Apparently my blog didn’t want me to log on this week, maybe it thought I was tired! (:) But here I am with updates for this week and next.
The week of November 24, 2014 is a short week. The last day before the break is Tuesday, November 25th. I do hope you are preparing for a restful and peaceful Thanksgiving.
We are having a food drive to support those in need. Please allow your child to bring in canned goods before the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Thank you for your support.
Class Fees: $85.00
Earplugs: Please supply your child with a set of earplugs that will be used to isolate the sound from the IPAD’s used by the students. I am certain they can be purchased at Target, Walmart or possibly the Dollar Store.
This week we will be working on the following:
We will continue working within our smaller guided reading groups. We will also continue to practice using a new application called CERCA. This application supports the student’s in learning how to use text evidence to support a claim or argument they may have based on the text.
I have asked the students to read a selection in their Journey’s books. “Elisa’s Diary” is a realistic fiction story about a little girls experience of trying to fit into a new culture in a new land. The students will have a short writing assignment based on the story.
Homework: Read Elisa’s Diary. Write a sentence for the vocabulary words based on the story.
The students are working on writing expository “How To” papers. They have completed a sketch of the procedures or explanation of how to do something they have solid knowledge of. The focus of the paper is to first write an interesting beginning or topic grabber, provide the details of the information in sequential order and finally to write an ending that summarizes or reminds the reader of what the purpose for writing the paper.
This week we will begin Unit 4, “Division.” We will be learning new strategies for division. One strategy is called partial quotients. The students can always bring their Student Reference books home to support their learning. I encourage the use of them as they can also help you in supporting your child in thinking about math slightly different than you may have learned it. (:)
Homework: Study Link 4.1-4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
This week we will explore Explorers and Technology. We will learn about explorers that “discovered” or found different regions around our world. There will be a fifth grade project due Monday, December 1, 2014 based on this chapter. “Explorer Treasure Box Project” will ask the students to create a box(shoe size)of information about an explorer during the time frame within this lesson. The box will include things significant to their explorer. No late projects will be accepted.
We continue to learn about immigration and will be writing journal entries or letters to “someone” back home.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!