Week of 4/22-4/26

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Happy Easter and Happy Passover!  I hope everyone has enjoyed some time with family and friends this weekend, despite the cold, dreary weather on Saturday.  It’s hard to believe that we’re only about 4 1/2 weeks from the end of the year.  I don’t know about you, but this year has flown by!  I have enjoyed working with each and every one of you this year and look forward to hearing how things are going in the future!  With that being said, let’s move on to what we’ve got going on this week.

Math – this week, we will be learning how to measure angles using a protractor, as well as understanding that angles are additive.  We will be working to find the measurement of a missing angle, as well as measuring angles.

Reading – we will continue working on paired passages, where we are reading two different passages and then answering questions or writing a constructed response with information from the two articles.  Please encourage your students to go back into the passage and find their answers, as much as possible.  Many times, the creators of the questions and the “test,” will ask questions that have answers that can be found within the passage.  It’s imperative that students take the time to go back and find the answers while they’re reading.

Writing – we are continuing to work on fictional narratives with a focus on using dialogue, and punctuating it correctly, using strong verbs to help the reader visualize what is being written, as well as the correct times to change paragraphs and how to use transition words and phrases appropriately.

Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from the Patricia Polocco book, Chicken Sunday.  We will be working on punctuation as well.  We will be taking our invitation to edit on Friday.

Spelling – we will be waiting until after the GA Milestones to be taking our Sort 15 test, around May 10th.  I don’t want students to lose their spelling contracts this week, so I will be placing the contract here, in case your student wants to get a jump start on studying the words and completing the activities.  I’ll be passing out the actual contract next Monday, but it won’t be due until May 10th. 

Science – We will be finishing up our unit on Force and Motion on Monday, then moving onto Social Studies, beginning on Tuesday.

Social Studies – we will begin our study on the U.S. Civil War.  With this unit, we will be discussing slavery, because it’s part of our history, but in no certain terms is it acceptable.  We teach history, so that hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself.  I will only be teaching about the facts.  If you would like to see the PowerPoint presentations that I will be using, please let me know and I will share them with you.

Thursday, 4/25/19 – First Annual STEAM Night – 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 4/26/19 – WellStar Visit
Friday, 4/26/19 – End of 4.5 week grading period.
Monday, 4/29/19 – ELA Section 1 – GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00)
Tuesday, 4/30/19 – ELA Section 2 – GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00)
Tuesday, 4/30/19 – Fourth Quarte Progress Reports sent home.
Wednesday, 5/1/19 – ELA Section 3 – GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00)
Thursday, 5/2/19 – Math Section 1 – GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00) (this may be incorrect – will update on Monday)
Friday, 5/3/19 – Math Section 2  GA Milestones (this may be incorrect – will update on Monday)
Friday, 5/10/19 – Career Day
Monday, 5/13/19 – Fourth/Fifth Grade Field Day
Tuesday, 5/14/19 – Second/Third Grade Field Day
Wednesday, 5/15/19 – Kindergarten/First Grade Field Day

Week of 4/15 – 4/19/19

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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

Week of 4/8-4/12/19

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I hope everyone had an excellent Spring Break 2019!  I know mine was emotional, as my daughter and I went visiting various colleges and she decided what she wants to do when she’s finished with school.  Although emotional, it was a great time spent with just the two of us.  We had a chance to rest, relax, and recover to be ready for the final few weeks of school.  I’m ready to face what the future holds.  Well, that’s enough about me.  Let’s move on to what we have on the agenda this week.  It’s going to be a busy one  The first thing on the agenda is the schedule change.  Due to the upcoming GA Milestones, we have had a schedule change.  The only two things that will remain the same are lunch and our content area times.  I’ve listed out the new schedule below.

7:15 – 7:45     Morning Procedures
7:45 – 8:00    Morning Announcements
8:00 – 8:25    Number Talks
8:25 – 9:15    Math groups (rotations)
9:15 – 10:15   Reading
10:15 – 11:30  ELA (Writing/Grammar/Spelling)
11:30 – 11:55  Recess
11:55 – 12:25  Lunch
12:25 – 12:30 Restroom prior to specials
12:30 – 1:15   Specials
1:15 – 2:05    Content Area (Science/Social Studies)
2:05 – 2:15    Pack for dismissal
2:15 – 2:25    Dismissal

Math – This week, we will be taking the fourth quarter touchstone on Monday, then focusing on some geometry with lines, points, line segments, parallel lines, intersecting lines, and perpendicular lines.

