I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving Break that was filled with time to spend with family and friends. I know I enjoyed mine! It was great to hang out with my family and spend time with friends I don’t get to spend a lot of time with. Now that we’re back in the full swing of things we only have a short 19 more days together before we’re out for the winter holidays break. Only 19 more days before the end of the grading period and we’ll be half way to being fifth graders! Where on earth has the time gone. It seems like it’s flying! Oh well, with the 19 short days left, let’s move on to what we’ve got going on this week. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom of the blog for other important information and flyers.
Math – we will be working with multiplicative comparison by creating bar diagrams and solving word problems. An example of multiplicative comparison would be to say something like, “Mrs. Poulos has 2 pets, but Mrs. Homer has 4 times as many pets as Mrs. Poulos. How many pets does Mrs. Homer have?” Well, we would take the 2 pets that Mrs. Poulos has and multiply that by 4 to get 8. Therefore, Mrs. Homer has 8 pets and that is 4 times as many as Mrs. Poulos. We will be continuing this strategy/skill all week long. We will be incorporating some of our larger number multiplication as well. Please continue to encourage your students to show their work when solving math equations. Mrs. Homer and I don’t care what strategy they use, they just need to show their work, so that we can see where they may have a misunderstanding.
Reading – we are continuing to work on summarizing our nonfiction reading by using boxes and bullets. In the “box” the students should be writing the main idea of the passage their reading and then next to the “bullets” they should be incorporating details from the passage, in their own words, that support the main idea. We’re working to make our summaries short and sweet, not doing a retelling, in which we give away all of the events from the beginning, middle and end. We will also begin to incorporate some first and second hand accounts with our nonfiction reading. A first hand account would be a page from a diary, or a photograph. Someone was actually there and is providing the information. An example of a second hand account would be a text book or an encyclopedia entry. The person writing the textbook or encyclopedia entry was probably not there and is using other research to provide us with information.
Writing – we are working hard on our opinion masterpieces. This week, we will be focusing on taking into account opposing opinions, using examples in our writing to help “drive home the opinion,” as well as formatting of a good opinion essay. I’m looking forward to reading their final drafts. Hopefully, once we’ve got them complete, they will share them with you through Office 365.
Spelling – We will have our unit 7 sort test on Friday of this week. You can find a copy of the contract below.
Grammar – due to unforeseen circumstances last week, we were not able to complete our mentor sentence from the book In November, by Cynthia Rylant. Therefore, we will be working with that text this week. Our focus is on figurative language (metaphors) and identifying if a sentence is complete or a fragment.
Science – We have a many things going on this week that will be taking the place of most of our science. We will be having guidance on Tuesday and we had a visit from the Watershed Management yesterday. We will be finishing up and presenting our ecosystem presentations during the rest of this week. We will try to post some of the presentations on the blog.
Dinner with Santa Raffle Basket – please see the attached flyer for information regarding our raffle basket.
Friday, 11/30 – Dinner with Santa reservations due.
Monday, 12/2 – Wellstar Presentation
Friday, 12/7 – Dinner with Santa
Monday, 12/2 – Friday, 12/14 – PTSA Holiday Shop
Monday, 12/17 – Holiday Character Day
Tuesday, 12/18 – Funny Holiday Sweater Day
Wednesday, 12/19 – Holiday Hat Day
Thursday, 12/20 – Early Release Day – 12:30 dismissal, Candy Stripe Day, our Holiday Party
Friday, 12/21 – Early Release Day – 12:30 dismissal, Holiday sing-a-long, Holiday PJ Day