Well, we’ve made it! Only 5 short days until our Thanksgiving Break. I hope everyone has a chance to spend some time with family and friends next week, as well as get some rest. I’m extremely thankful to have such a great group of students this year. I have really enjoyed getting to know each and everyone of them, as well as seeing how much they’ve grown so far this school year. I look forward to seeing them continuing to grow. We have also been very blessed to have Melissa Kohlhagen with us this quarter. She is a student at KSU and I’m sure she will be an excellent teacher. Unfortunately, this is her last week with us. She will truly be missed. Oh well, that’s enough sappiness, let’s move on to what we have coming up this week.
Math – We are extremely fortunate to have Miss Melissa teaching us a lesson this week. Miss Melissa will be teaching us how to multiply 2 digits by 2 digits. We have been working hard to learn a variety of ways to multiply up to 4 digits by 1 digit and we are making huge progress. Please continue working with your students on memorizing their multiplication facts. This will become imperative as we move further and further into our units of multiplication and division. We will be having a test on up to 1 by 4 digit multiplication this week.
Reading – we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea and summarizing non-fiction texts. We will also be continuing to determine the text structure of non-fiction texts. There are five different text structures. They are: 1) description, 2) cause and effect, 3) problem and solution, 4) compare and contrast, and finally 5) sequence. The students will be expected to read various passages and decide what the text structure is. Typically, when determining the text structure of a description passage, the author is providing information about the topic. For cause and effect, the author is giving reasons (causes) and outcomes (effects) for a certain topic. For problem and solution, the author will give information on a topic, such as air pollution, and then provide several solutions on how to fix the topic. For compare and contrast, the author will take two topics and write about how they are the same and how they are different. Finally, for the text structure of sequence, the author uses dates and such to tell the information in a certain, logical order.
Writing – we will be continuing to work on our opinion pieces. This week, we will be focusing on writing strong leads, as well as making sure our reasons support our opinions and that we even consider mentioning opposing views and why those views are wrong. This helps to make your reasons even stronger.
Spelling – we will be receiving our contract for unit seven this week. The contract will not be due until the Friday after Thanksgiving Break (11/30/18). I’m including the list and contract here, in case your student doesn’t happen to bring it home or in case your student loses his/her contract between now and then.
Grammar – this week, we will be using the mentor text In November, by Cynthia Rylant. The grammar focus for this week is metaphors. We’ve covered similes and metaphors previously, but this week, our focus is only metaphors. Metaphors are similar to similes, but unlike similes, we do not use “like” or “as” to compare the two objects. Some examples of metaphors would be: 1) you’re the apple of my eye, 2) you were a star in the performance this week. We will be taking our “Invitation to Edit” on Friday.
Science – we will be continuing to work on Ecosystems. We will also have the opportunity to do some stop motion videos and possibly some green screen videos to share our newly gained knowledge of ecosystems. It should be lots of fun and hopefully, Ms. Dean, our STEAM coordinator, will be hand to help out with using this brand new technology.