February 13

Georgia Parent Survey

Parents please complete this survey as it calculates into our School Climate Rating and reflects on us as an entire school, teaching staff, and community.  The Georgia Parent Survey is required for all schools in Georgia. Parents may complete the survey using their personal computer, smartphones or tablet. All parents should be encouraged to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used as part of the calculation of the School Climate Star Rating. Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  Individual data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.  The URL address for the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below.

Georgia Parent Survey:

http://gshs.gadoe.org/parents

February 9

Week of February 12-16

2/15 – Jump Rope for Heart (grades 3, 4, 5)

2/16 – Jump Rope for Heart (grades K, 1, 2)

2/19-2/23 – NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

2/27 – STEM Lab (wear house or STEM shirt)

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  This week our focus will be on the following:

  • draw on information to explore ideas in a discussion
  • use context to help determine the meaning of a word or phrase
  • making inferences using specific details from a text
  • use resource materials (glossaries, dictionaries, thesauruses) to help me determine the pronunciation and meaning of key words and phrases

Homework:   

  • USATestPrep – Vocabulary Acquistion (due 2/13)  There will be no new homework until after the break. 

Writing:    We will continue our focus on writing a fictional narrative.  Students will develop the problem and solution for their story, using mentor texts as a guide.  Students will also decide which point of view they want to tell the story from (first or third).

Spelling:  The spelling test for Week 15 words will be on Thursday, February 15th.  We will not have an official spelling list until after the break.

Grammar:  We will continue with Grammar Talks.  Students will work with a mentor sentence that is designed to help reinforce parts of speech, editing, and revising.

Math: Students will continue to work with fractions.  We will be adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators.  

Homework is Ten Marks: Strategies for Comparing Fractions

Science: We will be learning about simple machines (inclined plane, lever, pulley, screw, wedge, and wheel).  Here is a game where students can explore and play.

February 5

Jump Rope for Heart

 
Frey is joining 32,000 schools nation-wide to host a Jump Rope for Heart event. Through Jump Rope For Heart kids learn jump rope skills, how their heart works and raise money to help kids with special hearts.
 
Students will have fun, learn how to stay healthy and make a difference in the lives of others! Money raised during this event goes directly to the American Heart Association and funds are used to help kids across the nation that are born with heart-related illnesses. 
 
Registration and donation information has been sent home with students.  You can register your student on-line at heart.org/jump.  No money is to be sent to school until the day of the event.
 
3rd, 4th and 5th Grades – Thursday, February 15th
K, 1st and 2nd Grades – Friday, February 16th
February 2

Week of February 5-9

2/9 – Progress Reports go home

2/15 – Jump Rope for Heart (grades 3, 4, 5)

2/16 – Jump Rope for Heart (grades K, 1, 2)

2/19-2/23 – NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

2/27 – STEM Lab (wear house or STEM shirt)

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  This week our focus will be on the following:

  • describing parts of a drama
  • identifying characteristics of historical fiction
  • making inferences using specific details from a text

Homework:   

  • USATestPrep-Determine Main Idea (due 2/6)
  • USATestPrep – Vocabulary Acquistion (due 2/13)

Writing:   Students will finish their  multi-paragraph essay in response to a prompt (extended response).  We will then focus on writing a fictional narrative.  Students will learn the difference between a fictional narrative and a personal narrative along with how to develop characters and setting.

Spelling:  This week’s pattern is soft g.  The spelling test for week 13 words will be Thursday, February 8th.  Students will have a “traditional spelling” test and will have to know how to spell each word.  

Grammar:  We have started Grammar Talks.  Students will work with a mentor sentence that is designed to help reinforce parts of speech, editing, and revising.

Math: This week, students will investigate with unit fractions.  They will be able to break apart (decompose) a fraction which will assist them when they add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with like denominators.  
Homework: Complete 1 USA Test Prep activity (due Fri, 2/9)
This would also be a good week to catch up on any missed Ten Marks assignments.

Fast Math is a program that the students use at school.  They can do up to 2 lessons per day.  Here is a link so that they can practice at home.  It would be great if you could have them do it at home everyday for at least 15 minutes.

Science: The students will learn about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.  In class, we have been engineering paper bridges to hold pennies.  Here is another activity that you could try at home.

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The Museum of History & Holocaust Education is accepting student entries through March 16 for the annual Art + Writing Contest in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League of Atlanta.

The contest asks students in grades 3-12 to imagine a world without hate through original written and/or artistic expression.

For more information visit http://historymuseum.kennesaw.edu/students/iwwh_2018.php

January 29

Week of January 29-February 2

1/31 – STEM Lab (wear house or STEM shirt)

2/9 – Progress Reports go home

2/15 – Jump Rope for Heart (grades 3, 4, 5)

2/16 – Jump Rope for Heart (grades K, 1, 2)

2/19-2/23 – NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

2/27 – STEM Lab (wear house or STEM shirt)

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  This week our focus will be on the following:

  • making inferences based on information from pictures and text
  • supporting inferences with details and examples from pictures and texts

Homework:   Reading homework this week will be USATestPrep (Determine Main Idea).  This is due Tuesday, February 6th.

Writing: Our writing will  continue to focus on the difference between a constructed and extended response.  Students will review how to annotate (mark the text) to better understand a text.  Then we will practice responding to a prompt asking for the difference between two texts (poem/informational text).  Students will also apply previously taught information on how to plan for an opinion piece (graphic organizer/outline) and write a multi-paragraph essay in response to a prompt (extended response).

