March 11-15, 2019

A Note from Mrs. Ronald

This week, as we continue our Lenten journey, we will discuss how we can work to  incorporate corporal and spiritual works of mercy more fully into our lives during this season.

This Week in Class

Religion

Students have done a wonderful job exploring the biblical sources for  the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. This week we will complete our search for these sources and take the final assessment on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Literature

We have now completed our non-fiction unit and will move back to exploring novels. Students should have their assigned novels available in class no later than Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Our new reading groups will be as follows: Chasing Vermeer, Open Court Reading, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham. This week we will be introduced to working as groups and how we can do that as part of Reader’s Workshop. We will review what good readers due and be introduced to our new texts.

We also have Reading Log #8 due on Monday, March 11, 2019! Our next reading log, Reading Lob #9 will be due on Monday, March 18, 2019. This reading log focuses on asking questions before, during and after reading. Students are to record questions they have during these times. This applies to both the fiction and nonfiction sides of the reading log. Our reading goal this week is 180 minutes over a minimum of 4 days. Reading time may include time spent reviewing notes and readings for class, reading to others, reading and comprehending recipes, game rules, etc.

English

This week we will complete our unit on pronouns. Adjective pronouns, pronouns and antecedents, and differentiating possessive pronouns from pronoun contractions will be the focus of our notes and practice. Students will continue practicing how to diagram sentences with direct objects and subject complements. The test for pronouns is currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Also this week we will continue our Unit 2 vocabulary with Word Sort 10. This week we will practice spelling and using the words with the suffixes -al, -ial, and -ic. Students will take notes and sort the new vocabulary into their ELA notebooks. On a separate sheet of paper they will practice their cursive and writing the words twice each in alphabetical order. They will also search for two other words, per suffix that use the same suffix pattern. Students will also define these words to use as our bonus words. Students will find synonyms for 12 of their words and begin work to find the definition and part of speech of each word. The spelling and vocabulary tests for word sort 10 are currently scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2019

Word Sort 10:

fictional, colonial, magnetic, poetic, comical, musical, angelic, industrial, Islamic, tutorial, arrival, alphabetic, heroic, memorial, logical, patriotic, rhythmic, betrayal, territorial, accidental, coastal, editorial, dramatic, global, buria

Mathematics

This week we will begin our study of chapter 13 in our textbook. We will use what we already know of decimals in order to convert fractions and mixed numbers into decimals. There will be a quick assessment quiz on the first two sections on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. We will then continue on to comparing and ordering fractions and mixed numbers according to their place values.

For additional practice, please visit

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Social Studies

This week we will continue to explore the causes and events leading to the American Revolutionary War.  Students have already begun to examine the colonists’ reactions to the first taxes levied upon the colonies without any representation in the British Parliament. This week they will see how tensions escalate with the Boston Massacre, the addition of the Tea Tax, and the colonial reaction of the Boston Tea Party. The Continental Congress will meet for the first time, so get ready to examine the Declaration of Independence!

Science

This is our final week for our study of magnetism and electric circuits. Last week we began our exploration of the series and parallel circuits. This week we will complete our circuits unit with our interactive notebook activities on parallel and series circuits. We will then take our 5 questions mini-assessment on Tuesday, review and update our notebooks on Wednesday and Friday in order to prepare for our final test on Friday, March 15, 2019.  Interactive Notebooks will also be due on Friday.

Reminders & Important Dates

March 16   St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 5 Points. St. Peter’s students are invited to walk in the morning parade

March 18   2pm dismissal

March 26    3rd Quarter Report Cards