Well, well, well conference week is here. If you have not returned your fall conference form, please do so ASAP. I have tried to email everyone that has not responded. I hope to see everyone here this week. Here are a few reminders from the administrators: 1) This week is early release. We release at 12:30. Please be sure your students know how they are to get home. 2) There are no visitors during lunch this week, due to early release. 3) When we do have visitors for lunch, outside food (such as McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, etc.) is not allowed – this is a CCSD policy, not just a school policy. Also, this week, on Friday, your students have a chance to be someone’s super hero. For $1.00, your child can wear a cape and help support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Mrs. Homer and I will be the dynamic duo in our capes. That’s enough about reminders, let’s get on with what we’re covering this week.
Math – we will begin our unit on multiplication and division. Please continue to work with your students on addition and subtraction of larger numbers. We took the CCSD mandated touchstone on the first quarter standards and we still have some gaps that we’ll need to work on together. The main focus of this week will be on factors and multiples. Factors are numbers that divide whole numbers evenly. Factors are also numbers that is multiplied by another number. A multiple of a number is the product and any whole number. For example: 15 is a multiple of 5 because 3 X 5 = 15.
Reading – we will be working with informational reading beginning this week. We will start with looking for main ideas and details in informational text. We will be using a process called “Boxes and Bullets” to help us find the details that support the main idea. The idea behind “Boxes and Bullets” is to write the main idea of the passage in the box and then list the details that support the main idea by using bullet points beneath. Below, you will find an example of a boxes and bullets template, to help you get a better understanding.
Writing – We will write our first 45 minute narrative piece for our portfolios. The students will have 45 minutes to brainstorm, draft, revise/edit, and publish a piece of writing. This is different from what we’ve done this year, because we’ve been taking our time each day to focus on certain parts of the writing, but now it’s time to show what they’ve learned. As you come in for conferences, I hope you will take the opportunity to read “the writing on the wall” so to speak. The students have worked very hard to get a narrative “masterpiece” written and on the wall for your enjoyment as you wait for conferences. After we complete our 45 minute writing piece, we will begin working on opinion pieces. We will start out by generating a list of topics that we can write about. Then, from that list, we will begin to pick and choose topics that we can write about.
Spelling – This week, the students will receive their sort 5 spelling contracts. If for some reason, your student doesn’t bring home his/her contract, you can download it here.
Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from the book, The Spider and the Fly. This week’s grammar focus is on similes. Similes are part of the figurative language “umbrella” in which you compare two things using like or as. For example, the light from the room was as bright as the sun. Or, his trumpet gleamed like a polished bell. The students will be given a part of a sentence and then they will be expected to add a simile to finish out the sentence. For example, the students might get “you’re as funny as…” or “you are wise like” and the students would need to complete the sentence and use either like or as to compare the noun in the sentence to something else.
Social Studies – we will not be covering any specific standards in Social Studies this week, due to early release for conferences.
Monday – Friday, 10/15-19/18 – Conference Week – 12:30 dismissal
Friday, 10/19/18 – Super hero Day – Bring $1 and wear a cape for CHOA
Monday – Friday 10/22-10/26 – Red Ribbon Week
Monday & Tuesday, 10/29 &10/30 – Cobb Youth Museum Field Trips
Wednesday, 10/31/18 – Mystery Reader – Please check your email for further details.
Thursday, 11/1 – Field trip to South Cobb High School to see Willy Wonka
Tuesday, 11/6 – Teacher Workday/Election Day – No school for students