September 16

Important Information about the week of 9/16

Mrs. Stanley’s Class

Homework 9/16/2018

 

This week we are beginning multi-digit division using the traditional algorithm, testing our skills for reading fiction, and continuing our study of the Turn of the Century in social studies.

Homework:  There won’t be any puzzles this week, but you must read at least 20 minutes and complete your reading log.  I also recommend studying your vocabulary words and using this time to read your social studies articles, complete book club assignments, or correct any assignments in your Shakespeare which you did not receive a passing grade.

We did not test on Friday due to IOWA testing.  The kids communicated to me that they didn’t feel we had gone over the words enough because our classes were cut short.  So, they have the same words for this week!

Your words for this work are: bisect, dissect, insect, intersection, section, sectional, sector, transect, trisect, vivisection

There will be no “homework” for the words this week, but please continue to study and do the quizlet activity.  I want them to spend the extra time at home completing any book club work or correcting/finishing work in their Shakespeare.

Reminders:

  • Our new social studies curriculum is comprised of a newspaper type text weekly. This week we will be reading “Week 2.” We will read these articles in class and take notes on them.  However, there will be a quiz on Friday over the articles and I recommend discussing them at home.  You can access this resource online by logging on to clever.cobb  The username is their firstname.lastn[email protected] and the password is the same password they use to log into a computer at school.  Here you can access both the social studies and science texts.
  • The bumper sticker was due last Friday. I will still accept it until this Friday, but can’t accept it after that.
  • Science Extra Credit is due before the kids leave for break. I will not accept it after that.
  • There will not be a new text for their Shakespeare this week. Students will have this week to catch up and correct any previous work for a higher grade.
  • We will review Constructive and Destructive forces on Monday and test Tuesday.
  • Don’t forget that book club meetings happen once per week. Students will be graded on their preparedness and participation.  They are writing their assignments in their agendas.  Please check up on their progress periodically.
September 9

Homework Week of 9/10

This week we are continuing multi-digit multiplication using the traditional algorithm, summarizing fiction, and beginning our study of the Turn of the Century in social studies.

Homework:  In addition to the attached puzzles which are marked for each day, you must read at least 20 minutes and complete your reading log.

You must also study for your vocabulary test on Friday and complete these activities each day.

Your words for this work are: bisect, dissect, insect, intersection, section, sectional, sector, transect, trisect, vivisection

Monday – look up words in the dictionary and write down meanings

Tuesday – quizlet activity (parent signature in agenda)

https://quizlet.com/_56baj5

Wednesday – Stretch It (will be given out and explained on Wednesday)

Thursday – Have a family member quiz you (parent signature)

 

Reminders:

We began our bumper sticker project last week.  The kids will have until  9/14 to turn it in.  They will need to do some work at home.  I will be happy to answer questions or help during Morning work time.

We will have a science test on the 18th.  The kids got their study guides on Friday.  Please review these at home.

Please encourage your child to study nightly.  The words will get progressively harder.  Anyone who wants to add points to their score may write two sentences for each missed word.  The sentences must be 7-9 words in length and use the word correctly.

 

**Don’t forget that book club meetings happen once per week.  Students will be graded on their preparedness and participation.  They are writing their assignments in their agendas.  Please check up on their progress periodically.

September 7

Science Extra Credit

For an extra credit grade (weighted the same as a test).  Make a model of Earth’s layers using common food products and a clear cup.  The inner core can be represented by something hard and round.  The outer core must be liquid, and the Mantle needs to be a food that is less liquid but still has plasticity.  The top layer should be crust (thin enough to be cracked when moved by the mantle).

September 3

Week of September 5th

This week we are beginning multi-digit multiplication using the traditional algorithm, summarizing fiction, and wrapping up our study of constructive and destructive forces.

Homework:  In addition to the attached puzzles which are marked for each day, you must read at least 20 minutes and complete your reading log.

You must also study for your vocabulary test on Friday and complete these activities each day.

Your words for this work are: dejected, eject, injection, interjection, jettison, projectile, projector, reject, subject, trajectory

Tuesday – quizlet activity (parent signature in agenda)

https://quizlet.com/_5545it

Wednesday – Stretch It (will be given out and explained on Wednesday)

Thursday – Have a family member quiz you (parent signature)

 

Reminders:

We began our bumper sticker project last week.  The kids will have until  9/7 to turn it in.  They will need to do some work at home.  I will be happy to answer questions or help during Morning work time.

The grades on our last vocabulary test were disappointing.  Please encourage your child to study nightly.  The words will get progressively harder.  Anyone who wants to add points to their score may write two sentences for each missed word.  The sentences must be 7-9 words in length and use the word correctly.

 

**Don’t forget that book club meetings happen once per week.  Students will be graded on their preparedness and participation.  They are writing their assignment in their agenda.  Please check up on their progress periodically.

August 27

Math Olympiad

2018-2019 Math Olympiad

 

4th and 5th graders have the opportunity to join the after school Math Team.  The registration deadline is 9/21/18.

The cost is $25 and includes:

Competition Fees

T-Shirt

Curriculum, Technology, and Supplies

Students will attend ASP or be a car rider.

We will meet until 3:30 on October 3, October 24, November 14, November 28, December 12, January 16, January 30, February 13, February 27, March 6, March 20, and April 10.

All members will participate in an online Math Olympiad against students from around the world 5 times during the school year.

