Volume 2, Issue 10: November 2, 2018
Please read through this information carefully and let me know if you have any questions!
-Ms. Kate Martin
Photos of the Week
Publishing Party! We finished our persuasive essays!
What Did We Learn This Week?
Math: Students continued in their math groups.
Yellow- I can solve complex algebraic equations.
Green- I can solve algebraic inequalities.
Orange- I can fluently multiply with large numbers. Place value.
Science (5th): We finished our unit on matter, energy and organisms. We discussed the 3 cycles of matter (hydrologic, carbon and nitrogen)
Reading: We continued to make generalizations and reason about change. Students will also reason about events and situations. In our small groups we used the "Notice and Note" strategy when reading. Each week we will focus on a different signpost to identify, locate, and discuss. We analyzed poetry this week during our lessons.
Writing: We finished our persuasive writing essays!!!!!!
Enrichment: We continued either updating or starting our online educational portfolios. Your child can share this with you at home. It is password protected - no one can go on your child's website unless they know the password. The students began another Enrichment project.
Looking Forward to Next Week...
Positivity Project (P2)/Character Education: Bravery
Yellow-I can understand ratios and proportions.
Green-I can understand ratios and rates.
Orange-I can understand place value.
Science (5th): We will start our unit on Earth's Systems/Spheres. (Hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere)
Reading: We will continue to make generalizations and reason about change and reasoning. We'll continue learning the "Notice and Note" strategy. We will try to finish reading The Secret Garden.
Writing: We will be learning how to respond to texts.
Enrichment: We will continue working on our new enrichment projects.
Does anyone have The Secret Garden on DVD?
Continuous Important Reminders...
GOOD NEWS! Our class collected the most Box Tops at Woodland! 387! We get to keep the "Box Top Trophy" in class and all students received a small prize.
Keep collecting and sending them in! Don't forget to label your child's name on the baggie so they can get credit.
Don't forget to clip and save your box tops! Send them in in a baggie with your child's name on it. We have a plastic bin in the classroom we keep them in. A representative from the PTO collects them on a regular basis and counts how many we collect for our class. Prizes are awarded to individual students and classes that bring in the most!
November goal = 750 minutes
Logs need to be turned in by the last day of each month. This is when I'll be passing out the "Free Personal Pan Pizza" coupon!
Please click on the button to learn more about our transition to Meadows.
Khan Academy: What is it? When should my child use it?
In class, the students use it if/when they finish their in-class math lesson with me. However, sometimes I ask that the students do this instead of homework pages. Students can always log on at home and work on it anytime.
3 = Meeting or Exceeding Grade Level Standards
2 = Adequate Progress Toward Grade Level Standards
1 = Limited Progress Toward Grade Level Standards
Please note that more detailed information will follow from Avondale Administration prior to report cards, and that 4th and 5th graders will still receive letter grades in addition to their standards based grading.
Ms. Martin’s Class Schedule
8:35-8:50: Morning Work/Welcome
8:50-9:40: Writing Workshop
9:40-10:26: 5th Grade Specials
10:26-10:35: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)
10:35-11:30: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Martin
9:40-10:35: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Gierman
10:35-11:21: 4th Grade Specials
11:21-11:30: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)
4th/5th Graders Return to their Teacher:
11:30-12:30: Math Workshop
1:15-2:30: Reading Workshop
2:30-2:45: 2nd Recess
Woodland follows an “ABC” specials schedule. Tuesday, September 4th will start with “A” day and continue from there.
4th Grade students travel as a class together to specials. Their specials schedule is:
A-PE B-Music C-Art
5th Grade students are split among the three regular 5th grade classes. Their specials schedule depends on the teacher they attend specials with. It may change during the year.
Phou: A-PE B-Music C-Art
Davison: A-Art B-PE C-Music
(Xavier, James, Blair, Georgie)
McNaughton: A-Music B-Art C-PE(Luca, Kayla, Aapratim, Annabel)
Upcoming Important Dates
Normal School Hours: 8:32 - 3:39 (GT dismissal 3:34)
Half Day Hours: 8:32 - 11:45
Nov. 6: 1/2 day & Chuck E. Cheese Night 4-10
Nov. 8 & 9: ROARS store @ school
Nov. 13: PTO meeting 7-9
Nov. 14: Picture retake day & Current GATE Families Info Night @ Admin Building 6:30
Nov. 16: 1/2 Day
Nov. 20: 1/2 Day, end of 1st Marking period
Nov. 21-23: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 7: 1/2 Day
A paper copy came home with your child within the first week of school.