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Ms. J's News for the Week of September 18th

date 09/17/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

s. JReminder:
1. Early out on Wednesday for Professional Development at 1:00.
2. Please make sure your child is reading at least 15 min. eachevening to help stay on top of their reading counts quizzes. I willcheck every two weeks to make sure they are completing theirquizzes.
3. Please remember that your child is free to use Mobymax orFrontrowed at home anytime they need to. They also can playProdigygame as well!

Reading and Language Arts:

This week, we will be testing over The Sinking of the Titanic andthe skills that we covered over the past week. We will also takeour spelling test as well over short u and long u words. Thesetests are scheduled for Tuesday.

On Wednesday, we will start our next story that goes along withour theme on Journeys. It is entitled By the Shores of Silver Lakeby Laura Ingalls Wilder. Our spelling list will consist of words thatare homophones. The reading strategy focus is noting importantdetails from the stories we read. Our grammar focus will consist ofidentifying common nouns in our writing and reading. Other skillscovered will consist of learning the use of a thesaurus, dividingwords into syllables, and meanings of -tele and -rupt when addedto a base word.

Math:

Students will review on Monday for the mid-assessment test weare having on Tuesday over the first 10 lessons we have covered.It will cover place value, multiplying numbers by 10 and dividingnumbers by 10 through using a place value chart to demonstratethe movement numbers make when we multiply and divide.Students will also be asked to round numbers to the thousands,ten thousands, and hundred thousands as well. Other skills willconsist of comparing numbers and finding patterns with numbers.

Then students will continue with their ZEARN lessons 11-13 by theend of the week. Students can also use this account at home asneeded. All I ask is that they not work ahead of what has beenassigned at this time.

Science:

We are discussing animal behavior needs, adaptations, andunique behaviors use in order to survive in their environment thisweek. They will learn about camouflage, migration, instinct, and mimicry.

Ms. Jenison's News for Sept. 11, 2017

date 09/11/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
1. Is your child reading 20 minutes each evening before going tobed?
2. Does your child have their multiplication facts memorized all theway through the 12's?

Reading and Language Arts:
Test over "Grandfather's Journey" is on Tuesday this week. Thespelling test and skills test is also.

The next story that we will be starting on Wednesday that goeswith our theme "Journeys" is entitled "Finding the Titanic". It isbased on the true story of it being discovered for the very firsttime and the many artifacts that were found.

Our reading strategy focus: Filling out Organizational Outlines
Our grammar skills focus: combining sentences
Spelling list: words that have the /ew/,/oo/ sounds
Other skills covered: words commonly used when talking aboutthe ocean
Tests: scheduled for next week on Tuesday.

Math:
Students will be working with ZEARN.org and completing lessons6-9 in Module 1 this week.
Students will find 1,000, 10,000 and a 100,000 more of a givennumber, Round multi-digit numbers to the thousands place usingthe vertical number line, Round multi-digit numbers to any placeusing the vertical number line, and Use place value understandingto round multi-digit numbers to any place value.

Science:
This week, we will be reading about Animal Behavior needs,behaviors, and adaptations.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Sept. 5th

date 09/04/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
     1. School pictures are on Thursday.  Picture envelopes were sent home last Friday. Have your child bring the order on picture day.
     2. Book orders were sent this weekend so they should arrive by the end of this week.
     3. Please make sure your child has their multiplication facts memorized and reading at least 20 minutes each evening.  I will be checking every 2 weeks to make sure they have passed a quiz over the books they are reading.

Reading and Language Arts:

  • Theme: Journeys     Story: "Grandfather's Journey"
  • Reading Strategy Focus: Author's Viewpoint
  • Grammar focus: Subjects and Predicates
  • Spelling List: Words that have long and short vowel sounds /i/ and /e/
  • Other skills: Alphabetical Order in the Dictionary, words that end in -ly and -y
  • TESTS are scheduled for next Monday over the story, skills, and spelling words
Math:
  • Module 1 Lessons 4-7 will be covered this week.  
  • I will be showing them a new program called ZEARN.com that teaches them the lessons we are covering and will be using each day.  
Science:
  • Classification vocabulary sheet will be assigned on Tuesday, study guides will be filled out on Wednesday, with the test following on Thursday this week.
  • Our next unit will be on plant and animal behaviors and adaptations.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Sept. 5th

date 09/04/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
     1. School pictures are on Thursday.  Picture envelopes were sent home last Friday. Have your child bring the order on picture day.
     2. Book orders were sent this weekend so they should arrive by the end of this week.
     3. Please make sure your child has their multiplication facts memorized and reading at least 20 minutes each evening.  I will be checking every 2 weeks to make sure they have passed a quiz over the books they are reading.

Reading and Language Arts:

  • Theme: Journeys     Story: "Grandfather's Journey"
  • Reading Strategy Focus: Author's Viewpoint
  • Grammar focus: Subjects and Predicates
  • Spelling List: Words that have long and short vowel sounds /i/ and /e/
  • Other skills: Alphabetical Order in the Dictionary, words that end in -ly and -y
  • TESTS are scheduled for next Monday over the story, skills, and spelling words
Math:
  • Module 1 Lessons 4-7 will be covered this week.  
  • I will be showing them a new program called ZEARN.com that teaches them the lessons we are covering and will be using each day.  
Science:
  • Classification vocabulary sheet will be assigned on Tuesday, study guides will be filled out on Wednesday, with the test following on Thursday this week.
  • Our next unit will be on plant and animal behaviors and adaptations.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Aug. 28th

date 08/27/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
1. If you haven't signed up for Classroom Dojo yet, I am still looking forward to hearing from you this week.  I sent home the address and username and password with you at conferences last week.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!



