Rising Fifth Graders- Summer Reading/Supply List

Rising Fifth Grade Parents: 

I am very excited to teach your child next year! Your child will complete the Summer Bridge workbook Grade 5, read two novels, and complete one project this summer. All hard copies of the information were sent home inside your child’s report card. Please email me if you have any questions at agurn@stpeterscatholischool.org

Check out the video below and show it to your child! It’s about the importance of reading over the summer!

Scroll below and you will find green links to the following:

  1. supply list
  2. summer reading project directions (ignore when it says “in class” and “provided comic template”)
  3. project rubrics according to chosen project
  4. summer reading letter

Below are also the photos of the front covers of the books your child must read and the Summer Bridge workbook. You can purchase them on amazon or find them at your local Barnes n Noble. I find amazon to be cheaper!

The Watson’s Go to Birmingham- 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Summer Bridge Workbook Grade 4-5

**Watson’s Go to Birmingham project due: August 25, 2017.**

Final Supply List

WATSON-PROJECT-DESCRIPTIONS

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End of the Year Reading List Letter

   

May 30-June 2

A Note From Ms. Gurn

I can not believe I just typed “June” in this week’s newsletter title. We are in the last week of school! I am overcome with emotion when I think about all the love, laughter and learning had in Room 202 this year.

Please join us on Friday at 10:00 am in the church for the awards ceremony to close out the year! Remember: Friday is early dismissal at 11:30 am with NO ASP.

On Wednesday, your children get to “teach the teacher.” This is always a fun lesson where students get to choose what they want their classmates to learn. It shows strengths in creativity, resourcefulness, public speaking, lesson planning and more! I can’t wait!

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Reading/Writing: This week we will finish our novel, Wonder. We will create ten “precepts” and themes we have learned through Wonder and create a beautiful mural to represent the themes of acceptance and love in this book.

Science: We will present our multimedia projects on the brain this week! These videos will be posted on the school’s Facebook page soon! Be on the lookout. Topics include: the prefrontal cortex, the amygdala, left and right brain, the brain stem, and more.

Social Studies: This week we will memorize the list of presidents IN ORDER from George Washington to Donald Trump! I am sure that we will learn them in no-time with our helpful presidents song! See fun video below.

Theology: This week, we will end the year studying “All About St. Peter” to show respect for our school’s patron saint. Did you know Peter was crucified on the Vatican Hill upside down because he declared himself unworthy to die in the same manner as the Lord? He was then buried in Rome near the Vatican on Vatican Hill.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will finish our Civil War unit in just short three days! What were the lasting impacts of the Civil War that we still see today? I will also ask the students to write a letter to next year’s fourth grade class. This letter will be an advice piece to the rising fourth graders! 🙂

6th Grade Social Studies: We will present our Renaissance projects this week! In addition, your students will write a letter to next year’s sixth grade history class.They will reflect on all the topics they have learned this year in this writing assignment. I will miss this special class next year and I wish them all the best in middle school.

Reminders & Important Events:

May 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm
May 26- Birthright Service Project deadline- items due to the office (baby bottles, wipes, etc)
May 29- NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day
May 31- 8:30 am Sixth Grade Graduation with ceremony to follow/LAST DAY FOR SIXTH
June 1- 10:00 am K5 Graduation with celebration/LAST DAY FOR K4 AND K5
June 2- 10:00 am Awards Ceremony with 11:30 am Dismissal/NO ASP- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for grades 1-5!!!!

May 14-19

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Please join us Monday morning at 8:15 am in the church for our annual May Procession and Rosary. Let’s ask the Blessed Mother to guide us as we begin the last few weeks of the school year together.

**MONDAY= EARLY DISMISSAL @ 2:00 pm **

Please remember our service project this month, which is Birthright; an organization that helps new and struggling mothers with pregnancies. We have received a few baby supplies, but we could use some more! Some items needed are: baby wipes, diapers, toys, and clothing. Thank you for your generosity!

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The words this week are from our novel “Wonder.” They are: mortality, celestial, pettiness, monuments, convert, perspective, cosmos, dimensions, papier-mâché, mane, fashionista, decisively, aversion, splay, and exasperated. Test next Friday.

