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Educating and Nurturing Since 1953

Admission of students without regard to race, religion, or color

518 283 0333

42 Dana Ave

Wynantskill, NY 12198

7:30am - 5:30pm

Monday - Friday

St Jude School

123 456 789

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Goldsmith Hall

New York, NY 90210

07:30 - 19:00

Monday to Friday

5th Grade

Jeffers Journal

Week of June 10th – June 14th

Hello June! May the month ahead bring you…Love, Happiness, and Sunshine! Are you ready to board the learning train?  Please come to school each day with an open mind, positive “I can” attitude, a friendly smile, and eager to be a member of our team! 

Important Dates to Remember:

June 10th: Mass with Father @ 9AM

June 10th: New Student Orientation Day

June 12th: Dunking Booth Day

June 13th: Ice Cream Truck Visit to Celebrate Summer Birthdays

June 16th: Happy Father’s Day

June 17th: Mass with Father @ 9AM

June 18th: Last Day of School & Fifth Grade Graduation @ 6:30PM

June 19th: Juneteenth

Here’s a breakdown of our learning:

  1. Math: Its important children learn math facts for addition/subtraction and multiplication/division with the goal of automatic recall. This week, we will work on a cumulative review test to determine what concepts and skills have been mastered. We will also play a variety of Math games. As a way to review previously learned concepts and skills, students will spend time working on I-Ready Math each day.
  2. English Language Arts:
    1. Grammar: Students will learn how to proofread their writing for subject-verb agreement, capital letters, and punctuation using the proofreading symbols.
    2. Vocabulary: Each week students have 12 new vocabulary words and complete different activities each day (sentence completion, synonym/antonym, matching, word meaning, and context clues).
    3. Reading: An important skill we will be practicing is reading articles or passages and answering comprehension questions.  We have been learning that reading is not just about reading the words on the page it involves so many other pieces like asking questions, making connections, using context clues to help determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. We are also going to learn how to make inferences.
    4. Summary: A summary is a short retelling of a text. It only includes the most important details.  A useful strategy to help you when writing a summary is: “Somebody Wanted But So Then (SWBST).”  Who is the main character? (Somebody) What did the main character want? (Wanted) What is the problem (But) How does the character try to solve the problem? (So) How does the story end? (Then) We will practice writing summaries in class this week and students will be asked to write a summary each night and turn it in the next day.
  3. Writing (Part 1): We are going to continue to use a strategy to help answer text dependent or short answer questions, which is known as RACES. The first letter of the acronym, “R,” means restate the prompt. The “A” means answer the question in your own words. The “C” means cite text evidence or examples. The “E” means explain and give details. The final letter of the acronym, “S” means summarize what you wrote. Students will practice using this strategy as they answer questions in all subject areas.
  4. Writing (Part 2): Can you think of a fun way to explore opinion writing other than participating in a class debate? Each morning they will be given one or two prompts to respond too. The response needs to have a claim statement followed by evidence/reasons for the decision. They also need to have a closing sentence. After everyone has written their response, we have a class debate about the prompt. Each student shares his/her response and has the chance to move if they want to change their opinion. This activity is a great way to practice their public speaking and listening skills.
  5. Social Studies: We are going to utilize our passport this week, as we will be departing Mexico and heading to Central America, The Caribbean, Brazil, and also Argentina. In our first lesson, we will explore the ways the economy and democratic government of Central America is changing.  Next, we will visit the Caribbean and learn about the importance of tourism to the economy and also characteristics of their culture. In our visit to Brazil we will learn about the government, economy, and also the Amazon Rainforest.  To wrap up the week, we will land in Argentina.  While we are there, we will explore the government, economy, and also the exports.  After we read a lesson, students will complete a quiz on Google classroom to check their understanding of the material.
  6. Science: Room 5 is going to be transformed into a laboratory this week as we review the steps of the Scientific Method through completing experiments! We will also watch some fun Mystery Science videos! Grab your lab coat and your notebook and be ready to be transformed into a scientist!
  7. Religion: The theme of Chapter 19 is Living as Christians. In this chapter, we are going to explore the three most important spiritual gifts: faith, hope, and love.  What are theological virtues?  How would you define love? Why is it the greatest spiritual gift?  Another set of virtues we are going to learn about are cardinal virtues. Are there some cardinal virtues that are easy and hard to practice?  How does your family practice the theological and cardinal virtues?  Who was Saint Margaret of Scotland? Always remember to share the theological and cardinal virtues everyday!
  8. Twenty-eighth Mass of the School Year: On Monday, June 10th, we will be attending Mass with Father Pat at 9:00. Everyone is invited to attend Mass.