August 28-September 1

A Note From Ms. Gurn

Welcome to fifth grade! Each week, I will have the newsletter posted before Monday morning of the new week. Here you will find the lesson topics I will teach as well as quiz, test, and project due dates. Be sure to scroll down to see Important Reminders and Events. Please email me if you have any questions.


This Week In Class

Reading/Writing: This week we will learn procedures for our reading/writing workshop model. We will dive into our first article of the week in which students will learn how to navigate and dissect an article. How do we know if an article is bias? Who is the author? What are the main ideas? The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe(pictured to the left) should be purchased by September 5.

Science: We will learn the steps of the scientific method: observe, research, hypothesize, experiment, analyze and conclude. We will apply these steps to a fun gummy bear experiment! Quiz Friday on the Scientific Method.

Social Studies: This week we will study the geography of the United States. We will begin memorizing both the states AND the capitals while brushing up on our map skills. Why is geography important today?

Theology: This week, we will start from the beginning! We will learn about God and creation. Did you know there are two accounts of creation in the Bible? How are they similar and different? We will also review Mass procedures before our first Mass celebration on Wednesday.

4th Grade Social Studies:  This week, we will begin studying world geography. We will memorize the continents and study each continent in depth. I have found that this foundation helps our United States history curriculum tremendously when discussing global connections. 🙂 Quiz- next Wednesday. See powerpoint below:

Longitude and Latitude Final Powerpoint

6th Grade Social Studies: We will begin this year studying the Paleolithic Age. Where were the first traces of civilization found in our world? What makes a civilization “ancient”? When do we consider a group of people ‘civilized’? Quiz Friday on NOTES.  See attached powerpoints below:

01B Prehistory Hominids

02 Paleolithic Age_Old Stone Age

Reminders & Important Events:

August 29- Back to School Night at 6:30 pm in Neglia Hall and Fifth Grade Classroom
August 30- First School Mass at 8:30 am. (Mass uniforms required)
September 4- NO SCHOOL (Labor Day)