Welcome to the first week of the blog updates! Each week, you will be able to come back to this site and find out what we will be working on throughout the week. Each week, I will break down each subject to let you know what we are going to cover, based on the schedule. So, without further ado, let’s get on with what we’re learning this week.
Math – This week we will begin working with place value, which is probably the most important skill in all of math. Without a strong foundation in place value, everything else is more difficult. This week, we will be focusing on recognizing that in any multi-digit whole number, a digit in any one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to it’s right. For example, in the number 777, the value of the 7 in the “tens place” is ten times greater than the 7 in the ones place. Therefore, as you are moving left in a number, each place in is increasing by a value of 10. We will also begin to compare multi digit numbers and read and write the various forms (standard, expanded, and word forms) of the numbers.
Reading – We will be working to introduce “Reader’s Workshop” – the process in which we will be reading for stamina, as well as increasing our reading ability by thinking more about our reading and responding more to the text. These first couple of weeks are getting used to routines and building on what we’ve learned in the previous years. We will continue to work on building our stamina and responding to text every day.
Writing – we will be introducing Writer’s Workshop. We will be talking about how well known writers don’t just sit down and begin writing. They have to go through some of the same process that we go through to get our ideas down on paper. We will be working on getting our ideas down, as well as doing some quick writes. We will also do some sketching and writing stories to go along with our sketches from our memories. We will also be writing about people who are important to us. These first few days are all about routines and procedures, but we will be working on improving our skills throughout the year.
Spelling – We will begin our spelling contract this week. We took a pre-assessment on Thursday to find out where each of the students are from the beginning and I have placed the students into groups based on that pre-assessment. On Monday, the students will receive their spelling contract. This contract will not be due until Friday, August 17th, when we take our weekly spelling test. The contract will be highlighted for you. If for some reason, you don’t get your spelling contract home, it can be downloaded from the Spelling page attached to this blog. You will be expected to complete a total of 6 activities over the next two weeks. You are not expected to turn in the actual activities, just have your parents sign off on the contract that you completed the activity and turn in the contract on the day of the test.
Grammar – each week we will be working with a mentor text and a mentor sentence from the text to cover all of our grammar standards. Each week, we will work with the same sentence to list things we notice, we label the parts of speech in the sentence, and then work with the sentence to revise and ultimately imitate the sentence to write our own sentences to help us become a better writer and incorporate these better mentor sentences into our own writing. This week, the focus is on proper nouns and adjectives. On Fridays, we will take an “Invitiation to Edit” quiz that will encompass adjectives, correcting mistakes in editing, as well as looking at the particular standard we are working on. This week, our mentor text is a book called The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper. Our focus is on proper nouns and knowing when to capitalize them.
Social Studies – this week we will be launching our new social studies curriculum and each student will be receiving their own copy of “Georgia Studies Weekly.” Each week, we will be incorporating some of the same skills/standards from social studies into our reading standards. However, this first week, as we begin to get our feet wet, we will be focusing on map skills. We are going to be talking about various maps and observing those maps. Hopefully the students will pick up on what all maps have. We will also be working on creating our own map that encompasses all the same things that we talk about in class.
Study Guide information – If we are going to have a test, the students will receive a study guide a week in advance. The students will be expected to complete some of the study guides in class, but there will always be a completed study guide posted to the blog. Typically, for science and social studies tests, the study guides will be located on the Science / Social Studies Page.
Open House – Thursday, August 9th 6:00 – 7:45
Fall Picture Day – Tuesday 8/21/18 or Wednesday 8/22/18. Exact day and time will be relayed as soon as we receive that information.
Advanced Learning Program Eligibility Process Meeting – Monday, 8/20/18 – 9:00 a.m.
Advanced Learning Program Parent Meeting/Open House – Thursday, 8/23/18 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Early Release Day – Wednesday, 8/29/18 – 12:30 Dismissal
End of first 4 1/2 Week period – Wednesday, 8/29/18
Monday, September 3rd – No School – Labor Day
If you have any questions or concerns at any point, please feel free to email me at [email protected] or Mrs. Homer at [email protected] We will do our best to answer your questions as quickly as possible. If we don’t know the answer, then we will find it out. Please be sure to check back each week for important weekly updates, as well as what we will be covering each and every week. I am looking forward to this year. I’m very excited about the progress the students have already made! This is going to be the best year yet!