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Miss Anderson's Weekly Scoop
January 11-14, 2016
January 11th ~
- Tiger of the Week - Victoria G.
- Home & School Meeting @ 7:00 PM - Titus Dining Room
- Unit #5 Math Test
- NO SCHOOL
January 19th ~
- Happy 1/2 Birthday Lauren S.!
January 22nd ~
- 20 Book Challenge Sheets Due (7-10 Books should be read by now!)
January 26th ~
- 1/2 Day - End of 2nd Marking Period
- Happy 1/2 Birthday Drew S.!
A few quick things about this week...
This week we will be starting a 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 may have reading assignments to complete at home in preparation for their literature circle meeting.
*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.
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 choosing a teacher who has impacted our lives and informing our readers of character traits that made them a memorable teacher. We will be developing a five-paragraph written piece (introduction, three body paragraphs, & conclusion) based on our knowledge. Throughout our unit, students will be learning how to organize information to develop a written piece focused on one topic with a clear thesis statement.
As homework this week, students will be revising their paragraphs written next week. A new, revised version of their paragraph about a cold, winter day will be due on Friday. Students may type their published paragraph if they wish! - A great way to practice their typing skills at home!
Ask me about:
What are elements of informational writing? How do writers generate ideas for informational writing?
Spelling Homework - pgs. 81-82 due Thursday, Unit #13 Quiz Friday
We will be wrapping up Unit #5 - Big Numbers, Estimation, and Computation. Be on the lookout for a study guide for our Unit #5 test scheduled for Thursday, January 14th! All reviews (answer keys) and study guides will be posted on our class website and homework page!
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 solve a multi-digit multiplication problem using the traditional method/algorithm? How do you read, write, and say large numbers? How do you name numbers using exponential notation? How do you round/estimate large numbers? How do you explain your thinking to solve a problem?
Social Studies - "All Aboard!" We're Taking a Train Tour of the Northeast!
We will be boarding the Social Studies train to learn more about the Northeast region as we taking a Train Tour of various sites in the Northeast! The Northeast Journal project is an ongoing project throughout our tour of the Northeast, and it is your child's job to manage their time wisely in completing their journal entries. Information will also be posted on our class website - Social Studies page!
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?"