November 27

# November 27-Dec 1

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving Break!

Things to put in your calendar:
Tuesday: 3rd AR Test is due! & Math Extra Credit Project Due!
Thursday: Science Quiz on Positive and Negative Charges
Friday: Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers Test.

Math: In class this week we will be reviewing adding & subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and then adding & subtracting Mixed Numbers. Students will receive a studyguide on Wednesday and we will be reviewing on Thursday. The following week we will be learning about multiplying fractions.

Social Studies: Our focus this week is the Cattle Trails that were created in the west and the Black Cowboys. We will test on this subject next week.

Reading: In class we will be reading Esperanza Rising and students will be creating a powerpoint comparing two characters from the book. Wednesday and Thursday they will have independent reading on Esperanza Rising. Friday we will have our Inner/Outer circle discussion on the book. The last Inner/Outer Circle discussion we had was amazing! I was so proud of the thoughtful questions the students came up with and the debate they had on the book.

ELA: Our focus this week will be working on verb tenses: past, future, and present. Students will be working on identifying the correct verb tense needed in a paragraph then focusing on making sure they are writing in the correct verb tense. We will also be working on spelling our Wordly Wise 6 words.

Science: We will be discussing electrical charges in class this week. Students will learn what a negative and positive charge is and how that relates to static electricity. There will be a 10 question quiz on Thursday to review and Friday we will have Science Lab.

November 14

# November 13-17th

What’s going on this week! I hope everyone can make it to the Thanksgiving Lunch! Our lunch time will be at 11:45-12:15!

Dates to Remember

Thursday: Science Test & Progress Reports
Friday: Fractions Quiz & Their, There, They’re Quiz

Math: We are talking about adding and subtracting fractions with unlike fractions. On Friday we will have a quiz. The quiz will have fraction vocabulary and adding and subtracting like and unlike fractions. I will be assigning an extra credit project in math. Students can create a poster explaining how to add fractions with unlike denominators. It should be step by step process on how to add fractions with unlike denominators, and the poster should be visually appealing. The poster is due on Tuesday, November 28th.

Social Studies: We are continuing our unit on Western Expansion. Specifically talking about Exodusters and sod houses.

Reading: We are working in our Reading Groups. Students are working on a reading on Western Expansion. In small group we are working on comparing and contrasting two different stories themes. Thursday students will be creating their own discussion questions to Esperanza Rising that we will use for our inner/outer circle discussion Friday.

Writing: We are completing our Opinion Writing Essays. I am really excited for parents to get to read your student’s essay on SeaWorld. The kids have worked really hard and I’m very proud of them. Friday we will have a quiz on the correct use of Their, There, and They’re.

Science: We are completing our unit on Matter this week. Tomorrow students will get a study guide on Matter. Wednesday we will play a review game and then Thursday we will have our test. When we come back from Thanksgiving Break we will start our unit on Electricity.

November 5

# November 6th-10th

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Extra-credit Family Tree Projects are due tomorrow. This is what is going on this week!

Tuesday: No school! Students will have MobyMax homework.
Wednesday: Worldy Wise 5 Vocab Test
Esperanza Rising Quiz
AR Test 2 Due
Thursday: Multiplication and Division of Decimals Test.
Physical vs. Chemical Change Quiz
Friday: Foundation Friday, Patriotic Day!

Math: We are finishing reviewing the dividing decimals and reviewing multiplying decimals. Thursday we will Test on multiplying and dividing decimals. Friday we will begin our unit on fractions.
Social Studies: We have begun our unit on Westward Expansion. We will be talking about the transcontinental railroad in class.

Reading: We are reading Esperanza Rising. Monday students will be assigned to read chapter 4 of Esperanza Rising as homework. They will have a quiz on Wednesday on their reading. There will be a Wordly Wise 5 Vocab Test on Wednesday too. There is a Quizlet made to help students review. Student’s 2nd AR test is due on Wednesday too.

LA/Writing: Students will be getting new words to study spelling this week. The test on this list will be next Friday. In class we will be working on finishing our opinion essays on Sea World. Students will be finishing their ‘sloppy copy’ this week and then typing their final draft. The final day to work on this writing will be next Monday.

Science: We will be discussing the differences between a physical change and chemical change. Students will have an activity where they will be sorting whether particular items are physical or chemical changes. They will also have the notes in their Science Journal. On Thursday they will have a quiz identifying whether a change is physical or chemical.