Monday (Reader's Theater) -
Tuesday (Science)- Start fractions on a numberline
Wednesday (Media)- Consumer and producer activity
Saturday - Saturday School. No Lunch but snack time given. No recess and no specials. School from 8:45 to dismissal at 12:45.
Don't forget to send in the permission slip for the field trip! Payment accepted online. Field Trip is NEXT MONDAY.
Reading: Students are working to revise a scene from Peter Pan. They are working on a scene in the book that they could see some changes in. Ask them about it!
Math: This week we will introduce number lines with fractions. Continue to work with student to identify fractions as a part of a whole. (What fraction of the buttons are red?) There are also many resources on the parent help page of this website.
Social Studies: This week students will be planning out a budget for the future. After the budgeting activity, they will work on understanding what it means to be a producer and a consumer in the economy. To connect this at home, they can create something and sell it to others. You could even make up fake money and have it be a family event. To make it meaningful have students factor in the cost of supplies to the profit they did or did not make in the process.
Monday (Science) - 3 hour early release due to weather
Tuesday (Media)- START FRACTIONS IN MATH!
Wednesday (P.E.) - Science (objects in the sky) test no study guide
Thursday ( Art)- Start social studies economics unit
Friday (Music) -
Reading: We are finishing up the book review for Peter Pan and having some discussions about the book this week. Students can continue to work on making a review book at home (see last weeks home connect).
Math: FRACTIONS! What a great time of year! Fractions can be fun and provide a lot of alternative activities to do to connect them at home. To start off, have your family look around your home for any thing that can be used to help represent fractions. This can be anything from a collection of buttons or other small things that are the same size to colored blocks. The item just needs to have multiple of that item and it can lead to questions like:
What fraction of the buttons are red?
What fraction of the blocks are blue?
What fraction of the dinosaurs are meat eaters?
What fraction of the blocks are blue and red combined?
For all of those questions, students will need to think about how many of the item there are in total. Ex. You have 6 buttons. 3 are red. 2 are blue. 1 is purple. The question is: What fraction of the button are red?
So if there are 6 buttons in this example, the denominator is 6. The questions is asking what fraction are red. We know from our problem (looking at the buttons) that 3 are red. So the numerator is 3. This means that 3/6 of the buttons in front of me are red.
Student can expand on this later in the unit by using more buttons or mixing the objects to make it harder.
Social Studies: Later this week, we are going to start our economics unit. This will be a short unit because we will touch on it again as the school year closes. We will focus on: opportunity cost, budgeting, wants vs. needs, and what makes a good business model. To practice and connect this at home, your student could make up their own money on paper. Give out an allowance of that money and offer up goods or services they made or can perform for the money they allotted.
Science: We are wrapping up the objects in the sky unit this week. It is always a great experience to look at the night sky with your student.
Monday (Media) - Field Trip Form Home, Prodigy letter home, Welcome back!
Tuesday (P.E.)- Job Application out, FIELD TRIP LUNCH FORM DUE
Wednesday (Art) - Job Application Due
Thursday (Music) - BENCHMARK TEST
Friday (Reader's Theater) - New Jobs, Area and Perimeter Unit Test
Note: The LUNCH form is due on Tuesday but the field trip form can be turned in by next week. Payment link will be emailed. Payment is due next week with the field trip form as well. ALL or parts can be turned in at anytime. (More details in email)
Note: We are currently collecting boxtops! Send them in!
Note: A letter with a log in for prodigy (online math review) was sent home today. (More details in the email)
Reading: We are focusing on writing a review for Peter Pan. Student are choosing reasons to recommend Peter Pan to a friend or to recommend it with caution. This would be a great opportunity to have students practice writing reviews at home for things that they use. Example: Write a review for the toaster: Would you recommend this toaster to a friend? The key to make this a meaningful exercise is to have students provide evidence. If it is a great toaster and they would recommend it..... the evidence could be: it has a safety feature to turn off when it is too hot, it never burns my toast, but I recommend it with caution because only adults can use the toaster at my house. Students will need some help with these at first but once they get writing, they could make a whole book of review for things around the house.
Math: We finally finishing up the area and perimeter unit. We needed a bit more time based on how they were preforming on assignments before we tracked out. We will spend this week working on all the hardest skills with area and perimeter. To connect this at home, pay close attention to the homework this week it is tailored to practice those especially hard skills.
Science: Before we tracked out, we finished studying the phases of the moon. Now we are focused on the planets in our solar system. There are MANY books and videos about this topic, it is very easy to pull outside resources for a home connect in science this week.
Monday (Reader's Theater)-
Tuesday (Science)- Math Study Guide
Wednesday ( Media)-
Thursday (P.E. )- Math Area and Perimeter Unit Test
Friday - Early Release - Dismissal at 1:15
Saturday - School - regular start time, Dismissal starts at 12:45. No lunch, but snack time will be provided. No recess and no specials.
Reading: This week we are digging deeper with Peter Pan and Peter Pan in Kensignton Gardens. Ask your student about the connections that they have made. This is still a great time to read a literary classic with your student at home to make that home connection.
Math: This week we are focused on rectilinear figures and word problems for area and perimeter. There are helpful pictures and explanations posted on the parent help site about rectilinear figures. A fun game to play is to use tape and tape off a section of carpet in a rectilinear shape and have your student find and area and perimeter of that shape using a ruler and real measurements. This requires more prep as the sides should measure in whole inches but this is a great way for students to make a real world connections with the concept.
