Fourth and Fifth Grade Newsletter

November 2013

Upcoming Events

11/9: Harvest Festival, Conyers, 12-5 p.m.
11/13-11/14: SACS Visit, Conyers
11/15: 4th Grade 'Feather of Blessings' Project Due
11/19: Band Pictures, 9 a.m.
11/25-11/29: Thanksgiving Break

Fourth and fifth grades will be presenting Chapel during the months of November and December!


Content Information

Fourth Grade Language Arts, Social Studies

Language Arts: Students are continuing to learn and apply the rules of GUM (grammar, usage, mechanics) in all aspects of their writing. Fourth graders need to continue to encode all written pieces; they will touch each letter/ word and read them with their mouths. This process is the opposite of decoding, or the process in which our brains fix errors automatically. Students must utilize this skill to become better spellers and writers. Students are also almost finished with their introduction to all eight parts of speech; they will be completing an in-class project reflective of their learned knowledge. Please continue to encourage your student to work carefully and diligently on all tasks. In Writer's Workshop, fourth graders are almost finished creating their fractured fairy tales in light of their study of narrative reading and writing. Upon finishing these tales, students will create a class set of fairy tales; these tales will be checked out and brought home by each fourth grader so parents may enjoy the collection. In Reading, students have been thoroughly enjoying Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Upon finishing this text, fourth graders will complete a cumulative project. Please continue to encourage your student/s to read and do their best to meet and exceed set AR goals.
Social Studies: Students are enjoying their study of Native Americans. We have one tribe left to become familiar with. Fourth graders will be bringing home museum information early next week. Please be on the lookout for a museum letter explaining what their responsibilities entail at home and at school.

Fourth Grade Math, Science

Math:

Fourth grade is currently working in our fraction unit. We've already covered so much! Next week we will begin adding and subtracting simple fractions with like denominators. We will be working on fractions over the next couple of months.

Please make sure students are working on Math homework every night (Mon-Thurs). It is very important for them to go home and continue to practice the skill that we worked on in class. Students should also be practicing Math facts on Xtramath.com for at least 5 minutes at a time. November calendars will be due December 2nd. I have told all of the students that when they finish their Xtra Math program (through division), AND they pass all of their timed multiplication tests (through the 12s), they will NOT have to complete the Xtra Math calendars for the rest of the year.

Science: We are currently working in our Weather unit. We are working on many different topics like the water cycle, types of clouds, different types of storms, and much more. Students are working on their weather system research, so they can be ready to put their power point projects together. At the end of our unit, I will be sending home a study guide to prepare students for the test.

Fifth Grade Language Arts, Social Studies

Language Arts: Students are amidst their study of sentence diagramming, as we focus our GUM efforts on parts of speech. In Writer's Workshop, fifth graders are completing tall tales; they have read an excellent example of a tall tale and have looked at the various elements of this genre. Fifth graders will be creating a collection of tall tales for classroom check-out; we should begin the check-out next week. In Reading, students are enjoying The Watsons Go To Birmingham; fifth graders are almost finished reading this text. We plan to watch the movie interpretation of the book next week, and then students will complete a double-bubble thinking map to compare and contrast the two.
Social Studies: Fifth graders are almost finished with their study of Westward Expansion; this unit has covered Daniel Boone and the Wilderness Road, Lewis and Clark and their explorations of the Louisiana Purchase, emigrants and the Oregon Trail, the struggle between the Navajo and Cherokee Native Americans and settlers, the California gold rush, and the expansion of the railroad. We will begin the Civil War in one week.

Fifth Grade Math, Science

Math: Fifth grade is currently working in our fraction unit. I am pleased to say that they remember a lot of what we did last year, which is helping us move faster than I had planned. We will begin adding and subtracting like and unlike fractions and mixed numbers next week. We will be working on fractions for the next couple of months.
Please make sure students are working on Math homework every night (Mon-Thurs). It is very important for them to go home and continue to practice the skill that we worked on in class. Students should also be practicing Math facts on Xtramath.com for at least 5 minutes per time. November calendars will be due December 2nd. I have told all of the students that when they finish their Xtra Math program (through division), AND they pass all of their timed division tests (through the 12s), they will NOT have to complete the Xtra Math calendars for the rest of the year.
Science: We are still working on our classification unit, and the students are in the middle of writing their children's animal books. We are doing the majority of the work in class, but as we move on to the next step in the process, some of the unfinished work will need to be completed at home. At the end of our classification unit, I will send home a study guide for the test.

November Birthdays

11/6: Maggie Shackelford
11/24: Elijah Simpkins