Week of 11/4 – 11/8

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BRRRRRR!  I don’t know how we skipped fall!  I also don’t know how we’re already into November!  This year is flying by!  I’m going to be so sad when this year comes to an end.  We have so enjoyed working with these students this year!  They continue to blow our socks off each and every day with how hard they are working and how much they are improving!  It’s amazing!  They are such a blessing to us!  Thank you for all you do to raise such amazing kids!  This is going to be a very strange, but busy week!  We have a lot of changes this week, so please be aware!  If you think your student would benefit from knowing about the changes this week prior to Monday, please let them know.  We talked about our crazy week on Friday before we left, but I’m sure several have forgotten.  This week, Monday is our only “normal day.”  Tuesday, the students are off from school, due to “Election Day.”  I don’t believe the county has any elections going on, but some of the cities do.  Please be sure to check your polling place and get out there and vote!  Wednesday, we will not have specials, due to various grade levels having what we call “Super Specials.”  Our “Super Specials” day will be Friday, 11/8/19.  Thursday is our redo day of “Day of Awesomeness,” and Friday is our “Super Specials” day.  Wow!  That’s a lot!  Well, let me move on to what you and your child can expect in each subject this week.

Grammar – This week we will not be working on mentor sentences, due to the fact that we would only have 1 day of working on the skill.

Writing – This week we will use what we’ve already learned about writing opinion essays and we will have a choice of what we write on.  The choices for the opinion prompts are:  “School Food” – This is where the students can pick one thing they would change about the school menu and explain why they would change it, “Someday!” – this is where the students can pick being either a race car driver, an astronaut, or president of a country and explain which one they would be and why, or finally “Seasons” – this is where they can pick their favorite season and explain why it’s the best.

Reading – we will be continuing to work on finding the main idea of the passages/stories.  The students have been working hard to determine the main ideas.  They have learned that sometime the main idea comes from just the title of the story, but that they may also have main ideas from different subheadings, as well.  The students will begin to write summaries based on main ideas and details from the passages.

Math – we will continue working on strategies to solve multiplication problems of up to 4 digits by 1 digit and 2 digits by 2 digits.  Please understand that we will be teaching the “box method,” which is also known as the area model, and the traditional algorithm.  The traditional algorithm is the same way we learned.  This week, we will also be asking your students to “teach” you how to use the area model for homework.  Please let your student teach you how to multiply using the area model and do the problem(s) they ask you to do.  It will be a little difficult in the beginning, but it will make sense.  It’s a lot like the FOIL model that we used to use.  The kids will get a huge kick out of “giving you homework” to do.  There are some videos on the Math “How to” tab.  Please feel free to watch them.

Social Studies – we have finished our unit on the American Revolution and will be taking our summative test on Wednesday, 11/6.  The students used the Social Studies text books in class last Wednesday to find the answers to the study guide questions, then we went over all the questions together and the students should have written them down on the study guide.  Please help your student study for this test.  We are going to play Kahoot! on Monday to review.  If for some reason your child doesn’t have a copy of the study guide, you can find one on the Social Studies tab on this blog.  We have talked to the students and tried to explain that the questions will not be in the same order that they were for the study guide.  Please encourage your students to study, but not memorize the answers in the order they are in.

Tuesday, 11/5 – No School for students – Election Day
Wednesday, 11/6 – Summative Assessment on the American Revolution – study guide sent home on 10/30/19.
Thursday, 11/7 – Day of Awesomeness – 8:05-9:35 am
Friday, 11/8 – Super Specials from 8:05 – 9:35 am.
Monday, 11/11 – Veteran’s Day Breakfast and Program – 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday , 11/13 – End of 2nd quarter 4 1/2 week period
Friday, 11/15 – PTSA’s Sock Hop
Wednesday, 11/20 – Cobb County Youth Museum Field Trip and Progress Reports sent home
Friday, 11/22 – Cobb Watershed Program (In-house field trip)
Monday, 11/25 – Friday, 11/29 – Thanksgiving break – no school for students/staff
Friday, 12/6 – Dinner with Santa
Thursday, 12/19 – Early Release at 12:30 pm and Fourth grade Holiday Party
Friday, 12/20 – Early Release at 12:30 pm.

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