News for the week of 4/9

Here’s what’s happening…

*ELA/Reading FSA is being administered on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Please have your child to school on time. We will have “quiet campus,” so no lunch visitors.

*Looking ahead: 4th and 5th grades will take FSAs next week, so there will be quiet campus on those days as well.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are reviewing Module 6 on Monday and Tuesday to prepare for the End-of-module assessment, which is scheduled for Wednesday. On Thursday we will begin Module 7 with lessons on solving word problems using a letter to represent the unknown.

Science: We are beginning our unit on Energy this week. We will learn about some forms of energy and explore potential and kinetic energy. A quiz is scheduled for Friday.

Reading: On Wednesday we will read the story “Back of the Bus” to practice the literature standards. The students will complete a graphic organizer for a grade on Thursday.

ELA: We are reviewing opinion writing this week. Students will practice writing short opinion pieces in response to the selections we read this week.

Have a great week!

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News for the week of 4/2

Here’s what’s happening…

*Report cards are being sent home on Monday, April 2. Please sign the envelope next to quarter 3 and return it to school. If you would like to schedule a conference, check the box indicating that.

*Looking ahead: The ELA FSA will be administered on Monday and Tuesday of next week (April 9th and 10th). Please be sure your child is on time to school on those days. Students should get plenty of sleep the night before so they can do their very best!

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: Our lessons will focus on generating and interpreting measurement data with line plots. We will take the Module 6 Topic A quiz on Tuesday.

Social Studies: The test on the Midwest was moved to Monday, April 2. After that we’ll focus on the final region, the West. The quiz for that is scheduled for Thursday.

Reading/ELA: We will continue to use a variety of texts to review all of the standards in preparation for the FSA. The homework will include similar practice opportunities.

Have a great week!

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News for the week of 3/26

Here’s what’s happening…

*Our field trip is on Thursday! Please arrive to school on time that day. Students should bring a hearty snack to eat in the morning before we leave since we won’t be eating lunch until we arrive back at school around 1:15. Please do not send money on the field trip, as our purpose for going is educational and we will not be visiting the gift shop.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are starting Module 6, which focuses on generating and using data. This week we will also learn how to create a scaled bar graph and solve word problems related to graphs and data. Click here for the Module 6 parent letter.  Click here for the Topic A parent letter. As a reminder, homework help documents can be found on myLearning.

Social Studies: We are continuing our study of the five regions of the U.S. this week. This week’s focus is on the Midwest. Please be sure to study the materials in the red folder to prepare for the test, which is scheduled for Friday.

Reading: We are reading a variety of texts and answering questions together in class to prepare for the ELA FSA, which will be administered in a couple of weeks. We will use these questions to deepen our understanding of the reading standards as we practice and review. Students can complete the FSA practice quizzes on myLearning for additional preparation at home and receive SPES Mall Money as an incentive.

ELA: We will be using different practice materials to review the language standards in order to prepare for the ELA FSA.

Have a great week!

 

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News for the week of 3/12

Here’s what’s happening…

*Field trip forms and money are due! If you haven’t sent yours in, please do so ASAP.

*There is no school on Friday, March 16 (teacher workday). Spring break is March 19-23.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are reviewing fractions, and will take the assessment on Tuesday. We will take the district math quarterly check on Wednesday.

Social Studies: We are learning about the Southwest region this week. The quiz will be on Thursday.

Reading: We are finishing the book “Living Through a Natural Disaster” this week. We will also read some poems about weather.

ELA: We are finishing the reports we have been working on about a natural disaster that we researched.

Have a great week!

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News for the week of 3/5

Here’s what’s happening…

*Monday is the 4th and 5th grade FSA for writing. No visitors or volunteers are allowed on campus that day.

*Field trip forms are due back by Friday, March 9. All parents are encouraged to pay through the new Acorn system. Directions were sent with the forms.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are continuing to learn about equivalent fractions and comparing fractions this week. We will have a quiz on Thursday on the material covered in Topic E. Click here for the Topic F parent letter.

Social Studies: We are focusing on the Northeast region of the United States this week. Students need to memorize the location of the states in this region as well as information about the region. They should use the materials in the red folder to study each evening. the quiz on this region is scheduled for Thursday.

Reading: We are continuing to read the book “Living Through a Natural Disaster” in order to practice and apply the nonfiction standards we’ve been learning. We have a reading test scheduled for Monday. We will take the district quarterly check on Friday.

Writing: We are continuing to work on our new informational writing project. Students have been assigned a natural disaster to research, and will then write a report about it.

Have a great week!

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News for the week of 2/26

Here’s what’s happening…

*Wednesday is picture day! Please refer to the flier sent home last week for information.

*Thursday is field day! Our time on the field will be 1:00-2:30. Students should wear comfortable clothing for the weather, athletic shoes, and hat/ sunglasses if desired. Sunscreen must be applied at home. Students should bring a water bottle.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are finishing Topic D with comparing whole numbers and fractions on a number line. There will be a quiz on Topic D on Tuesday. After that, we are learning about equivalent fractions. Click here for the Topic E parent letter.

