February 26th -March 2nd
Wow that break went by fast! The weather for Winter break felt like what Spring Break should feel like. Hopefully that won’t be reversed when we get to April for our Spring Break.
I am excited to see the kids. I’d love to see some pictures and hear some stories of what everyone did over break. March is a very busy month. March 14th is the end of the 9 weeks and we will soon be entering Quarter 4!
I have entered all my current grades into the Parent Portal. I am missing several students 3rd AR test. I let them finish or review their books over the break and take it first thing Monday. I did allow students to count our read aloud Wonder as one of their 4 AR tests. So if your student is missing a 3rd AR test (or even a 4th) please encourage them to take an AR test on Wonder.
Here’s what you should put in your calendar:
Tuesday: Social Studies Test on Roaring 20s and The Great Depression (Quizlet made)
Wednesday: Science Quiz on naming the seven steps of the Classification pyramid and the five Kingdoms of living things.
Thursday: Customary Lengths Math Quiz & Vocab Spelling Test on Worldy Wise 9 words. (Quizlet made)
Friday: Foundation Dinner.
•Biography Project due Monday, March 5th.
•4th AR Test Friday, March 9th 5th Grade Biography Project-1gxopjy
•HALF DAY is Wednesday, March 14th (Why they scheduled it on a Wednesday and not Friday is beyond me).
•Report Cards go home Wednesday, March 21st.
Here’s what we’re learning in class:
Math: 2-D shapes are out and converting measurement is in! In class we will be talking about customary and metric measurement. We are going to have a quiz on converting customary measurements on Wednesday. There will also be a few computation problems on the quiz too. Students receive math homework every day. Please make sure they are doing it because that will really help them when completing theses quizzes.
Social Studies: In class on Monday we will be working on our Roaring 20s and The Great Depression study guide. Whatever is not completed in class should be finished at home and studied. There is a Quizlet already made to help them review. Tuesday we will take our test and then begin our unit on World War II. This is the unit students are the most excited about, so I am very eager to FINALLY get to answer questions about Hitler and Pearl Harbor. If your student has a veteran family member who has some war stories during World War II please share them with your kids. I’d love to hear some firsthand or secondhand stories of World War II.
Reading: We will be reviewing informational text-structure in class and then Tuesday quiz on it. Students will read a passage and determine what type of text-structure the passage is written in. We will be reviewing our Worldy Wise 9 words. Then Thursday we will have our spelling and vocab test on Worldy Wise 9. There is a Quizlet made to help students review.
In reading we will also be analyzing multiple accounts on the same topic, noting similarities and differences in the point of view they represent. We are preparing to begin a big unit next week on comparing different account of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Writing: Our class has done a really insightful job of preparing writing a memoir. In class we have talked about different moments in our lives that have shaped us. Small seed stories that have taught us lessons. I really enjoyed getting to listen to students share stories of important moments that they learned lessons from. This week we are going to be picking one of those seed stories and using it to write a short memoir. We will be reading different memoirs and looking at their structure to help influence our own writing too.
Science: We will begin our unit on Classification. We are going to be reviewing the five kingdoms:
We are also studying the classification pyramid in depth. A pneumonic device may be helpful to students to remember this: King Phillip Can Order Fabulous Green Spaghetti.
There will be a quiz on students memorizing this on Wednesday. The rest of the week we will be talking about the differences between and invertebrate and vertebrate.