We Are... Room 304!

Miss Anderson's Weekly Scoop

January 18-22, 2016

Don't Forget...

January 18th ~

  • Tiger of the Week - Victoria G.

January 19th ~

  • Happy 1/2 Birthday Lauren S.! - Dress like a Minion Day!

January 22nd ~

  • 20 Book Challenge Sheets Due (7-10 Books should be read by now!)
  • Northeast Journal Due
  • Northeast Quiz

January 26th ~

  • 1/2 Day - End of 2nd Marking Period
January 29th ~
  • Happy 1/2 Birthday Drew S.!

Box Tops... Box Tops... Calling All Box Tops!

We remain in 1st place overall for the year... so keep on clippin'!

Don't forget to send in your Ziploc bag full of Box Tops by January 28, 2016.

Music & Recorders

Just a friendly reminder... Students need to remember to bring their recorders for music every Thursday! Spotlight on the Arts will be here before we know it!

Art's Gettin' Messy...

On Wednesday, our class will begin to see their artistic visions come to life as they begin working with clay in art class! It's very exciting to see our art projects take on a 3-dimensional form, but it can get messy! Please remind your child to dress appropriately, be prepared to roll up their sleeves, and not be afraid to get a little messy in art class!

A few quick things about this week...


This week we will be continuing our unit on historical fiction. Students will be participating in literature circles for one of the following books:

  • I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii
  • The Orphan of Ellis Island
  • George Washington's Socks

Our unit will be focused on using our reading strategies to monitor our comprehension, while also identifying the various elements of historical fiction, and noting internal and external character traits of the main characters.

*Students should be completing 20-Book Challenge sheets to receive credit for independent reading books. By the end of January, students are expected to have read 7-10 books this year to meet their independent reading goals.

No Read to Self Journals will be collected this week; however, students should have at least SIX ENTRIES in their journal for the week of 1/25-1/29.

Ask me about: What are elements of historical fiction? What have you learned about the main character in your book? What are some facts you have learned about the time period?

Writing & Spelling

This week we will be continuing our Informative Non-Research Expository piece by revising our writing to include "tell more" sentences to improve the content of our writing. We will also be revising to include figurative language and sentence variety to improve the style of our writing. Students will be conducting peer conferences to provide feedback to each other throughout the writing process as we work towards creating a published informative piece.

*Due to Northeast Journals being due on Friday, there will be no writing or spelling homework given this week!

Ask me about: How do good writers enhance their writing? What are "tell more" sentences? How do good writers improve their style and content in their writing?

Spelling Homework - NONE


We will be starting Unit #6 this week! This week, students will be introduced to division and its relationship with multiplication. We will be learning the partial-quotients algorithm for 1-digit and 2-digit divisors, as well as the traditional algorithm by the end of the week.

Students should be reviewing their math facts through the use of xtraMath (www.xtramath.org) in order to reach mastery of all functions!

Ask me about: How do you use the partial-quotients algorithm to solve a division problem? How do you use the traditional algorithm to solve a division problem? How are division and multiplication related?

Social Studies - "All Aboard!" We're Taking a Train Tour of the Northeast!

We will wrapping up our tour of the Northeast region this week. Students should be prepared for a quiz on Friday, January 22nd. Northeast Journals are due on Friday, January 22nd.

*Due to Northeast Journals being due on Friday, there will be no spelling homework or writing homework given this week!

Ask me about: What is something surprising that you learned? What social scientist (geographer, economist, political scientist, or historian) would be most interested in that site and why? Why were the first factories built in the northeast? Why is the northeast known as the "birthplace of our nation?"

We are... a PEANUT & TREE NUT safe classroom!

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