Final Days! 5/20 – 5/22

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Summer break is right around the corner!  We made it!  It has been a great year!  The students have grown so much, both physically as well as socially, emotionally, and educationally!  I hope you all have a great summer!  Be sure to read at least one good book this summer, as well as work on your math skills!  Cobb County has a “Summer Link” that you can access throughout the summer to work on those reading and math skills.  Please click here to access these great summer learning opportunities from the county.  If you read a good book that you think would be great for Mrs. Homer or myself to read to the class, please be sure to email us.

This week will be rather busy!  Monday is a “normal” day.  We will have the opportunity to play the board games you bring in, so please be sure to bring in your board games and or card games.  Make sure you know how to play the games, or include the directions, so that it can be played.  We will also be having pizza and popsicles to celebrate the end of the year.  Also, on Monday, the students will be expected to bring home all of their notebooks and consumable textbooks.  Publix has provided bags for all the students to bring their items home.  Students are not allowed to bring book bags on Tuesday or Wednesday.  On Tuesday, we will have “Sports” day.  Please feel free to wear your “sports” gear, but do not bring any sports equipment.  We will provide you with the equipment we need for the fourth grade kickball tournament.  Wednesday, we will have “movie” day. We will be watching “National Treasure” and possibly something else.  Please remember that Tuesday and Wednesday will be early release days, with dismissal beginning at 12:15.  ASP will remain open until 6:00 each day (Monday – Wednesday).

I hope everyone has a great summer!  Best wishes next year!  I hope you all keep in touch and come back to visit!


Week of 5/12-5/17/19

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!  Also, thank you so very much for all the wonderful appreciation gifts, notes, chocolate, and school supplies for Teacher Appreciation week!  Mrs. Homer and I greatly appreciate it!

Well, we’ve made it to the last 8 days of school!  These are going to be very busy.  We have Field Day on Monday, Guidance and The Summer Reading Program from the Cobb County Library system presentation on Tuesday, Kell High School Orchestra on Wednesday, then a normal days Thursday and Friday, followed by our End of the Year activities. For a full list of details and information, please see the end of the year letter that can be found below.

.  We will be having our last spelling test on Friday.  Please be sure you are working on your spelling contract this week!  It’s due Friday.  If you don’t have your copy that was given out during testing, you can download another copy below.

Students who ordered a yearbook, will receive the yearbook on Friday, prior to our autograph day.  If your student did not order a yearbook, we will have an “autograph” book that students can use to get signatures and such on Friday, 5/17.  On Monday, 5/21, your students will be brining home all of their school supplies.  This will include their math books, as well as all their school supplies (pencil boxes, notebooks, etc.)  Publix has provided all the students with some reusable Publix bags that I will be giving to the students to bring their things home in.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, the students will not be allowed to bring book bags.  Please be sure to send their lunches in disposable bags those days.  Also, please be sure that your students know how they are going home on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5/21 and 5/22 (these are early release days with dismissal at 12:30).

Please feel free to email me or Mrs. Homer if you have any questions or concerns.  We have enjoyed working with your students and look forward to hearing how things are going in the future.


Week of 5/6 – 5/10/19

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This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  A letter was sent home with students from the PTSA a week or so ago.  If you have not received this letter, please ask your student about it.  You can also click on the following link to get a list of everything our PTSA has requested this week. Teacher Appreciation Week.

Please remember to check the dress code as well.  As the weather gets warmer, the clothes begin to get shorter.  With that being said, please make sure your child is staying within dress code when coming to school.  In a nutshell, 1) midriffs should be covered, 2) no strapless or spaghetti strap tops should be worn, 3) appropriate length shorts.  If you have any questions related to the dress code, please click here.

Thank you for understanding as we continue to have testing this week.  Only 2 more days!!!  We will be taking two sections of math on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Please remember that we aren’t allowed to have lunch visitors until Friday, 5/10.  We have a very busy couple of days this week!  Testing resumes tomorrow, finishes on Tuesday, but we will be taking the RI and MI on Wednesday and Thursday, then we have our Career Day and the Color Run.  Monday, 5/13 – will be our Field Day as well.  Please be sure to wear your green 4th grade shirt on Monday.  Be sure to wear sunscreen and you can bring a water bottle/hat to wear while we’re outside.

With all of that being said, let’s get on with what we’ll be covering this week.  We will not be starting our mentor sentences this week.  We’ll pick that up next week.  However, we will be having our last spelling test next week.  The date on the contract says this Friday, but I think we’ll just push it back until next week, 5/17.