Reading/Writing: This week we will be learning about different types of conflicts found in our novel. Some include: person vs. self, person vs society, person vs technology, person vs. person, and person vs nature. What kind of conflicts does the main character face?

Science: This week we will be learning all about the brain! We will be studying the cerebrum, the differences between the left and right brain, and the prefrontal cortex. All of this information will help us understand how we learn! Quiz on Thursday!

Social Studies: Last week, we learned our government’s fifteen cabinet members. I challenge you all to have the news on in the background while cooking dinner and see if your children can spot some government names! This week, we will be studying the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In addition, I will present the most important Supreme Court cases in our nation’s history.

Theology: We will continue to pray one decade of the rosary a day to honor Mary during the month of May! I was so impressed how quickly the children learned the Our Lady of Fatima prayer last week. This week, we will look at St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Five Proofs for Existence of God.” We will be focused on an apologetics approach to theology this week, as our children will encounter many instances in which they will need to defend their faith. See video below. Quiz on Wednesday!

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will pick up with the Oregon Trail. Quiz will be Thursday! When we are finished, we will begin our Civil War unit, discussing Antebellum America by analyzing both agricultural and industrial maps in the late 1800s.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will learn Medieval manners and etiquette. What was considered appropriate at a medieval dinner table? What types of food were eaten? After this, we will study the Catholic church’s hierarchy in the Middle Ages! See video below!

Reminders & Important Events:

May 15- May Procession and Rosary at 8:15 in the church/2:00 pm early dismissal
May 16- Progress Reports due back
May 17- Columbia Catholic Schools Choral Concert at 6:30- Cardinal Newman
May 19- Field Day/PHEP Parent Presentation
May 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm
May 26- Birthright Service Project deadline- items due to the office (baby bottles, wipes, etc)
May 29- NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day
May 31- 8:30 am Sixth Grade Graduation with ceremony to follow/LAST DAY FOR SIXTH
June 1- 10:00 am K5 Graduation with celebration/LAST DAY FOR K4 AND K5
June 2- 10:00 am Awards Ceremony with 11:30 am Dismissal/NO ASP- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for grades 1-5!!!!

May 8-12

A Note From Ms. Gurn

 

Please join us next Monday, May 15 at 8:15 am in the church for our annual May Procession and Rosary. The whole school will participate in this honorary tradition for our Blessed Mother. Let’s show our love and respect for Jesus’ mother, Mary.

** POETRY CAFE: Friday from 10:15-11:15 ** Any family member is welcome! 🙂

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The words this week are from our new novel “Wonder.” They are: ordinary, extraordinary, cleft, palate, forewarn, precept, plaque, alignment, adjust, contagious, deed,monument, mortality, nauseous, outcome, accommodate, verge, jagged, defect, catastrophe.

Reading/Writing: This week we will be learning the following figurative language devices while reading our novel, Wonder: double entendre, verbal irony, irony, sarcasm, pun, ode, and parody.

Science: This week we will FINALLY create our invasive species project since we have our internet back! Some of the invasive species that will be researched are: cane toad, starlings, asian carp, and rabbits! There will be different options for the project: powerpoint/prezi, video “warning” presentation, or poster!

Social Studies: Last week, we discussed President Reagan and reaganomics. We also discussed America’s role today and our new threats now that the Soviet Union ceases to exist. This week, we are going to study the Constitution and the “who’s who” in our government. In essence, we will be learning about modern politics and government/civics!

Theology: This week, we will be learning about the importance of Mary, since May is her month! We will also recite the Prayer of Fatima. We will also be making liturgical year “road maps” to show how our Church celebrates the life of Jesus.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will be studying the Battle of the Alamo, the Oregon Trail, the invention of the telegraph. Busy, busy, busy! We will then finish out the year with our large Civil War unit for two and a half weeks! See History channel clip below.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will study the Magna Carta of 1215 (The Great Charter) of England to balance power between the King, the Church, and the individual citizens. We will compare and contrast the Magna Carta to the U.S. Constitution and Declaration. See comical video below!

