It’s hard to believe that we only have 10 school days until Spring Break. It’s going by so fast! I’m not sure where the time goes/has gone. It doesn’t seem like it’s time for our little ducks to leave the nest and move on to 5th grade yet! Well, there’s not enough time to get sentimental now. I guess I need to wipe up my tears and move on to what we’ll be covering this week in class. So, without further ado, let’s move on.
Math – this week, we will be continuing to work with decimals. Last week, we quickly learned how to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions within tenths and hundredths. Then, we learned to add and subtract the decimals. This week, we will spend time comparing decimals and ordering the decimals from least to greatest and greatest to least.
Reading – This week, we will begin a class novel, called The Hope Chest. We will be reading the book in class, after we have completed some introductory activities the early part of the week. Please be sure to ask your children tomorrow (on Monday) if they have figured out or been able to “infer” what the book is about through the activities that we complete.
Writing – This week, we will begin my favorite genre of writing. We will begin working on fictional narratives. Unlike personal narratives, fictional can be realistic, historical, or flat out make believe. The students will begin the unit by completing a task card activity where they will need to read the task card and determine if the passage on the card is a fictional narrative or some other type of writing. After we have a better understanding of what fictional writing is, we will create our fictional writing notebooks and begin focusing on the characters and settings of our stories. We will still be working on completing some “prompted” writing throughout this process as well.
Grammar – due to the various activities outside of our control last week (field trip on Tuesday and Early Release on Wednesday), we didn’t get as far as I would have liked in Crickwing, so I decided last week to put it off until this week. Last week, the students watched a you tube video of Crickwing, so this week, we will spend a little extra time working on the various parts of our mentor sentence and we will take our invitation to edit quiz on Friday.
Spelling – contracts are due on Friday of this week. We will also be having our spelling test on Friday of this week, so please be sure you are practicing your spelling skills each and every day. These contracts really make a difference in the students spelling ability when it comes time for the tests. If for some reason, your child did not bring home his/her spelling contract, you can download another copy here.
Social Studies – Last week, in our discussion of Westward Expansion, we focused on the lower half of the “soon to be US.” This week, we will continue our focus on Westward Expansion, but we will be focusing on the pioneers who began moving west on the Oregon Trail. We will be completing some more structured notes and will be having a test next Friday, 3/29 on Westward Expansion. I will be sending home a study guide no later than this coming Friday, 3/22 in your child’s graded paper folder. Please begin studying as soon as you get the study guide. All the answers to the test will be on the study guide, but probably not in the same order as the study guide.
Wednesday, 3/20 – Kindergarten Registration will be happening in the media center. If you have an upcoming Kindergartener, please be sure to check the Pitner website for details.
Thursday, 3/21 – Ms. Whitton, our counselor, will be coming to our class for our monthly Guidance lesson.
Friday, 3/22 – Our “State Fair.” We will be attending the “State Fair” from 1:30 – 2:00. Thank you for all the parents who have volunteered their time to come in and help. I know Ms. Stanley appreciates it. Also, on Friday, 3/22, the third quarter report cards will be coming home. Please be sure to sign and return the envelope. The report card is yours to keep.