Science: We have completed the Earth in Space unit. We will take the district quarterly check on Friday. The students can study for this using all of the review materials in the yellow folder from this unit.

Social Studies: We will begin learning the location of all of the states. We will do this by memorizing the states in each region, along with information about that region’s characteristics. We are starting with the Southeast region. Look for the red folder to come home with study materials. Also, look on the Social Studies tab of this website for helpful resources for learning the states. There will be a quiz on Thursday.

Reading: We are continuing with the nonfiction standards using the book “Living Through a Natural Disaster.” We are learning to identify connections between sentences and paragraphs in a text. Students should be able to tell if a text is organized into a sequence, compare and contrast, or cause and effect structure.

ELA: We are concluding our biography project and beginning a new informational writing task. The students will research a natural disaster and write a report on it.

Have a great week!

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News for the week of 2/12

Here’s what’s happening…

*We will have a guidance lesson with Ms. Hughes on Tuesday.

*We have our AR reward time for meeting our quarter 2 AR goal on Wednesday. After that, we will have an optional Valentine exchange. Please see the letter sent home for details.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are continuing with fractions. This week’s lessons focus on fractions greater than one, comparing unit fractions, and naming the whole when given one part. There will be a quiz on Tuesday covering the concepts learned in Topic B. Click here for the Topic C parent letter.

Science: We are finishing up our lessons about gravity from Unit 2, Lesson 4. We will explore the Law of Gravity with some hands-on activities later in the week.

Reading: We are continuing to practice and apply nonfiction standards using the book “Weather” by Seymour Simon. We will also use this text to learn how to describe the logical connections between particular sentences and paragraphs. There will be a test on Friday.

ELA: The students will work on their projects about a famous woman or African-American in order to practice nonfiction writing. They are creating folder displays to go with their reports.

Have a great week!

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News for the week of 2/5

Here’s what’s happening…

*Friday is Hat Day. This is a student council fundraiser. Students can pay $1 on that day to wear a hat to school.

*Progress reports for quarter 3 will go home on Friday. Please sign the slip at the bottom and return it, indicating whether or not you would like to schedule a conference.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are continuing Module 5 (Fractions). There is a quiz scheduled for Tuesday that covers the material learned in Topic A. We will then begin Topic B. Click here for the Topic B parent letter.

Social Studies: We are concluding our unit on Currency and Trade by learning about the different currencies used in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. There will be a quiz on Tuesday.

Science: We will learn about the Law of Gravity this week, and demonstrate how gravity is a force that can be overcome.

Reading: This week we will begin Unit 3, Module B, which means that we will again shift our focus to nonfiction texts. Students will learn how to describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. The text we are focusing on to learn this standard is called “Weather.”

ELA: We will revisit informational writing this week by researching a famous person. The students will create a folder display with the information they gather during their research.

Have a great week!

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News for the week of 1/29

Here’s what’s happening…

*Friday is the 100th day of school!

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We have finished Module 4 (area) with the assessment taken this week. We are now starting Module 5, which focuses on fractions. This week’s lessons are about partitioning a whole into equal parts using concrete models and pictures. Click here for the Module 5 parent letter, and click here for the Topic A parent letter.

Social Studies: We are continuing with our unit on Currency and Trade by learning more about supply and demand, and how scarcity results in trade. There will be a quiz on Thursday.

Reading: We are applying the literature standards we have practiced during Module A by comparing and contrasting the stories we have read. There is a district comprehension check on Friday.

ELA: We are continuing to practice opinion writing. This week’s article is about children using social networking sites. The students will form an opinion about the topic based on what they read in the article, then write an opinion piece to support their point of view.

Have a great week!

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News for the week of 1/22

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We have lessons using the Distributive and Associative Properties to find area on Monday and Tuesday. There is a quiz on Topic C on Wednesday. Then we will practice solving word problems and finding area. Click here for the Topic C parent letter, and click here for the Topic D parent letter.

Social Studies: We are starting a new unit this week on Currency and Trade. We are reviewing needs and wants, then focusing on goods and services and the characteristics of money. There will be a quiz on Thursday covering this material, so use the study guides in the red folder to prepare for it. On Wednesday we will have a guidance lesson.

Reading: We are continuing to practice and apply the fiction standards we’ve been focusing on so far this quarter. We will read the tall tale “Paul Bunyan” this week. We will write a graded written response about the story on Thursday. On Friday there will be a reading test that covers all of the standards we’ve been practicing.

ELA: We are continuing to learn about opinion writing this week. We are using our graphic organizers about the Cats Versus Dogs article to write a piece supporting our opinions. Later in the week, we will read an article about dodgeball and write an opinion piece to support our views based on what we read in the article.

Have a great week!

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