Week of 10/7-10/11/19

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My apologies for the delay in the post this week.  It was a very busy weekend.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed the wonderful fall weather.  If you were able to make it to the Fall Festival, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  I hate that I missed many of you, but I was there for the first half of the day and had to leave, due to other commitments.  This is going to be a very busy week as well.  Especially with this being the last day of the first quarter.  We have a lot to cover and a very short time to do so.  So, without further ado, let’s move on to our week.

Grammar – This week, our grammar focus is on personification – this is when in animate objects are given humanistic characteristics.  An example of this would be “An orange ball of a sun dipped down behind the orchard, painting the sky pink and red behind it.”  Well, the sun doesn’t actually “dip” nor does it “paint.”  These are both humanistic characteristics given to the sun.  Another example might be, “I smacked the table when it jumped up and bit me.”  Well, we both know that tables don’t have teeth, therefore it can’t “bite” anything. 

Writing – This week we will continue working on fictional narratives.  We have just begun this unit, and due to circumstances out of our control, we’ll be putting this unit on hold after this week and moving on to opinion writing, beginning next week.  We will be talking about what makes a fictional narrative a fictional narrative, as well as beginning to focus on characters and settings of our fictional narratives.  Never fear, we will be coming back to all of this at the end of the year, during the fourth quarter, so this will give us a quick jump start on “coming attractions.”

Reading – This week, we will be continuing to focus on theme, as well as point of view.  The students seemed to understand the various points of view, but some are having a hard time providing evidence from the passages to support their thoughts.  The students understand that when it’s first person, the narrator uses the words I, me, we, us, our, etc. and that when the narrator is speaking in third person, the narrator will call the characters by name, use words such as he/she, them/they, etc.  However, when it comes time for the students to support their thinking, they are not going back into the text to find specific text to “lift” from the page and put into their answer.  We will continue working with this during this week.

Science – This week, we are going to be participating in a STEAM Challenge.  We have been working on the STEAM challenge all during the quarter, but now it’s time for us to actually create something.  We will be creating a moon in a box within groups in our classroom.  The students will need to go through all the design engineering process steps to create their “moon in a box” and then present it to the class.

Math – this week will be continuing to work on calculating the perimeter of rectilinear shapes.  All this means is that we will use the formula of P = s+s+s+s.  The students will need to add up all the sides of the shape.  We started working with irregular shapes last week, but many of us became frustrated with the concept, so we will go back and work on that concept as well.  We will also be taking the Cobb County mandated Math Touchstone.  We will use this data to help us “regroup” and focus on skills that were taught, but did not get mastered.  Please understand that the Touchstone score may have been put into Synergy, but will be taken out as this is not a test that is a grade.  It’s just an assessment to help us know what we need to go back and reteach or extend.

We have a lot of upcoming events this week.  It’s going to be a very busy two weeks or so.

 

Monday, 10/7/19 – Math Touchstone
Tuesday, 10/8/19 – Field Trip to Cobb County Safety Village
Wednesday, 10/9/19 – ELA Touchstone (again, not for a grade)
Thursday, 10/10/19 – Early Release Day – Dismissal at 12:30
Friday, 10/11/19 – Last day of first quarter
Monday – Friday, 10/14-10/17/19 – Conference Week – 12:30 Dismissal Daily
Monday, 10/14/19 – First day of second quarter
Tuesday, 10/15/19 – Learning Commons for a lesson
Wednesday, 10/16/19 – Guidance with Ms. Perry

 

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