Mrs. Maureen Pfeifer
Incoming Grade 5 Student Supply List
Grade 5 is a year filled with learning new things and expanding our knowledge base. Social Studies is the study of the Western Hemisphere to provide a better understanding of our country today. Continued development of writing skills through the use of the series, Strategies for Writers, is a daily activity. In Science we explore the energy and matter in Organisms and Ecosystems, the systems of the Earth,and the structure and properties of matter. Using our Common Core aligned Math series, our focus is on whole number and decimal operations, fractions in the real world, and providing written explanations for how we arrive at our answers. Enrichment activities for the year will include production of a play and knitting prayer shawls as a community service project.
Our 2016-2017 School year has been one of new experiences. Students explored the design process by creation of original inventions through an Invention Convention S.T.R.E.A.M. Academy course. Through cooperation with partners, the students had to identify a problem and then devise a solution. Using a variety of material, they then created a model of their original deign. Four of the student partnerships took their inventions to a Mock Shark Tank held at the Diocese of Buffalo X-Stream Games. After presenting their invention of a panel of judges, the four teams took all of the four awards offered. The top two winners showcased their inventions at the Catholic Educators Dinner in January. During school wide STREAM Academy classes the fifth graders have the opportunity to explore computer coding in Coding Academy, cooking in Kitchen Chemistry, and how to build an arcade game in Arcade Academy.
The students have visited the Carousel Factory Museum to see how simple machines were used in producing the carousels. Additionally, they have toured the Darwin Martin House and participated in their junior docent program where they provide the tour to family and friends. Field trips to the Buffalo Museum of Science, U.B. Center for the Arts to see Science Magic, and others provide opportunities to bring learning from the classroom to the community. Our classroom continued to be a place where students work together to promote positive behaviors and respect for all.
They continued to develop and refine their writing skills using our Strategies for Writers series. They then use these newly learned skills in all content areas. In Math, student writing skills will help them to provide detailed explanations of their thought processes. Additionally, writing to express opinions, to teach others how to do a new task, and for personal expression were explored.
In the area of Math, students worked to master the areas of Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Numbers & Operations in base 10, Fractions, Measurement & Date, and Geometry as per the N.Y.S. Common Core. In Science, we explored our world with the use of our new National Geographic Learning text, Exploring Science. This series is based on the new Next Generation Science Standards so we are up to date on the newest Science ideas.Reading this year included an in-depth study of the novel Esperanza Rising. We used our close reading strategies to first analyze the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With the knowledge of the document, we then read and applied that knowledge to the close reading of the novel. Students have also learned reading strategies from the Journeys series and literature circle studies of two additional novels.
Incorporating all areas of S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering,the Arts, and Math) the students put on a play for the school community and their family and friends. From sound and light effects, to set design and construction, together they bring a play to life.
Each day is a gift from God and we made the most of it in 5th grade!