Well, the countdown is on. Only 10 more wake-ups until the winter break. It’s so hard to believe that we’re so close to the end of the first semester together. I’m very sad that the first half is almost over. We have a very busy couple of weeks these next two. Over the next two weeks, we will be taking the Reading Inventory (RI) and the Math Inventory (MI). We will also be taking the English/Language Arts Touchstone to see how much the students have learned thus far this quarter. We are also expected to take the Math touchstone, as well as our end of the quarter math summative assessment. Please be sure to check your student’s graded paper folder this week. There are several important papers in there. They are all in the front of the “Keep at Home” side of the folder. Also, congratulations to Jazlyn for being our spelling bee contestant and Autumn for being our spelling bee alternate. Good luck at the school spelling bee in January!
Grammar – This week, we will continue working on figurative language by reading the book called The Honest to Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack. The mentor sentence focus this week is on similes. A simile is when the author compares two or more objects using the words “like” or “as.” On Friday, the students will be expected to underline the figurative language used in the sentence (aka the similes), as well as adding as subordinating conjunction to make the listed complex sentences make sense.
Writing – We are coming into the home stretch of finishing up our opinion masterpieces. This week, we will be putting all of our learning into a post-assessment in which we take a piece completely through the writing process by brainstorming, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing a piece in 45 quick minutes. The students will have a list of topics they can choose from, but the list will contain all opinion topics. We will also be completing our 45 minute pre-assessment piece on informational writing, so be thinking about something you know a lot about.
Reading – This week in reading we will be comparing paired texts. The students will be expected to read two passages on the same topic and then compare and contrast the two passages.
Science – We’ll be continuing to work with the water cycle and states of matter. We will be taking our test on the water cycle and states of matter on Tuesday, 12/17. A study guide will come home Monday or Tuesday and it will be posted on the blog accordingly on the “Science” tab.
Math – This week and next, we will be working on finding area. We’ve already covered perimeter – adding up the outside. Now, we’ll be moving on to area – this is where we multiply the length times the width (A=l*w). We will also be working on rectilinear figures, where we have to combine areas for irregular shapes. The students have done a great job with multiplication. We have 7 Multiplication Masters – have scored 90% or better on our F4 (Fast Fact Fluency Friday), 1 Division Dojo – have scored 90% or better on our division F4, and 2 Mixed Miyagis – have scored 90% or better on both multiplication and division F4. The Mixed Miyagis no longer have to take the F4 each week! We would love to see these numbers increase. When we reach 80% of the class as Multiplication Masters, we get a pizza party. Right now we have 10, so we only need 8 more to pass with a 90% or higher! Keep working on those multiplication and division facts!
Friday, 12/6/19 – Dinner with Santa – proceeds going to help support 5th grade activities – tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
PTSA’s Holiday Shop – opens tonight during Dinner with Santa and will run through Wednesday of next week. Please be sure to look for information regarding the Holiday Shop in your child’s graded paper folder today. There is quite a bit of important information on top of the papers on the “Keep at Home” side. We will have the opportunity to shop on Monday morning from 8:00 – 8:30. This will be our only opportunity next week.
Wednesday, 12/11/19 – Guidance with Ms. Perry. I was mistaken and thought it was last week, oops! Sorry for the confusion!
Wednesday, 12/11/19 – Spirit Night at Cheeseburger Bobby’s on Barrett Parkway 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Be sure to mention that you’re with Pitner Elementary. 20% of sales comes back to Pitner!
Friday, 12/13/19 – Pitner STEAM Day – please be sure to ask your students about the fourth grade STEAM challenge!
Friday, 12/13/19 – PBIS school store – Be ready to spend or save your Pitner Bucks!
Saturday, 12/14/19 – Christmas at Piedmont – some members of our class will be singing with the Pitner Chorus this afternoon. If you’re looking for a family Christmas activity, this is it! It’s a huge production!
Monday, 12/16/19 – Holiday Character Day – Dress as your favorite holiday character, or wear something with your favorite holiday character on it.
Tuesday, 12/17/19 – Water/Water Cycle/States of Matter Test.
Tuesday, 12/17/19 – Holiday Hat Day – Wear your favorite Holiday Hat all day.
Wednesday, 12/18/19 – Holiday Sock Day – Wear your favorite Holiday socks.
Thursday, 12/19/19 – Holiday Sweater Day – Wear your favorite holiday sweater. This is also an early release day. Dismissal will be at 12:30. Please be sure to tell your student how they will be going home. ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m., like usual.
Thursday, 12/19/19 – Class Party – our class party will also be on this day. We will be sending home more information as soon as possible. If you would like to come and help, please email either myself or Mrs. Homer.
Friday, 12/20/19 – Holiday PJ Day – Wear your favorite holiday pajamas to school! Be sure you wear your tennis shoes for recess. This too is an early release day. Dismissal will also be at 12:30. Please be sure you tell your student how they are going home. ASP will be available until 6:00 p.m., like usual.
Mystery activity – Go to the padlet that we’ve created (on the science tab) and add a sticky. If you do this by Monday morning, you’ll receive some Pitner bucks!