December 9th – 13th

WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-13

There are ONLY 10 more days before the Winter Break! WOW!  During this time, I will be starting 10 days of giving for my students. Each day I will unveil the gift of the day so PLEASE feel free to ask your child!  Today’s gift is NO HOMEWORK for the next two weeks (except reading 20 minutes daily)! I hope this gives your family more time together!

*Thank you for your generous donations for Giving Bags!!!*

Reminders:
*TPV (Trained Parent Volunteer), December 10
*Pope High School Field Trip – Alice in Wonderland December 12 – Wear yellow shirts!
*Class Holiday Party, Monday, December 16 8:50-9:35
*Early Release, December 19 and 20
*Holiday Break, December 23- January 5

In READING, we are continuing our non-fiction unit and students will be working in groups to research extreme weather.  Students will learn that experts live in the world differently. They don’t keep their expert knowledge to themselves. Instead, they share this knowledge by teaching people in their communities. Students will be sharing their knowledge by creating a BrainPOP video on their topic! We will have a video viewing celebration at the end of next week.

In MATH, we will continue our unit on division and working on our perimeter/area gingerbread house designs. Their knowledge of multiplication and division facts are very important. Please keep practicing if your child does not know them.

In WRITING, students are continuing to design a tacky holiday sweater and write a persuasive essay about why their sweater is the best. Students will complete their designs this week and draft their writing. We will be working to add lots of sensory details to make our writing pop!

In SOCIAL STUDIES, we will continue studying the three branches of government.

December 2nd – 6th

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and had time for rest and relaxation! It’s hard to believe we only have three weeks of school before the holiday break, and these next few weeks will be BUSY! 🙂 

Reminders:
*Giving Bag Collection Begins, Monday, December 2 – MBES is thrilled to continue our community outreach Spirit of Giving Bags tradition again this year. Many families attending our sister schools rely heavily on school provided breakfast and lunch and when schools break for holidays these families lack the food and necessities needed on a daily basis. During the December 10th TPV, each classroom will prepare a Giving Bag, complete with such necessities. Please send items in on or before 12/10.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!
*Fire Safety Field Trip, Wednesday, December 4
*Last day of Fall Fact Clubs, December 6
*TPV (Trained Parent Volunteer), December 10
*Pope High School Field Trip – Alice in Wonderland December 12
*Class Holiday Party, Monday, December 16 8:50-9:35
*Early Release, December 19 and 20
*Holiday Break, December 23- January 5

Curriculum:
Math: We are starting chapter 6, Understanding Division. This unit will focus on methods to solve division problems including repeated subtraction, partial quotients, area models, wide division, and the standard algorithm.
Students will also work on budgeting, perimeter, area, and multi-digit multiplication through a holiday project. Students will design a gingerbread house and ‘purchase’ decorations within a set budget. They will calculate total costs of their decorations as well as the perimeters and areas of different components of their drawn house.

Reading Workshop: This week is all about text structure! Informational texts are organized in 5 basic structures: chronological/sequence, problem/solution, cause/effect, compare/contrast, and descriptive. Understanding the text structure(s) presented in a text can guide students in note taking and understanding what lens to read the text through.
Students will have a text structure assessment on Friday. They will need to identify the “clue words” for each text structure and be able to determine what structure a short passage is.

The work we’re doing this week will lead us into our big WEATHER research project. Students will use their text structure knowledge to conduct research on extreme weather and work in collaborative groups to write a magazine about their topic.

Writing Workshop: On Monday students will receive their pen pal letters and write back to their new friends! They have been anxiously awaiting this day – be sure to ask them about it at home. 🙂

In writing, students will be designing an ugly holiday sweater and writing a persuasive essay about why their sweater is the best. This week students will be introduced to the project, draft rough sketches of their sweaters, and develop a thesis statement for their essay.

Social Studies: We will begin our unit on the 3 Branches of Government.

Science: Science: We will continue our unit on the Water Cycle. Students will obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle. Projects are due this week (Monday for Marsh’s class, Tuesday for O’Neill’s class).

