Sunday, November 4, 2018

Week 10
November 5-9

Wednesday is our field trip to Hill Auditorium, please help your child remember to turn in their permission slip.

Unit three continues this week!!!  Division with fractions and remainders is up for this week, as well as fractions on a number line.

Social Studies
We will start out discovery of European explorers.

Our guided reading groups are finishing up their books and are starting their projects to share with the class.

Here are some pictures from last week.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Week 9 
October 29- November 2

Please help your child remember to bring their instrument to school tomorrow!!! :)
Halloween is Wednesday!!! The parade starts at 2:30.  We will start setting up for the party right after lunch.
Howell Nature Center- Thursday from 9:30-2:00.  Please make sure your child dresses for the weather and brings a lunch.  Permission slips need to be turned in by Thursday morning.

We will be starting unit 3 tomorrow, FRACTIONS!!!  We will write number models from word problems and then solve them. Unit 3 also covers adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators, finding equivalent fractions, and writing fraction word problems.

We will be using evidence from the text in our guided reading groups this week.  We will also use the RACE strategy to answer questions about our reading.

RACE Strategy for answering Questions about Reading

RESTATE the question.
      Reread and restate the question in your topic sentence.

ANSWER the question that is being asked.
      Use your answer to write your topic sentence.

CITE evidence from the text.
      Use examples and evidence from the text to support your answer.

EXPLAIN your answer.
      Explain how the EVIDENCE from the text supports your answer. For example, you may use the sentence starter “These quotes show that…” or “This supports the statement…

Social Studies
Our study of Ancient Africa will end this week and we will start learning about European Explorers.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Week 8 
October 22-26

Early release this Wednesday     1:29pm

Our guided groups will continue this week, the books are getting exciting!!!

Unit 2 math test will be Wednesday this week.  Look for the view test on Tuesday to see how you can help your child prepare for the test.

We will continue to work on our personal narratives this week.

Social Studies
Our investigations of Ancient Africa will end this week.  The students will start to look at European explorers that came to the New World and the consequences of this.

Here are some pictures from the week :)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Week 7 
October 15-19

We will continue our guided reading groups this week.  Everyone has been assigned a book and is working on completing their assignment.  

We will continue to work with multi-digit multiplication as well as division with 2 and 3 digit numbers.  We will also interpret the remainder in our division problems.

Social Studies
We are looking at the ancient African Civilizations of Mali, Ghana and Songhai.  The students will be writing information text to compare and contrast these Empires.

We have gotten our first letters from our Pen Pals, the students have enjoyed reading and writing back to them.  Our Pen Pals are in 5th grade at Pattengill here in Ann Arbor.  Their teacher is my son!!!  Please ask your child about their Pen Pal they are very excited.
We are also working on our Personal Narratives.

Here are some pictures from last week.  Enjoy!!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Week 6 
October 8-12
I'ts Run-A-Thon Week!!!!!

Here is the schedule for the week
Monday-Pajama Day
Tuesday-Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday-Silly Sock and Shoe Day
Thursday-Favorite Team Day
Friday Run-A-Thon
We warm up at 10:55 and run from 11:10-11:25 
Everyone is welcome to come and cheer us on!!

The Governor and Lt. Governor are anxious to plan our Halloween party.  Information will be coming home this week.

We have started unit 2, the unit 1 test will come home tomorrow.  We are working on using the traditional method of multiplying multi-digit numbers.  We have also been working on powers of 10 and exponential notation.  This unit also covers division and unit conversions.

Students are finishing up their informational reading assignments, we will start reading fiction books this week in reading groups.

Social Studies
We are looking at why Europeans came to the New World. To dig deeper we will focus on explorers.  

We continue to work on our personal narratives.  We have worked with the story elements, filled out a chart of possible topics, and will start looking at ideas and selecting one to start writing about.

Here are some pictures of the students presenting their posters of Native American regions.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Week 4 
September 24-28

Early Release Wednesday September 26 at 1:29

NWEA Friday September 28th at 10:00

We had a fantastic first week in our new classroom!!

Thank you to everyone that made it to Curriculum night last week.  I will be contacting families that were unable to make it to set up a conference time.

We are nearing the end of unit 1, our test will be next week.  Reviewing area and volume at home would be very helpful.  

We will continue our work with text structure this week, as well as reading non-fiction in small groups.

Social Studies
We will be finishing our exploring of the Plains Native Americans this week.  The students will be producing a poster to show what they have learned in this unit.

PLTW continues, I hope you are enjoying seeing your children enjoying and learning via Seesaw.

Here are some pictures of our new classroom space!!