Reminders & Important Events:

May 9- Progress Reports go home
May 9- 7:00 pm Art Show at Spring Hill Suites
May 9- Spring Music Concert practice at USC
May 10- 5:00 PM Dance Recital
May 11- 7:00 pm Spring Music Concert at USC Copenhaver Band Hall
May 12- Poetry Cafe at 10:15
May 12- 5:30 pm Family Picnic on the playground
May 15- May Procession and Rosary at 8:15 in the church/2:00 pm early dismissal
May 16- Progress Reports go home
May 17- Columbia Catholic Schools Choral Concert at 6:30- Cardinal Newman
May 19- Field Day/PHEP Parent Presentation
May 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm
May 26- Birthright Service Project deadline- items due to the office (baby bottles, wipes, etc)
May 29- NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day
May 31- 8:30 am Sixth Grade Graduation with ceremony to follow/LAST DAY FOR SIXTH
June 1- 10:00 am K5 Graduation with celebration/LAST DAY FOR K4 AND K5
June 2- 10:00 am Awards Ceremony with 11:30 am Dismissal/NO ASP- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for grades 1-5!!!!

May 1-5

A Note From Ms. Gurn

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

On Tuesday, our biggest online fundraiser, Midlands Gives will begin! Please make a donation by going to wwww.MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. If we get 180 different donors, our school will receive $10,000!

Please make sure your child has our last novel, “Wonder” by Monday. Thank you!

 

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be this Friday on last week’s poetry terms. I am also introducing a few new study/homework options. The words next week are from our new novel “Wonder.” They are: ordinary, extraordinary, cleft, palate, forewarn, precept, plaque, alignment, adjust, contagious, deed,monument, mortality, nauseous, outcome, accommodate, verge, jagged, defect, catastrophe.

Reading/Writing: This week we write our last few poems and we will finalize our poetry books to prepare for Poetry Cafe on May 12th. One poem includes a “concern for the world” poem. Students will choose one current event topic to write about. Students should have Wonder by R.J. Palacio by Monday!

Science: This week we will be creating our invasive species project! Some of the invasive species that will be researched are: cane toad, starlings, asian carp, and rabbits! There will be different options for the project: powerpoint/prezi, video “warning” presentation, or poster!

Social Studies: We are going to “back track” a bit by studying President Nixon and his campaign to “Middle America.” We will discuss the controversy over the Watergate Scandal and read his resignation letter. We will also discuss the economic crisis of the 1970’s with manufacturers leaving the United States. Quiz on Thursday.

Theology: This week our focus will be on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si. I attended a session at the National Catholic Educators Association conference led by a sister. Her presentation and analysis of our holy father’s letter will guide these lessons. Although it is called “Our Common Home”, Pope Francis’ stresses the importance of Jesus and God’s love for humans which is most important! We will juxtapose Pope Francis’ encyclical with pop culture. See video below- scroll all the way down.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will be studying the voyage of Meriweather Lewis and William Clark with Sacagawea. We will also learn about the Pony Express! How were the 13 colonies communicating with the new American settlers in the West? Quiz Thursday!

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will discuss the role of the Catholic Church during Medieval Times. How did the roles of the pope and the bishops change? Why were they suddenly political figures rather than spiritual leaders? This discussion will lead us to the Crusades! Quiz Thursday. See video below- scroll all the way down.

Reminders & Important Events:

May 2- Midlands gives
May 9- Progress Reports go home
May 9- 7:00 pm Art Show at Spring Hill Suites
May 9- Spring Music Concert practice at USC
May 10- 5:00 PM Dance Recital
May 11- 7:00 pm Spring Music Concert at USC Copenhaver Band Hall
May 12- Poetry Cafe at 10:15
May 12- 5:30 pm Family Picnic on the playground
May 15- May Procession and Rosary at 8:15 in the church/2:00 pm early dismissal
May 16- Progress Reports go home
May 17- Columbia Catholic Schools Choral Concert at 6:30- Cardinal Newman
May 19- Field Day/PHEP Parent Presentation
May 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm
May 26- Birthright Service Project deadline- items due to the office (baby bottles, wipes, etc)
May 29- NO SCHOOL/Memorial Day
May 31- 8:30 am Sixth Grade Graduation with ceremony to follow/LAST DAY FOR SIXTH
June 1- 10:00 am K5 Graduation with celebration/LAST DAY FOR K4 AND K5
June 2- 10:00 am Awards Ceremony with 11:30 am Dismissal/NO ASP- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL for grades 1-5!!!!