Science: We are still focused on the phases of the moon this week. This is still a great time to go out and make some moon observations to compare how the moon is seeming to change each night. There are also lot of fun games and cards online to download that picture the moon phases.
Monday (Media) - Culmination! 2:30 - 3:00
Thursday (Art) -
Friday (Music)- Quick area and perimeter quiz
Reading: We are still focused on Peter Pan. We are working to interrupt each chapter as we go. We are reading other literary classics in class as well. To connect this at home, read a literary classic with your student or recommend a literary classic to your student.
Math: We are focused on area and perimeter this week. To connect this at home, have students calculate the area and perimeter of certain rooms in your house. Start with their bedroom!
Science: This week was our culmination! We wrapped up our force and motion project early this week. Now we will move on to our science unit of objects in the sky. This a unit that focuses on the earth, moon, and sun. To connect this at home, explore some of the links on the parent and student pages. Start looking at and charting the moon each night by drawing a picture of what he moon looks like and what observations you and your student have.
Tuesday (Art) -
Wednesday (Music)- Force and Motion Test (no study guide), NO math homework: we will be working on our science projects during that time.
Thursday (Reader's Theater)-
IMPORTANT: The culmination for our force and motion projects has been moved to MONDAY 1/29 at 2:30 pm.
Please see last week's post.
Monday - No School
Tuesday (Reader's Theater)- Area Test
Thursday (Media) -
Friday (Technology)- Force and Motion Test
Saturday - School from 8:45 to 12:15. No lunch, recess, or specials.
Reading: We are still reading Peter Pan as a whole class during our reading lessons. On Tuesday, we started small group novels in ALL Block as well. Ask your student about these. We are working with oral and written comprehension for both texts. We are reading about a chapter a day so students should be able to retell you what they read that day with both books.
Science: We are continuing our project work this week. We will have our culmination next week! Look for an email on Tuesday with more details about the day of culmination. There was an email last week asking for several random things to make some students' projects a success. We got a couple of those things, THANK YOU! We could still use a couple (3) empty water bottles.
Math: On Tuesday, we are taking a test for Area. After Tuesday, we are moving our study to focus on Perimeter. After a couple days of focusing on perimeter, we will combine our study for both are and perimeter. This is the time of year that most students will struggle a bit. It is VERY important to check over the papers and homework coming home at this point because students can easily mix up area and perimeter and continue to calculate it incorrectly.
Monday (Media)- Please pay for the field trip if you have not already.
Tuesday (Character Ed)- Report Cards Home
Wednesday (P.E.) -
Thursday (Art) - Planetarium Field Trip
Reading: This week we are reading the beginning of the book Peter Pan. Students will work to analyze each chapter. We are also focusing on main idea and details during our ALL BLOCK time. To reinforce this at home, ask your student to identify the main idea of what they read that night for their reading time. They should be able to support that main idea with at least 2 to 3 details.
Math: This week we will continue our study of area. Students should continue to connect this at home by making sure they have their multiplication facts memorized. There are games and resources to help at home on the parent tab of the website.
Science: We are continuing our research this week with force and motion in transportation. Ask your student about their teaching tool.
Tuesday (delayed start) - Welcome back! Keep an eye out for an email with new reading prompt questions for this quarter, Start Area in math, Start Peter Pan in reading
Wednesday (Music) -
Thursday (Reader's Theater) -
Reading: We are starting a module in reading in which we will be reading a version of Peter Pan. We are going to be studying literary classics this quarter! Below I've attached the reading prompt questions that students will be using both at home and in school. Students should be reading other literary classics (broad topic) at home on Monday's and Wednesday's and free choice book on Tuesday's and Thursday's for 20 minutes each night.
Math: The time has come for AREA and PERIMETER! This is where students will be asked to use their quick multiplication skills to solve both word and picture problems about area and perimeter. There are many resources on the parent math help website.
Science: We are continuing our research with force and motion in transportation. We are done with our guest experts for this project so we will do a bit more research but we will mostly be working on our teaching tools in the coming week or so. Keep an eye out for an email about the culmination.
Monday (Science) -
Tuesday (Readers Theater) - Corvette Expert, FIELD TRIP FORM DUE!
Wednesday (Media) - Freaky Frog Book (In-School Project) Due, Native American Quiz (No Study Guide)
Thursday - Graphing (No Study Guide) Test, Early Release
See you on January 2nd!
Reading: We are wrapping up our frogs unit this week. Students are assembling all their writing from the module into a freaky frog book. When we return we will start our module on literary classics. We will read Peter Pan over the course of the module.
Math: This week we are finishing up our graphing unit. Students are expected to be able to read and interpret both bar and picto graphs. When we return in January we are starting our area and perimeter unit. This is a longer unit and will require that students have multiplication fluency in order to quickly solve problems.
Science: We are moving ahead with our research on force and motion in transportation. We will continue the project when we return. Last week we had a dirt bike expert and this week we have corvette experts coming in!
Social Studies: This week we are wrapping up our history of North Carolina unit. We are learning about the Tuscarora tribe as well as the explorers through out the history of North Carolina.