Reading and Language Arts this week:

  • Story: "Akiak" This is a story about the Iditarod that is held annually in Alaska.
  • Reading Strategy Focus: Story Plot Maps
  • Grammar Focus: What are the four different kinds of sentences?
  • Spelling List: consists of words that have the short and long vowel sound of /a/ and /e/. Test is on Friday!
  • Other Skills : Multiple-meaning words
Math: 
  • Module 1 Lessons 1-4 this week.  Students will be using place value charts to demonstrate when a number moves to the left, it will have a place value 10 times its value.  We will also be learning how to write our numbers in unit form, word form, and expanded form as well.
  • Please make sure your child has their basic facts memorized for addition, subtraction, and multiplication.  Practicing them each evening for 5-10 min. will help them become stronger mathematicians!
Science:
  • Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
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Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of May 22nd

date 05/19/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The Music Man Square field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th.  We will be leaving the school around 10:00, eating lunch when we arrive, and then touring the facility.  We will return around 3:00.
  2. This is the time to be returning library books this week so students won’t have to pay fines at the end of the year.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • End of theme wrap-up on Nature Friend and Foe
  • Stories being read: “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” and “Volcano Disaster”
  • Reading strategies reviewed: Making inferences, Topic, Main Ideas, and Supporting Details, and Following Directions
  • Spelling list: Review over words covered in this theme…..40 words
  • Grammar : Review over adverbs and prepositions
Social Studies:
  • This week, we will be wrapping up our chapter on the history and economy of the Southeast Region.  We will be completing our review questions and filling out our study guide for the test the following week.  Daily Oral Geography Sheet #21 will be assigned and checked on Friday as well.
Math:
  • We will be comparing fractions greater than 1 by creating common numerators and denominators, solving word problems with line plots, and add and subtract fractions using decomposition.
 
 
 

 

Ms. J's Newsletter for the Week of May 22nd

date 05/19/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The Music Man Square field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th.  We will be leaving the school around 10:00, eating lunch when we arrive, and then touring the facility.  We will return around 3:00.
  2. This is the time to be returning library books this week so students won’t have to pay fines at the end of the year.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • End of theme wrap-up on Nature Friend and Foe
  • Stories being read: “Lost on a Mountain in Maine” and “Volcano Disaster”
  • Reading strategies reviewed: Making inferences, Topic, Main Ideas, and Supporting Details, and Following Directions
  • Spelling list: Review over words covered in this theme…..40 words
  • Grammar : Review over adverbs and prepositions
Social Studies:
  • This week, we will be wrapping up our chapter on the history and economy of the Southeast Region.  We will be completing our review questions and filling out our study guide for the test the following week.  Daily Oral Geography Sheet #21 will be assigned and checked on Friday as well.
Math:
  • We will be comparing fractions greater than 1 by creating common numerators and denominators, solving word problems with line plots, and add and subtract fractions using decomposition.
 
 
 

 

Ms.J's News for the Week of May 1st

date 05/01/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Ms.J’s Newsletter for the Week of May 1st
Reminders:

  1. There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development . (1:00)
  2. I am still missing some spring pictures that need to be returned.  I have sent home two notices.  Thank you!
Reading and Language Arts:
New Theme: Nature: Friend and Foe
Story : Salmon Summer
Reading Strategy Focus: Filling out a Directions Flow Chart
Grammar Focus: Adverbs
Spelling List: Three-syllable Words
Other skills covered: Multiple-meaning Words and Outlining
Social Studies:
Students will define the purpose of a map skill and compare small-scale and large-scale maps, describe the agricultural benefits of a long growing season, identify cash crops in the SE Region, and explain why the SE attracts tourists.
Math:
We will be reviewing for our Mid-Module assessment on fractions this week and plan to test on about Wednesday.  Then we will continue working with fractions that have unlike denominators.
 

Ms. J's News for the Week of April 10th

date 04/09/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminder:
1. There is no school on Friday. (Good Friday)

Reading and Language Arts:

  • Story from Heroes Theme: Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
  • Reading Strategy Focus: Fact vs. Opinion
  • Grammar Focus: Possessive Pronouns
  • Spelling List: Words with VCV Patterns
  • Other Skills Covered: Dividing words into syllables that contain a VCV pattern, how to read a chart, word histories in a dictionary, collecting data to make tables and charts, 
  • All tests will be taken on Thursday!
Science:
  • Continue filling out our journals by gathering information on fossils using a webquest site assigned.  Then we will create posters demonstrating our findings on fossils.
Math: 
  • We are now moving into Module 5 and working on decomposing fractions. Students will be asked to draw tape diagrams number bonds to represent given fractions.  Then we will get into adding fractions using same denominators.

Ms. J's News for the Week of March 27th

date 03/27/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. We have Iowa Assessments scheduled for next week (the first week of April). Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before, a good breakfast each morning, and sent off on a positive note each day. Also, please remind them the importance of doing their very best each day!  I have challenged my class to a pizza party if each of them can show me at least a year’s growth from last year’s scores, so it will take each and every one of them to do their part.  I know they can do it!
Reading and Language :
  • Story: “Gloria Estefan”
  • Reading strategy focus: how to make judgments
  • Grammar focus: object pronouns
  • Spelling list: words that change the y to an i before adding endings
  • Other skills covered: the two sounds of “g”, homophones, conducting interviews, and sentence combining with pronouns
  • All tests are scheduled for Friday.
Science:
  • What minerals are, how to identify minerals, and how minerals are used. Then we will talk about how rocks form and the uses for rocks.  Lastly, we will talk about the processes that change rocks and how rocks can change over time.
Math:
  • Recognize lines of symmetry for given two-dimensional figures; identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.
  • Identify triangles according to the line measurements and angles each one portrays.
  • Define and construct triangles from given criteria. Explore symmetry in triangles.