Sunday, January 13, 2019

Week 18
January 14-18


Math
Our unit 4 math test will be on Tuesday, look for the review to come home tomorrow.  Ms. Hicks will be teaching unit 5, it deals with fractions.

Reading
All our small groups have met and we are on our way to enjoying another set of wonderful books and discussions!!!

Writing
We will continue to work on our biography unit.  Last week we talked about what important facts are needed to research and write a biography essay.  We then practiced researching different people and finally many students decided who they want to research for their essay.  Now the 'real' research will begin. :)

Social Studies
Our work on the colonies will continue this week as we move to investigating the Middle Colonies.



Sunday, January 6, 2019

Week 17
January 7-11

Welcome 2019!!!  I hope everyone had a wonderful 2 week vacation.

NWEA
We have the reading NWEA this Thursday at 10:30.

Math
We will continue with unit 4, working on decimals adding, subtracting, comparing and ordering them.

Reading
This week the students will be getting a new small group reading book.  We will read, reflect and discuss the book in groups.

Social Studies
Our study of Plymouth will continue this week.  We will be asking questions and looking for answers as a class and in small groups.

Writing
We will begin our research writing this week, specifically writing biographies.

Here are some pictures from our wonderful Cookie Exchange.  We all had a marvelous time, thank you to everyone! 





Sunday, December 16, 2018

Week 16
December 14-21


I hope everyone has a fantastic Winter Break, and a Happy New Year.

Math
We will continue with unit 4 this week, as well as work on our Project Based Learning Activity- Planning a Cookie Exchange.  We are taking our learning to the next level by actually having a Cookie exchange on Friday, please ask your child what they need to bring. :)

Reading
This is our last week reading and responding to information text.  Students read books last week and met in groups to share their thinking.  This week will be similar with a few changes.  Students will write summaries and look for specific text features to help them comprehend and then share what they read.

Writing
We are finishing our opinion papers and will be publishing our best piece and then sharing them with our buddies.

Social Studies
We have started learning about the Early Settlements in the New World.  We have investigated early life and why people settled in Roanoke, Jamestown, Maryland and are learning takes us to Plymouth this week.

Science
We completed our unit on matter last week.  The students had some hands on experiences with mystery powders, analyzing different metals, and seeing how mixing substances can make new a substance or not.

Here are some pictures from last week.








Sunday, December 9, 2018

Week 15
December 10-14


Math
Decimals are our focus for unit 4 in math, we are looking at decimals to the thousandths place.

Reading
We will be finishing up our informational reading work next week.  

Social Studies
Our work this week takes us to the first settlements in the New World.  We have looked at Roanoke, Jamestown and we will now focus on Plymouth.

Science
We will continue our work in the Ch-Cha-Changes matter unit.

Writing
We continue to improve our opinion papers.  

Here are some pictures from last week.








Sunday, December 2, 2018

Week 14
December 3-7


The Book Fair is this week, starting Tuesday night with family night 6:30-8:00.  The students can shop at the book fair Wednesday morning.  The book fair ends Friday morning.

Math
We will have the unit 3 test on Tuesday.  The students will bring home the review test on Monday as well as a math sheet we did on Friday to help them prepare.  It would be helpful if you could go over these sheets with your child to help them prepare for the test.

Reading
We will continue to read informational texts, looking at different text features and text structures.  The students are also responding to the texts and discussing them with each other.

Social Studies
We started investigating the reasons why the colony of Jamestown was started, who the main characters were and what happened when they got to the New World.

Science
Our study of matter will continue this week, we will look at mixing materials and discovering what if any new materials are made.  See below for pictures from our science investigation.

Writing
Our opinion papers will be finished this week, we hope to read them to our buddies.

We had a wonderful first Business day.  Thank you for all your help in making this a huge success.  The kids had a fantastic time!!!  Here are some pre-shopping pictures.


























Sunday, November 25, 2018

Week 13
November 26-30


Our first businesses are this Friday November 30th.

We are starting the science unit Ch-Cha-Changes this week, it is a unit on matter.

Math
We continue our work with fractions, finding fractions of fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with like and unlike denominators, and word problems dividing fractions.

Reading
Reading and responding to informational text will continue this week.

Social Studies
We will begin investigating the first colonies in the New World this week.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Week 12
November 19-23


Report cards go home on Tuesday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break, which starts Tuesday after school!!!!

Math
We will continue to work in unit 3.  Adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators will be the focus this week.

Reading
We have finished this round of guided reading groups. Informational books will be the next assigned book your child will read.  The students are doing a great job with Lexia, they can access this at home, have them show you what they are doing

Social Studies
We will continue our investigations of New Spain this week.

This is the last week of PLTW, the students have done a fantastic job.  A Seesaw video will be coming your way on Tuesday!