Ms. Macias's Minions

February 10-14

What are we learning in Ms. Macias's class?

Math- Comparing and ordering fractions

Science- Weathering and Erosion

Social Studies- Black History Month Biographies

Important Dates

February 11- Spring Individual Pictures

February 12- Progress Reports go Home

February 14- Valentine's Day (Your child is welcome to bring Valentine's for the class, please see the letter sent home from your child's homeroom teacher)

February 18- Reading Benchmark

February 19- Math Benchmark


I am pleased to tell you that we will be using a website called IXL in our classroom this year. Many of you are familiar with this math program from 3rd grade. Your child will receive his/her password tomorrow in class. It will be taped inside his/her planner. IXL is a comprehensive math review site with an unlimited number of practice questions in hundreds of skills—all of which are aligned to state standards. One of the best things about IXL is that your child can access it from home, so you have a chance to see your child's progress!

To get your child started on your home computer, please follow these easy steps:

1. Go to

2. Enter your child's username and password in the upper right corner and click the button to sign in.

3. Click on Math at the top of the page and navigate to your child's grade level.

4. Find a skill to practice by doing one of the following:

· Select a specific skill to practice from the list of skills. You can place your mouse over any skill to see a sample question and click on the link to begin.

· Go to the Awards section. Each grade level presents challenges for your child to conquer and virtual prizes to be uncovered. Place your mouse over any challenge to begin.

In addition to making math practice exciting, IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. The website is adaptive and will adjust to your child's demonstrated ability level. The site also saves all of your child's results, so you can monitor your child's progress anytime by clicking on the Reports at the top of the page.

I hope you'll encourage your son or daughter to use IXL daily. Here's to a year of working together to make math fun for your child!