5 and 6 Class News 4/13/18

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all settled back into the school routine.  Report cards come home today.  Please sign and return the envelope.  Miss Hoffmann and I do conferences at this point in the year if they are requested by us, or by you.  We included a note in the report card envelope if we’d like to meet with you.  If you did not receive a note, we do not feel a need to meet at this time.  However, if you have any questions or concerns you would like to meet with us about, please shoot one of us an email, and we’ll set up a time.

In math this week, the 6th graders will be doing a quick introduction to proportions before moving on to the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents.  The 5th graders will be finishing up with geometry.  They will have a test on Thursday.  There is a lot of vocab, so please be reminding them to study.  They have flashcards that we made in class as well as quizlet.  In science we will keep going with simple machines.   We have worked with wedges, inclined planes, levers, pulleys, and wheels and axles.

In ELA the sixth graders will practice finding and supporting the theme of a passage. The fifth graders will continue working on author`s point of view. Both grades will explore how prefixes and suffixes change a base word. In social studies, we will take a look at the feudalism system and how it influenced life styles during this time period.

We are progressing well with the Wax Museum project.  Please keep an eye on due dates – in your child’s folder and on the homework portion of the website.  Also, please help your child to be thinking about a costume.  Thanks so much!

Reminders:

-“Spring Spectacular” – Food trucks and open house – Friday, April 27th from 4-7.  Attendance is required for all students.

Have a blessed week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 3/30/18

Dear Parents,

I pray you all have a wonderful Easter Break!  Enjoy celebrating the resurrection of our Lord with your family!

Material was sent home regarding the Wax Museum for our Spring Spectacular on April 27th. Please be sure to look it over with your child.  There are 4 more steps and separate deadlines.  We will be working on this quite a bit in class, but some may need to be done at home.  Especially gathering up materials for a costume.  Thanks for your help!  I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

In math next week, the 5th graders will be starting chapter 15 on geometry.  We are doing this chapter out of order because I feel like it always gets short-changed at the end of the year.  I am doing it earlier to give us more time to review as the year progresses.  This chapter is vocab heavy.  The vocab is on quizlet, and the kids are making a review matching game on index cards as we move through the chapter, but please remind them to be practicing that vocab.  Thanks!  The 6th graders will finish up their chapter on ratios.  There will be a test on Wednesday or Thursday.  In science we will keep working with simple machines.  We will be starting a google slides project on the different kinds of simple machines.  We will also be doing a variety of activities to try out simple machines and see how they help make our lives easier.

When we return, we will be jumping back into the textbooks and workbook for unit 4. Both grades will work on determining the author`s point of view and finding details that support the author`s point of view. The rough drafts for the creative writing stories are due the Monday we come back. We will be peer editing them that day in class. In social studies we will start our new chapter which is on Europe during the Middle Ages. It will be a lot of fun!

Have a blessed week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 3/23/18

Dear Parents,

Spring!  Yay!!  This is my favorite season.  I love to see the earth come alive with life.  Easter is also my favorite holiday.  What is better than celebrating Jesus’ resurrection?  Nothing!  I pray you have a blessed Easter and spring, celebrating new life – in nature, and in us!

In math next week the 5th graders will be doing more adding and subtracting mixed numbers, as well as problem solving with adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  They will have a test on Wednesday.  The 6th graders will continue working with ratios and rates.   In science we will be starting a new chapter on work and simple machines.  We will start with a neat STEM project dealing with inclines.  The kids have been working hard on their stories entitled, “My Day Without Friction”.  Look for them in the hall soon!

In ELA we will finsih our novel on Monday and there will be a short quiz on Wednesday. New Readnquiz books are also due on Wednesday. Can you believe the fourth quarter is already here? Wow! We will finish the week by working on graphic organizers for a creative writing piece. In social studies we will work on a cumulative review from the year so far and complete some map practice.

 

 

Reminders:

-Please check with your child about their pencil supply.  I am really going through them quickly again.  Every student needs to bring in his/her own pencils.  Thanks!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 3/16/18

Dear Parents,

More snow on the way?  Well…spring has to arrive sooner or later!  Let’s just hope we’re not hiding Easter eggs in the snow!

