we learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions .
Language Arts:
I have challenged the students to read 40 books by the end of the year. Each child has a chart hanging on one of the closet doors to keep track of their books. No written work is involved! When they are finished reading a chapter book they have an interview with me. They tell me the characters, plot, and setting of the book and then we stamp their chart. Some students have read 3 books already! My goal is to develop a pure love for reading!
 They also have a book report due on any book at their reading level. The kids have their 3 dimensional pumpkin pieces already for their reports. They may bring them in as soon as they are completed.
Science:
We have been learning all about cells in this chapter. We have looked at cells through microscopes(which Mrs. Westphal loaned us from her classroom) and we drew diagrams of animal and plant cells too. We are now at the end of this chapter so a test is imminent!
Social Studies:
We are beginning our study of Native Americans. We will be learning about the Eastern and Southern Woodland indians first. Stay tuned for art and craft projects regarding this subject.

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Deacon Jeff giving instructions to the 5th graders on how to raise the flag properly. Thank you Deacon Jeff for helping us.







The fifth graders had their first of many Flashlight Fridays. I think they really enjoyed themselves as after recess I came into our room and they had returned right back to their reading spots and were fully engaged in reading once again! Here are a few pictures of them reading.
Addy
Jett

Lauren

Madison

Randi Jo

Terese
Walker


Jack

Jade

Courtney

Braeden
On Friday I asked the kids if they were up for a challenge. I challenged them to read 40 books by the middle of May. They gave a resounding "YES!" in reply. I will keep track of the amount of books they read here at school. They may read any genre but it must be a chapter book. They must prove to me that they have truly read the book by answering orally some questions about the book. The 40 Book Challenge is not mandatory. It is meant to encourage the enjoyment of reading. Children learn by example. So I ask you to be mentors for your kiddos. PLEASE read yourself! Set a time every night, 15 minutes to half hour, that your family drops everything and just reads. You can all be reading individually or better yet read to your kids! They love it!!!! I know because I read to them every day and they just can't get enough of it! Some of my favorite childhood memories are of my Dad reading Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox to my brothers and I. He would do the voices and all! Now that he is gone I treasure those memories. Don't you want that for your children too?

In Religion class I introduced the students to a type of prayer called Lexio Divino. I hid some rocks that had bible verses on them around the Church landscaping. They found one of these rocks, looked up their scripture reading in their bibles and then found a quiet spot away from others to meditate on their verse. They then wrote about the verse telling what they thought God was trying to tell them through it. When they were finished writing they exchanged their work for a coloring page that had their verse on it. I am in the process of  backing their pictures and will hang them up in the hallway when I'm finished with them. So be sure to check them out when you are in the building. Photos of the kids participating in this activity can be found on our school website.

A reminder that 5th grade math is all about multiplying and dividing.  If you know your child doesn't know their facts well you may want to consider buying a set of flash cards at the Dollar store or find a program on line. There are many great math and spelling programs out there that are free. Spelling City is one and Timez Attack is another.