Homework for the remainder of the semester
Writing: I will be returning the cause and effect essay on the Spanish American War. Many of the kids will be unhappy with their grades and are encouraged to rewrite it for a higher grade. I will be conferencing with them about needed improvements, and they may utilize their morning work time 7:15-8:00 to work on these corrections. This is a language and SS grade, so a good score is vital to their averages.
The compare and contrast essay on books vs. video is due Monday. I will do my best to get these graded and returned by the end of the week so that students may rewrite and resubmit if they choose. *Update: The compare and contrast essays were returned Friday.
We will be beginning our research project on celebrations and traditions around the world. The project is posted below along with due dates. This is a partner project, but both partners need to participate fully for the project to earn a good grade.
Research Project Celebrations Around The World
There are many wonderful traditions that enrich our lives. Each culture has its own celebrations and traditions. This project will help you learn about another culture and one of their celebrations. You will work with a partner to research, write, and present about the celebration you have chosen. The purpose of this project is to learn about other cultures and traditions. Therefore, you may not choose a celebration or tradition that you celebrate!
You and your partner will submit an informational book which details the tradition’s origins and customs. This will be a writing grade.
***Due to time constraints, I have eliminated the writing portion of this assignment. You are now only responsible for the oral presentation. You and your partner will give a 5-10-minute presentation about this celebration. This should include visual aids (ppt, slides, posters, etc.). This will be a reading grade (speaking, listening).
December 7th Research and Note cards complete (checked by Mrs. Stanley). All Sources documented, and each fact labeled with the source it came from.
December 14th Rough draft of book including notations of where graphics will be placed. December 18th Final draft of your book is due
December 19th Presentations
Reading: We will be finishing our informational unit before the end of this semester. The kids have been reading and analyzing informational texts throughout this term and will test over this material on 12-18-18.
Shakespeares were due Friday for Caged Bird. This week, we’ll read paired texts about Civil War Battleship crews and
next week we’ll read paired texts about Australia. There will be no Shakespeare entries the week of the 17th.
Vocabulary: We will continue with the cede/ceed root this week and test Friday. The kids will do their stretch activity on Tuesday this week because we were unable to get to it last week.
Next week, we will study the root word vers. There will be no vocabulary the week of the 17th.
Math: The kids are still struggling with addition and subtraction of fractions. Most of them understand finding a common denominator and converting each fraction to an equivalent. They become confused, however when they are required to borrow in fraction subtraction and in converting the final answer to a mixed number in simplest form. We are going to spend another week on this. The few who have already mastered it, will be working on a fraction project.
Students will be given a math spiral review worksheet this week and next. They should complete each night’s activities.
Science: We are wrapping up our study of Classification of living things by reading and analyzing a text about plant classification. We will finish that up by Wednesday, and test on Tuesday 12/11 Students will need to reread and study the notes in their Franklin to study for this test.
Social Studies: We will begin reading about the events leading to World War I.