In math this week the 5th graders will be working with estimating and adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  The 6th graders will be continuing with geometry.  They did great on the first quiz, and will be taking the second quiz on Wednesday.  They will then move on to ratios.  In science we will be finishing up our chapter on forces and motion.  The students have written some great stories entitled, “My Day Without Friction”.  Look for them in the hall soon!  There will be a test coming up at the end of this week or the beginning of next.

In ELA, we will continue to read our novel. We will keep an eye out for allusions while reading and complete a couple of fun mini projects throughout the week. We will also begin our next writing piece which will be a creative story. They love writing these stories and I really enjoy reading them too. It is awesome to see how much their writing has improved since the start of the year. In social studies we will play a fun review game on Monday in preparation for the test on Tuesday. Everyone should be working on their study guides which are due on Monday.

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 3/9/18

Dear Parents,

Well, basketball season has ended.  What a wonderful job the boys and girls did!  Lots of effort and great sportsmanship!  You should be very proud of all our players and cheerleaders.

In math next week the 5th graders will be doing problem solving with adding and subtracting fractions before moving on to a test on chapter 9.  This will most likely be on Wednesday.  The 6th graders will be working with quadrilaterals, circles, transformations, and symmetry.  Remind them to be reviewing vocab on Quizlet.  They also have little vocabulary books we are adding to.  In science we will be looking at how forces interact as well as gravitational force.

In ELA we will be taking a break from the workbooks and textbooks. Both grades will be reading the novel, Number the Stars, written by Lois Lowry. Throughout the novel, we will work on fun projects and assignments that go along with the story. In social studies, we will continue to look at different civilizations of Asia during this time period. Next week, we will focus on India and Japan.

Reminders:

-Please send in any spaghetti dinner money and/or remaining tickets.

-Please sign and return mid-quarter reports.

Have a blessed week!

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 3/2/18

Dear Parents,

I hope you all stay safe in the snow.  It has to end soon.  Right?

In math next week the 5th graders will be adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, as well as doing problem solving with fractions.  The 6th graders will be working with angle pairs.  They will have a quiz over the first three sections of chapter 11 on Wednesday.  This quiz is very intensive with vocabulary – so they should be studying on quizlet.  However, the emphasis will be on USING the vocabulary – not simply having it memorized, so they should be doing problems from the book for practice.  In science we will be continuing with forces and motion.  We will be learning about how forces affect us, as well as doing a lab with the movement of matchbox cars.

There will be an ELA test on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Everyone should be taking their binders, practice workbooks, and small ELA textbooks home with them to help them fill out their study guides. Only students who have their study guides filled out completely will be able to participate in the review game on Monday. In social studies we will take a look at ancient China which is one of the many locations of our new area of study, Asia. Don`t forget the deadline for extra credit is Friday, March 16th.

Reminders:

-Please sign and return mid-quarter reports.

-Turn in spaghetti ticket money when sold.

-Spaghetti Dinner is on March 17th.

-Character Carnival is Saturday at Hamburg Weslyan from 10-3.  Come and see the Trinity table!

 

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 2/16/18

Dear Parents,

Wow!  February Break already!   I hope you get a chance for some great family time.  And, maybe some sleeping in!

When we return, the 5th graders will continue working with fractions.  They will learn about simplest form, estimating sums and differences, least common multiple, and common denominators.  The 6th grade will have a test over chapter 10 on Wednesday, so you may want to do some reviewing over the break.  I have sent home answers to review pages for them to use.  They will then move into our geometry chapter.  The terms for this vocab-heavy chapter are already on quizlet.com, and the kids have been practicing.  They should keep it up!  This chapter will be split into two quizzes instead of one large test, due to the amount of vocabulary.

In science, we will spend a few days in class working on creation science essays based on the book, Case for Creator for Kids by Lee Strobel.  This is a tough one for the kids. Some big concepts involved.  However, I realize that.   I am not looking for perfection, just a good, solid attempt to explain concepts and make connections to God as Creator.  We will then move on to a chapter on forces.

