Oh my goodness…is the month of May already upon us? The end of the school year, rather than having the characteristics of winding down, is actually one of the busiest times of the school year. A quick glance at the May calendar that came home in this week’s blue folder is certainly evidence of that. However, after all of that, summer vacation will be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Until then, we have much to do…below, please note some of the lessons and activities that your child will be learning or doing.
Fifth Grade Next Week
Religion. The doubting Thomas that would not believe until he was able to insert his fingers into Jesus’ wound is the continued topic of our class learning. Faith means believing without seeing; we will use passages from the Bible that speak to this.
English. My scheduled times for English instruction are being absorbed by other activities: on Monday, we will be gone all afternoon for our field trip; Tuesday-Thursday, the fifth and sixth grade students will be doing MAP testing in the morning hours. I will also try to do some F&P Reading evaluations, since those are very time consuming.
Reading. Having begun our Bud, Not Buddy novel this week, I can tell the students are already enjoying it. While reading, we have included some vocabulary building, and of course, the sharing of our feelings and reactions to the main characters, thus far. I am so grateful to one of my parents, having been a former teacher herself, for sharing her love of this book.
Sixth Grade Next Week
Religion. We have been talking about the poor disciples’ lives without their beloved Jesus. But, the good and loving Jesus, knowing them so well, spends many days with them, preparing them to carry on His work before his Ascension. Our book frequently reminds students that they are called upon, as we all are, to be disciples of Jesus. But, how do we impress that to our young people in a realistic and meaningful way? Well…learning to incorporate Jesus and His love into their lives is essential. Doing that requires the students recognize the foundation of living has been given to us: God’s law, or the Ten Commandments. We will revisit, in far more depth, these ten rules for living well.
English. We will begin a more detailed group of lessons on sentence diagramming. These little sentence blueprints are such wonderful teachers of sentence parts, parts of speech, and types of sentences. I am looking forward to this, now that we just completed the arduous unit on capitalization and all forms of punctuation.
Reading. As mentioned above for the fifth grade English lessons, much of my reading lesson time is being absorbed by other activities. However, I am certain we will have time to get more involved in our reading of Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Just a side note, I was watching the faces of students while they did some independent reading after finishing their English test, and one student who was not very enthused about this book, was reading it with the biggest smile on his face. When I asked him about that, he shared how much he was enjoying it. Yay!!!
Well, that concludes this little missive. I understand that the weather is to be simply delightful this weekend. Wishing you enjoyment and relaxation…
Miss L. Boron