Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful break. I’m sorry for those of you who had to endure all the rain and yuck last week. I’m quite thankful I was out of town and not having to endure all of it. I heard it was gross. Well, I’m thankful to be back and I’m looking forward to seeing all of our little ducks again tomorrow morning. Let’s move on to what we have going on this week.
Math – this week, we will be focusing on mixed numbers and adding/subtracting fractions with like denominators. Be sure to check out the videos on the “Math How-to” tab of our blog. The students have been working hard on converting improper fractions into mixed numbers and mixed numbers into improper fractions. Adding/subtracting fractions with like denominators should be an easier concept, since we don’t have to worry about unlike denominators. We just add or subtract the numerators and transfer the denominators. If the numerator happens to be larger than the denominator after adding them, the students will be expected to convert the fraction to a mixed number.
Reading – this week, our focus will be on non-fiction text features. Some of the text features we will be talking about include subheadings, headings, captions, illustrations, and graphs. The students will begin to use these text features to help improve their reading skills. It’s important that students begin to notice the captions and illustrations while reading, because some times, answers to various questions can be found in the pictures and or captions.
Writing – we will be working on drafting and typing quick writes. It’s important that students begin to understand how important it is to be able to get their ideas down on paper and then quickly type their responses. We won’t be taking the GA Milestones until the end of April, beginning of May, but it’s important that students begin working on their typing skills now.
Spelling – The students will be receiving their new spelling lists this week and the contracts will be due on Friday, 3/8/19. If for some reason your child does not bring home his/her spelling list, you can download the list and contract here.
Grammar – This week, our mentor sentence comes from the book, George Washington’s Teeth, by Deborah Chandra. The focus of this week’s mentor sentence is using the correct order of adjectives. We will be watching a quick video, which can be found here, to help us better understand how to order adjectives correctly. When we order adjectives, we go from more general to more particular. For example, from an opinion to size, then condition, followed by age, color and material. Be sure to check out the video above to help you better understand the correct order of adjectives.
Science – We will begin our unit on light and sound.
If you would like to earn extra credit, your student will need to ask for the extra credit project. You may choose one activity to complete and it must be turned in by the date. No late work will be accepted. Parents can not ask for extra credit for their students. The students must be the one to ask for the extra credit.