Please remember that we release 2 hours early all week.
I will do my best to be at each conference. My 3 homeroom teachers do the schedules, 5th grade is meeting with homeroom or their Science/SS teacher so that’s 2 more people setting my schedule. If I am not able to make it to your scheduled time, please let me know. I would be happy to meet with you and go over report cards & progress reports. We can go over journals, grade expectations and preview the upcoming quarter as well.
Also, the school will be getting new technology installed in the classroom so please excuse any mess that we might have. 🙂
Math: We worked on:
representational (graph paper arrays) and
abstract (expressions & equations).
We repeatedly went over the fact that repeated addition=skip counting=multiplication.
We also rehearsed that Equation equals equal.
Modeled example using all three methods. We will be working our way through all multiples. This will help us practice our facts and get familiar with seeing multiples.
Teamwork makes the dream work!
Choice of using manipulatives. Some students did not like to use them…
…and some students did.
Math Preview: We will continue to work on our math fact fluency. I would like to see everyone improve this week on their F4 (Fast Fact Fluency Friday). If they do, I will get Monday Munchkins for the class. 😀
Science: We discussed Forces and Motion and we will be moving on to Simple Machines next week. We will not be meeting for Science this week due to early release.
Writing: We took our Opinion Pre-writing prompt and spent the rest of the week discussing the elements of an Opinion paper. We talked about fact versus opinion. We worked on coming up with solid evidence to defend our opinion.
Writing Preview: We will take the prompt that students wrote on Friday and build upon that. We will work on the hook, the supporting details and the closing. We will use our pro’s and cons organizer that we made last week to support our stance.
Reading: We got into the reading lab and used the computers. We also did our read aloud, Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. This is a classic and one of my favorites. The class voted on what we would read next and I believe everyone is enjoying it.
Reading Preview: We will be back in the reading lab, hopefully working on rotations. It all depends on the county’s installation of the new smart boards. Hopefully that will not disrupt our class being in the lab.