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

5 and 6 Class News 1/19/18

Dear Parents,

Looks like we’ll finally get a game in!  Yay!  Go Hawks!

Lutheran Schools Week is next week, so our class time will be decreased.  However, when we have class, this is what we’ll be up to…

In math next week the 5th graders will be working on simplifying and evaluating expressions.  The 6th graders will be dividing fractions and solving equations.  In science we will be continuing with circuits.  We will learn about conductors and insulators, as well as electromagnets.

In ELA we will finish reading Hatchet and talk about if the main character, Brian, was a dynamic character or a static character. New Readnquiz books for the third quarter (hard to believe) are due in class on Monday, January 22nd. In social studies we will take a look at the history of the Olympics since they are quickly approaching and we will be holding our own “Olympic games” during Lutheran Schools Week.

We give special thanks to God this week for the gift of Christian schools across the world.  How wonderful that our kids can learn about our mighty God each and every day at school!!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 1/12/18

Dear Parents,

Happy Friday!  I hope you all enjoy the long weekend coming up!

In math next week the 5th graders will be doing some cumulative review for 2 days.  It is so important to go back and review before moving forward.  They will then move on to using variables.  The 6th graders will be working with multiplying mixed numbers.  In science we will work with current electricity.  Yep – we’ll be getting out the batteries and little light bulbs!  We will be making parallel and series circuits, as well as creating switches.

In ELA we will continue reading  Hatchet. During the week we will be creating our own survival kits like the one Brian has to use out in the Canadian wilderness. Both grades will also take a look at mood and what techniques an author uses to create a certain mood. In social studies we will be taking a short break from the textbook to explore the Eastern Hemisphere.

Reminders:  Information was sent home regarding National Lutheran Schools Week.  There is too much to restate here.  Please look over that info.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Enjoy the long weekend!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 1/5/18

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year!  I pray you all had a wonderful Christmas season.

This week in math the 5th graders will be dividing with decimals.  They will have a test on Friday.   The 6th graders will be finishing up adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.  There will be a test on Wednesday.  I put game links on google classroom for both 5th and 6th math for practice.   In science we will be starting electricity.  Our first few days will be on static electricity before moving on to current electricity.  For static electricity we will be making atom models and using balloons and popcorn to observe how static electricity works.  Fun stuff!

In ELA we will be starting our next novel unit. Both grades will be reading Hatchet written by Gary Paulsen. Along with working on reading comprehension, we will also complete some fun, creative side projects as well. In social studies we will play a review game on Monday before the test on Tuesday. After the test, we will complete some map practice focusing on the Eastern Hemisphere.

Reminders:

-Taste of Trinity and students singing in church is Sunday, 1/28 at the 10:15 service.

Have a blessed week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 12/22/17

Dear Parents,

Merry Christmas!!  God is good!   He has blessed us with loving families, food, health, warm homes – and best of all – His Son!  I pray you have a wonderful Christmas.

When we return, the 5th graders will be starting a chapter on dividing with decimals.  The 6th graders will be working with adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  In science we will finish up with chapter 15 lesson 1 on heat.  They will have a quiz on Friday.

This week I passed out a review sheet with all the topics we have covered throughout unit 2. I also passed out a study guide sheet that must be filled out by January 3rd in order to play the review game. The test will be Thursday and Friday when we get back from break. In social studies, we will continue with the civilizations of Africa.

Please check with your child and see if he/she needs more pencils.  I have gone through about 200 “classroom” pencils so far this year – and I am out again.  I am not buying anymore right now.  I am trying to stress to the students that they all need their OWN pencils.  So, please check in about that.  Thanks so much!

Have a truly blessed Christmas!  You have great kids, and I count them (and you!) as some of my best blessings!

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 12/15/17

Dear Parents,

One more week!  This one can be long…patience required!  Thanks for all you do to balance things at home.  God is good. So good, He sent His son as a baby.  Let’s keep that the main focus this week.

In math this week the 5th graders will be finishing up multiplying decimals.  They will have a quiz on Tuesday.  The 6th graders will keep going with fractions and decimals.  They will also have a quiz on Tuesday.  Both grades will play Christmas math games on Thursday.  In science we will do some activities with different types of thermal energy transfer.

In ELA, both grades have started a new writing piece which is a biography. We will finish up the research portion today and begin writing next week. In social studies we took a look at the kingdoms of the savanna, and next week we will jump to the kingdoms of the forest.

 

Christmas gifts for our class gift exchange need to be in the classroom by Thursday.

Reminders:

-Friday is a half-day.  Dismissal at 11:45

-Friday is our 1st and 2nd grade pageant at 9:30.  Very cute!  Come if you can.

Have a blessed week!

Katie Willert

5 and 6 Class News 12/8/17

Dear Parents,

I pray your December is going well – not too crazy!  Remember, the real reason for the season is Jesus.  I know I certainly need to be reminded of that!

In math this week the 5th graders will be working with estimating and multiplying whole numbers and decimals.  The 6th graders will be finishing up their chapter on divisibility and fractions.  Their test will be on Tuesday.  They will then move on to fractions, improper fractions, and decimals.  In science we will be starting a new chapter on heat and electricity.  We will focus first on the three types of heat transfer – conduction, convection, and radiation.

In ELA the sixth graders will practice identifying point of view and the fifth graders will practice sequencing main events throughout the passages. Both grades will work on finding the plural version of irregular nouns and identifying collective nouns. In social studies we will take a look at some famous civilizations in Africa during this time such as Ghana, Mali, and Songhai.

If you haven’t noticed – snow is here!  We still go out for recess (unless it is below about 20 degrees).  Please be sure your child has appropriate outerwear.  Winter coats are a must!  If your child wants to go off the parking lot and play in the snow, he/she also needs hat, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and boots.  Any winter wear may be kept at school for the winter.   It does not have to go back and forth every day.

Christmas gift exchange names were sent home.  Please check with your child.  Gifts can be brought to school at any time.  Email me if you have questions.

Reminders:

-Christmas Celebration 12/13 – All kids need participate and need to be in the church at 6:45.

-Early dismissal 12/22 at 11:45 – Lots of activities going on that day – see newsletter for details!

-Merry Moose Shop 12/12-12/14 – Kids can bring money to purchase gifts for family members if desired.

 

Wow!  Lots going on!  Have a blessed week!

In Him,

Katie Willert

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