Welcome back! I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful break. I was able to get some rest, but still came down with a little bit of a cold. It’s so hard to believe we’re into our last week of February! Where does the time go? We have a relatively busy week. We have quite a bit of stuff happening this week. So, without further ado, we’ll move on to what we’re covering this week.
Grammar – This week, we will be working on figurative language. We’ve worked on a littel bit of figurative language earlier in the school year, but this week, we will be working on idioms. Idioms are words or phrases that have a figurative, or sometimes literal meaning. Some examples of idioms are “I have a frog in my throat.” The figurative meaning would be that you have a sore/scratchy throat. Another example of idioms would be “it was a piece of cake,” to mean that something was easy to do. We will be reading, The Day the Crayons Out, as our mentor text.
Reading – This week, we will also be working on using a couple of texts in order to be able to write/talk about a topic. This week, we will be integrating more of our social studies along with our reading. We will be reading about the transcontiental railroad and the 1849 California Gold Rush. Hopefully, after having read the various articles, the students will have a better understanding of what the transcontinental railroad and the California Gold Rush were all about.
Social Studies – This week, we will be finishing up our unit on Westward Expansion. We will be taking our summative assessment on Westard Expansion on Thursday, 2/27/20. A study guide for the test was sent home with the students in their graded paper folder. If for some reason your child didn’t bring home his/her study guide, you can find another one on the “Social Studies” tab at the top of the blog. We will be playing Kahoot on Wedensday to help us prepare for our test on Thursday.
Math – This week, we will continue working on fractions. We will continue working with adding, subtracting fractions, but we will also be multiplying fractions by whole numbers. Please continue to work with your students on memorizing their multiplication/division facts. This will help tremendously when it comes to finding equivalent fractions, as well as when we begin to transform improper fractions into mixed numbers and transition from mixed numbers to improper fractions.
Tuesday, 2/25/20 – Visit from author, Carmen Deedy (in the media center).
Wednesday, 2/26/20 – Kahoot! to review for upcoming summative assessement on Westward Expansion.
Thursday, 2/27/20 – Summative Assessment on Westward Expansion
Monday, 3/2 – Friday, 3/6/20 – Spring Book Fair
Tuesday, 3/3/20 – Read Across America Day
Thursday, 3/5/20 – Annual Bedtime, Books, and Brownies – beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 3/11/20 – Early Release Day – Dismissal @12:30 p.m.
Thursday, 3/13/20 – State Fair Exhibition (In the Media Center)
Friday, 3/13/20 – State Fair Carnival in the Media Center
Friday, 3/13/20 – End of the 3rd quarter
Friday, 3/20/20 – Third Quarter report cards
Thursday, 3/26/20 – Nerdy Derby Art Night
Monday, 4/6 – 4/10/20 – Spring Break – No school for Students/Staff