March 31, April 7, 2017
Students have had a great week of learning! We review…
March 31, 2017
Students have had a great week of learning! We reviewed story elements, main idea, pronouns, and compare and contrast this week in preparation for the benchmark test they took on Thursday. Most students are also working on a final copy of an essay in which they had to compare themselves to a character from Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe. We will not be start unit 5 in the Reading Street book until the end of the next week.
The focus on fractions continues. We practiced comparing fractions using a number line and benchmarks. We also worked on finding equivalent fractions for fractions with unrelated denominators and moving back and forth between improper fractions and mixed numbers. Facts quizzes also continued but we will take a break from those next week and resume after testing.
In social studies, students participated in a cooperative learning activity called the “jigsaw’ method. Students first worked in groups to become experts on their assigned topic. Then they were “jigsawed” into new groups with an expert about each topic in their group. They each had to teach each other about their topic. Students are now very well informed about autumn in the Northeast. In science, students observed a demonstration activity about transparent, translucent, and opaque materials. A study guide on light energy was distributed yesterday. A quiz will be given on Friday, April 7th.
Students have been assigned an at-home project on the president they have researched. A set of criteria with a scoring rubric was distributed last Friday. Some students asked for a calendar to help them budget their time during this project so that was distributed on Wednesday. Students can ask questions every day about any concerns. They are also free to bring any piece of the project for my help. The project is due Wednesday, April 12th. If you plan on being away, please have your child return the project before they leave.
Next week begins PARCC testing. I will be testing Monday through Thursday, 9:00- 10:30. Homework next week will be to work on the project and read. If a child comes in late, they will not be permitted to test that day so they are afforded the full time allowed on another day.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Have a great weekend!
March 31, 2017
Happy Spring! Students completed the last story Stu…
March 24, 2017
Dear Parents, Happy Spring! Students completed the last story of unit 4 in reading. We read the realistic fiction mystery, “Encyclopedia Brown and the Slippery Salamander”. With this story, we practiced story elements, specifically plot. We also practiced compare and contrast. They continued to work on their essays comparing themselves to a character in the story, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. In grammar, the focus was contractions. We will review the strategies from unit 4 next week, and students will take the benchmark test on Thursday.
In math, we worked on comparing fractions using area models and number lines. This has been a very slow process. Students should be practicing multiplication and division facts at home. Timed fact quizzes will continue Wednesdays and Fridays.
In social studies, we discussed the formation of the Appalachian Mountains. We also began a cooperative group activity called the “Jigsaw” where students become experts on a specific topic and then groups are “jigsawed” so they can teach each
their topic. The focus of this activity is autumn in the Northeast. Students were also given the criteria for the game board project today. This activity is to be completed at home. Students were given a file folder on which to put their game board. At any point, students may bring in any piece of it so I can check it for them. The game board is due on Wednesday, April 12th. In science, we are still working on light energy. We focused on reflection and refraction this week.
Have a great weekend!