Fifth Grade Specials
NFS Curriculum Update :: November, 2013
Fourth and fifth graders have moved on from their investigation of the elements of art and have begun to focus on one of the seven elements, value. They are in the process of learning how to create five different value scales though shading, hatching, cross- hatching, stippling and scribbling. We learned how to use the computer to take screen shots of images to reference and will use these images to create line drawings. Once we complete our drawings we will use the techniques we have studied to fill in value, making the drawings more three dimensional and life like. Because all five ways of creating value will be included in one landscape drawing students will constantly be problem solving, editing, demonstrating understanding of technique and growing personally as artists.
This month Red Group will be finishing their first quarter of Latin with an activity that demonstrates how inflected languages convey meaning through word endings. Then Blue Group will begin their first quarter of Latin! Blue Group will start the quarter with an introduction to Latin pronunciation. We will complete a variety of pronunciation-based activities that will carry us through the end of the month. We will also begin to practice the basics of conversational Latin.
In Lower School PE we will continue to develop our physical fitness and work on muscular strength with a focus on core. The class will learn an activity call Team Handball that involves the skills of throwing, catching, dribbling and shooting. The class will participate in large group cooperative activities like “Ro-Sham-Bo, which is a group version of Rock/Paper/Scissors. Other games include Castle Ball and Power Ball that develop skill, teamwork and cardiovascular endurance.
November will be a busy month for 5th grade Red Group Spanish students . Our class will meet twice a week and class will begin with warm up exercises. The objective of the exercises will be to review previously learned vocabulary and increase, each time, student’s fluidity. Material covered during warm up work will include, weather, how they are feeling, what they are wearing and other basic vocabulary. Class will consist of formal grammar instruction and fun interactive activities to practice newly learned structures and new vocabulary. The topics / thematic vocabulary students will learn are sports and leisure activities. Grammar work will consist of applying the GUSTAR structure to indicate likes and dislikes, identification / conjugation of ar, er & ir verbs, syntax and subject / adjective agreement work. Written work will consist of applying material we studied.