# 10.29

Hereβs the 411 on this week!Β π

## Reminders

1. Next due date for Guided Reading responses is Nov 8th for the next 6 entries (entire class).
2. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication.Β π
3. Behavior is now documented on Bloomz versus paper copies. Notifications are sent out at 6 p.m. daily. If you are not on Bloomz, I will contact via Synergy, if there is a behavior situation. π
4. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.
5. Mystery Reader day is Oct. 31st! Thank you for those who volunteered to come read! π We are spend the day focusing on reading, sharing books we love, and sharing our published narratives with each other. π

## Content

Mathβ We are continuing to learn how to add/subtract mixed fractions with unlike denominators this week with a focus on word problems. Students need to be able to find the LCM (Least Common Multiple) to determine the LCD (Least Common Denominator). Then, they can convert the fractions to have the same LCD and perform the operation (Add/subtract). Finally, they need to simplify to the lowest terms. Students also need to understand the 5/8 is the same as 5 divided by 8 and perform long-division.

The enrichment group is working on multiplying fractions this week, including word problems.

Mini quiz on Friday will be on prodigy. π

Readingβ We will starting our next nonfiction text, Promises to Keep. Our focus for reading will be on nonfiction texts, which correlates to our focus in writing. Grades will be from Reading Response Journals. π Mini quiz on Friday on Main Idea and dealing with the book.

Science– We are studying animal (Vertebrae vs.Β  non-vertebrae) and plant classification (flowering vs. nonflowering). We are also going to start on inherited vs. learned traits/behaviors and genes.

Writingβ We are starting informational writing this week and using INFORM as a guide.Β (Opening paragraph with topic that briefly lists the subtopics, 3 body paragraphs for the 3 subtopics and details for each, closing paragraph). It has been decided that we will focus on biographies of important historical people instead of animal classification.

# 10.22 Weekly Update

Hereβs the 411 on this week!Β π

## Reminders

1. Next due date for Guided Reading responses isΒ the 25th/26th for the next 6 entries.
2. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication.Β π
3. Behavior is now documented on Bloomz versus paper copies. Notifications are sent out at 6 p.m. daily.
4. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.
5. We still have a few openings for Mystery Reader slots on the 31st! Please check Bloomz for sign-up slots and sign up if interested.Β π

## Content

Mathβ We are reviewing adding/subtracting fractions, but extending it by focusing on unlike denominators and mixed numbers. Students need to be able to find the LCM (Least Common Multiple) to determine the LCD (Least Common Denominator). Then, they can convert the fractions to have the same LCD and perform the operation (Add/subtract). Finally, they need to simplify to the lowest terms. Students also need to understand the 5/8 is the same as 5 divided by 8 and perform long-division.

Mini quiz on Friday will be on translating written expressions to numerical expressions (paper).

Readingβ We will continue our Esperanza Rising lessons (character traits, inferencing, summarizing, comparing/contrasting characters). Grades will be from Reading Response Journals.

Social Studiesβ We are focusing on immigration during the turn of the century and completing the Ice Cream Sundae task on Thursday-Friday. Students, who are not finished by Friday, will take it home to complete and turn in on Monday morning.

Writingβ We are starting informational writing this week and using INFORM as a guide.Β (Opening paragraph with topic that briefly lists the subtopics, 3 body paragraphs for the 3 subtopics and details for each, closing paragraph). It has been decided that we will focus on biographies of important historical people instead of animal classification.

# 10.15 Weekly Update

Hereβs the 411 on this week!Β π

## Reminders

1. Early Dismissal is ALL WEEK. Students dismiss at 12:30.
2. Next due date for Guided Reading responses isΒ the 25th/26th for the next 6 entries.
3. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication.Β π
4. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.
5. We still have a few openings for Mystery Reader slots on the 31st! Please check Bloomz for sign-up slots and sign up if interested. π

## Content

Mathβ We are reviewing order of operations this week, while also covering translating expressions. I am teaching the kiddos using GEMDAS versus PEMDAS, as they use GEMDAS in 6-8th grade. The G is groups/brackets, E is exponents, MD is multiplication/division (from left to right, whichever comes first), AS is Add/Subtract (from left to right, whichever comes first). Mini quiz on Friday will be on order of operations (Prodigy).

Readingβ We will continue our Esperanza Rising lessons (character traits, inferencing, summarizing, comparing/contrasting characters) We will skip our mini quiz on Friday, due to the shortened week. I will, instead, take their reading responses are grades this week (reading journals for Esperanza Rising).

Social Studiesβ We are wrapping up the the Spanish-American War and delving into immigration. Tues-Wed (Ice Cream Sundae task), Th-F immigration

Writingβ We are starting informational writing this week and using INFORM as a guide.Β (Opening paragraph with topic that briefly lists the subtopics, 3 body paragraphs for the 3 subtopics and details for each, closing paragraph)

# Weekly Update 10.8

Here’s the 411 on this week! π

## Reminders

1. Early Dismissal is Thursday, October 11th
2. Conference week is the week of the 15th, and it is also early dismissal ALL week.
3. Guided reading responses are due this Thursday/Friday. Yes, they can turn them in early. π The next due date after this will be the 25th/26th for the next 6 entries. π This seems to be working very well. π
4. Check Bloomz for last minute updates and communication. π
5. Have your child check out the video sections on our blog for content-related information.

## Content

Math– We are covering order of operations. I am teaching the kiddos using GEMDAS versus PEMDAS, as they use GEMDAS in 6-8th grade. The G is groups/brackets, E is exponents, MD is multiplication/division (from left to right, whichever comes first), AS is Add/Subtract (from left to right, whichever comes first). Mini quiz on Friday (Prodigy)

• I will also pull small groups this week to check bases with the students on their knowledge of fractions, adding/subtracting fractions same denominator and different denominator. This is our topic for conference week and also the week after. I’m trying to get a head start. π

Reading– We will continue our Esperanza Rising lessons (character traits, inferencing, summarizing, comparing/contrasting characters) Mini quiz on Friday (ReadWorks)

Social Studies– We are moving onto the Spanish-American War. Guided notes Monday-Wednesday, mini quiz on Friday.

Writing– We are wrapping our last week of narrative writing, and all students will publish by Friday. We are moving onto informational writing during conference week. Our acronym is INFORM for that.

***We are also taking Cobb County’s Math Mini-Touchstone 1, as well as Cobb County’s Reading/ELA Mini Touchstone 2 and 3. These will count as formative/classwork grades for report card purposes. These touchstones inform our instruction and are used to what students have learned these past few weeks.***

***Here is the picture of the scarecrow they are bringing home for homework.***

The scarecrow can be any color. Students may add embellishment, i.e. small patches of clothing to legs or draw them in, add yellow strips for straw, etc. Just remember that they need to be able to hang on the wall. I have clothespins hot glued to the wall, and would hang them on there. π Just make sure they are not too heavy. π