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Ms. J's News for the Week of March 6th

date 03/05/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
1. There is an early out on Wednesday at 1:00 for Professional Development.
 
Reading and Language Arts:

  • Poetry unit: we will be writing various kinds of poetry pieces this week during our whole group reading time.
  • Grammar focus: review those lessons we have struggled with previously in our problem-solvers theme.
  • Spelling : we will be testing over our poetry list on Friday and will continue working with the list we started last week due to the short week we had.
Science:
  • We will continue working with our earth and space unit this week.  Students will learn about the layers of the earth, earthquakes and how they are measured, and the three different types of volcanoes.
Math:
  • This week we will be learning how to measure angles using our protractors, draw angles, and identify and measure angles as turns and recognize them in various contexts.

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

date 02/27/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. Parent-teacher conferences are being held on Tuesday and Thursday of this week.  Conference slips were sent home with your child last week. They are being held from 2:50-6:50 PM each evening.  Please keep with the schedule that has been set for you as there are 27 students in this section and only 26 slots available.  Thank you!
  2. Students will be dismissed on Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00!
Reading and Language Arts:
  • Poetry Unit
  • Students will read a number of poems in this unit.  They will learn about the elements of poetry and try writing some poems of their own.
  • Students will recognize the differences between stories and poetry.  They will learn that the lines in a poem may be short or organized into stanzas; a poem may have rhythm, or pattern of beats; it may have rhyming words and sense words that create word pictures. Poems may include imagery, use comparisons of unlike things through using metaphors, similes, and personification.
  • Spelling list will consist of more words with the VCCV pattern.
  • Grammar focus will cover using exact adjectives, choosing the better adjective, adding exact adjectives, and more comparing of adjectives.
  • Other skills covered: understanding analogies, similes, metaphors, and review of prefix definitions.
Social Studies and Science:
  • This week we will be filling out our review sheet for the test over the SW Region of the United states and testing over it on Wednesday.
  • We will then move back into science for our Earthquakes and Volcanoes Unit. Students will recognize and describe the layers of the earth, and describe how slabs of Earth’s crust and upper mantle move.
Math:
  • We have now moved in Module 4 which covers geometry. The students will be identifying, defining, and drawing parallel lines, use a circular protractor to understand a 1-degree angle as 1/360 of a turn. They will then explore benchmark angles using the protractor, and use varied protractors to distinguish angle measure from length measurement.
 
 
 

Ms. J's News for the Week of Feb. 20th

date 02/21/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminder:

  1. Conference slips are being sent home with your child this week.  Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for next Tuesday and Thursday for next week.
  2. Jump Rope for Heart is scheduled for Friday from 9:45-10:30 if you wish to participate with your child.  Just meet your child in the gym at that time.
Reading and Language Arts:
  • This will be review week over the reading strategies and skills that we have covered throughout our theme entitled “Problem-solvers”.
  • Spelling list will consist of words we have previously worked with as well.
  • Our test over the spelling words are scheduled for Friday.  There are 40 words on the list this time.
Social Studies:
  • Then next Daily Oral Geography sheet is assigned and due on Friday for a grade.
  • We will be wrapping up the unit on the SW Region this week as well and getting ready to test over it.  The review questions will be assigned on Wednesday for a grade, then we will fill out our review sheets and test over it.
Math:
  • We are beginning our next Module on geometry.  The students are learning about the important terms such as point, line, line segment, ray, arc, and angles.  They are learning how to draw, label, and identify them as well.

