Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their fall break. I know I enjoyed my time, getting some rest and being able to relax and not be on a specific schedule. Well, we are quickly coming to the close to the first quarter of the year. We have this week and next left. I have a feeling it’s going to be a very busy two weeks. We will have conferences coming up very soon. I generally have one late day for conferences, so if you need a later conference time (5:00 or so), please email me so that I can make arrangements to put you on the schedule first. Please be looking for the fall conference confirmation form to be coming home this week. Well, that’s enough about what’s to come, let’s get on with what we’ll be covering this week.
If you happen to have any empty 2 ltr. bottles, if you would send them to school for the STEM lab, we would be very grateful. Mrs. Ucciferri has requested clean, empty 2 ltr. bottles to make rockets for the “Mission to Mars” activity that she has planned in the STEM lab. Thank you in advance.
Math – This week, we will be working on measuring the perimeter of various shapes. In order to determine the perimeter, the students will be expected to add all the sides of the shape. For example, if the shape happens to be a hexagon, and one side measures 6 inches, then we would add 6″ + 6″ + 6″ + 6″ + 6″ + 6″ to get a grand total of 36″. We will be looking at various shapes, but fortunately, it’s just remembering to add all the sides together. Here’s a quick formula that I’ll be teaching: P=s + s + s. Just like the example above, perimeter is the addition of all the sides, no matter how many sides the shape contains. This week, we will also be “showing” what we’ve learned by taking the touchstone test. The touchstones are a county mandated test that we must give. These are similar and a good indication of what the students will be tested on in the spring with the GA Milestones. Please encourage your students to work hard, read all the directions, since I can’t read them to them, and do their best.
Reading – we are going to be working on paired text using some texts from Read Works (www.readworks.org) related to our social studies standards of the American Revolution. I’m working on getting this passage loaded into an Office 365 Notebook, so that we don’t have to use so much paper to print them out, so I’m asking that if you agreed to allow your child to bring their device that they bring it (beginning on Tuesday). We will also be taking the county mandated touchstone for the first quarter on Monday. Again, this is county mandated, and the students have been taught everything that should be on the test. Please encourage them to do their best, and use the “UNWRAP” strategies that we’ve been talking about recently. I’m going to include a copy of the “UNWRAP” strategy that we’ve been using below.
Spelling – This week, we will pick up with Sort #4. I’m attaching a copy of the sort, as well as the contract below, in case your child doesn’t happen to bring them home this week. Our test will be Friday, 10/12/18.
Grammar – This week, we will be continuing to work with conjunctions, but this time with compound sentences. We will be revisiting our mentor text, The Memory String, and we will be working on using the conjunctions we learned last week to learn to write longer, more extensive sentences such as compound sentences. Compound sentences are when there are two independent clauses that is combined into one nice long sentence, using a conjunction.. This week, the students will be expected to tell if a sentence is a simple sentence – meaning it has one subject and one predicate and expresses only 1 complete thought, or if it’s a compound sentence – meaning that it has two or more subjects and predicates and the two clauses could be separated into two different simple sentences. For example: Back then, some people couldn’t read, so a string like this was they’re way of remembering.
Social Studies – This week we will begin our study on the causes of the American Revolution and several of the key leaders related to the American Revolution. We will even have a special guest this week, “Queen Edwards” will be coming to help out with a special project on Friday. Please understand that what we’re doing in class is just a way to get the students to understand how the colonists felt during the time of the stamp act and the various other causes of the revolution.
Question of the week – for a “No Homework pass” – What does Mrs. Uccefferi need?
ELA Touchstone – Monday, 10/1/18
End of first nine weeks is Wednesday, 10/10/18
Conference forms to come home – Friday, 10/5/18
Conference Week Forms due back – Monday, 10/8/18
Guidance with Ms. Whitton – Tuesday, 10/9/18
Early Release Day – Thursday, 10/11/18 – 12:30 Dismissal
Conference week – Monday – Friday, 10/15-10/19/18
Early Dismissal during Conference Week 12:30 dismissal
Field trip to Cobb Youth Museum 10/29 or 10/30
Field trip to see Willy Wonka at South Cobb High School 11/1
Election Day – Teacher Workday – No School for Students – 11/6/18