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February 11-14

This week we are working on a new standard, point of view in fiction writing.  We will be looking at characters in a story and how they feel about one another based on their actions.  When reading with your child at night, ask them questions about the characters.  Do they like or dislike one another?  What evidence in the story gives you your answer?  Also, please have your child get onto the interactive videos to help understand this skill.

Please work on Quizlet for the vocabulary.  The test is this Thursday due to no school on Friday.

In math we are finishing up unit 9 about finding the area of regular or irregular shapes.  We have been breaking apart irregular shapes into smaller rectangles, and multiplying to find their area.  The interactive videos are a great review!

A list of the students first names comes home on Friday so that your child can prepare their Valentine’s for the class.  I told the students that to participate they must make a Valentine for everyone in class.  The class voted and they would like to make their boxes at home.  Please bring the Valentine’s and the box/bag that your child made in on Thursday.

Resource: Monday-PE, Tuesday-Art, Thursday-Music

No school this Friday for a teacher work day, and no school Monday, the 18th for President’s Day!

February 4-8

This week we are finishing up our unit on comparing and contrasting fiction stories.  We are concentrating on finding similarities and differences within books in a series.  If your kiddo reads Cam Jansen, Bad Guys, Magic Tree House, or Babysitters Club, have them compare and contrast the characters, setting, plot, and theme between two of them.  Don’t forget to complete the interactive videos on the Pages tab!

Quizlet is updated, so please have your child use the website to review their new words.  The test will be Friday, the 15th.

In math we are beginning a new unit.  We are working on using properties such as the Commutative Property and Distributive Property to multiply greater numbers.  Please use the link on the Pages tab to review the content and challenge your kiddo.

We had an awesome week learning about the life cycle of our chicks.  We had 11 out of the 12 eggs hatch and we had a ton of fun letting them run around the room!  They are now off in homes around the area, hopefully getting the love and comfort that they deserve.

Resource: Monday-PE, Tuesday-none, Thursday-Computer Lab; Friday-Media

This week we will be transitioning from comparing and contrasting nonfiction to comparing and contrasting fiction.  The key here is that we are looking at characters who have been written in multiple books, like books in a series.  If your child has read lots of books from one series, have them compare and contrast the characters, settings, and plots using a Venn diagram.  Discuss these story elements with them and ask if the character(s) changed at all from book to book.

We have vocabulary so please get on Quizlet.  The test is this Friday.

In math we are finishing up graphing and moving into Unit 9: Properties of Operations.  Have your child get onto the interactive videos to practice!

Thank you so much for the amazing turnout for the Living Wax Museum.  I am so proud of the kids and the effort that they put into this amazing day!

Resource: Monday-PE, Tuesday- Art, Thursday-Music, Friday-none

Make sure your kiddo gets onto the “Pages” tabs for reading and math to practice the skills we are working on in class.

January 14-18

This week we are beginning our journey into comparing and contrasting two texts on the same topic.  We will be working with nonfiction texts, finding their differences and similarities.  Perhaps we will look at two texts, one about why kids should have digital textbooks in school and another text about why kids should still have physical books.  We will be looking at lots of different articles on the same topic and dissecting them until we get to the core of each one.

Make sure to keep studying the vocabulary!  The test is on Friday this week.

In math we are moving deeper into multiplication and division as we work on one and two step word problems that could be any of the four operations we have learned so far.  Is the word problem asking us to add, subtract, multiply, or divide?  How do we know?  Make sure to check out the interactive videos to help with understanding.

We continue to work on our Living Wax Museum in class.  We have divided the Who Was Book’s into sections, having the kids read about 10 pages a day.  As they progress they are filling out their notes pages in order to help with writing their rough and final drafts for grades.  The class voted and we will be using butcher block paper from the school to decorate for our people.  All your child will need from home is a costume and maybe a few printed out pictures of their person.  Again, if you’d like to come and see your child perform on the 25th, please fill out the bottom part of the paper that I sent home Thursday, and it was also sent home electronically in the last email I sent out.

Resource: Monday-Art, Tuesday-Music, Thursday-none, Friday-PE

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, the 21st, because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

January 7-11

This week we are finishing up our unit on parts of stories, poems, and plays, but we are finishing it by focusing on dramas.  There are so many parts to each of these three types of writing, but what the kiddos need to remember is that each part builds on the next.  For example, each chapter in a book adds to the story and helps the reader achieve a solid understanding of the characters and plot.  In poetry each stanza builds on the next, as in plays where each scene builds and sets up the action for the following scene.  Have your kiddo get onto the interactive drama game under the “Pages” icon for further practice.

We will have a vocabulary test on the 18th.  Please have your child get on Quizlet to study.

In math we continue to work on multiplication and division, finding their relationships and finding unknown numbers in a fact family.  It is very important that the kids continue working on Reflex with their math facts.  This makes it so much easier for them in the future with upcoming math standards.

We are beginning our Living Wax Museum project in class.  I have asked the kids to pick a Who Was book about a person that they are interested in.  The majority of the project will be done in class, however the costume will have to be done at home.  The kids will need a tri-fold poster to work on during school and to present their information.  This will be due the week of the 21st, with the presentations taking place on the 25th, and parents, you are invited!  More information to come, just right now the kids need to pick a person, read their Who Was book, and start gathering information on them.

i-Ready math will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday.

