Fifth Grade Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: April, 2014


Fifth grade artists will be focusing on ancient Egyptian art throughout April. We will look at hieroglyphics and create our own name cartouches; will learn about Pharaohs, symbols and deities, canonic jars and sarcophagus. Students will create many pieces of art using a menagerie of materials and will gain a better understanding of what life in ancient Egypt was like and why this civilization was so very important to our world.


This month Red Group will finish their time in Latin by translating their first multi-paragraph piece of Latin text. Then, after a fun and intense review game, the students will take a quiz that covers the topics of subjects and predicates, subject/verb agreement, and word order in Latin sentences. After the end of Quarter 3, Blue Group will return to Latin. This group will begin to study their first list of Latin vocabulary words, exploring the relationship between the Latin words and their English derivatives. We will also learn how to decline 1st declension nouns, which will enable us to use nouns in a variety of ways in sentences.


Fifth grade will be reading interesting nonfiction titles in picture book format including The Day-Glo Brothers, a book about the inventors of fluorescent paint. The book fluoresces under natural light but in black light the illustrations practically jump off the page. We will have fun seeing what things in the library glow under black light. We will read irreverent narrative poetry by Roald Dahl, and end on a serious note with the epistolary novel (letters in books—correspondence, not ABCs) as a genre.


Fourth and fifth graders have started preparations for the 4th and 5th grade show which will take place on Thursday, April 24th at 7pm. We have started choreography and will finish up with some simple blocking. Hopefully you have received a cd and a copy of the script in a recent Friday folder. If you have any questions please let me know!


In physical education class we will continue to develop our physical fitness and work on muscular strength with a focus on core. Our floor hockey unit begins with learning and practicing the skills of stick handling, passing and shooting. Students will develop individual skills used in game play. As the weather warms, PE class will move outside for activities like Capture the Diamond and Charlie Brown & the Pumpkin Patch. We will also introduce new games this month called Hoop House Attack, Pin Ball and Boom Ball.


Fifth graders are” out of this world” as we continue our Astronomy unit. With the start of April, the moon journal is due. We will discuss our findings of the moon and explore the observable patterns that we noticed. Students have been learning about the planets and our solar system. After learning about the inner, middle and outer solar system, our Astronomers will make a tape measure model of the solar system. Armed with register tape, meter sticks, instructions and planet outlines, they will create the model measuring it so 1 AU=10cm. During the next class they will look at their handy-work and notice the spacing of the planets to each other, and realize how close together the terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars) are to each other and how far away in comparison the gas giants are in the middle solar system. Finally students choose topics for their research papers about space. Students will get a chance to delve into new topics and create a one page informational page that will be displayed in the hallway.


Now that the Red Group of language students can conjugate verbs in Spanish, they will learn the verb “IR” it’s conjugation and application to tell where they and someone else goes. They will learn the vocabulary of places in the city and apply this knowledge to create a skit dealing with giving, and asking for directions in the city. They will utilize adverbs of location practiced in various activities. Students are excited and looking forward to memorizing and presenting their language skills.

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