Ms. J's News for the Week of February 13th

date 02/13/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The Valentine’s Party will be tomorrow from 2:15-3:00. The Valentine bags are all decorated and ready for receiving!  Thank you to Kate Hays and Brittany Walker for volunteering to help with it, too!
  2. There will be an early out on Wednesday for PD at 1:00.
  3. The spelling test, reading test, and skills test will be on Friday this week over the story Sing to the Stars.
  4. The next Daily Oral Geography Sheet #11 is due on Friday as well.
Reading and Language:
  • Story: Sing to the Stars
  • Reading Strategy focus: filling out a story structure map
  • Spelling list: words that have a VCCV pattern
  • Grammar focus: adjectives that compare
  • Other skills: Connotations, and working with encyclopedias
Math:
  • Multiplying using standard algorithm
  • Review division, multiplication, area models, and partial products
  • Test towards the end of the week
Social Studies:
  • Daily Oral Geography #11 is assigned and due on Friday for a grade.
  • Herders of the Gobi Desert, Arrival of the Spanish to the SW Region, Reading Time Lines, and the Rise of Ranching in this region.

 

Ms. J's News for the week of February 6th

date 02/06/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

  1. The Valentine’s party will be next Tuesday, February 14th from 2:15-3:00. The students will be making their Valentine’s bags here at school and can bring their Valentines next Monday the 13th . I have sent home a list of the student names for our classroom for those who wish to give them.
  2. Parent volunteers for the Valentine’s Party are Kate Hays and Brittany Walker.  Feel free to contact each other as needed.  We usually have a snack, a few games, and then allow them time to open their Valentines.  Please contact me if this does not work for you to help with the party.  That allows me time to plan. Thanks!
Reading and Language Arts:
  • Story title: The Last Dragon
  • Reading strategy focus: Drawing conclusions
  • Grammar focus: identifying adjectives that answer what kind and how many
  • Spelling list: words that have the final /j/ and /s/ sounds
  • Other skills covered: prefixes pre-, con-, and com-; vocabulary dictionary: suffixes –ful, -less, and –ly; and correcting sentence fragments
Social Studies:
  • This week, we will be completing our review questions over the SW region, filling out our study guides, and testing over the geography of this region on Wednesday.  The next Daily Oral Geography Sheet #10 will be assigned and due on Friday for a weekly grade!
Math:
  • The students will be learning how to multiply two-digit multiples of 10 by two-digit numbers using a place value chart, using the area model, and using four partial products.

Ms. J's News for the Week of Jan. 30th

date 01/29/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

1. A remineder that 2nd quarter grades were sent home with your child last week.  If you haven't seen them yet, you may want to ask them about them.

2. There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development. (1:00)

3. Please remember to check Parent Portal.  It is a great way to stay on top of your child's progress throughout the quarter.  And due to it being flu season, when your child is absent, I always print out a sheet of the day's agenda and assignments that need to be completed. Feel free to ask your child to see them and support them in helping them get those assignments in.  The rule of thumb is that when absent due to illness, they are allowed 3 days to make them up.

Reading and Language :

??Story being read: Marven of the Great North Woods
Reading Strategy Focus: Problem-solution Frame
Grammar Focus: Irregular Verbs
Spelling Words: Words with the final long 3 sound

Social Studies:

We will continue learning about the geographic landforms and natural resources the Southwest Region has to offer us, and then we will complete the review questions for this chapter, fill out our study guides, and get ready to test over this first chapter. The kids are learning about the Grand Canyon and how it is a tourist attraction in this area.  They are also learning the difference between a plateaus and buttes, and the importance of oil in this region. Daily Oral Geography Sheet # 9 will be assigned on Monday and is ALWAYS due on the last day of the week for a weekly grade.  Please make sure your child is getting them completed.

Math:

We are still working with long division and using multiplication to check to see if our quotients are correct.  We have also been learning how to model division problems by using number disks as well.

Ms. J's News for the week of Jan. 23

date 01/23/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:
1. Report cards will be coming home this week for 2nd quarter.
2, The test over My Name is Maria Isabel will be on Tuesday along with the skills test and spelling test.

Reading and Language
1. We will be finishing up on My Name is Maria Isabel on Tuesday and starting a new story on Wednesday called "Marven and the Great North Woods".
2. Strategy focus: Problem-Solution Frame
3. Spelling List: Words that hae the Final long e sounds
4. Grammar focus: Other Irregular Verbs
5. Other skills covered: prefix re-, mis-, and ex, identifying words that belong to a word family, following directions, and how to take notes
6. Test over the story will be scheduled for next week.