November 18th – 22nd

Reminders:
*Fire Safety Pre-Visit, Wednesday, November 20
*STEM Day Friday, November 22 – Please send in empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls
*Progress reports come home this Friday, November 22.
*Six Flags Read to Succeed logs will come home this week! Please read through the directions carefully.      You will be logging your child’s minutes online this year!
*THANKSGIVING BREAK November 25-29
*Fire Safety Field Trip December 4
*Last day of Fall Fact Clubs December 6
*Field Trip to Pope High School to watch a performance of Alice in Wonderland December 12
We need a chaperone for this field trip. If you are interested, please email me. 
*Pen Pal letters went home last week. Please turn in your child’s permission slip so that I can match them with a pen pal! Students are so excited for this awesome opportunity!

Curriculum:

Math: We will continue with Chapter 5, Multiply with Two-Digit Numbers. We will continue to multiply 2-digit numbers using the various strategies students have learned. A study guide will come home today and students will take the chapter 5 test on Friday, November 22nd.

Reading Workshop: Unit 2 “Reading the Weather, Reading the World”
Students will continue to dig into non-fiction books and explore strategies to tackle this type of text: previewing, determining text structure, and using text features to navigate the text. Students will be selecting nonfiction books from the learning commons and begin taking notes according to the text structure.

Vocabulary: Unit 6, test Thursday.

Writing Workshop: Students will get into the Thanksgiving spirit by crafting an essay about what they are appreciative of in their life. Students will demonstrate the ability to write a thesis statement and support their opinion with evidence and details from their own life.

Social Studies: Students will understand the importance of the Declaration of Independence and the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

Science: Students will continue their unit on the water cycle.

November 11th- 15th

Reminders:
November 11 – Veteran’s Day!
November 13- Half way through the 2nd quarter!
November 14- Diabetes Awareness Day- wear BLUE
November 15- Bring in $1 to wear PJ bottoms to school
November 25 – 29 – Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL

Curriculum:

Math: We are continuing to work through chapter 5, Multiply with Two-Digit Numbers. This week we will multiply by tens, estimate products, use the distributive property, and multiply by two-digit numbers. Students are being exposed to solving problems using area models and the standard algorithm (the ‘old way’).

Reading Workshop:  Unit 2 “Reading the Weather, Reading the World” – We will be examining different nonfiction text structures to help accentuate what matters.
Students will be reading lots of nonfiction at school over the next several weeks but they are welcome to continue reading fiction at home!

Writing Workshop: Unit 2, Boxes and Bullets, Personal and Persuasive Essays. Our unit opens with an essay structure boot camp! Students will begin collecting ideas as essayists.

Grammar: Verb unit
We are revisiting action and helping verbs this week. Students must memorize all 23 helping verbs for a quiz Friday. They will be expected to list the verbs and identify them in a sentence. Check the grammar tab for study resources including a song and online practice games!
Look ahead – next week we will add linking verbs into the mix. Students can expect a cumulative assessment on action, linking, and helping verbs on Thursday 11/21.

Social Studies: Students will evaluate the major issues debated at the Constitutional Convention; looking specifically at the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.

November 4th – 8th

Reminders:
*Election Day- NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, November 5
*Breakfast with Dad- Friday, November 8 (6:30-7:15 in the cafeteria)

Math: Students will take the chapter 4 test on Thursday. A study guide is coming home today! We will begin chapter 5 which focuses multiplying two-digit by two-digit numbers. Students will be using area models, partial products, and the standard algorithm (the “regular way”) to solve problems.

Reading: This week we’re focusing on a paired text set using StoryWorks Magazine. Students will read ‘How to Save a Baby Orangutan’ and a poem titled ‘A Poem from the Treetops’. They will use the texts to synthesize material, analyze text features, and practice finding text evidence. This week’s text set provides a nice segue into our next Reading and Writing Workshop Units, which focus on nonfiction.

Vocabulary Unit 5 – Test FRIDAY.

Writing Workshop – This week students are writing letters of appreciation to our Veterans!

Science: Students take their space test today (Monday). The new unit, water, will be introduced on Friday.

Social Studies: This week we are focusing on the last battle of the Revolutionary War and the Articles of Confederation.

Foundation Patron Drive – Are YOU All In?!

We only have a few days remaining for our Foundation Patron Drive! If you haven’t already, please consider donating $125 for your student.

Our Foundation impacts your child (and their teachers!) every day through…
1. Kagan strategy training which helps me incorporate movement and collaboration into my classroom for almost every lesson. 