Resource: Tuesday-computer, Thursday-Media, Friday-PE

December 17-21

This week we are working on poetry and plays/dramas.  We have been breaking down poems of all kinds, and now we will be moving into parts of plays or dramas.  This can be difficult for some kiddos to understand so getting them onto the interactive videos can really help.  Or, if you were the star in your high school play, talk to your child about that experience and how the script helped you better understand the play.  They need to know that although we need to understand the vocabulary associated with poems and plays, we also need to understand the story that is being told.

In math we are working on connecting multiplication and division.  The kids should be closing four green rings on Reflex Math each week, as this will help them make the connections much easier.

Resource: Monday-Art, Tuesday-Music, Wednesday-WOW, Thursday-none, Friday-PE

We still have a lot of learning to do this last week, so please make sure your child is here to soak up that knowledge!

December 10-14

This week in reading we are moving into learning about the structure of stories, plays, and poems.  Dramas and poetry may be something new to your child so please have them work on the interactive videos on the “Pages” tab.  This will help them learn things like scenes, stanzas, rhythm and rhyme.

In math we are finishing up our unit on time, mass and volume.  The best practice to prepare for the summative would be working on IXL in the T section, as well as the working on the interactive videos for mass and volume.  Once we are finished with that unit we will move into connecting multiplication and division and word problems.

Please work with your child on their multiplication facts up to 9 x 9.  Reflex Math is a website that they can continue to use to build their knowledge.

This week we are going to experience the in school field trip of the planetarium.  This will fit in perfectly with the IMAX Hubble movie we saw on our last field trip!

We will be taking our next i-Ready assessments on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Please make sure they get plenty of rest and a good breakfast to prepare! 

Resource: Monday-none, Tuesday-computer, Thursday-Media, Friday-PE

December 3-7

This week we are continuing to learn about recounting stories, especially fables, folktales, and myths, as well as learning their central message or moral.  Have your child get onto the interactive pages on the blog to practice these skills.

Please have your child work on Quizlet for their new words.

In math we are finishing up time to the minute and elapsed time and moving into estimating and measuring mass and volume.  This can be done at home using liters, grams, and other standard units of measure.  Have your child estimate the mass of an object.  How does it compare to the mass of another?  We have interactive videos on this skill as well, but please wait until it is introduced before playing them.

The Midwest test takes place this Friday so review those states!

This Thursday is our IMAX trip!  We have two chaperones who will be joining us.  Please make sure your child has a packed lunch in a Ziploc bag with their name on it.  Please do not put anything in their lunch that cannot be thrown away when lunch is over.

If you have not sent in the form for Adventure to Fitness that is happening this Friday, please do so ASAP.  Students who have no form or whose parent’s checked that they do NOT give consent to participate will not be able to go to the show.

A field trip slip came home about the in-school planetarium.  This is $8, so please send form and payment in as soon as possible.  This is such and amazing experience and I know your child will love it!

Resource: Monday-Art, Tuesday-Music, Thursday-none, Friday-PE

November 19-30

This short week is still a working week, can you believe it?  It’s amazing how much the kiddos are doing and learning each and every day.

In reading we are working on asking and answering questions.  We will be reviewing how to answer a RACES question, like the one on the tests!  After the break we will be moving into recounting folktales and fables, and finding the central message or moral.  Folktales and fables are so much fun and this is going to be a great unit for the kids to enjoy.

When your kiddo is reading at home, have them use sticky notes to mark where they find examples of character traits, major events in the story, when illustrations or pictures in their mind create a mood for the story, a funny moment, etc.  Have a conversation about what they marked in the book and check for understanding by having them recount the events.

In math we are moving into finding elapsed time.  This is a topic that you can absolutely work on at home!  Have your child read the clock.  A few minutes/hours later, ask them for the current time and ask them how much time has passed.  Last year, they had to know the time to the five minute mark.  Now the focus is telling time to the minute.

Don’t forget to start practicing the location of the next region, the Northeast.  The kids will get the packet on the 26th and they’ll be tested on the 30th.

The interactive videos have been updated for your kids to practice the newest reading and math skills.

Please start collecting their pledges from the Fun Run!

Resource: Monday-none, Tuesday-PE

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Break, and I will see the kids back on Monday, the 26th!

November 13-16

I hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing long weekend celebrating Veteran’s Day.  I will see the kiddos on Tuesday!

This week we are finishing up our unit on sequencing and cause and effect.  There will be a summative on Friday this week.  Please encourage your child to work on the packet I handed out last week, review their RINNY, as well as the interactive videos on the “Pages” links.

Please continue to study for the vocabulary test this coming Friday.

In math we are finishing up our unit on fraction on a number line both within one and greater than one.  The kids have been working hard every day to conquer this standard as they need to know how to use the fraction to draw the corresponding shape(s), as well as plot it on a number line.  Along with this, we are learning how to gather measurements and put them on a line plot.  There are interactive videos for this on the “Pages” link that the kids should be working on.  Also, IXL has terrific practice on its W levels.

Please continue to gather pledges for the Fun Run as the kids are so excited to gain prizes (as well as help the school)!  🙂

Resource: Tuesday-PE, Thursday-Art, Friday-Music

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