April 24-28

A Note From Ms. Gurn

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

Welcome Back! I hope all of you had a peaceful and restful Easter Break. This week, we are jumping back into the swing of things! We are on track to finish all of our units on time in every subject! I am very proud of your children’s hard work. I cannot believe we only have 29 days of school left…but who’s counting?

 

 

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be next Friday. The words this week are poetry terms we have been learning. They are: accent, alliteration, assonance, acrostic, ballad, chinquapin, consonance, couplet, epitaph, exaggeration, haiku, homonym, homophone, hyperbole, imagery, verse, metaphor, meter, narrative poem, nursery rhyme.

Reading/Writing: This week we will write an “Inside/Outside” poem about identity. We will learn how to write “deep” poetry that tugs at your heartstrings. We will be reading some Shakespearean poems, too! I will prove to the children that Shakespeare is rather relevant even though his work is hundreds of years old.

Science: This week we will be studying endangered and invasive species! The children will research either an endangered or invasive species and create a project with a partner. What can we do to protect endangered species? What can we do to control invasive species? Quiz Friday!

Social Studies: Our new unit is called “America’s Role in Today’s World.” I am using FDR’S quote as inspiration to guide our unit- “We must be the great arsenal of Democracy.” We will begin studying Ronald Reagan’s economic policies in the 1980s. Quiz on Thursday.

Theology: This week we will study what sacramentals are- statues, crucifix, rosary, etc. We will identify all of the sacramentals found in our church. How do sacramentals help us with our faith? What is the history of the different objects we see at Mass?

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will begin studying Westward Expansion and the Louisiana Purchase. Why were Americans moving west of the Appalachians? We will then begin studying the War of 1812. See video below!

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will begin our new unit on the Dark Ages and the Medieval Era in Europe. We will start by discussing feudalism in Western Europe! See video below!

Reminders & Important Events:

 

April 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm.

April 26- First Communion Practice

April 27-  LAST PTOo meeting at 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Apri 28- Cardinal Newman Concert

April 29- First Communion Mass on Saturday at St. Peter’s Church

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

Tuesday, May 2: Please go to MidlandsGives.org/StPetersCatholicSchool and make a contribution to our school.  If we get 180 donors for this one day online event, sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation, St. Peter’s will get $10,000 in bonus money!  Thank you.

April 10-12

A Note From Ms. Gurn

This week our school will participate in a school-wide Lenten retreat day on Wednesday. We will be going to Mass, Adoration, and the Stations of the Cross. In the classroom, we will reflect on Holy Week with meditative practices and scriptural study. All of these practices are in preparation for Easter.

With that said, please note that this week is a short one. We will not have school April 13-21. Have a great Easter break and God Bless!

 

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be MONDAY. The words this week are civil rights terms found in Rosa Parks’ autobiography. They are: comply, chronic, fare, customs, coordinate, tonsillitis, sympathy, petition, indignant, commissioner, enroll, negotiate, mobilize, oppression, impose, indignity, epiphany, advantage, autism.

Reading/Writing: This week we will be creating two poems using the 3 R’s- rhyme, rhythm, and repetition. We will learn how to analyze a poem and “dig deep” into its meaning. We will use all of our poetry books from the library to study the different styles. See “Kid President Poem” video below for inspiration!

Science: This week we will continue our new unit on different ecosystems- tundra, rainforest, desert, etc.

Social Studies: The students did a wonderful job in our Socratic seminar on the “I have a Dream” speech. This week, we will be starting our PROTEST projects! Each student will research a protest- either modern or historical. They will create a poster (provided for them) explaining the protest and its effect in the United States.

Religion: This week we will be focused on studying the four Gospel accounts of the Passion in preparation for Easter while participating in our Lenten day retreat.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week we will study the roles of the senators and the representatives in the House and the Senate. We will be able to identify our South Carolina senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. We will also learn our representatives- Trey Gowdy, Jim Clayburn, Tom Rice, Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, and Jeff Duncan. Quiz Tuesday on Constitution and Branches of Government.

