I have to start this post with a shout out to ALL of Homer’s Heroes math students. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE of them, in 4th AND 5th grade, increased their Fast Fact Fluency Friday (F4) Score last week. WOOHOO! That is a first in our class and we celebrated with a donuts party. I told the students that when they all get 90% we will have a pizza party. 5th grade is getting pretty close so keep studying those facts!
This week in review:
Testing was a big chunk of this week for the 5th graders and will be for next week as well.
Math- 4th grade is working on addition/ subtraction with regrouping and word problems. 5th grade has been practicing with addition/ subtraction problems that have decimals and require regrouping. They have also continued working on fractions to decimals up to the thousandths.
Reading– Reading Lab rotations were on hold this week for our Out of my Mind quiz and testing. DRAs were given as well as small group work on goals & objectives.
Writing– What a fun week! We started off by looking at introductions only. Just 4-6 sentences to introduce our paper and each section we plan to talk about. Students moved on to working on the body of their paper. We had some students decide to pick up on my writing example, Larry & Gary’s Big Adventure, where they talked about our class pets, Larry & Gary, and what they do when we leave the school each day. I LOVED seeing the excitement and engagement. Kids were asking to keep writing instead of taking a brain break and/or going to lunch. WOW! My heart is happy.
“Can we keep working instead of taking a break?”
Hard work pays off, way to go kiddos! ❤
Science– We continued our space adventures. We explored the relative size of the planets in relation to each other and to the sun. We shed some light on the fact that the earth rotates around each day and revolves around the sun all year. We started discussing the stars and how they can form patterns (constellations). We have a HUGE surprise planned for them this week!!