Social Studies:

  • We are learning about the SW Region of the United States.  The students will be able to describe the physical geography of the SW, identify typical landforms of this region, describe the climate of this region, identify the adaptations needed to live in a dry climate, and explain the importance of oil to their economy.
  • Daily Oral Geography Sheet Week 8 is due on Friday for a grade.
Math:
  • The students will represent and solve division problems with up to a three-digit dividend numerically and with number disks requiring decomposing a remainder in the hundreds place.
  • Represent and solve three-digit dividend division with divisors of 2,3,4, and 5.

Reminder for Friday the 13th!!!

date 01/09/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Parents:
    Please remember that at our last conference you signed a contract or discussed with  me the contract that stated that any students with failing grades, incomplete assignments for the quarter, and have 6 or more  PBIS forms filled out on them will not be able to attend the PBIS celebration on Friday of this week.  I have reminded the kids to get work completed, put their names on the board to remind them of work that is missing, and have printed out daily assignment sheets when they have been absent. It is there responsibility to make the effort to get these assignments in.  If they do not attend on Friday, they will be working in a quiet study hall instead until we return.
Thanks!
Ms. Jenison

Ms. J's News for the Week of January 9th

date 01/09/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminders:

1. There is an early out at 1:00 on Friday to work on end of quarter grades.  Please feel free to check Parent Portal to see how your child is doing.

2.  ALL multiplication facts should be memorized with 100% accuracy at this time!  Please check to make sure your child has them memorized by using flashcards or by simply throwing out basic facts they multiply and see if they have the right answers.

3. I am also working with the kids to show more care in their daily work by working on their writing skills.  I prefer they use the cursive they learned last year but am even happy with NEAT print.  I would greatly appreciate any support you can give me at home as well!

Reading and Language this week

  • We will only have 20 words on our spelling list this week as we will be focusing on writing our personal narratives this week.
  • Grammar will consist of writing with correct verb tense, guide words, synonyms, and antoynms.
  • Reading block will consist of the writing process and the steps to writing a personal narrative.
Science:
  • This week we will be talking about shaping up, William Harvey, what our blood is made up of, what happens when we breathe in and out, the two main organs that make up our nervous system, why sleep is important, and what happens to all the water we have inside our bodies.
Math: 
  • We will be talking about how we know if a number is divisible by a given number, determine whether a whole number is a multiple of another number, divide mutiples of 10, 100, and 1,ooo, and represent and solve division problems with up to a three-digit dividend numerically and with number disks requiring decomposing a remainder in the hundreds place.

Ms. J's News for the Week of January 3rd

date 01/02/2017 author Paula Jenison category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Reminder:
   1. Welcome back to school!  It is going to be a great 2017! Please remember that we have an early out scheduled for Wednesday at 1:00 for our first Professional Development Day of the year 2017!

Reading and Language Arts this week:

  • We will be reading two short stories to sum up our theme on That's Amazing".  One is titled "The Borrowers" and the other is titled " Lord of the Fleas".  
  • All spelling, grammar, and reading stategies will be reviewed this week and applied to the stories we are going to be reading and discussing.
  • We will then be getting ready to write our personal narratives next week.
  • The only test scheduled will be the spelling test which should occur next Monday due to the short week we have. We are reviewing the list of words that we have previously had throughout this theme.
Science:
  • We will continue to work with the body systems this week.  We will learn about the skin, eating healthy, and the five senses.
  • Our Daily Oral Science sheet discusses the importance of our five sentences and will be assigned on Tuesday and due on Friday for a grade.  Look for a bright orange packet.......Students are to read the article and answer the questions that follow it for a grade.
Math:
  • We will review Module 3 Lesson #21 on division and area models and then continue onto our next few lessons on prime and composite numbers, associative properties, and divisibility rules.