Week of 10/21-10/25/19

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It’s Red Ribbon Week.  There is a “red” paper in your child’s “Friday”/”Graded Paper Folder” that gives you all the information that you need for the things we have going on throughout the week.  You can always download another copy here.

Thank you to everyone who took time out of their super busy schedules to meet with us for your child’s conference.  I know it was difficult to take off from work and such to meet with two crazy teachers, but we do appreciate you taking off the time and coming to meet with us.  We have really enjoyed working with your students and look forward to how they continue to grow and mature throughout this year.  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email us for anything at all.  Please be sure you are signing your child’s agenda and graded paper folder each week.  We don’t generally mark the backs of the folders, which is a good thing, but occasionally we do, so this is the best way to keep you up to date and informed about what’s going on in the classroom.  Well, without further ado, let’s move on to the next quarter.

Writing – due to a crazy busy schedule last week, we didn’t get to half the stuff we wanted to.  Therefore, we will still be working on opinion writings.  This week, we will be working with creating some ideas of their wants and favorites.  We will also be working on getting a pre-assessment completed.

Grammar – This week for grammar, we will be working on simple vs. compound sentences.  Last week, we worked on conjunctions, and that’s what we use when we want to combine two simple sentences into a compound sentence, so hopefully this week won’t be too difficult of a task..  A compound sentence is when you take two simple sentences and combine them with a comma and a conjunction.  For example, “Fat tears streamed down Laura’s face, and Jane took a step toward her.”  The students will also be expected to find the errors in the sentence and rewrite the sentence correctly.  This week, the students will be revisiting capitalizing proper nouns, as well as the beginning of a sentence.

Reading – This week, we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea.  One way we are going to begin working on finding the main idea is by putting words into categories and then giving the categories names.  Another way we will introduce main ideas is by learning how to find the main idea through a “foldable” that we will glue into our reading journals.  The students will be able to refer back to their journals until it becomes second nature.

Social Studies – we will be getting back into The American Revolution this week.  Due to the early release schedule, we decided to just postpone working on the American Revolution and we worked on our STEAM Projects. The students did a great job of presenting an interactive model in which they taught the various phases of the moon.  This week, we will be focusing on the important events and key people related to the American Revolution.  It’s my hope to have our special guest come in either this week or next.  If you students come home very upset that their skittles were taken, it was for a good cause and hopefully your students will be able to tell you how the colonist felt while they were undergoing the changes to become free from England.

Math – We will be continuing to work on factors and multiples. We have worked really hard to get the 0’s, 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s down.  We will begin focusing on the 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, this week.  We may even learn a new figure trick or two to help us learn some of the higher numbers.  The students will be able to use their journals to help them in the beginning, but when it comes time for the tests and such, they will not be able to use the notebooks.



Monday, 10/21/19 – Author visit in the Learning Commons
Monday, 10/21 – 10/25/19 – Red Ribbon Week and Canned Food Drive
Friday, 10/25/19 – Day of Awesomeness

Thursday, 10/31/19 – Mystery Readers
Tuesday, 11/5/19 – No school for students – Teacher Workday

Mystery Prize Question – beginning this week, if your student comes to school and can answer the special question from the blog, they’ll earn a Pitner dollar.  So, here’s this week’s question:  “What is a compound sentence?”  If your student writes down the definition of a compound sentence from the “grammar” section, I’ll give them a dollar.  Good luck!

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