Welcome to the May 2020 edition of Classroom News! Each month during the school year, a teacher at HLS will share what’s going on in her classroom to highlight neat projects and activities students are doing. This month, let’s see what Mrs. Carnoali’s fifth and sixth grade class has been learning about this semester.

Our fifth and sixth grade classroom news takes a slightly different slant this quarter because of online learning. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy many of the same activities that we normally would in the classroom.

Math, English, and reading have been fairly normal. The students either return their homework via Google Docs or a box at the Zion parish hall. We finished our reading books last week and finished math units on geometry and graphing. In English, both groups finished up pronouns.

We have done two major science projects this quarter. First, the fifth and sixth graders made kites and flew them. Through their research, they learned about energy and aerodynamics. Sophie took the prize on that—or, rather, Mr. Schulze did for coming up with the idea of tying the kite onto the end of a fishing line! It worked!


The second science project involved using solar energy to roast a marshmallow. Through this project the students learned about reflection and absorption of light energy. Each project was followed up with a 200-word written response.


In social studies, students worked on collaborative country reports. I chose to have them work together through Google Slides as a way to keep them connected. They had to do a Google Slide presentation about their country, as well as another project like cooking a meal from their country or playing a traditional game.

In April, each class has been reading a novel unit. Fifth grade read Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan, and sixth grade read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. The sixth grade had to write a challenging essay about the themes of the book. The essays were very impressive!

Sixth grade finished our outloud book this week, and fifth grade will finish it next week. We have been reading Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. This is a new book by the same author as Because of Winn Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. It is an excellent story about the unlikely friendship of three girls.

Sixth grade has been working on their sixth grade pillows. Two are done, and the rest are in progress. Mrs. Carnoali’s sewing machine has been churning away.

The students have also been working on National Day of Prayer. Each student is writing their prayer based on a part of our country: government, business, family, church and school, media, or military. Stay tuned as these prayers will be posted on Thursday, May 7. The theme for this year’s National Day of Prayer is “Pray God’s glory across the Earth” from Habakkuk 2:14.

As always, I am sad to see the sixth graders leave HLS. I am proud of each of them and wish them God’s richest blessings for the next step of their journey. They know that Jesus walks with them.

As for the fifth graders, I hope to see them in the fall! Blessings on a great summer!