We’ve made it through another week. I hope everyone has stayed dry this weekend. Wow! That was some rain. I hope you all were able to get some rest, because last week was a long one. We should all be back into a normal routine this week. Last week was a little crazy, because of the various interruptions in our schedule, including our visit from Coach Sloth, and the practice test for the upcoming GA Milestones. I hope you all had a chance to look through all the information that came home on Friday. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me. Well, there’s no reason to dwell on the past, let’s get on with what we’ll be learning this week.
Math – We will continue working on our division strategies and we will be taking the Third Quarter “Touchstone” pre-assessment. This will provide us with some information on where the students are still struggling, as well as what we need to focus on to help boost their knowledge. We will be meeting in our math groups to really focus and hone in on being able to explain what we’re doing to get the answer.
Reading – We will be focusing on inferences. We will be using our prior knowledge to help us “read between the lines.” This is a very difficult concept for students, because the answers are not “right there” in the passage. The students will need to use the information that is there, as well as use their prior knowledge to be able to answer the questions. An example of inferencing would be “the child slammed the door as she walked out of the room, after having had a discussion with her mom.” The question might be, how does the child feel? No where in the “passage” does it say how the child felt, but based on my prior experiences and knowing that she slammed the door, I believe that the girl was angry with her mom.
Writing – we will be continuing to work on our unit on Informational Report writing. We will be visiting the media center to find out more information about our “State Fair” project. This works out well, because the students can work on researching on their state as part of their “Masterpiece” for our writing unit. Please be on the look out for the information regrading the state project coming home on Friday.
Grammar – Unfortunately, due to everything that went on last week, we were not able to complete the “Invitation to Edit” on Snowmen at Christmas, so we will be taking that quiz early in the week. We will also be using the mentor text, Martin’s Big Words, to work on prepositions. Prepositions are words or word phrases that link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within the sentence. The students will be expected to identify the prepositions in the mentor sentence.
Spelling – we will have our spelling test on Friday. Please be sure your student is working on their spelling contract and that they are returning it on Friday. I don’t need the “actual” activities, just the contract with your initials saying that your student completed the activities. The contracts were sent home last Monday, but in case your child didn’t get home with it, please feel free to download another copy here.
Science – we have had a great time reading a book called Snowflake Bentley, learning all about snowflakes. We even had an opportunity to create our own snowflakes. Snowflake Bentley is about a man who lived in Vermont that took pictures of snowflakes. If you have not had the opportunity to see some of his photographs, you can find them here. They are absolutely gorgeous. We will spend next week continuing to focus on water and weather. We will also be going to the media center on Friday to begin working on our state project.
Monday, January 14th – Invitation to Edit from Snowmen at Christmas.
Friday, January 18th – School Spelling Bee – please no parents.
Friday, January 18th – Spelling Test for Sort 9
Monday, January 21st – MLK, Jr. Birthday is observed – no school for students or teachers.