In ELA we will finish up our last week of unit 3 by identifying the main idea and key details of nonfiction passages. I will be sending home a review sheet when we get back so everyone can begin studying for the end of unit test. Just a reminder, new Readnquiz books are due Tuesday, February 27th. In social studies we will work on some geography skills before starting our next chapter.

Have a blessed vacation!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 2/9/18

Dear Parents,

We are in for a busy week!  Hold on to your hats!

In math this week both grades will be working on geometry skills such as perimeter, area, and volume.  They will then practice vocab such as scalene, isosceles, and congruent.  They will be using their Valentine boxes to practice these skills and vocab.  5th grade will also keep going on equivalent fractions, and 6th grade with integer problem solving.

In science the students will do an investigation for the 100th day of school.  They will estimate different measurements of 100, do problem solving involving the number 100, and eat a big cookie with 100 chocolate chips!  They will also be finishing up their study of creation science.

In ELA, the fifth graders will practice determining and proving author`s point of view while the sixth graders practice with cause and effect. Both grades will practice with our quick write strategy, ACE (answer question, cite evidence, and extend). In social studies we will take a look at the lives of the Eastern Mound Builders. This is our last topic of the chapter which means everyone should be taking their packets home to study. We will play a review game on Wednesday and the test will be on Thursday.

Have a blessed weekend!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 2/2/18

Dear Parents,

Happy Groundhog Day!  6 more weeks of winter – surprise surprise!  Well, hang in there!  It has to end sometime.

In math next week the 5th graders will be finishing up their chapter on variables.  They will have a test on Tuesday.  They will then spend a day reviewing chapters 5-8 before moving on to fractions.  The 6th graders will be continuing with integers.  They will be working with integer operations. Both grades will take a day to explore fractions with Hershey Bars.  In science we will continue with our reading/discussing of the book Case for Creator for Kids by Lee Strobel.  It is super exciting to learn the science that supports God has our creator!

In ELA the fifth graders will be focusing on finding the main idea and key details of an expository text. Students in sixth grade will practice sequencing the main events in a narrative nonfiction passage.  Both grades will work on identifying different verb tenses. They will also work on organization and sentence fluency in their draft model writing pieces. In social studies we have started learning about the Inca, Maya, and Aztec civilizations. Students will work on creating their own Prezi, which is an online presentation software that has some different features than Google Slides. I have been noticing some students are running out of basic supplies such as pencils, paper, index cards, etc. Please check with your child if they need some of their supplies replenished.

 

Have a wonderful week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 1/26/18

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  We have had a wonderful Lutheran Schools Week!  Lots of fun learning about local superheros, and lots of fun playing games and doing activities.

Report cards go home today.  Please be sure to sign and return the report card envelope.  You may keep the report card.  Please call/email Miss Hoffmann or I if you have any questions.

Next week in 5th math we will be focusing on expressions with all four operations.  The 6th graders will start learning about integers.  I have encouraged both grades to get on quizlet and start practicing geometry vocabulary.  They aren’t on geometry chapters yet – but they are coming up quick, and there is a lot of vocab in geometry.  So – the earlier the start, the better!

In science we will finish up our study of electricity.  There will be a quiz on chapter 15 lessons 2 and 3 most likely on Tuesday.  We will then be starting our study of creation science.  This is my favorite topic of the year!  We will be learning about the science that supports the creation in Genesis, and disproves evolution.  We will be using the book Case for Creator for Kids by Lee Strobel as the basis of this study.

Well this was one exciting week! From Lutheran Schools week to a surprise announcement. I would like to personally thank you all for your kind words and excitement surrounding our engagement. In ELA we will jump back into the textbooks and workbook next week. Both the fifth and sixth graders will focus on finding the theme of a passage and citing evidence. We will also be focusing on verbs this unit. In social studies we will cross the Atlantic Ocean to our new topic of study, the early civilizations of the Americas.

 

Reminders:

-All students sing at the 10:30 service on Sunday.

-Taste of Trinity after the 10:30 service on Sunday!  Please come and enjoy!

In Him,

Katie Willert

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