I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend and does something to help celebrate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, we celebrate this birthday. We are all equal and if it wasn’t for him, many of us would not be able to collaborate and have class together today. So, thank you Dr. King! It’s so hard to believe that January is half over, already! Where is the time going!? We have a relatively “normal” week this week, so without further ado, let’s move on to what we’ll be covering this week.
Grammar – This week, our focus is on order of adjectives. I’m including a quick video that you can watch to preview the order of adjectives. To watch the video, please click here. Our mentor sentence comes from the book George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra. Order of adjectives goes from number, opinion, size, shape, condition, age, color, pattern, origin, materials, to finally purpose. For example, you would say Mrs. Poulos has two beautiful children. You wouldn’t say Mrs. Poulos has beautiful two children. It just doesn’t make sense. Many times, just reading the sentence aloud helps you to understand the order of the adjectives.
Writing – this week, we are continuing to focus on informational writing and we will be taking our “Baby” projects through the writing process. We will be drafting, revising, editing, and publishing (on the computer). The students will begin taking their steps and writing them as sentences and using transition words to help the flow of the writing.
Reading – we are continuing to work on the text structure of non-fiction text – how is the passage/book written. Did the author use the compare/contrast method where they are comparing and contrasting two things, a description method where they are providing a description about the topic, problem and solution method – where the author presents and problem and then also presents solutions to that problem, sequence – where the author explains the events in a chronological order (usually much like a time line), and finally cause and effect – where the author presents a cause to an issue and then talks about the effects of that cause or vice versa.
Science – we will be continuing with our weather unit by working with weather maps, including high pressure fronts, low pressure fronts, cold fronts and warm fronts. This has been a weird and wacky weather pattern this year, so far. Nothing like the normal “climate” for January.
Math – this week, we will continue our lessons on division. We will be working with division using the standard algorithm (the way we learned), as well as using the area model to help us divide. Once the students have been introduced to the two strategies, they can pick their favorite one. We want them to be able to explain their thinking, so whichever strategy works for them is the one they need to use. Please be sure to check our the various strategies on the Math “How To” videos posted on the “Math ‘How To Videos’ tab” at the top of the blog.
Monday, 1/20/20 – No school in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
Wednesday, 1/22/20 – Science Fair – We’re looking forward to seeing all those great Science Fair projects.
Friday, 1/24/20 – PBIS School store – you can choose to spend or save your Pitner bucks
Thursday, 1/30/20 – Our first International Night – 6:00 – 7:30 – fourth grade students will be performing!
Wednesday, 2/5/20 – Read Across the World – all students will be participating in DEAR Time from 8 – 8:15 a.m.
Friday, 2/7/20 – PTSA’s Sweetheart Dance – more information to come soon.
Friday, 2/14/20 – Valentine’s Day – We will be having an exchange, but NO Party! Class list will be coming home soon.
Friday, 2/14/20 – State Projects are due – again, this will be done at school
Monday, 2/17-Friday, 2/21/20 – No School – Mid-Winter Break
Tuesday, 2/25/20 – Author Visit – Carmen Deedy in the Media Center
Monday, 3/2/20 – Read Across America Day – DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) All day! Please look for more information to come home soon.
Wednesday, 3/11/20 – Early Release – Dismissal at 12:30 – Please be sure your students know how they’re going home.