## 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!

## 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!

## 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!

## 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!

## News for the week of 1/15

Here’s what’s happening…

*School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

*Report cards are being sent home on Friday, Jan. 19. Please sign and return the envelope. If you would like to schedule a conference, please check the box for quarter 2 on the front.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We’re continuing to learn about area. This week’s lessons focus on finding the area of rectangles and forming rectangular arrays. There will be a test on Friday.

Science: We are continuing to learn about stars. We are also learning about how the sun heats Earth. There will be a quiz on Friday on the material covering Fusion Science Unit 2, Lessons 1, 2, and 3. Please use the materials in the yellow folder to study.

Reading: We are reading the book “Storm in the Night” to practice the literature standards. We are also learning about nouns as part of our language instruction.

ELA: The students are taking a district writing check on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, we will continue to practice writing opinion pieces. We will read an article, students will take a position, and then we will go through the process of supporting that position using evidence and examples from the article. This will be completed next week.

Have a wonderful week!

## News for the week of 1/8

Here’s what’s happening…

*School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 9. We will have a brief school pep rally that morning.

*PTA skate night is Friday at United Skates. A flier was sent home before the break.

*There is no school on Monday, Jan. 15th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are beginning Module 4 this week, which focuses on area. This week’s lessons involve understanding area, comparing areas of shapes, analyzing side lengths, and forming rectangles by tiling with unit squares. There will be a quiz on Friday on the material covered Tuesday through Thursday. For the topic A parent letter, click here. For the topic B parent letter, click here.

Science: We are beginning the first part of our Earth in Space unit by learning about stars. We will focus on learning the characteristics of stars. This week’s lessons correspond with Fusion Science Unit 2, Lesson 1. There will be a quiz on Friday.

Reading: We are starting Unit 3, Module A this week, which means that we are returning to a focus on fiction standards and texts. This week’s main text is called “Knots on a Counting Rope.” We will be using this text to learn about point of view, perspective, how illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a text, and distinguishing literal from non-literal language.

ELA: We are learning about opinion writing this week. The students will use the acronym “OREO” to help them remember the parts of an opinion paragraph: state the Opinion, give a Reason for the opinion (or two or three), give Evidence to support each reason, and restate the Opinion. Students need to understand the difference between a reason and a piece of evidence. They will use this format to help them write a text-based response after reading “Knots on a Counting Rope.”

Have a great week!

## News for the week of 12/18

Here’s what’s happening…

*The PTA holiday shop is open this week. Friday it will be open only in the morning. Envelopes were attached to the flier sent home earlier this month.

*We have optional theme days this week – Monday is wear red day (candy canes), Tuesday is wear brown day (reindeer), Wednesday is pajama day, Thursday is wear green day (elves), and Friday is wear holiday shirts or hats.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We have our district quarterly check on Monday, then we will spend the week practicing math fluency and previewing one of the geometry standards that isn’t included in any lessons we’ll have prior to the FSA in April. The standard focuses on quadrilaterals.

Social Studies: We are continuing to learn about traditions of cultures that have settled in the U.S. by integrating Pearson reading texts in our social studies lessons. We are reading a book called “Celebrations and Family Traditions” as part of our learning.

Reading: We are continuing to practice the nonfiction standards as we learn about traditions of different cultures. We will have a quiz on Tuesday, and then our district quarterly check on Wednesday. Remember to keep reading over the break!

ELA: We are finishing the nonfiction books we are writing and will publish them on the Book Creator app. We will read these to kindergarten students on Thursday.

Have a wonderful week!

## News for the week of 12/11

Here’s what’s happening…

*We will have a special presentation by Mr. Tommy on Wednesday morning.

*The PTA Winter Carnival is on Friday. Please see the flier for details.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are reviewing Module 3 on Monday and Tuesday, and will have our test on Wednesday. We will also be reviewing this week for the Quarter 2 district math quarterly check, which we will take next week.

Social Studies: We are starting a new unit this week. The unit focuses on the cultures that have settled North America. We will identify contributions from various ethnic groups that have settled in North America. This will be integrated with our reading lessons. There will be a quiz on this material on Friday.

Reading: We are reading nonfiction articles about various cultures and their traditions. The students will take notes, then use them to compare and contrast the foods, music, holidays, games, clothing, etc., of the different cultures. We will also read a book from our reading series called “Around Our Way on Neighbor’s Day,” which is a fiction book about a neighborhood celebration where families from different cultures come together to share. There will be a reading quiz on Friday.

ELA: We are hard at work on our drafts of the nonfiction books we are creating. As we finish our drafts, we will go through the editing process to revise our work, then we will begin working on actually making the books. We will use the school iPads to make the books on an app called Book Creator. The free version of this app can be downloaded if any students would like to use their own iPads to create their books. The app itself is about \$4.99 for unlimited books. We plan to read our books to another grade level when done.

Have a great week!

## News for the week of 12/4

Here’s what’s happening…

*We will be participating in the Hour of Code event that takes place worldwide this week. The students will spend time on the iPads here in class learning how coding works with simple programs available on the Hour of Code website.

*Thursday is our field trip to Brooker Creek Preserve. Please remember to send a lunch with your child that day if you indicated a lunch from home on the permission slip. Also, your child can wear their Toucan or Sand Pine shirt. We will leave SPES by 9:15, so please be on time to school. We will arrive back at school around 2:15.

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are finishing up Module 3 this week. The lessons will focus on solving two-step word problems, multiplying by multiples of 10, and using the Associative Property of Multiplication. There will be a quiz on Tuesday covering the material learned in topic E.

Science: We are spending this week reviewing the unit on matter in preparation for the district quarterly assessment next Tuesday. We will use a variety of review activities, including Nearpod and Kahoot. Please send your child with their charged device if you have a signed Bring Your Own Device permission form on file. Allow permission to access nearpod.com and kahoot.it on the Internet so we have enough devices to do the activities with everyone getting their own device. It really helps when we have enough for everyone.

Reading: We are continuing to use the text “What is a Community? From A to Z” to apply the nonfiction standards we have been practicing. We are also discussing how to compare and contrast information within a text as well as information presented in two texts on the same topic. We will be completing graded text-based responses during reading time, too.

ELA: We are continuing to work on our nonfiction books this week. We are finishing our research, writing out the paragraphs in subsections, then starting our books.

Have a great week!

## News for the week of 11/27

Don’t forget that field trip permission forms are due today!

Here’s what we’re learning…

Math: We are continuing Module 3 this week with lessons about applying the Distributive Property, using patterns to multiply, interpreting the unknown in multiplication and division problems, using 0 and 1 in multiplication and division, and using a multiplication table to multiply and divide. There will be a quiz on Thursday covering the material learned through lesson 15. The use of flash cards or apps to practice multiplication and division facts at home will be very helpful for students.

Science: We are continuing Unit 3 by learning about the states of matter and the changes water undergoes when it changes states. These terms will be very important for our learning this week: melting, freezing, evaporation, and condensation. There will be a quiz on Thursday covering Lessons 5 and 6. Be sure to study using the materials in the folder.

Reading: We are applying our knowledge of the informational standards we’ve been practicing by reading different nonfiction texts and answering questions about them. Our focus text will be “What is a Community? From A to Z.” There will be a test on Friday.

ELA: We are beginning an informational writing project this week. We are researching information about a topic of interest, then using a graphic organizer to plan our own books about the topic we have chosen. We will also have a graded writing response on Thursday.

Have a great week!