Reading – this week we will begin reviewing for the upcoming GA Milestones at the end of April by spending this week working on context clues.  Context clues is when you use the words around a bolded word to help you determine the meaning of the word.  We will also be continuing with our reading of our class novel The Hope Chest, which is a historical fiction novel based on the 19th amendment (women’s suffrage).

Writing – we will be reviewing for the upcoming GA milestones by writing some quick opinion pieces based on some text that I will give them.  Please have your students work on typing as much as possible at home this week.  The students will need these typing skills to help them with the GA Milestones, but unfortunately, we won’t be able to use the laptops or computer lab at school, due to third and fifth grades taking the Milestones in the mornings.

Grammar – this week, we will be using the mentor text, Twilight Comes Twice, and our focus will be on figurative language.  Figurative language is often used in writing to help the reader get a clearer picture of what the author is trying to say.  Figurative language has many facets.  These facets can include metaphors, similes, hyperbole, personification, and onomatopoeia.

Spelling – this week, we will get our Sort 14 contract and we will be taking our test on Friday, 4/19.  This will be the last contract for  a while, because of the upcoming GA Milestones.  We will not have another contract until after the GA Milestones.  If for some reason your child doesn’t bring home his/her contract, please feel free to download another copy below.  

Science – we will begin our study of force and motion, as well as simple machines.  We usually have a great time with these two subjects.  Please be sure to check Mrs. Homer’s blog for more detailed information.




Monday, 4/8 – New schedule begins
Tuesday, 4/9 – In house field trip – this is a make-up trip from “Willy Wonka” at South Cobb HS that was cancelled.
Thursday, 4/12 – Field trip to Sparkles for Light and Sound information – Lunch reminders will come home on Wednesday.

Week of 3/25-3/29/19

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We’ve made it to the last week prior to Spring break.  Just 5 short days until we have a week off.  Let’s make these the best 5 days of the school year!  We have a lot to cover in these five days.  So, without further ado, let’s move on!

Math – We will be continuing to focus on fractions and decimals this week.  We will be taking a posttest during our groups this week to see how much we have improved in our abilities to work with fraction decimals, as well as adding and subtracting decimals.  There is really no way to “study” for this test, other than pay attention in class.  After spring break, we will begin working on Geometry and Measurement.

Reading – we will be continuing with our novel study of the book, The Hope Chest, which is about segregation and the 19th amendment.  I think the students are really enjoying the book, not to mention improving their vocabulary tremendously.  We are focusing on story elements through this story, as well as synonyms and antonyms.  We will also be taking the Reading Inventory this week.

Writing – we will be continuing to work on fictional narratives, as well as have one more lesson with Dr. Jones-Pringle in preparation for the upcoming GA Milestones.  Please be sure that you are completing some of the practice that can be found on the Pitner website.

Spelling – we will not be having a spelling test, nor a spelling contract this week.  Since we do bi-weekly spelling tests, I didn’t want to start the students with a spelling list this week and then be on vacation next week.  We will do at least 1, if not 2 more spelling tests this school year.  Please look for the spelling contract to come home the Monday after Spring Break.

Grammar – our mentor text this week comes from a book called Pinduli.  This week, we will continue working on compound, complex, and simple sentences, but we will also be talking about relative pronouns.

Social Studies – The students will be having their test on Westward Expansion on Friday.  A study guide was sent home in your child’s graded paper folder on Friday, 3/22/19, along with their report card and a permission slip about a field trip to Sparkles.  If for some reason, your child did not bring his/her study guide home in their graded paper folder, you can download another copy below.  We will also be going to the media center for a reader’s theater on Westward Expansion on Friday with Ms. Stanley.  

