2/28/17

Hello!

 

The 3rd quarter is quickly coming to a close.  I can’t believe how fast time is going.  The 5th graders are busy at work analyzing poetry, learning about ancient Mayans, and working on a creating a research report on their biographical choice.  The 4th grade is immersed in colonial America and learning about why the colonists went to war and what effect this had for the land of Ohio.

 

 

*************ALL CORRECT AND RETURN ASSIGNMENTS, ABSENT WORK, MISSING WORK ARE DUE March 15th**************************************

1/31/17

Hello!

 

I want to thank everyone that came out to support St. Joseph during our Sunday Mass and Open house.  It was great to see so many people!

Here’s what’s going on:

 

English: We have begun our biography book project.  The students are learning about nonfiction books and developing skills on creating longer pieces of writing that they will use in the coming years. The reading for the biographies should be done in school, unless I assign reading for homework.

 

We are “wrapping” up our unit on figurative language.  This week we will be looking at hyperbole and oxymoron!

 

Social Studies (5th)-  We are finishing up our Government unit with a Mock Congress Project.  Students have been assigned with creating a bill to change something about St. Joe’s.  They have been tasked with researching, writing a bill and will soon present them to their class so that Congress can vote.

 

Social Studies (4th)- Now that we have finished our unit on Native Americans. We are moving forward and taking a look at the transition period where Europeans began to dominate North America.  We will be looking at the relationships between Native Americans and Europeans and the conflicts that arose between them.

 

Science- The students are learning about ecosystems and energy pyramids.  This week we will begin on the relationships organisms have in an ecosystem that allow the ecosystem to thrive.

 

 

Reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday Feb. 1st, students are allowed to wear red, white and blue accessories with their uniform. THIS IS NOT A DRESS DOWN DAY!

 

Mr. Zach

 

 

1/6/17

Happy New Year!

 

I hope everyone had a great holiday.  The 5th grade are hard at work creating their book reports for this quarter.  We are using our newly acquired keynote skills to create a presentation based on story element concepts we learned before Christmas.  In Social Studies, we are deep into the 3 branches of our government, learning why governments are necessary and the the functions each branch provides.  In Science, we are trying to save Lake Erie from invasive species.  To address this problem, the class has begun learning about ecosystems and all the elements that go in to keeping an ecosystem healthy.  As for the 4th grade, we have begun looking at the “historic” Native American tribes of Ohio.

 

 

Uncle Sam Pointing Clip Art

******ALL MISSING, ABSENT, AND LATE WORK IS DUE WEDNESDAY, January 11th**********

11/28/16

Hello!

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I think I’m still still from all the great food I had.  We into the the final stretch the calendar year and it is going to be busy!  The 5th grade have begun looking at figurative language and how figurative language is used in Number the Stars. We are just about done with the book as well.  In Social Studies, 5th grade has begun looking at governments and why societies have governments.  The 4th grade has begun diving back into Ohio history.  We are taking a time machine back to 11,500 BCE and looking at the lives of Paleo-Indians!

 

Some important things to note:

5th Grade:

  • Next Reading log check will be Friday 12/9.
  • Kris Kringle shop will be Wednesday, 12/7.

 

Thanks!

 

Mr. Zach

 

11/7/16

Hello!

 

I wish I could be writing to you with a “Go Tribe!” World Series Victory salutation!  The month of November is busy!  We have been working hard learning about the election, the issues and how we elect a president.  Both the 4th and 5th grade seemed very engaged in the content and are eager to discuss in class.

 

Some important things to note:

5th Grade:

  • Religion Test, Chapter 3, Wednesday, November 9th.
  • Science Test, Invertebrates and Vertebrates,  Wednesday, November 16th.
  • Reading Logs check due November, 10th.
  • Comma’s test Thursday, November, 17th.

 

4th Grade:

  • Social Studies Test, Election, Tuesday, November 15th.

 

Tomorrow is our field trip to the LCCC production, “We the People.”

 

 

Mr. Zach

10/24/16

Hello!

 

We are in the last week of the 1st quarter. I can’t believe how fast this quarter has gone!  With the election right around the corner, both the 4th and 5th grades have begun taking a look at the process of elections and how we vote.  This will get us prepared for the field trip to LCCC on Election day, November 8th.   In English, the 5th grade are engrossed in the novel Number the Stars. Each chapter has thrilled them to a point that they don’t want to stop reading!

 

Here is some upcoming things for you to know:

5th Grade:

  • Book Project- due Wednesday, October 26th.  I have passed out the rubric on how they will be graded. If you need a copy for yourself, please email me and I’ll send you one.
  • Correct and Returns/Missing work- Last day that I am accepting Correct and Returns/Missing work is Wednesday, October 26th as well.

 

4th Grade:

  • Correct and Returns/Missing work- Last day that I am accepting Correct and Returns/Missing work is Wednesday, October 26th.

 

Looking forward to a great “Believeland” week. Go Tribe!

 

Mr. Zach

10/17/16

Hello!

 

I hope everyone had a nice 3-day weekend.  We are in the home stretch of the 1st quarter. The quarter ends on October 28th.  I have been taking correct and returns for assignments over the weeks. Because we are nearing the end, the final day I will accept missing/correct & return work will be Wednesday, October 26th.

 

Be sure to log on to Gradelink to see your student’s progress. Email me with any questions or concerns.

Here are some important items coming up in the next couple of weeks:

5th Grade

  • Science Quiz tomorrow, October 18th.
  • Social Studies test ( Chapter 3: lesson 1 & 3) Friday, October 21st.
  • Scholastic Deadline: October 19th.

 

Here is to another great week!

 

Mr. Zach

10/3/16

Hello!

 

I can’t believe the first month of school is already in the books.  Both the 4th and 5th grade have been working diligently on geography skills in Social Studies.  In the 5th grade, we have begun our first novel of the year, Number the Stars.  Set in Denmark during World War II, the story follows the friendship between two young girls. The class is very engaged both in the novel and learning about that time period.

 

Some things coming up in the next couple of weeks:

5th Grade:

  • Reading Logs due October 7th.
  • Scholastic catalog will be handed out tomorrow for the month of October. Orders will be due October, 12th.
  • Religion Test on Chapter two will be next Tuesday, October 11th.
  • October 14th, No School for NEOEA Day.
  • Spelling this week is a review week. No essay due on Thursday.

4th Grade:

  • Our test on Chapter 2, Geography of Ohio, will be at the latter half of next week.  I will have a definite date by Thursday.

 

Mr. Zach

 

 

On to Week 2!

Hello! Congrats!

 

We have made through week one! During the first week,  the 4th and 5th grade got to know each other through some fun team building activities.  In 5th grade, we worked on creating some silly, zany, Madlibs refreshing our memory on Nouns, Verbs, and other parts of speech.  We ended the week with a very rockin’, positive assembly where everyone got up to dance!

 

Reminders:

  • No School September 5th for Labor Day
  • Books need to be covered by August 31st
  • Reading Log Check September 9th (140 Minutes need to be read)

Spelling words for the week:

aches, knocked, jacket, quickly, knowing, quarrel, speaker, questions, kneeling, earthquake, mechanic, orchestra, inquire, sequence, character, BONUS: Sentence