My apologies for the tardiness of this post. Time just got away from me this weekend! I hope everyone survived the storms yesterday and had no damage to their houses/yards. We’re quickly approaching our testing window and I know your students are getting more and more anxious by the day. They have all the tools in their toolbox, they just need to remember to take their time and read the questions/passages carefully. We can only ask that they do their best. It will be a very tiring couple of days. Please take advantage of the test prep that is located on the Pitner website. I’m also including a link here. This will be very helpful for the students to know what types of questions they will be expected to answer when the time comes. We are continuing to practice daily in class, as well as cover new material. Please try not to stress your students out over this. It’s one assessment and we all know they are more than a test score. We just want them to do their best. Well, that’s enough of the boring stuff, let’s move on to more exciting things, like what we’ll be doing in class this week.
Math – The students took a quick assessment this morning on what we’ve been working on over the last week. I was very pleased, because more than half of the class passed with an 80% or more. Granted, there were only five questions, but there was quite a bit of improvement from the first time we took the whole big test. I will be working to continue to review and extend these missing skills in math class each day, as well as incorporating new material that we are learning. This week, we will be focusing on classifying polygons by their angles and by the number of parallel/perpendicular sides they have. We will then move on to measurement of angles next week, as well as conversions of customary and metric units. We will only be scratching those surfaces prior to the milestones.
Reading – This week, we are working on reading and answering questions based on paired text. Paired text is when we take two different writings (poetry, drama, or prose) about the same subject. For example today, we were working on the Pony Express that was used to help deliver mail and packages back during our time of westward expansion. The students were to read a prose (regular writing), and then read a poem on the same topic. Then, they were expected to use the information from both passages to answer some multiple choice questions and then imagine they were a rider of the Pony Express and then describe what it would have been like. These papers will be coming home in your students’ graded paper folders on Friday. Please be on the lookout for them.
Writing – we are still focusing on writing fictional narratives. These narratives can be realistic, historical, or just imaginary. Our focus this week will be writing a good lead, one that hooks the reader into the world of our story, developing good, interesting characters, then working our way to adding suspense and further developing the setting to our stories. The students are working hard and I can’t wait to read their masterpieces when they are all done. Hopefully, we’ll have an opportunity to type these, so that your students can share them with you through office 365.
Grammar – This week’s mentor sentence comes from a book called, My School’s a Zoo. This week’s focus is on possessive pronouns (his, hers, ours, theirs, etc).
Spelling – we have our Sort 14 test schedule for Friday of this week, so please make sure your students are completing their contracts and studying their words. If for some reason, your child doesn’t have a copy of his/her contract, please feel free to download another one below.
Science – this should be a fun and exciting week in Science. We will be reading about roller coasters and then creating our own Rube Goldbergs in class towards the end of the week. If you’re not sure what a “Rube Goldberg” is, please be sure to go to Mrs. Homer’s Symbaloo and look for it. She has a great video from Okay, Go in which they have created a massive one. We will not be creating a massive one or trashing things like TVs, but we’re looking forward to the students’ creations.
We have a number of upcoming activities in the next few weeks, as we whiz through April and the end of the school year! Please be sure to add these things to your calendars and home and check the agendas daily to keep abreast of what’s going on.
Tuesday, 4/16 – GA Milestones for third grade begins (ELA section 1)
Wednesday, 4/17 – GA Milestones for third grade (ELA section 2)
Thursday, 4/18 – GA Milestones for third grade (ELA section 3)
Friday, 4/19 – Good Friday, for those who celebrate Easter
Friday, 4/19 – Color Fun Run donations due
Friday, 4/19 – Spelling Sort #14 Test
Monday, 4/22 – GA Milestones for fifth grade (Math Section 1)
Tuesday, 4/23 – GA Milestones for fifth grade (Math Section 2)
Wednesday, 4/24 – GA Milestones for third grade (Math Section 1)
Thursday, 4/25 – GA Milestones for third grade (Math Sections 2)
Friday, 4/26 – WellStar Presentation during math
Friday, 4/26 – PNN Applications for next year are due (including the reference forms)
Monday, 4/29 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (ELA Section 1)
Tuesday, 4/30 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (ELA Section 2)
Wednesday, 5/1 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (ELA Section 3)
Monday, 5/6 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (Math Section 1)
Tuesday, 5/7 – GA Milestones for Fourth Grade (Math Section 2)
Monday, 5/13 – Field Day for fourth and fifth grades (Please wear your green t-shirt)
Friday, 5/10 – Career Day