Thursday, 3/28 – Artome Art Show – 4 – 7 p.m.
Friday, 3/29 – Westward Expansion Test
Friday, 3/29 – Field Trip form/money for Sparkles Field Trip is due.
Friday, 3/29 – Jump Rope for Heart during PE
Monday, 4/1-Friday, 4/5 – Spring Break – no school for students/staff
Beginning Monday, 4/8 we will have a new schedule.  Please look for the new schedule to be posted to the blog soon.
Monday, 4/8 – Color Run Kick-off Assembly
Tuesday, 4/9 – In School Field Trip (replacement to Willy Wonka at South Cobb)
Thursday, 4/11 – GA Milestones begins for 5th grade students
Friday, 4/12 – Field Trip to Sparkles Skating Rink
Thursday, 4/25 – STEAM Night 6 – 8 p.m.
Friday, 5/10 – Color Run/Career Day
Monday, 5/13 – Field Day for 4th/5th grade

Week of 3/18-3/22

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Happy Birthday Mrs. Homer!  We hope you have an excellent birthday!

It’s hard to believe that we only have 10 school days until Spring Break.  It’s going by so fast!  I’m not sure where the time goes/has gone.  It doesn’t seem like it’s time for our little ducks to leave the nest and move on to 5th grade yet!  Well, there’s not enough time to get sentimental now.  I guess I need to wipe up my tears and move on to what we’ll be covering this week in class.  So, without further ado, let’s move on.

Math – this week, we will be continuing to work with decimals.  Last week, we quickly learned how to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions within tenths and hundredths.  Then, we learned to add and subtract the decimals.  This week, we will spend time comparing decimals and ordering the decimals from least to greatest and greatest to least.

Reading – This week, we will begin a class novel, called The Hope Chest.  We will be reading the book in class, after we have completed some introductory activities the early part of the week.  Please be sure to ask your children tomorrow (on Monday) if they have figured out or been able to “infer” what the book is about through the activities that we complete.

Writing – This week, we will begin my favorite genre of writing.   We will begin working on fictional narratives.  Unlike personal narratives, fictional can be realistic, historical, or flat out make believe.  The students will begin the unit by completing a task card activity where they will need to read the task card and determine if the passage on the card is a fictional narrative or some other type of writing.  After we have a better understanding of what fictional writing is, we will create our fictional writing notebooks and begin focusing on the characters and settings of our stories.  We will still be working on completing some “prompted” writing throughout this process as well.

Grammar – due to the various activities outside of our control last week (field trip on Tuesday and Early Release on Wednesday), we didn’t get as far as I would have liked in Crickwing, so I decided last week to put it off until this week.  Last week, the students watched a you tube video of Crickwing, so this week, we will spend a little extra time working on the various parts of our mentor sentence and we will take our invitation to edit quiz on Friday.

Spelling – contracts are due on Friday of this week.  We will also be having our spelling test on Friday of this week, so please be sure you are practicing your spelling skills each and every day.  These contracts really make a difference in the students spelling ability when it comes time for the tests.  If for some reason, your child did not bring home his/her spelling contract, you can download another copy here.  

Social Studies – Last week, in our discussion of Westward Expansion, we focused on the lower half of the “soon to be US.” This week, we will continue our focus on Westward Expansion, but we will be focusing on the pioneers who began moving west on the Oregon Trail.  We will be completing some more structured notes and will be having a test next Friday, 3/29 on Westward Expansion.  I will be sending home a study guide no later than this coming Friday, 3/22 in your child’s graded paper folder.  Please begin studying as soon as you get the study guide.  All the answers to the test will be on the study guide, but probably not in the same order as the study guide.

Wednesday, 3/20 – Kindergarten Registration will be happening in the media center.  If you have an upcoming Kindergartener, please be sure to check the Pitner website for details.
Thursday, 3/21 – Ms. Whitton, our counselor, will be coming to our class for our monthly Guidance lesson.
Friday, 3/22 – Our “State Fair.”  We will be attending the “State Fair” from 1:30 – 2:00.  Thank you for all the parents who have volunteered their time to come in and help.  I know Ms. Stanley appreciates it.  Also, on Friday, 3/22, the third quarter report cards will be coming home.  Please be sure to sign and return the envelope.  The report card is yours to keep.


Week of 3/11 – 3/15

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Wow!  We have another busy week this week.  We have our field trip to the Cobb Safety Village on Tuesday and Early Release on Wednesday.  Please be sure to read all the way to the end of this blog to know all you need to be sure to have for this week.  On Tuesday, please be sure you are wearing blue jeans/pants, your green class t-shirt (or a green shirt that you might have), as well as bring your lunch if you told me you would be bringing your lunch from home.  Your lunch needs to be placed in a disposable lunch bag.  You don’t want to have to walk around with a lunchbox while we’re there.  On Wednesday, for Early Release, please be sure you know how you are going home.  We will be dismissing around 12:20.

