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Week of January 4, 2016


Math- This week we will be looking at division in word problems, and also begin to look at remainders and discover what they mean in the context of word problems. Students will have to determine what to do with remainders.

Writing - This week we will share our Literary Non-Fiction pieces in class. Students will also be asked to write their "on-demand" Literary Non-Fiction piece. Students are allowed to use a resource such as a non-fiction text to help them write this. We will then start our next writing unit, Persuasive Essays.

Science - This week we look at the flow of rivers, how hills and rocks can affect the flow of rivers, and how dams work. We will then spend time completing a study guide in preparation for the unit test early next week.

Social Studies - Social Studies will be put on hold as we finish our science unit this week.

Reading- This week we will study the following non-fiction text structures: descriptive, chronological, comparison, cause and effect, and problem and solution. Students should be able to identify and use this information to better understand the non-fiction texts that they are reading.

Teacher Notes

A HUGE thank you!

I just wanted to send a big thank you for your generosity this holiday season! I treasure the thoughtful gifts, just as I treasure your children. I really do feel lucky to have such a great group of students and families to work with this year. I'm looking forward to great things with this group in 2016!

A few reminders...

Students may bring in a non-fiction book, articles, etc to help them write their on-demand literary essay on Tuesday. They should already have a subject in mind!

We need several rocks for our science activity on Tuesday. I will be asking the kids to bring in rocks (egg size-ish). If you could remind them, that would be great!

Math Homework and Remembering Pages

Save this Link! This is a PDF of all of the "Homework and Remembering" Pages. If Fido eats your child's homework, just print off a new page!

Shhhhh... don't tell the students kids, here is a link to the answer key too. This is a great resource to help you check their work each night.