Sunday, January 26, 2020

Week 20
January 27-31

We will be visiting Forsythe Friday afternoon this week for a music concert.  The permission slip will come home this week.

Reading
We completed our Inquiry projects last week.  This week we are starting a new reading unit, it's about argument and advocacy.  We will be researching debatable issues and sharing our 'debating selves' with others.  

Math
Ms. Waterfield started teaching unit 5 in math last week.  This week the students will continue to work with fractions.  They will be finding common denominators, subtracting fractions and multiplying fractions.

Writing
We will begin a unit on informational writing with a focus on Social Studies. We will start with some brainstorming, researching and organizing of ideas.

Social Studies
We are moving into our study of the American Revolution.  Last week we learned about the French and Indian war.  This week we will continue to explore the colonists frustrations with England and how they responded to new taxes and laws.

Here are some great pictures from last week.




























Sunday, January 12, 2020

Week 18
January 13-17
NWEA math test is Tuesday this week from 1:00-3:00

Math
The unit 4 math test will be on Thursday this week.  Look for the review test we completed and corrected in class to come home on Wednesday.

Reading
We will continue to work on our Inquiry projects in class this week.  During reading workshop each student has been researching an area of interest.  While completing the research we have looked at how surveys, interviews, and observations can help us gain a better understanding of each topic.  This section of the unit helps the students interpret complex texts, and then write a summary of what they have learned.  The project will end with each student presenting a "seminar" on their topic to small groups of classmates.  We hope to have this completed next week. :)

Writing
We are working on improving our writing stamina each day.  The class is given a writing prompt and we are keeping track of the time each person can write about the topic.  We have brainstormed strategies to think about while writing to improve the writing as well as stamina.

Word Study
All students were given new Word Study words last week.  We will continue to look at the words for patterns and practice using them in a variety of ways.

Social Studies
The Triangular Trade has been our focus this past week.  We will finish this week and then move to investigating why and how England wanted to keep control over the Colonies.

Here are some great photos of the kids working and having fun!













Sunday, December 8, 2019

Week 15
December 9-13


Reading
We are starting our study of informational books this week.  Students will look at topics they want to read, text structure as well as text features.

Math
Unit 4 starts this week.  The unit starts with decimals through thousandths, representing decimals in expanded form, and comparing and ordering decimals.

Social Studies
We will continue presenting our colony slide shows and then comparing the colonies.

Science
We will continue our investigations into matter using 'mystery materials' this week.

Writing
We will continue to work on our opinion pieces this week with a completion deadline of next Thursday.

Here are some great pictures from last week.