Math – this week, we will begin working with decimals and converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.  Decimals seem to be a little easier, because we associate decimals with money.  This really seems to help the students get a better understanding.  However, if your student is having difficulty, please be sure to check out the math “how to” videos here on the blog.  On Wednesday, we will be taking the third quarter full math touchstone.  Please be sure you know how to convert fractions!

Reading – this week, we will be focusing on context clues.  Just in case you’re not familiar with context clues, that’s when you come across a new word and have to use the words around that new word to help you determine the meaning of the word.  We will also be taking our third quarter ELA touchstone.

Writing – we will be working on the “ABCD” method of writing extended responses that Dr. Jones-Pringle introduced us to on Friday.  “ABCD” is an acronym for the students to be able to write more toward what is expected on the GA Milestones.  A stands for “attack the prompt”, B stands for “brainstorm”, C stands for “Choose the characteristics and structure of your essay”, and finally D stands for “Draft.”  The students will have the opportunity to practice typing their final drafts, some in class, but unfortunately, after Spring Break, testing begins for the other grade levels and we won’t have access to the laptops to practice typing, so after Spring Break, I’m going to be asking that the students practice their typing at home.

Spelling – This week, the students will be receiving their Sort #13 spelling lists.  However, if your student does not bring his/her contract home, please feel free to download another copy below.


Grammar – This week, our mentor text is Crickwing, by Janelle Cannon.  Our grammar focus is writing complex sentences and what makes them complex.

Social Studies – This week, we will continue our unit on Westward Expansion, but we will be focusing on The Mexican American War (the battle at the Alamo), as well as the Oregon Trail.  The students will be completing structured notes on these two topics. Also, please be sure that you completing the two pages in the Fire Safety Booklet that your students should have brought home to you last Tuesday, after our presentation.

Tuesday – 3/12 – Field Trip to Fire Safety Village 
Wednesday, 3/13 – Early Release – Dismissal at 12:20
Friday, 3/15 – Any extra credit projects are due.
Friday, 3/22 – 3rd quarter report cards to go home.


Week of 3/4 – 3/8/19

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Wow!  What a week last week was!  We had so many things going on, it was hard to stay afloat.  I hope everyone is safe and sound from these lovely storms we’re currently getting.  I love being able to sit on my couch and read a book.  I’ve gotten really into reading lately.  I loved having the opportunity to just have DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time last week, because like the students, I dropped everything that I had going on and stopped to read in my newest book.  It’s a very exciting book. Well, that’s enough about boring old me, let’s move on to what we have on the agenda this week.

Math – This week, we will be focusing on creating and reading line plot graphs, as well as learning to multiply fractions by a whole number.  We will be working with some models, as well as just multiplying.  This concept has not changed since we were younger, but just in case you have forgotten, please feel free to view the various math “How to” videos located on the “Math ‘How To'” tab across the top of this blog.  We just multiply across.  For example, if we are multiplying 3 X 1/4, we would multiply 3 X 1, which is 3 and then move the denominator over because 3 is the same as 3X1.

Reading – This week, we will continue working on cross curricular reading by working on some test prep.  We will be reading a paired passage on The Oregon Trail.  With paired passages, many times, it’s a nonfiction text (journal entry, diary entry, section from a non-fiction text) and a fictional story related to the same topic.  Then, there will be questions aske about both passages and there will be a constructed response for these two passages in which the students will need to take information from both passages to fully answer the question.  The students will be expected to provide text evidence, use correct capitalization and punctuation. Please encourage your students to begin doing this with all of their written responses to questions.  We’re in fourth grade now and sometimes, a quick one word/one sentence answer won’t get them the full credit they need.

Writing – we are still working on writing non-fiction texts.  We will be continue to work on this during this upcoming week, as well as have an opportunity to work with Dr. Jones-Pringle for strategies to help ensure we are answering the constructed responses and extended responses to the best of our ability.  We will also be working on the website, No Red Ink (www.noredink.com) to help build up our grammar skills.  If your student is complaining that he or she has nothing to do, please encourage them to go to www.noredink.com, and work on those typing/grammar skills.

