Ross Park 5 th Grade Monthly Ross Park
Newsletter for: Norton Shores, MI
December 2010 November 24, 2010
We just finished our solar system unit. We
ended the unit with the solar system projects,
which were absolutely amazing! This week the
lower elementary students came in to see the
Book Report Books: Students checked out his/her projects. Fifth grade students were able to
next book report book on Nov. 23rd for Belanger’s answer questions they may have had. It was
class, and Nov. 24th for Sylvester’s class. The report great to see the fifth students as “teachers,”
will need to be typed up at home, along with the which they loved! What a great learning
completion of the visual aid. Please read over the experience!!!
guidelines, which are attached to this newsletter, to
see what is required. Next week we will be starting our heredity
unit. Key vocabulary words for this chapter will
Week of Nov. 15-Dec. 17: Box Top Contest be: anatomical features, genetic relatedness,
adaptation, inherited traits, acquired traits,
Dec. 2: 50 States Test (An 85% is the target to learned behavior, nocturnal, heredity,
reach.) Re-takes will be January 6th if they don’t environmental factors, fossil, catastrophic
pass. events, and natural selection. Students will be
making vocabulary cards to study from. Please
Dec. 2: Movie Night-Santa Buddies 5:30-7:30 P.M. review these periodically with your child to
prepare for the test. Students will be receiving a
Week of Dec. 6: Holiday Store (Look for more booklet that will contain various worksheets that
information in the school newsletter.) go along with our unit. We will also be doing
some out-of-class assignments that will require
Dec. 10: Winter Story needs to be completed with the help of parents.
colored illustrations, all about the author and
dedication page. If you have any questions, call Mrs.
Sylvester at 798-1773 ext. 8625.
Dec. 14: Book Reports are due. (This includes typed
copy of report and presentation with a visual aid.) Spelling
Students are tested on spelling words that
Dec. 17: Holiday Breakfast (Class Party) correspond with the Language Arts story every
week. A mid-week test is given on
Wednesdays. If your student receives 100%,
Dec. 17: Holiday School Sing-Along 10:30 am
then he/she will not have to take the final test
on Friday. Spelling word lists are stapled in
Dec. 20-Jan. 2: Winter Break assignment books every Monday, so ask to see
This month we will continue with Unit 2 in our
Reading Series, which focuses on discoveries and During the month of December, students will be
studying parts of speech with a focus on nouns and
beginning Unit 3: Turning Points. Our next five
verbs, including the following: plural and
stories are, Black Cowboy: Wild Horses, Sleds on
possessive nouns, action verbs, verb tenses, main
Boston Common, When Esther Morris Headed and helping verbs and linking verbs. Students will
West, Beyond the Horizon and My Great- be participating in various activities to help
Grandmother’s Gourd. improve their skills in these areas. Homework is
not assigned every day, but is assigned when extra
practice is necessary.
5th Grade November Newsletter Page 2
Social Studies Accelerated Reader
During the month of December, students will
We will finish Chapter 4, Encounters in the Americas. This chapter
focuses on the dramatic changes in the Americas brought about by the not be checking out any Accelerated Reader
Spanish leaders who conquered Indian peoples in their quest for gold. books.
The chapter also explores changes brought about by the early French,
Dutch, and English settlers who came to North America to trade and
start a new way of life. We will then begin Chapter 5, Europeans
Settle Throughout North America. This chapter focuses on how
European governments extended their power beyond their own
borders by building empires in North America. Students have been working on writing a creative
story for the winter season. These stories will be
Students have been assigned an explorer. They will continue to work
on an Explorer Power Point Presentation in Technology Class with Mrs. published in picture book form. Winter stories are
Hackney. due will illustrations on December 10. We will
share our stories with Ross Park students
We will be taking the 50 States Test on Thursday, December 2.
Please help your child learn the location of all 50 states. Students will December 13-17.
need to get an 85% or higher. Test dates for those that do not get
an 85% or higher are Thursday, January 6. Upcoming Events:
Ship Projects are due Tuesday, January 11. Please make sure that
your child is working on his/her project. This is an at home project. Holiday Shopping
See below for requirements.
Monday, Dec. 6- Friday December 10
Directions for Model of Ship
Holiday Breakfast Class Parties
1. You will be building a model of the ship that your
explorer may have used to explore. Pictures of the Friday, Dec. 17
ships can be found on one of the following pages in
your social studies book and/or you may use the Holiday School Sing-Along
p104/105 (Dutch Ship)
p109/121 (Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta)
Friday, Dec. 17 10:30 am
p112/162 (Viking Ship)
p118 (Caravel-Portuguese Ship) No Early Dismissal
p128 (Caravel-Spanish Ship)
NOTE: Something close is just fine. It does not Monday, November 29-School ends at 3:30
have to be the exact ship that your explorer sailed
on. Monday, December 6-School ends at 3:30
2. You may build your ship out of the following:
Wood, toothpicks etc. Monday, December 13-School ends at 3:30
Paper, cardboard etc.
A model kit that you put together, but adapt to Winter Break
look like the ship you have chosen
Straws, material, paper mãche Monday, Dec. 22- Friday, December 31
Any materials you may have
NOTE: You MAY NOT USE Legos or Play Doh and you DO NOT have
to spend a lot of $
3. You will need to include the following on a 5x7 note card, which Math
will be provided:
The name/type of ship We have completed Chapter 4: Dividing by One-
One paragraph describing who your explorer is and the Digit Numbers and will begin chapter 5: Dividing
importance of how this ship may have been used by this explorer
Your first and last name by Two-Digit Numbers.
You may type up the information or print it neatly using fine line
4. THIS PROJECT IS DUE
**Please continue to work with your child on their
multiplication/division facts for quick recall.
Have FUN with this project!!! Parents are encouraged to work on this
project with your child.
If you have any questions, feel free to call Mrs. Belanger at 798-
1773, ext. 8627.
Reminders to Students:
Check assignment books every night for Reminders to Parents:
any homework and spelling word lists. Look through and sign Friday Folders
Read Newberry Book Report Book and Send in Chicago chaperone info. and
complete book review. money by Jan.10.
Complete assignments on time. Please send in pictures of your child (1
baby, 1 current and any group pictures)