Spelling:  This week’s pattern is homonyms.  The spelling test for week 13 words will be Thursday, February 1st.  

Math: This week, we will continue to learn about equivalent fractions using visual models.  Students will also compare fractions using models.
Homework: TenMarks – Understanding Division
I also put a Division practice on USATestPrep.

Fast Math is a program that the students use at school.  They can do up to 2 lessons per day.  Here is a link so that they can practice at home.  It would be great if you could have them do it at home everyday for at least 15 minutes.

Science: The students will continue to learn about how sound is produced and changed.  They will also learn how sound can be used to communicate.

Here is an experiment that you can try at home to see how sound makes vibrations.
Here is an online oscilloscope (ask your child what that is) and some experiments to try:
-Sounds that are a mix of pitches, make messy waves.  Can you find a sound that makes a simple wave?
-What happens to the oscilloscope picture when you make a sound louder or softer?
-What happens when you make sound higher or lower?

 

January 22

Week of January 22-26

1/24 – STEM Lab

1/24 – Club Picture Day (Tech Crew, Recycle Crew, News Crew, Chorus, Reading Bowl, etc.) 

1/27 – County Spelling Bee

  • Good Luck Mahika!!

1/31 – STEM Lab (wear house or STEM shirt)

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  This week our focus will be on the following:

  • making inferences based on information from pictures and text
  • supporting inferences with details and examples from pictures and texts

Homework:   Reading homework this week will be USATestPrep (online).  Every Day and Couch Potato (due 1/23).  The reading comprehension check on Monday, January 22nd (due to snow days). Students will have to answer questions related to the following concepts: main idea, text structure, inferences, determining the meaning of a word using context clues

Writing: Our writing will focus on the difference between a constructed and extended response.  Students will review how to annotate (mark the text) to better understand a text.  Then we will practice responding to a prompt asking for the main idea of a paragraph (short response).  Students will also learn how to effectively plan for an opinion piece (graphic organizer/outline) and write a multi-paragraph essay in response to a prompt (extended response).

Spelling:  The spelling test for week 12 words will be Monday, January 22nd (due to snow days) 

Math: This week, we will be learning about equivalent fractions using visual models.  Students will also compare fractions using models.
Homework: TenMarks – Identifying Equivalent Fractions
I also put a Perimeter and Area practice on USATestPrep.  

Science: The students will continue to learn about how sound is produced and changed.  They will also learn how sound can be used to communicate.

 

January 12

Week of January 15-19

1/15 – MLK Day/No School

1/16 – STEM Lab (wear house or STEM shirt)

1/23 – STEM Lab (wear house or STEM shirt)

1/24 – Club Picture Day (Tech Crew, Recycle Crew, News Crew, Chorus, Reading Bowl, etc.)

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  This week our focus will be on the following:

  • making inferences based on information from pictures and text
  • supporting inferences with details and examples from pictures and texts

Homework:   Reading homework will go home on Tuesday, January 16th. Read and answer questions for Every Day and Couch Potato (due 1/23).  There will also be a reading comprehension check on Wednesday, January 24th. Students will have to answer questions related to the following concepts: Point of View, number of stanzas, inferences, main idea, providing text evidence to support opinion.

Writing: Our writing will focus on the difference between a constructed and extended response.  Students will review how to annotate (mark the text) to better understand a text.  Then we will practice responding to a prompt asking for the main idea of a paragraph (short response).  Students will also learn how to effectively plan for an opinion piece (graphic organizer/outline) and write a multi-paragraph essay in response to a prompt (extended response).

Spelling:  Students received a list on Thursday, January 11th.   This week’s pattern is homophones.  There are 16 words and 7 vocabulary words this week.  Test is scheduled for Thursday, January 18th  

Math: This week, we will be learning about equivalent fractions using visual models.  Students will also compare fractions using models.
Homework: TenMarks – Identifying Equivalent Fractions

Science: The students will continue to learn about how sound is produced and changed.  They will also learn how sound can be used to communicate.

 

January 4

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!!

1/4  – Welcome Back from Winter Break

1/5 – Report Cards go home

  •  Please sign the signature card inside and return it along with the envelope as soon as possible. We ask that you do not seal the envelope, as we will use them again next quarter

1/15 – MLK Day/No School

 

What are we learning this week?

Reading:  This week and next week our focus will be on allusions.  Students will learn about what an allusion is and will be exposed to several examples of allusions from familiar stories, characters, and people. (ex: May the Force Be With You). Students will also learn about allusions to Greek mythology and why learning about these allusions is important.  Students will be exposed to various words or phrases (ex: Herculean Task) while reading an abbreviated version of a Greek myth and discuss the meaning behind the specific myth or character being alluded to.

Homework:   Reading homework will go home on Monday, January 8th.  Read and answer questions for King of the Jungle (due 1/16).  There will also be a reading comprehension check on Wednesday, January 17th. Students will have to answer questions related to the following concepts: main idea, determining text structure, inferences, and recalling details.

Writing: Our writing will be reviewing previously taught skills.  Students will be given a prompt and a specific skill to focus on for this prompt.  

Spelling:  Students will receive a list on Thursday, January 4th.  Our routine for spelling has changed a little.  Students will receive the new list on Thursday instead of Friday and the test will be on the following Thursday instead of Friday (due to a change in our Target schedule).   On this week’s spelling test, a portion of the test will be a “traditional” spelling assessment where students will need to spell each word (no multiple choice).  Test is scheduled for Thursday, January 11th