Spelling – we will be taking our Sort 12 test on Friday, March 8th.  Please be sure your student is completing the spelling contract and turning it in on Friday.  I don’t need to have all the activities.  You can just initial their sheet saying they have completed them.  If for some reason, your child didn’t bring home his/her spelling list, please feel free to download another copy here


Grammar – this week, we will be using the mentor text Night Rabbits and our grammar focus will be on similes.  We have talked about similes prior, but just in case your student doesn’t remember what a simile is, that’s when the author is comparing two things using the words “like” or “as.”  For example, his hair is as red as a fox, or the stars shined like diamonds in the night sky.  There is a quick video that we like to watch from The Bazillions, called “Similes and Metaphors.”  We watch this video each time we talk about similes and metaphors and the students really seem to enjoy it.  You can watch it for yourself here.  Enjoy!  We’ll be taking our “invitation to edit” quiz on Night Rabbits on Friday, along with our spelling test.

Science – we have been learning about how light and sound move through air.  Last week, we also made some cameras to represent opaque, translucent, and transparent sources.  We completed a quick sort in which we had to sort out the various materials into one of these forms.  We will be having a science test on Friday, going over all these concepts that we have been learning the last couple of weeks.  Students were given a completed study guide in their Graded Paper folders on Friday.  However, if your child didn’t bring home said study guide, please feel free to download another copy here.  The test will contain the same information that you will see on the study guide.  This test will count double, so please don’t wait until Thursday night to try to study.

Monday, 3/4-Friday, 3/8 Pitner will be holding their Spring Book Fair.  The students were able to preview the book fair on Friday and they have found some very interesting titles.  Please consider sending your child with some money to make a purchase at the book fair.  Students without money, will not be able to go.  They are expected to come to the classroom and complete morning procedures prior to going.

Tuesday, March 5th – The Cobb County Fire Safety Village will be sending out a representative to come and discuss Fire Safety with us.  During this presentation, students will be receiving a Fire Safety Booklet.  The quizzes in this booklet will need to be completed and turned in prior to our visit the following Tuesday.  Please be sure your student is working on this each night.  It will be posted on the board as part of their homework this week, as well.

Thursday, March 7th – our annual Bedtime, Books, and Brownies will be happening!  This is a great family opportunity and if you haven’t had the chance to come and experience it, please do so Thursday night.  You can come in your jammies, hear a couple of bedtime stories, eat a yummy brownie, get a nice cold, glass of milk, and be ready for bed when you get home.  This is one of my favorite activities that the school does each year.  We hope to see you then!

Friday, March 8th – Science test on Light and Sound.  A study guide was provided to your students in their Graded paper folder on Friday.  If they don’t have it, please feel free to scroll up to the Science section and download another copy.  This test will be counted as “double,” because students have had a completed study guide provided to them to study from.

Friday, March 15th – Last day of the third quarter. If you have requested an extra credit project, please be sure they are turned in no later than Friday, 3/15.  No late projects will be accepted.

Week of 2/25 – 3/1/19

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Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful break.  I’m sorry for those of you who had to endure all the rain and yuck last week. I’m quite thankful I was out of town and not having to endure all of it. I heard it was gross.  Well, I’m thankful to be back and I’m looking forward to seeing all of our little ducks again tomorrow morning.  Let’s move on to what we have going on this week.

Math – this week, we will be focusing on mixed numbers and adding/subtracting fractions with like denominators.  Be sure to check out the videos on the “Math How-to” tab of our blog.  The students have been working hard on converting improper fractions into mixed numbers and mixed numbers into improper fractions.  Adding/subtracting fractions with like denominators should be an easier concept, since we don’t have to worry about unlike denominators.  We just add or subtract the numerators and transfer the denominators.  If the numerator happens to be larger than the denominator after adding them, the students will be expected to convert the fraction to a mixed number.

Reading – this week, our focus will be on non-fiction text features.  Some of the text features we will be talking about include subheadings, headings, captions, illustrations, and graphs.  The students will begin to use these text features to help improve their reading skills.  It’s important that students begin to notice the captions and illustrations while reading, because some times, answers to various questions can be found in the pictures and or captions.