Math – we will be working on measurements of both customary and metric units of length.  We discussed capacity last week, with a quick little tale about “King Gallon.”  Be sure to ask your students about “King Gallon.”  Hopefully it will help them remember what we discussed.

Reading – This week we will be working on continuing to read our class novel on The Hope Chest, which is about the 19th amendment.  The students have really enjoyed learning about everything women had to endure in order to win the right to vote.

Writing – The students have been working very hard to type their final masterpieces.  We are using Office 365 to share their stories, as well as grade themselves using a rubric that has been uploaded.  The students have done a great job with their writing this quarter.  I hope they will come back and share their writing in the future.  I would love to see how much they continue to grow throughout next year.

Spelling – Like I mentioned before, spelling contracts were sent home on Friday with a contract due date of Friday, 5/10.  I’m pushing that back to 5/17, so students will have a full 2 weeks to study and practice their spelling words, especially since this is the last spelling test of the year.

Social Studies – we will be continuing to learn about the United States and the various battles associated with the Civil War.  We will also be reading from our Studies Weekly newspaper and taking a quiz on what we’ve read.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email either me or Mrs. Homer.  We have enjoyed getting to know your students this year.  They have come so far and we will definitely miss them next year!  We want to hear about all the great things they are learning and doing next year.


Week of April 29 – May 3, 2019

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Well, the time has finally arrived.  We begin testing at 8:00, sharp.  If your student is not here by 8:00, they will have to take the test later in the afternoon, with someone else.  Please do your best not to stress them out.  We want them refreshed and ready to “Rock” the test.  They are going to be fine.  They have all the tools in their toolbox, they just have to put forth the effort that goes along with it.  We can only ask that they do their best.  Is it going to be hard, YES!  Is it going to be tiresome, YES!  Can they do it, YES!!!!  They have all shown so much growth this year in everything they have done.  We just need to see that in “action” on the test.  We’ve talked about how it’s not a “pass or fail” kind of thing.  They just need to do their best and show the fifth grade teachers what they’re capable of.

With that all being said, I want to thank you for sharing your students with us.  We have really enjoyed getting to know them and work with them.  I’m sure there have been days that they thought we were the worst things they’ve ever seen, but hopefully they have learned something and will continue to grow as the mature and move through the grade levels.  Now is the time to shine!  We don’t have much on the docket for this week, because of testing.  The students are going to be mentally drained, so I don’t want to stress them out too much.  However, I will be handing out the contract for this week and shhhh!  It’s the last one of the year!  It will be due on 5/10 (which is the same day as the Career Day).  We will be taking our test first thing in the morning that day.  If your child doesn’t come home with their spelling contract on Monday, please feel free to download it here.  

We will be having a more relaxed week this week, but after testing we will still be talking about the Civil War and moving into Reconstruction.  Please be sure to check the blog often for updates and information regarding the busiest four weeks of the year.  There is a lot to do in the month of May. Also, talent show interest forms were sent home on Thursday, so if you’re interested in participating in the talent show, be sure to send in the forms no later than Wednesday, 5/1/19.  The talent show will be held on Friday, 5/17 at 7:00 in the cafeteria.

Monday, 4/29 – ELA Part 1 (8:00 – 10:15)
Tuesday,4/30 – ELA Part 2 (8:00 – 10:15)
Wednesday, 5/1 – ELA Part 3 (8:00 – 10:15)
Monday, 5/6 – Math Part 1 (8:00 – 10:00)
Tuesday, 5/7 – Math Part 2 (8:00 – 10:00)
Wednesday, 5/8 – Reading Inventory
Thursday, 5/9 – Math Inventory
Friday, 5/10 – Career Day/Spelling Test
Monday, 5/13 – Field Day for 4th and 5th Grades
Tuesday, 5/14 – Guidance Lesson with Ms. Whitton
Monday, 5/20 – Last day to take home supplies, notebooks, etc. – Bring a LARGE Bag with handles
Tuesday, 5/21 – Early Release at 12:30
Wednesday, 5/22 – Last Day of School – Early Release at 12:30


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.  Please remember that there are no lunch visitors except for Friday, 5/10, due to testing challenges and other end of year activities that could cause a change in the schedule. 

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)
Monday, 5/6/19 – Math Section 1 – GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00) 
Tuesday, 5/7/19 – Math Section 2  GA Milestones (8:00 – 10:00)
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.