It’s hard to believe that we’re already into the fourth week of January. I hope everyone’s year has had a great start! I won’t keep you reading with a lot of mumbo jumbo, so I’ll get right on to what we have going on this week.
Math – This week, we will continue working with fractions. Last week, we focused on finding equivalent fractions, and this week, we are beginning to work on comparing and ordering fractions. Once the students understand what equivalent fractions are, it’s a little easier to understand how we compare fractions. We will be using “benchmark fractions” to help us know if a fraction is greater or less than another. I know that we were taught how to “cheat” the system and cross multiply and the side that has the bigger number is the larger fraction. I will not be explaining this to the students. I want them to use benchmark fractions to help them better understand what we’re actually doing.
Reading – we are continuing to work on inferences – where we take the information that the author has given us, and our prior knowledge to draw a conclusion based on the evidence in the text. The students did a great job last week when I introduced the skill. We will continue to work with these inferences and using the text evidence to support our answers. Inferences can be very difficult, but as long as the students can support their answers, there’s no reason that couldn’t be correct.
Writing – we will continue working on our state projects that we are doing in collaboration with Ms. Stanley. The students had a couple of opportunities to research their state’s information last week, and we will be going to the media center again this Friday and spending an hour to work on these projects. The students can work on these projects at home as well, but we will have the opportunity to put them together here at school. Mrs. Stanley will be providing the students with everything they need to complete the activity. We are using Office 365 to upload a link to our images, so that Mrs. Stanley will print them in color for us.
Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from The Day the Crayons Quiz, by Drew Daywalt. The focus of our mentor sentence is identifying the types of sentences used. The types of sentences that we will be discussing are: (a) declarative, (b) imperative – command, (c) exclamatory – exclamation. In a declarative sentence, the speaker is declaring something, such as “My shirt is red.” In an imperative sentence, the author is giving a command, therefore it’s imperative that you do that. For example, sharpen your pencil. Finally, an exclamatory sentence shows excitement and ends in an exclamation point.
Spelling – we will be having our Sort 10 spelling test on Friday. Even if we happen to have a “S” word day or two, the students will still be expected to take the spelling test on Friday. The contract is due on Friday, as well. Please find the spelling contract below.
Social Studies – We will be reviewing what we learned about the War of 1812 on Monday, then have a guidance lesson on Tuesday. On Friday, we will be working on our state projects in the media center. Wednesday and Thursday, we will begin our unit on Westward Expansion.
Monday, 1/28/19 – Crazy Socks/Crazy Hair
Tuesday, 1/29/19 – Shine Bright for Kindness – wear bright colored clothing
Wednesday, 1/30/19 – Team Kindness – Wear sports attire
Thursday, 1/31/19 – Kindness Rocks – wear “Rock Star” attire
Friday, 2/1/19 – “Dreaming of Kindness” – Wear your PJs! (& hopefully the hot chocolate bar reward for box tops – fingers crossed)
Friday, 2/1/19 – Spelling Sort 10 Test and Invitation to Edit (sentence types)
Tuesday, 2/12/19 – Progress Reports come home
Thursday, 2/14/19 – Valentine’s exchange – letter coming home next week
Friday, 2/15/19 – Spring Pictures – this includes our annual class picture.