A big CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 ICA Geo Bee Champion - Aidan Curley!!!  5th Grade and Mrs. Harrigan are so very proud!  An excellent job as well for all of the contestants, especially our own Palmer!

This week in Grade 5:

Religion - We will wrap up Chapter 15 and our study of the Sacraments of Healing.

Math -  We are working on decimals.

Reading -  This  week we will continue our  novel study, My Side of the Mountain.

Science - This week we begin our study of the weather!

Social Studies - This week we are diving into Life in the Colonies!  5th Grade will be learning about the beginnings of what would become America!

ELA - It's a vocabulary week!  We are also putting the final touches on our personal narratives and learning more about adjectives.

Please be sure to check this page often!  You will always find updated Homework, Test/Project dates, Happenings at ICA, and other important 5th grade information!

If you need to contact me, my email address is




Monday: No School





     Social Studies:  



     Vocabulary:  Match the Meaning, page 82

     Math:   Pg. 95, all and study for test

     English:  None

     Religion: None

     Social Studies:  None

     Science:  None


      Vocabulary:  Synonyms and Antonyms, page 83


      Religion:  Study

      English:  Pg. 41

      Social Studies:  None

      Science:  None


       Vocabulary:  Completing the Sentence, page 84


       English:  None

       Religion:  Study

       Social Studies:  None

       Science:  Study









Upcoming Tests, Quizzes, and Project Dates

Friday, January 25 - Religion Quiz/Vocabulary Test

Thursday, January 31 - Current Event Due




Happenings at ICA

Sunday, January 27 - Catholic Schools Week Begins

     9:00 am - Mass

     9:00 am - 1 pm - Open House

     1 - 3 pm - Sock Hop

Monday, January 28  - 4th Grade Wax Museum/Science Fair Judging

Tuesday, January 29 -

     School Tours 9 - 11 and 1-2:30

     Science Fair Awards - 6:15 pm

     Brain Show Mania - 6:30 pm

Wednesday,  January 30 - 

     Step Up Day

     Ice Cream Social

Thursday, January 31 - 

     Afternoon at the Movies

     Sports Dress Down Day

     Teacher Appreciation Day

Friday, February 1 - 

     Mass - 9:00 - Bring Someone Special

     Early Dismissal - 12:00

Wednesday, February 13 - Bonding at Berks Catholic







Daily Schedules

Lunch - 11:20 - 11:40

Recess - 11:40 - 12:00

Special Schedules


STEM - 8:45 - 9:30

Art - 12:50 - 1:35


Physical Education - 10:15  - 11:15 


Library - 8:45 - 9:30


Music - 8:45 - 9:30


Study Guides

Looking to study for vocabulary?  Head to to practice unit words with interactive games and activities.

Unit 8 Spelling/Vocabulary Words: alternate, demolish, energetic, enforce, feat, hearty, mature, observant, primary, resign, strive, verdict



STEM Corner

This week in STEM, we explore the question:  Can companies turn fast-moving winds into a source of electricity?  We have been learning about our Earth's natural resources and the importance of developing alternative energy sources that are renewable.  We've learned about solar power, water power, wind power, and even seen scientists working hard to convert algae into energy.  This activity will involve two parts.  During the first activity students will be creating their own wind wheels to see how they work.  Then we will put on our engineering hats to create our own whirl power machines.  These machines will begin with the basic wind wheel and then students will add their own inventor's materials to create a machine that lifts as much weight as possible.  Students will be experimenting with their own breath and a hair dryer as sources of wind.  We will finish by completing a data sheet to record our observations.  This activity is an important one in an ever-changing world.  When our 5th graders are our age, what type of power will be fueling our homes and cars?  Maybe one of our very own ICA scientists will develop the newest energy source!

Next Generation Science Standards Covered:

ESS1.A - Earth Materials and Systems

ESS3.A - Natural Resources

ESS3.C - Human Impacts on Earth Systems

PS2.A - Forces and Motion

PS3.A - Definitions of Energy

ETS1 - Engineering Design