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Week of October 30, 2017

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Please ask your students if they have glue sticks and dry erase markers.  They need them almost daily, and many are running low.
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Please continue signing the agenda and reading log every night to show that students have completed homework.
Friday, November 3 – Wordly Wise Unit 6 Test
Friday, November 3  – Spelling Test
*******  Make sure you are reading for AR.  Most of you should be reading books that are 5th grade or higher.  Only books that are 4.2 or higher count this quarter, but I truly believe you should be pushing yourself to read at a higher level than that.

This week we will be working on finding factors,

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identifying prime and composite numbers,

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and the divisibility rules.

 

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On Monday, students will complete an assessment where they are to write a summary of a couple pages we have read in the Animal Defenses book.  Summaries should include a topic sentence, details from the book, and a concluding sentence.

We will examine the differences and similarity between poetry, prose, and drama this week.  We will be learning the vocabulary that goes with these types of writing such as cast of characters, rhythm, and rhyme scheme.  We will be working in pairs to take a poem by Shel Silverstein and write a short story (prose) that matches the meaning of the poem.  We will then work on a short two person drama that tells the same story.

Students should be reading for the AR requirement 🙂

We will be working on Unit 6  of Wordly Wise this week.   There is a link to games they may use to study on the link above called “Wordly Wise and AR .”  The test will be Friday, November 3 on definitions.

There will be a spelling test on Friday.  The words are on the spelling link from my blog.

We have started an informational booklet project on Colonial Life.  Students will be using print and digital resources to research the colonies and write informational paragraphs for the booklet.  They will also be required to include illustrations, maps, captions, a table, and a glossary to show their knowledge of the text features we have studied.

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Student handwriting and writing conventions become much more important.  I have explained to students that they will be rewriting work that is not neat.

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We have started our Physics unit on Force and Motion.  This is a fun unit with lots of activities.

This unit covers force, motion, gravity, Newton’s Laws, and simple machines.  We will be spending about 4 weeks on this unit.

Last week students looked at and discussed Newton’s Laws as well as experimenting with marbles and the force of motion.  This week we continue our study with the concepts of Potential and Kinetic Energy.  This will include the making of Spool Rollers and doing activities with Matchbox cars and ramps.

All notes for science will be kept in your students’ Science notebook.  Ask your child to bring their notebooks home to show you what we are covering.  The notebook is also what students should be studying as tests and quizzes occur.

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This week we will continue our unit on American colonization.  We have covered the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies and some of their differences and similarities.  This week we will take a deeper look at the types of colonial homes and compare and contrast life on a plantation and life in a colonial village.  We will discuss the differences and similarities between slaves and indentured servants as well as types of artisans and how they contributed to the colonial society.   Students will be able to discuss the economies of the different regions as well as the people who live in the region and how their lives are similar and different.

 

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