Mr. Rodis


Hello 5B Students and Families,

It was great to get back into the swing of things at school and get back into a routine. Everyone was a little tired on Monday, but we were able to get a lot accomplished throughout the week! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's!

Mrs. Fiumara:   This week in social studies, students completed the unit on Life in the English Colonies.  We finished this unit by studying the events of the French and Indian War which is what began the growing tension between the colonists and Great Britain.  This sets the stage for our next unit which gets into the American Revolution. We also looked at the many witty sayings of Ben Franklin in Poor Richard’s Almanac.  Students each chose one quote and had to think about what it means.  They had to rewrite it in their own words and illustrate it.  Some were able to come up with other quotes that we use today that were similar to the things that Ben Franklin said.  We have been reviewing in class this week by taking notes on the regions. These notes are now being used to create PowerPoints which is also helping them review. This will help them to prepare for the chapter 4 test which will be next Friday, January 17th.  We will complete these early next week and I will teach students how to make their own Quizlet sets.  They also have a study guide with other study strategies that I suggested.  They should be working to focus on the “Big Questions” at the bottom of the study guide. Next Thursday there will be test review. If your child would like to attend, please let me know before Thursday. 

Mrs. Howard: Welcome back! We eased back into the school routine with a STREAM project in science. Students worked in small groups to engineer an A-frame tent and then create a scale model of their design. They considered many factors including the height desired, length needed for a comfy sleep, and width. We then used the Pythagorean theorem to calculate one side of the opening and extended that to the length of the side panel. This was a challenging project using many problem solving skills. On Friday students had the opportunity to share and leave feedback on their peers' solar system projects completed prior to break. Next week we will begin our new unit in life sciences: Growth and Survival.  

Mr. Rodis: We started chapter seven in math this week which is all about dividing decimals. We spent time learning how to divide a decimal by 10, 100, and 1000. We then spent time estimating when dividing decimals and also using number sense to figure out how to divide more easily. We finished the week dividing a decimal by a whole number. Next week we will divide a whole number by a decimal and divide a decimal by a decimal. With this chapter I would suggest practicing various problems in your book or workbook. This chapter can be a bit challenging, so it is important to practice to master each concept. 

In ELA, we started reading a new chapter book, "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe." We started by reading the first chapter together as a class and discussed the different characters and setting. We talked about the genre of fantasy, and all the elements of a fantasy book. We also talked about the different types of fantasy books. We took a quiz on the first three chapters this week and we have been meeting in groups to discuss certain comprehension questions. The students are also taking notes on things that spark their interest in the book or just questions they have as they are reading. We will continue reading next week.

In Grammar, we talked about main verbs, helping verbs, and linking verbs. We spent time looking at various sentences and pulling out the different types of verbs. We went over chapter 9 of our Wordly Wise vocabulary words and took a test on Friday.

In Religion, we started a new chapter on Confirmation and learned about the events of Pentecost and how the Apostles were affected. We learned that during the Pentecost, the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit. After the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit they went out to the crowds and told them about the risen Jesus. We will continue to learn about the process of Confirmation next week and the history of the Sacrament of Confirmation. 


I hope everyone is enjoying this warm weather in January, it feels like spring!







Mr. Rodis

5th Grade Teacher

Saint Joseph's Elementary School





Extra Learning: Starting after our open house, I will be available each Tuesday from 2:45-3:30 to assist students with questions pertaining to Math. Periodically I may request a student to attend, or you may also request attendance. Please let me know 24 hours in advance, if possible, that your child will be attending



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