I hope everyone had a great week off! I know I really enjoyed spending time with my family up in Pigeon Forge, TN. It was a great week of rest and relaxation, as well as a chance to do some things we’ve never done before. Well, now that our break is over, I guess it’s time to let you know what we have on our agendas this week. It’s going to be a very busy week. We have several “extra” things going on this week. Monday begins “Hispanic Heritage Month” and we will be introducing this in class, but please be on the lookout for a “Bingo” board to come home related to this. If you would like to get a “jump start” on the bingo board, please feel free to download it below.
Friday, October 4th, we will be participating in “Cape Day” to help support Children’s Health Care of Atlanta (CHOA). Bring $1.00 and wear a cape to school!
Saturday, 10/5/19 is our annual Fall Festival. Please find additional information here.
Also, if your child is interested in participating in the Pitner Creativity Challenges, please feel free to download the PDF below.
Grammar – This week, we will be working with the mentor text When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polacco. The focus for this week’s mentor sentence will be on using vivid verbs. What this means is using verbs to help the reader draw a picture in their minds about what they are reading. Some examples of vivid verbs are “squealed” rather than “said” or “leap” rather than “jump.”
Writing – we will begin working on fictional narrative writing. This is similar to the personal narratives that we just finished writing. The only difference between personal narratives and fictional narratives is that personal narratives are true stories about your personal life and fictional narratives are narratives that can be made up about anything. It can be completely fictional.
Reading – this week we will begin working on point of view (POV). The point of view for books and stories are from the view of the narrator. When the narrator speaks in first person, they use words such as “I,” “me,” “we,” “us,” etc. If the narrator is speaking in third person, they use words such as “he,” “she,” “they,” “them,” etc. The point of view is either the narrator is either right there, seeing the scene unfold, or the narrator is looking through a window, so to speak. The narrator will be looking “through” a window and describing what they see, rather than actually being there.
Social Studies – we are moving from our study on planets and our solar system to social studies and we will be talking about the American Revolution, including the causes, the major battles, as well as the key people related to the American Revolution. This week, we will also hopefully have a special guest, “Queen Edwards.” Please know that what goes on with “Queen Edwards” is similar to what the colonists dealt with during the American Revolution by the taxes handed down from King George. The students will get very upset, but that’s expected. We want them to really understand what it was like for the colonists and to help them understand why the colonists wanted to break away from the monarchy.
Math – this week, we will continue using our addition and subtraction skills to calculate perimeter. If you recall, to find the perimeter of a rectangle there is a formula. The formula is P = s + s + s +s. Therefore, the students will need to add the sides of the rectangles or squares. We will also be taking a common summative assessment, as well as the CCSD touchstone.
Monday, 9/30/19 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins. Please see the Bingo board that should be coming home with your child tomorrow.
Tuesday, 10/1/19 – Firemen visit from The Cobb Safety Village
Wednesday, 10/2/19 – Conference Letters coming home – please sign and return asap.
Friday, 10/4/19 – Cape Day to support CHOA for $1.00
Friday, 10/4/19 – Zoo Phonics Parade for Kindergarten – 8:00 a.m.
Friday, 10/4/19 – Visit from WellStar Education – Temper Tamers (in house)
Saturday, 10/5/19 – Pitner’s Fall Festival 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Chili Cook-off 11:30 – 12:00
Tuesday, 10/8/19 – Field Trip to Cobb Safety Village
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:30
Friday, 10/11/19 – End of the first quarter
Monday, 10/14 – Friday, 10/18/19 – Conference Week – report cards will go home during the conference.