Welcome to Fifth Grade!

Due to inclement weather our Annual Walk-a-thon has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 24th.  All students are asked to wear their gym uniform on this day.  In addition, pledge forms have been sent home with each student.  Please consider asking for pledges, or making a pledge, to help our school raise funds.  Thank you!!

 On Thursday, May 31st, the fifth grade will be taking a field trip to Old Bethpage Restoration Village.  Our Social Studies curriculum covers the study of historical life, and the students will be learning about life on Long Island during the 1900's. A permission slip has been sent home with each student for this trip.  Please return the slip, with the payment, by Thursday, May 20th.  We are looking forward to a great day!

We will be having a working snack in our classroom this year. I am asking that each student bring in one healthy snack and water to
 have during this time. 

All homework, class assignments, and test dates may be found in your child's agenda.  

In Religion, we have completed our Unit on the Sacraments of Initiation.  We learned about the Sacrament of Baptism, the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  Our next unit will focus on the Sacraments of the Service of Communion.  We will learn about the Sacrament of Matrimony and the Sacrament of Holy Orders.  Our class saint is Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton. We will learn about her life, successes, and challenges as the year progresses. 

In Health, we will transition to Body Systems.  We will learn about cells, tissues, organs, and the different types of body systems.  In addition, the students will conduct a WebQuest to explore each system. 

We have completed the reading of our novel, Esperanza Rising. The students will be working in groups of two to create a iMovie trailer based on on of the themes of the story.  We will be using our iPads to create these trailers.  Get your popcorn ready!
The multiplication and division of like and unlike fractions, Chapter 12, will be our next topic in Mathematics.  We will learn how to model each operation using fraction bars and tiles. We will be using ConnectEd in the class and at home. Each student has received a letter, which contains their user name and password.  Please keep these user names and passwords handy, as we will be using the program throughout the course of the year. Thank you!

In Science, we will make change from our study of Plants to that of Ecosystems.  We will learn about Food Chains and Webs, interactions in ecosystems, and about different biomes in our word.  We will also be conducting a WebQuest in which each student will be selecting a biome to create their own Food Web. 
If you have any questions, please ask.  

Thank you for all of your support!

Mrs. Franzese

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