Ms.J’s Newsletter for the Week of May 1st
- There will be an early out on Wednesday for Professional Development . (1:00)
- I am still missing some spring pictures that need to be returned. I have sent home two notices. Thank you!
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
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Students will be dismissed on Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Conference slips are being sent home with your child this week. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for next Tuesday and Thursday for next week.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- There will be an early out on Wednesday for PD at 1:00.
- The spelling test, reading test, and skills test will be on Friday this week over the story Sing to the Stars.
- The next Daily Oral Geography Sheet #11 is due on Friday as well.
- 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
- Multiplying using standard algorithm
- Review division, multiplication, area models, and partial products
- Test towards the end of the week
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
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 :
â??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
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.