# Week of February 11

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Hello Families! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Here are a few things to remember for this week.

• Thursday is Valentine’s Day. Please have your child bring in their Valentines to share and a decorated bag or box on Wednesday or Thursday. A class list went home last week.
• STEM DAY is Friday! The students have worked very hard to complete their Minecraft project.  I will begin showing the projects at 9:30 and end by 10:15. I hope to see you!
• Readworks.org will continue to be a required homework assignment.  It will be assigned on Monday and it will be due on Friday.  This is a great way to get ready for the milestone and practice typing answers to comprehension questions. Please make sure your child is completing this each week.

What we’re learning this week…

Spelling: Long –i

 -y -ie -igh -i_e deny untie higher shine reply flies tonight arrive supply skies alright glide firefly cries flight alive

Math- comparing fractions and  a STEM fraction activity (Fraction Town)

Fact Fluency- work on multiplication facts 6-10.

Reading– determining the theme of a story and comparing/contrasting stories

Social Studies- John Cabot and Vasco Nunez de Balboa

ELA- compound sentences

Writing – opinion writing

https://www.free-training-tutorial.com/math-games/fractions-gallery-game.html

# Science Lab Needs

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We will have a STEM activity on Wednesday for our science lab.  The kids will be working in groups to design American Indian homes such as teepees, wigwams, longhouses, and chickees.  They may collect natural items from your yard to use as their resources (bark, small sticks, pinestraw, leaves, etc).  They should bring them in a ziplock bag.

# Week of February 4, 2019

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What we’re learning this week…

Spelling:  Sort 8 Homophones

 tied hare sale eight tide hair sail ate missed tale maid right mist tail made write

around, another, again, along

Math- comparing fractions

Fact Fluency- work on multiplication facts 6-10.

Reading– determining the theme of a story; comparing and contrasting setting, plot, and theme

Social Studies- John Cabot

ELA- compound sentences/ editing

Writing – opinion writing

Below are websites that will help with this week’s academics.  Please review these yourself before you let your child work on them.  They were appropriate when I posted them, but websites change and you need to make sure they are appropriate for your child.  Advertisements on these websites change frequently.

https://www.free-training-tutorial.com/math-games/fractions-gallery-game.html

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/Balloons_fractions2.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fractions/Balloons_fractions2.htm-

fluency practice https://www.multiplication.com/pins/multiplication-fluency

# Kindness Challenge

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As part of our “No Place for Hate” program, we are looking forward to participating in the Kindness Challenge from January 28th-February 1st.

The students will work together as a class to complete activities to show kindness such as, asking a new friend to play, helping someone, writing a thank you note, or performing a kind act of their own design. Teachers will have daily discussions, read stories, and watch short video clips about showing kindness, inclusion, and respect.

Additionally, we will show kindness in our community by hosting a toiletries drive to benefit The Center for Children and Young Adults AND SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center. With the help of our Student Council, we will be collecting items such as shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, etc. These items will go to children in our community.  A flyer with more information will come home about this.

We will also have some fun by dressing up to the following themes each day.

Monday (1/28)-Hats off to kindness (wear hats)

Tuesday (1/29)-Being kind is groovy (wear 70s clothes)

Wednesday (1/30)-Kindness Rocks (wear rock star clothes)

Thursday (1/31)-Cougars are Kind (wear Cougar Pride or school colors)

Friday (2/1)-Cheer for Kindness (wear sports clothes)

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It has come to my attention that the class code students were given is no longer working. Here are the steps with the new code for logging in.

## How to get students to their assignments

1. Have students go to www.readworks.org/student

2. Students enter class code A4PNGN

Students need to complete the article titled:

# Week of January 14

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Hello Families,

Here are a few important announcements for this week:

• Clubs start this week
• Target resumes Tuesday
• Tutoring resumes Thursday
• Wednesday the class will enjoy a performing arts presentation on the explorer DeSoto.

Also, Milestones testing will be administered in April. All students will be taking this test on the computer and will be required to type their written responses. Please allow your students to be practicing their typing skills at home. Typing Club is a good website for students to use. If your child does not have access to a computer at home, please let me know so I can allow them time in the mornings to practice on a class computer.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs. Pennell

What we’re learning…

Spelling:

 Base word-adjective Comparative- Changey to i and add er Superlative- Change y to i and add est early earlier earliest hungry hungrier hungriest funny funnier funniest heavy heavier heaviest easy easier easiest

Math- models of unit fractions of a whole.  Fact Fluency- work on multiplication facts 6-10.

Reading– Peter Pan how character’s actions affect the events in the chapter and vocabulary using context clues

Science- Identify the location of the Piedmont and Coastal Plains regions of Georgia and identify plants and animals from that region.

Writing – opinion writing

# Homework

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The class will be doing homework a little differently this quarter.  There will no longer be a homework journal and homework will be assigned nightly.  Make sure to check the “return to school” pocket of your child’s green take home folder for a sheet with their spelling menu on one side and the reading response menu on the other side.  This is where the homework choices for each night will be found. The assignment for each night will be written on the Homework assignment sheet in the back cover of their green folders. The assigned homework is due the next day. Most weeks we will have nightly math and either spelling or a written reading response. Reading 20 minutes each night will continue to be an expectation.