- PEC #2: Wed, Sep. 30 from 9:15-2:15 (This is a Mandatory meeting) If you cannot attend, please email me.
- SLC's: Oct. 6-7 (Go to this link if you haven't signed up) http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4da8a72fa02-slcs2
- No SCHOOL/NO HOMESCHOOL: Oct. 8-9th
- Work Journal 1: Due Oct. 12-13th or on Oct. 7th
- Send back the Writing and Math Assessments by Sep. 26
- Spelling Inventory Assessments and informational sheets will go out on Sep. 21-22. You do NOT have to send them back. That is for your information.
ANNOUNCEMENT: My Donors Choose project, "Physics Fun Park" has been fully funded by Jami Hurlburt and Chevron! Don't tell the kids because it's a surprise...sometime in October, Chevron will come to one of my classes and share in the joy of the kids opening up the great resources provided on my project wish list!!!
Writing: Students are learning that good writers first read great mentor text to inspire their own writing. We learned how to take notes as I read, Worst of Friends, a book about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Students are taking notes about the Founding Fathers in order to write them a letter about their thoughts and questions on how America was formed.
I am also reading, So You Want to Be President to the students to give them some idea of how some of the Presidents lived during their presidency. Afterwards, students will write their own narrative of what they would do if they were President.
Quick writes: Students have been practicing writing with stamina. So each day, students have been writing for a limited time period on a question or topic chosen and sometimes they choose their own topic. To build great writers, have them first start writing about small moments. Once your child has written several small moments, have them choose one writing, go back, and add more descriptive and figurative language.
Word Study: Students learned a few prefixes (re, dis, un, non) and sorted past tense verbs by what sound they hear when the -ed is added to the end of the base word (/t/, /d/, /id/) However, we emphasized that no matter what sound the past tense verb creates, you always write -ed. We also looked for patterns in each column.
Math: Please make sure your child is using the ST Math program at home. Our school has paid for this wonderful program, so let's make sure our dollars don't go to waste! Students have been practicing counting money and making change. You can help your child by giving them real money, play Monoploy or the Allowance Game. Review with your child their basic math facts, adding/sbutracting with regrouping, and practice telling time by calculating elapsed time...how long did it take you to complete an assignment? How long does it take you to get ready for school? If soccer practice starts at 4 and ends at 6:30, how long is soccer practice?
Project: Students have been learning about the historical figure, Alexander Hamiliton amd the United States Treasury Building. They are practicing taking notes and highlighting. Students will begin creating a brochure for one of the dollar bills.
Art: Please have a conversation with your child about the appropriate behavior and expectations duing both art classes. Mr. Mason and Cordula have expressed concerns that the noise level is too high, students aren't staying in their spaces and focusing on their art, the students are too distracted by their conversation that they are not completing their art work.
HAVE A FUN WEEK LEARNING TOGETHER!