Week of January 8, 2018

Happy New Year!

Welcome back after our “extended” Christmas break!

WHAT’S NEW

Some areas that we are focusing on in our studies include:

*knowing and understanding the parts of the mass

*the names and geographical locations of the western United States

*Helping Verbs and Verb Tenses

*Prefixes, suffixes, and root words- knowing the most common and how to identify unknown words by breaking them down

*introduction to our solar system unit: reviewing knowledge of gravity, inertia, mass, seasonal changes before we move onto some really cool new topics!

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UPCOMING TEST DATES (ASSUMING NO SNOW DAY INTERRUPTIONS)

*Tuesday, January 16 – Unit 14 spelling words

*Wednesday, January 17 – Quiz on identifying the western U.S.

NO FLEX DAY THIS FRIDAY

This week’s schedule: Tuesday = Day 1 (Computer/Phys. Ed.)

Wednesday = Day 2 (Art)

Thursday = Day 3 (Music)

Friday = Day 4 (Health)

OUR SCHOOL WIDE PBL IS : HOW CAN SJS REDUCE ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT?

The 5th grade, in conjunction with the 1st and 2nd grade, are tackling the question “How can SJS reduce our energy consumption?” In the next few weeks, watch for the 5th grade’s research, progress, and presentation upon solving this question!

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HUMAN RIGHTS PBL

Prior to Christmas break, the 5th grade researched information on “what are basic human rights?”, “what are human rights violations?”, “what countries/people are not given the same human rights as we have in the United States?”. Next Friday, our class will be presenting their findings to classes around the school in the hopes that other students are made aware of these issues and may be interested in ways to help make changes in the world.

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