The top 4 students from Lewis Elementary will go on to compete with other Cobb County schools in the spring.

Please click the link to sign up.  2018-2019 Math Olympiad Team

 

 

 

August 27

Week of 8-27

In addition to the attached puzzles which are marked for each day, you must read at least 20 minutes and complete your reading log.

You must also study for your vocabulary test on Friday and complete these activities each day.

Your words for this work are: contradict, dictation, dictator, diction, dictionary, dictum, edict, indictment, predict, verdict

Monday – look each word up in the dictionary and write or illustrate the meaning(s).

Tuesday – quizlet activity (parent signature in agenda)  https://quizlet.com/_545ini

Wednesday – Stretch It (will be given out and explained on Wednesday)

Thursday – Have a family member quiz you (parent signature)

 

Upcoming Tests:

Tuesday – Bill of Rights Quiz (amendments 1-10, 13-21)

We will be starting a bumper sticker project and the kids will have until  9/7 to turn it in (they’ll have two class periods but may need to spend some time at home.

**Don’t forget that book club meetings happen once per week.  Students will be graded on their preparedness and participation.  They are writing their assignment in their agenda.  Please check up on their progress periodically.

August 22

Week of 8/20

Parents and Students,

I apologize for my tardiness in updating the website.  I have been in a cold-medicine fog this week, but things are starting to clear up and our class is on track.   We will not test on our vocabulary words until Monday so that the kids can have a couple of extra days to review and do the quizlet.

https://quizlet.com/_53lzu1

This week we are reading The Wretched Stone by Chris VanAllsburg and discussing theme.  The kids are rewriting this story from another character’s point of view.  I can’t wait to read their versions of this tale.

In math, we have moved on to powers of 10.  This is a difficult concept, so we will go slowly.

In science, we will retest on weathering and erosion and are reading about plate movement as a constructive and destructive force.

There will be a quiz Tuesday over the Bill of Rights and 13-21 amendments.

Thanks!!

Mrs. Stanley

August 13

Week of 8/13/18

Students and Parents:

This week we will be working on character analysis, writing narratives, place value and number forms and the rights and responsibilities of American Citizens.

We are moving to a rotating schedule for Science/Social Studies.  This week our focus will be on Social Studies (citizenship).  I will send home a study guide for the science quiz retake which we’ll do Tuesday of next week.  This week we’ll have a quiz on Rights and Responsibilities on Friday.  I will also be assigning a bumper sticker project later in the week, and the kids will need to turn it in next week.  We’ll have some time in class, but it will be their responsibility to finish and turn it in by the 24th.

Homework will also change slightly.  The kids need practice with their math facts, so I’ve prepared puzzles for each day.  They will need to complete the ones marked for each day and turn them in.  They will also have vocabulary homework (below) and must read at least 20 minutes per day and complete their reading log.

Monday – math puzzles, reading log and look up the definitions for the vocabulary words of the week.

Tuesday – math puzzles, reading log, and vocabulary matching quizlet  https://quizlet.com/_52z3ss

Wednesday – math puzzles, reading log and Stretch It Worksheet

Thursday – math puzzles, reading log and have a family member quiz you

Please let me know if you have questions.

Mrs. Stanley

August 5

Week of August 6th

Dear Students and Parents,

This week will be a busy one.  We will be launching Reader’s Workshop with lessons on goal setting and mining our reading logs for data.  I am currently giving the kids individual reading assessments to determine their strengths and weaknesses as a reader.  These will help me structure reading strategy groups and book clubs for the first quarter.

Students will begin writing their first narratives this week.  I can’t wait to see their creative storytelling.

In math, we are going to continue working on Order of Operations with a quiz scheduled for Wednesday.  On Thursday, we’ll begin determining place and value in large numbers.

We begin Science lab this week and will continue to learn about Constructive and Destructive forces.

In social studies, we’ll be looking at the Bill of Rights and other important amendments.  It is important that students understand how the constitution is designed to protect our civil rights.  This will prepare them for the historical understandings we’ll cover this year.

Computer lab will be on Wednesday.

You can expect two items to come home as homework this week.  The first is a packet that is labeled Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.  The kids should complete the appropriate day’s work each night.  They will also be given a vocabulary word list.  This list is comprised of words that contain a particular root.  There will be a test on these words (just the meanings) on Friday.

Vocab words for this week:  (8/6)  biped, centipede, impediment, millipede, pedal, peddler, pedestrian, pedicure, quadruped, tripod

Please don’t forget to check and sign your child’s agenda nightly.

Thanks,

Mrs. Stanley

 

August 2

Guiding Question

Parents:

I wanted to let you know that we began a discussion that will last all year.  I posted the following quotes from a book I read this summer.  I thought they applied well to some of the things we will learn in history this year.  I asked the kids to write a preliminary argument, and I encourage you to discuss this concept with them at home.  Please don’t tell them your opinion, just listen, pose scenarios and let the conversation unfold,  They’ve already posed some interesting thoughts on which of the following opinions they consider true.

 

****Disclaimer – the book, Unwind, is a dystopian young adult novel which contains some pretty hefty themes.  It is not in our library or my class library.  I would caution parents to read it before letting their children.  I just thought this quote was thought provoking and this is the only portion of the book I’ll share with your children.

 

“You can’t change laws without first changing human nature.’
-Nurse Greta

You can’t change human nature without first changing the law.’
-Nurse Yvonne”
― Neal ShustermanUnwind