2. The turf playground!!!

3. Our STEM Labs that we visit twice weekly and participate in amazing challenges and experiences.

4. Orton-Gillingham training that allows us to teach students to become master decoders.

5. Ongoing professional development opportunities, like a writing conference that I get to attend in December. Thx Foundation!

 

Our class is at about 50% participation. I would love to see that number increase this week! 🙂 

October 28th – November 1st

Reminders:
* Patron Drive – Our foundation does so much for our school, and they wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of our wonderful families. Each family is asked to donate $125 per student. This money pays for instructor salaries, professional development for teachers, updated technology, and important STEM Lab and classroom instructional materials. Please donate today! The Patron Drive ends on 10/31 and our goal is to have 100% participation!
*Homework will be very light this week! Walton Cluster Family Night, Idiom Day, Halloween…there is a lot going on! We will not have much homework aside from reading and practicing math facts. Students will need to prepare for a science test Friday.
*Idiom Dress Up Day October 31 – check the Shutterfly page if you’re interested in donating a special snack!
*Flashlight Friday/Pajama Day – November 1st
Students are welcome to wear pajamas and/or slippers (please bring appropriate shoes for going outside) and bring either a small blanket OR a stuffed animal. We will be getting cozy and reading by flashlights for independent reading time! Your child may bring a small flashlight to school. I will have finger lights available for them to use as well.

Curriculum:

Math: We will begin unit 4, Multiply with One-Digit Numbers.We will be using strategies to solve problems like estimation, partial products, and basic facts/patterns to quickly find answers. The standard algorithm (“regular way” of multiplying) will also be introduced.

Reading: This week we’re beginning to look at nonfiction text features to help prepare us for our nonfiction unit in reading workshop. Students will examine how text features can assist readers in finding information and making new connections to a text. We will continue to explore short nonfiction articles through StoryWorks Magazine.

Grammar:
We are studying action, linking, and helping verbs. We will not have a test this week.

Writing Workshop: Students are finishing up their haunted house real estate writing pieces! Look for these to come home this week. We will continue to explore figurative language through other short thematic Halloween prompts.

Social Studies – Students will learn more about the major events of the American Revolution and explain the factors leading to American victory and British defeat; include the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown.

Science: We will be wrapping up our Stars and Planets unit this week. We will go over what we have learned about Space/the planets in class and students will be given a study guide. Mrs. Marsh’s class will test on Friday.

October 21st – 25th

It was so nice getting to meet with you all face-to-face last week at conferences! Please let me know if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress. Reminders:
*Cobb Youth Museum field trip Tuesday October 22nd…Wear Yellow Class Shirts! 
* Patron Drive – Our foundation does so much for our school, and they wouldn’t be able to do it without the help of our wonderful families. Each family is asked to donate $125 per student. This money pays for instructor salaries, professional development for teachers, updated technology, and important STEM Lab and classroom instructional materials. Please donate today! The Patron Drive ends on 10/31 and our goal is to have 100% participation!
*STEM Fair October 22 at 5:30
*Idiom Dress Up Day October 31

Curriculum:
Math: We will begin chapter 4, multiplying by one-digit numbers, this week. We will be using strategies to solve problems like estimation, partial products, and basic facts/patterns to quickly find answers. The standard algorithm (“regular way” of multiplying) will also be introduced. Students should continue practicing their math facts at home to increase fluency!

Reading: We will analyze a nonfiction text story titled ‘The Mystery of Roanoke: How Could an Entire Village of People Just Disappear?’. Students will learn about America 400 years ago, begin understanding the effects of colonialism on Native peoples, and continue practicing text features, author’s craft, and cause and effect.

Writing Workshop: We will begin looking at an opinion piece, “Should you go Screen Free for a Week?” Students will choose a side and find evidence to support their opinion.
We are beginning our figurative language unit. Students have a test Friday covering idioms, proverbs/adages, similes, metaphors, and personification. ELA homework this week covers these topics and a study guide has been provided to students.

Science: We will begin our next unit on Stars and Planets. Students will obtain, evaluate, & communicate information to compare & contrast the physical attributes of stars & planets.

Social Studies: We can’t wait to see the American Revolution come to life during the Cobb Youth Museum field trip! Students will be acting out the main events and battles, leading to a better understanding of the time period and importance of the events. In class we will be studying the main battles of the Revolutionary War.

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