6th Grade Social Studies: This week we will learn about the mysterious fall of the Mayan civilization. What are some possible theories for its decline? Essay assessment comparing and contrasting Mesoamerica and AfricaTuesday. See video below.

Reminders & Important Events:

 

April 10- Rice bowls due back to school

April 11- Report cards due back to school

April 12- School Wide Lent Retreat

April 13-21- Easter Break- NO SCHOOL

April 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm.

April 26- First Communion Practice

April 27-  LAST PTOo meeting at 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Apri 28- Cardinal Newman Concert

April 29- First Communion Mass on Saturday at St. Peter’s Church

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

Tuesday, May 2: Please go to MidlandsGives.org/StPetersCatholicSchool and make a contribution to our school.  If we get 180 donors for this one day online event, sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation, St. Peter’s will get $10,000 in bonus money!  Thank you.

April 3-7

A Note From Ms. Gurn

 

This week our school will be visited by the SACS Accreditation team! We are looking forward to sharing our classroom lessons with them while representing our awesome school! Note: Report cards will go home Tuesday in the weekly folders. Please review the report card with your child, sign it, and ask your child how he/she will finish the fourth quarter strong!

In addition, we are so happy to have the sixth grade back from Washington, D.C.

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

 

 

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be next Friday. The words this week are civil rights terms found in Rosa Parks’ autobiography. They are: comply, chronic, fare, customs, coordinate, tonsillitis, sympathy, petition, indignant, commissioner, enroll, negotiate, mobilize, oppression, impose, indignity, epiphany, advantage, autism.

Reading/Writing: We have completed our research papers! I am looking forward to reading all of the interesting information about our states! This week, we will start a new unit on POETRY! The students will learn that poetry deals with matters of the heart. How is poetry different from prose? We will create one poem per day! “Welcome Shakespeare and hello Poe!”

Science: Last week, we learned about the differences between food chains and food webs. We created our own chains and webs while learning that all sources of energy come from the sun! This week, we will study the different ecosystems- tundra, rainforest, desert, etc. Quiz on Thursday!

Social Studies: Last week, we discussed the differences between MLK and Malcom X in the Civil Rights Movement. This week, we will break down the “I Have a Dream” speech from MLK and the “Ballot or the Bullet” speech. We will listen to the audio, watch the speech, and analyze the two opposite messages being sent.

Religion: Last week, we studied the greatest commandment! This week, we will look at Catholic doctrine. We will study the Vatican II Council. Who is involved in a  church council? What did Pope John Paul II say at Vatican II?

4th Grade Social Studies:  Last week, we took a survey to see if we would have been federalists or anti-federalists during the founding of our nation. We had 12 anti-federalists and 4 federalists! Interesting! Most of us believed most power should belong to the states. This week, we will study the three branches of government. What are checks and balances? See fun video below.

6th Grade Social Studies: Quiz Monday on Incas and Aztecs! This week, we will study the great capital city of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan! Why was this city so successful? We will read primary sources from Spanish conquistadors. After this, we will debunk some myths about the Mayan civilization. We will finish our unit on Mesoamerica this week. Test will be next Tuesday.

Reminders & Important Events:

April 4- Report Cards issued

April 7- Parish Lenten Service

April 10- Rice bowls due back to school

April 11- Report cards due back to school

April 12- School Wide Lent Retreat

April 13-21- Easter Break- NO SCHOOL

April 25- Information Session at 6:00 pm.

April 26- First Communion Practice

April 27-  LAST PTOo meeting at 5:30 in Neglia Hall

Apri 28- Cardinal Newman Concert

April 29- First Communion Mass on Saturday at St. Peter’s Church

Tuesday, May 2: Please go to MidlandsGives.org/StPetersCatholicSchool and make a contribution to our school.  If we get 180 donors for this one day online event, sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation, St. Peter’s will get $10,000 in bonus money!  Thank you.

March 27-31

A Note From Ms. Gurn

 

The fifth and fourth graders will be going to Cardinal Newman Monday at 12:00 to see their Madagascar performance. We are so excited to see all of the hard work put in by some of our alumni.

