Some News from the Fifth Grade For the week of January 6th-10th

Hello, Parents,

I decided to get this written before our Christmas holiday vacation so that I might feel ahead going into the new year.  I will make it a more abbreviated version this time.  Hmmm…I feel a New Year’s resolution on the horizon.

Fifth Grade.

Religion.  We will study about the Epiphany, or the Visitation of the Magi to the Divine Infant.

Reading.  With our novel study of Shiloh about to begin, we will do some prereading exercises our first week back.  Also, I will be using a book excerpt about The Underground Railroad that appears in our Social Studies book to have my students become book cover illustrators.

***One additional note about Reading…Our school is beginning our winter MAP testing; the Reading portion for 5th and 6th grade students will be on Tuesday, January 7th.

English.  We will be reviewing and concluding our initial work on verbs.  There will be an assessment given on Thursday (I believe).  It will test the students on Lessons 4.l-4.5.

Social Studies.  We begin Lesson Three of our Civil War unit.  In this chapter, the students learn about the three compromises that Congress passed to try and relieve tensions between the North and the South.  Also, we will examine the impact of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the anti-slavery movement.

***I have just concluded grading the test your children took on Lessons One and Two of the Civil War Unit.  Would you believe I had students that received grades of 110% and 115%.  There answers were so thorough that bonus points just had to be given.  Isn’t that wonderful?

Spelling.  Your children will receive a mini-packet of work that accompanies their new list of words.  The spelling skill will be on singular and plural possessives.

Sixth Grade

Reading.  As you know (because you have ordered a copy for your child’s use—and thank-you for that), we are beginning our novel study of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  We have begun some preliminary work this week in class, and I hope that my students will find this award-winning book among their favorites.

English.  Like the 5th grade class, we will be preparing for an assessment on January 9th.  Your child has already indicated this in their agenda.  They know that it will be on Lessons 5.1-5.6 (varying lessons on adverbs, adverb clauses, and adverb phrases). 

Well…I am not altogether certain if this qualifies for a more condensed version of my former newsletters.  However, as the old saying goes “Practice Makes Perfect”.

Please receive my wishes for your Christmas to be one of blessings.  At the conclusion of our spelling test last Friday, I asked my children to write down one thing they would love to receive for Christmas.  Their answers were not the typical ones that I have heard in the past.  Among them were violin lessons, a book about cats, and how about this sweet one—“Time to be with my family.”  See, I told you I have a wonderful class…Anyway, again,

            May the Divine Infant of Bethlehem take birth in your hearts.

Fondly, Miss L. Boron