Writing – we will be working on drafting and typing quick writes.  It’s important that students begin to understand how important it is to be able to get their ideas down on paper and then quickly type their responses.  We won’t be taking the GA Milestones until the end of April, beginning of May, but it’s important that students begin working on their typing skills now.

Spelling – The students will be receiving their new spelling lists this week and the contracts will be due on Friday, 3/8/19.  If for some reason your child does not bring home his/her spelling list, you can download the list and contract here.

Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from the book, George Washington’s Teeth, by Deborah Chandra.  The focus of this week’s mentor sentence is using the correct order of adjectives.  We will be watching a quick video, which can be found here, to help us better understand how to order adjectives correctly.  When we order adjectives, we go from more general to more particular.  For example, from an opinion to size, then condition, followed by age, color and material.  Be sure to check out the video above to help you better understand the correct order of adjectives.

Science – We will begin our unit on light and sound.

If you would like to earn extra credit, your student will need to ask for the extra credit project.  You may choose one activity to complete and it must be turned in by the date.  No late work will be accepted.  Parents can not ask for extra credit for their students.  The students must be the one to ask for the extra credit.




On Tuesday, we have a visit from a puppeteer at 10:10
On Wednesdays, we have a visit from Depew Orthodontics coming for a program at 8:05.

Week of 2/18/19

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I hope every one is enjoying their winter break.  I know I am!  I hope everyone is getting some rest and being able to rejuvenate while they’re home this week.  If you are on vacation, like myself, I hope you all have safe travels!  We’ll see you next Monday!  Enjoy!

Week of February 11, 2019

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Well, we’ve made it to the last 5 days prior to the mid-winter break.  I hope this break gives you a chance to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.  I know I plan on spending some time with my family doing exactly that!  This is going to be a very busy week!  Please remember that although we are having a Valentine’s Day exchange, we are not having a party and we are not allowed to receive deliveries for your students.  Also, please remember that balloons and flower vases are not allowed on the school buses either.  We will not be having a “Party,” just a chance to exchange valentines with our classmates.  Please be sure that you include a valentine for each person in our class.  Valentines don’t have to be purchased, they can be and created.  I sent home a letter in the graded paper folders/with your students with a list of all the students’ names.  If you did not receive this list, you can download the list, as well as the letter below. 

Now, on to what we have to cover in class this week.

Math – we will be working on making improper fractions to mixed numbers and changing mixed numbers to improper fractions.  Fortunately, the process to exchange improper fractions into mixed numbers and mixed numbers into improper fractions are exactly the same as what we learned when we were growing up.  To exchange an improper fraction into a mixed number, the denominator will become the divisor and the numerator becomes the dividend.  Then, you would just divide like normal and the “remainder” would become the numerator and the divisor remains as the denominator.

Reading – We will be continuing to read various Greek myths to determine the meanings of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology.

Writing – we will be continuing to work on our sway, as well as working on typing skills.  It will be imperative that students type quickly for the GA Milestones that we will be taking the middle of May.  After Spring Break, we will be spending a lot of time working on how to write for various needs, as well as working on our typing speed.  If your child is bored over the break, please have him/her work on typing.  There are a variety of typing websites that your child can use to help work on their typing/typing speed.  One of these websites is nitrotype.com.  It’s actually a lot of fun.

Spelling – We will be taking our test on sort 11 on Friday.  Please encourage your students to complete the contract and turn it in on Friday.  If your haven’t seen the contract, please feel free to download it below.  

Grammar – This week’s mentor sentence comes from a book titled, Grace for President.  This week’s grammar focus is adverbs.  Adverbs are words that describe the verbs.  For example, in the sentence I am very hungry, the adverb is very.  It describes how I am feeling. Many times, adverbs can end in “ly,” but not always.

Social Studies – we will be finishing up our State Projects, since they are due on Friday, 2/15/19.  If your child has any of their pieces at home, please be sure to send them in this week.  We will begin putting everything together on Friday of this week.  If you are interested in helping with “The State Fair,” please let me know and I will forward your information on to Ms. Stanley.  We have a great time each year and would love for you to come and be a part of it, if you’re able.

Please remember that the Six Flags, Six Hours of Reading logs are due no later than Friday.  I must put them into the computer for your child to receive his/her free ticket to Six Flags.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me or Mrs. Homer.  We hope you all have a great Mid-Winter break.