Well, we’ve almost made it to the first week long break! Just 5 more wake-ups until we’re out for an entire week. In these five days, we have a lot to cover. With that being said, let’s get started. Want to help our school and take a night off from cooking? Be sure to come out to Huey Louie’s on Hwy. 41 in Acworth and support our school on Wednesday, 9/19/18. A flyer was sent home a couple of weeks ago. Mention that your child attends Pitner and they will give back 20% of your bill back to Pitner. Please come out and support the PTSA on Wednesday, 9/19.
Math – we will continue working with addition, subtraction, and subtraction across zeroes, as well as working with multi-step word problems. We will be introducing a new strategy called “CUBES,” to help us solve these multi-step word problems. I’m attaching a picture below that will be in your students’ math notebooks, but if you could encourage the use of CUBES at home, that would be very helpful. I will be going over each step in class this week, as well as expecting them to use each and every time we have word problems. I will be counting off when the students don’t complete each part. Each word problem will be worth a total of 6 points, because this strategy truly helps them to understand how to solve word problems. Please encourage your students to use this strategy any time they encounter word problems.
Reading – this week, we will be focusing on informational reading and working on determining the main idea of the passages that we read. The main idea is more than just the topic. The main idea is a statement that the author makes about the topic and what the text it mostly about. The main idea is typically a sentence rather than a couple of words. The main idea is usually found within the text rather than just in the heading or the title of the story/passage.
Writing – we will continue working on writing and publishing narratives (stories). This week, our focus will be on completing an entire piece within one sitting. The students will be encouraged to begin to brainstorm, draft, revise/edit, and publish all in one sitting. We’ve had the luxury of spending up to a week to do all of these things, but we really need to begin focusing on getting all of these things done within one sitting, much like they will be expected to do on the GA Milestones that will be given in April. We will also be working on knowing when to change paragraphs – when a new character is speaking, when there is a change in the setting, time moves forward a lot, or a new character is introduced.
Spelling – We will not be having a spelling sort this week. I’m going to postpone the spelling sort (Sort #4) until after the break. I don’t want the students to have to keep up with the sort over the break. This way, I’ll just have it ready for them on Monday after the break.
Grammar – We will be continuing with our normal “mentor sentence” routine this week by reading a book called Those Shoes. The grammar focus will be conjunctions within compound sentences. A compound sentence is when there are two complete independent clauses (sentences) joined by a comma and a conjunction. For example: I like tea, but he likes coffee. In this example, “I like tea” makes a sentence and “He likes coffee” also makes a sentence, but they are joined together by using a conjunction. The way remember the conjunctions is “FANBOYS” F – for, A – and, N – nor, B – but, O – or, Y – yet, S – so. Here’s a quick Schoolhouse Rock video that you can watch to help you remember when to use conjunctions.
Science – We have a great opportunity this week. We have the Star Lab coming to Pitner! This is so exciting. We will have the opportunity to climb into a “small planetarium” that will be housed here at Pitner for the week. In this Star Lab, it’s super important that the students wear jeans, because we are crawling around on the floor. We literally “crawl” into this igloo shaped inflatable and look at the constellations. So, needless to say, we will be continuing with our study of constellations this week in Science. This is a special opportunity, because we’ve never had it come to Pitner before. Students that are not able to control themselves, will not be allowed to participate and they will remain in the classroom with me. Please be sure to ask your students about this opportunity this week. Also, if you have an iOS device, you can go online and download an app called “Sky View” and you can take the device out into the night sky, hold it up to the sky and the pictures of the constellations, as well as some of the planets will be pointed out to you. It’s an excellent app and it’s FREE!
Tuesday – Thursday – Star Lab at Pitner
Wednesday, 9/19/18 – Pitner Spirit Night at Huey Louie’s on Hwy. 41 in Acworth
Friday, 9/21/18 – Invitation to Edit quiz during grammar
Friday, 9/21/18 – Media center for Check-out – please bring back your books
Monday – Friday, 9/24 – 9/28 – Fall Break – No school for students/staff
Tuesday, 10/9/18 – Extra Credit assignments due
Wednesday, 10/10/18 – Last day of first quarter
Thursday, 10/11 – Early Release Day – 12:30 dismissal
Monday – Friday, 10/15 – 10/19 – Conference Week – Early Release at 12:30 each day – Report cards go home during conferences.
Monday, 10/22 – Friday, 10/26 – Red Ribbon Week
Monday, 10/29 – 8 students will go to Cobb Youth Museum for field trip
Tuesday, 10/30 – Remaining 15 students will go to Cobb Youth Museum for field trip
Thursday, 11/1 – Field trip to South Cobb HS to see drama production of “Willy Wonka.”
Tuesday, 11/6 – Election Day – Teacher Workday – No school for students
Monday, 11/19 – Friday, 11/23 – Thanksgiving Break – No school
Question of the week: What does “FANBOYS” stand for?