The sixth grade students will  be in Washington, DC this week. Our prayers are with them for safe travels and an openness to new opportunities and growth!

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

 

 

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be THIS Friday. The words this week are civil rights terms that we are learning in social studies! They are: belligerent, prestigious, retaliate, garments, faculty, infirmary, anesthetic, animosity, ostracized, activist, segregationist, discrimination, repudiating, plaintiff, indoctrinated, integrate, intimidate, poll tax, and authoritarian.

Reading/Writing: This week we will finish our research papers! We will make our outlines and cover pages in class. I will be conducting editing conferences one-on-one. When we are finished with our research papers, we will dive right into our poetry unit in the month of April, which is national poetry month.

Science: Last week, we conducted a mini lab to see how yeast affected the decomposition of a banana and its decay! Super cool (and gross!) This week, we will begin our new unit on food webs and food chains. What is the difference between the two?

Social Studies: This week, we will study Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Did Parks intend to have the type of effect she had on the Civil Rights movement? We will also discuss how the Jim Crow laws were unconstitutional. Quiz on Thursday.

Religion: This week, we will look at how the Mass is organized and divided into the different parts such as the Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, etc. What parts of the Mass are found in scripture? What words are exactly the same as Jesus and his disciples used? See video below.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will have our quiz on Franklin, Hamilton and Jefferson on Thursday. We will begin discussing the Articles of Confederation, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist parties, and the writing of the Constitution. How is the Constitution used today? Why is it important for a country to have a set of rights and rules?

6th Grade Social Studies: While the sixth graders are in DC, I have asked them to make a list of both Greek and Roman architectural influences as well as Greek and Roman symbols they see. I hope they have a rich learning experience, applying what they learned in last years history class with me! Their quiz on Mesoamerica will be Friday. (Azteca, Incas, Mayas)

Reminders & Important Events:

 

March 24- End of 3rd Quarter

March 27-29- Sixth Grade Washington DC Trip

 

March 20-24

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Last week, it made me smile when I told the children, “Take out your religion notebooks and Bibles”…I heard a resounding “YES!” We are becoming New Testament scholars. It is truly my most favorite time of the day, reading God’s word and asking critical questions together. This activity is helping all of us become stronger in our faith during this Lenten season.

 

Please see below for the lesson topics that will be taught this week.

This Week In Class

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling/vocab test will be NEXT Friday. The words this week are apprehensive, attentive, diminish, disdain, engross, headway, jargon, vernacular, malleable, meticulous, monotonous, obscure, outlandish, potential, and pristine.

Reading/Writing: This week we are working on our second and third paragraphs of our research papers. We are practicing the following format for each paragraph: attention grabber sentence, thesis, three supporting facts, strong conclusion sentence.

Science: This week we will continue to learn about microorganisms. We will look specifically at photos of amoebas, bacteria, and algae. All of these are single-celled organisms. How do some bacterias actually help us? Quiz on Thursday.

See link for more information and a microorganism game! http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/living_things/microorganisms/read/1/

Social Studies: We concluded our Cold War Era! The students have firm grasps of capitalism and communism. They also understand the effects of the two systems today! This week, we are starting a new unit- the Civil Rights movement. Who were some influential figures during this time period? See video below!

Religion: We are really enjoying reading the New Testament together every day. This week, we will continue on with Matthew’s gospel. We will also look at paintings representing Jesus’ parables. Why did Jesus choose parables to teach moral lessons?

4th Grade Social Studies:  We are founding father experts! This week, we will begin learning how the Constitution was written. We will read parts of the Constitution in our pamphlets. Then, we will discuss how our government operates today under the Constitution. What are the three branches of government?

6th Grade Social Studies: We will conclude our unit on Ancient Africa this week! We will start our new unit study Mesoamerica- the Aztecs, Olmecs, and the Mayans. How did these people reach the Americas? What were their cultures like?

Reminders & Important Events:

March 18- St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Devine St.

March 20- 2:00 pm early dismissal

March 21- Re-registration deadline

March 24- End of 3rd Quarter

March 27-29- Sixth Grade Washington DC Trip