Mrs. Ralston's Weekly Update


Spelling Words Reminder

If you are anything like my family, our evenings are often busier than we'd prefer. I am certain with older kids, your calendars are full. That being said, please carve out a little time in your busy schedules to help your child study their spelling words. Many students are doing well on their two spelling tasks, but struggling on the tests. We do learn the words in class, but much of the practicing needs to be done at home. Thanks for helping your child become a better reader and writer by practicing their spelling words with them.

Important Dates

Dec. 7th

Spelling tasks due and spelling test

Dec. 9th

Winter MAP Reading Test

Dec. 17th

SFT Winter Sing-Along and Classroom Parties

Dec. 18th

Last Day of Quarter 2- Early dismissal

Upcoming Learning

English Language Arts: We will explore the essential question of 'What motivates you to accomplish a goal?' We will be reading narrative and free verse poems to learn about this theme. We will practice identifying the theme of a poem. We will also learn about elements of poetry such as repetition and rhyme. The focus in our writing instruction is the writing trait of word choice. Students will practice using precise language. They will also learn about prepositional phrases and closed syllables.

Wonders 2.5 spelling homework will be sent home on Tuesday, December 8th and due on Tuesday, December 15th

Math: We are learning about numbers and operations in base ten, specifically decimals. We are working on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with decimals. Weekly Math 16 homework comes home on Monday, December 7th and due on Friday, December 11th.

Social Studies: We are continuing our Colonization Unit. Last week students were amused how wrong Disney was about the story of John Smith and Pocahontas! (Ask them to tell you the REAL story!) We are exploring what life was like in the Early English settlements and the reasons America was colonized. We finished our read aloud and I think many students would enjoy reading other books by the author, Elisa Carbone.

Science: Students will continue their technology unit with Mr. Dial.

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Learning about John Smith by examining his map of Virginia