Mrs. Ayers' Newsletter

January 11-January 15

WILL IT EVER SNOW?

Since we may never see any of the white stuff, I thought I would share some with you in the backdrop of this newsletter! HaHa!


On a more serious note, I will be sending a copy of the INCLEMENT WEATHER TRANSPORTATION sheet home with your child this week. Please just initial and send it back if it is correct. If there is a change, please note it on the sheet and send back with your child.


PLEASE HAVE THE CONVERSATION NOW WITH YOUR CHILD ABOUT HOW THEY ARE TO GET HOME JUST IN CASE WE HAVE AN EARLY DISMISSAL DUE TO SNOW. It is very stressful for kids to wonder how they are to get home and even though it is on paper, they get worried that their parents "might have forgotten." LOL

GREAT START TO THE NEW YEAR!!

I just want to brag on your children. They got off to a great start last week. Most students completed all of their writing morning work. They worked hard on completing their math homework correctly and having it ready to grade each day. They also had to exercise GREAT patience and self-control while I attempted to work with each student to fix computer glitches as they tried to log in using their new passwords. They earned a compliment from Miss Atkinson and from the substitute on Wednesday when I was out. I am truly amazed at the increase in maturity and responsibility of the students since the beginning of the year. SO VERY PROUD OF THEM!!!!!!

NEW LAP TOPS

I am sure that your child has come home talking about the new Laptops which we got last week. I am truly just as excited as the students about these laptops. This is a HUGE learning curve for all teachers, as well as students, so it does come with excitement and a bit of frustration as we work all of the kinks out. But I embrace change and advancement so we are making headway!


I want you to understand how we will be using the laptops. Currently, I have assigned a reading assesment online for the students, which they will complete at designated time throughout the day. Students will also be working on Lexia Core and Moby Max. I will have Moby Max up and running by Friday. Moby Max gives great information on progress in reading. Several students have finished Lexia Core so they will work on Moby Max since it goes up to 8th grade. Students will be doing research and reading online articles for our next big writing assignment, which will be an Opinion piece on Zoos. The laptops will also be used for enrichment and support of math objectives. Their are many great education websites which I will have students to access as I work with individual groups.


Students will be allowed to earn FREE PLAY on the laptops by turning in all work on time for the entire week.


I know some may be concerned about so much time spent on computers but this is the direction education is taking. We have been told that within the next 3 years students will be submitting all work online. So we are just preparing them for the future. But don't worry, they will have PLENTY of time off of the computers.


If you have any concerns or questions about the laptops, please let me know. This year, our students will not be taking the computers home. However, in the years to come students will more than likely be bringing laptops home and completing and submitting work online.

math practice

Candy Needed for FRACTION MATH

We start our fraction unit this week. We will be using candy to learn about fractions. I have some conversation hearts. We could use any type of candy that can be used such as m&m's, skittles, etc.
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I am still in need of volunteers to listen to students read for 1-3 minutes and record how many words per minute they are reading. If you could spare ANY time each week to help out with listening to a child read, PLEASE let me know. Grandparents, parents, or any adult family member who loves kids are welcomed and appreciated!
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Word Problems

This week students will continue to work on completing word problems. The focus will be on completing multi-step perimeter and area problems. They know how to find area and perimeter, however, when they have to solve multistep word problems it is far more challenging.

NOTE THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PRINT THE MATH WORD PROBLEMS. I GIVE THE STUDENTS A SHEET OF PROBLEMS AT HOME AND THEY GLUE THEM IN THEIR MATH NOTEBOOKS

STUDY MULTIPLICATION FACTS

The fraction unit will require your child to put his or her knowledge of multiplication facts to work. I will be giving multiplication tests each week so PLEASE help your child study 5-10 minutes each night.

MONDAY NIGHT MATH HOMEWORK


************ YOU MUST DRAW AND LABEL EACH FIGURE AND SHOW YOUR WORK IN ORDER TO GET FULL CREDIT. IF YOU HAVE THE CORRECT ANSWER BUT DO NOT SHOW WORK THEN POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED.**************************************


1)A square piece of paper has an area of 36 square inches. What is the perimeter of the paper?


2)A rectangular rabbit pen has an area of 165 square feet. The length of the pen is 15 feet.


· What is the width of the rabbit pen?

· What is the perimeter of the rabbit pen?

Tuesday Night Math Homework

3) A rectangle has a length of 9 inches and a perimeter of 22 inches. What is the width of the rectangle?



4) A rectangle has an area of 42 square centimeters and a length of 7 centimeters. What is the width of the rectangle?



5) A plan for a new wing of classrooms includes a rectangular closet with an area of 48 square feet and a perimeter of 32 feet. If the dimensions of the closet are whole numbers, what are the length and width of the closet?

Wednesday Night Homework

6) Kimmy just measured the living room so she can get carpet. The living room is 9 feet wide and 10 feet long. How many square feet of carpet does she need to buy?


7)A piece of a puzzle is shaped like a trapezoid. The lengths of the side are 16 inches, 7 inches, 6 inches, and 10 inches. What is the perimeter of the puzzle piece?


8) William buys a new desk for his office which measures 11 feet by 14 feet. He wants to put a cover on the desk that costs $18 per square foot. How much will it cost William to buy a desk cover?



9)Alexander has a square-shaped basket of apples. The basket covers the area of 36 feet squared . Find the length of any side of the basket?

Thursday Night Homework


10) Ronald wants to paint his drawing room wall which measures 8 feet by 9 feet. The cost of the paint is $14 per square foot. How much will it cost Ronald to paint the wall?


11) Danielle has a rectangular pen stand whose length is 13 inches and the width is 16 inches. Find the area of a rectangular pen stand.



12) Maria wants to cover a rectangular wooden box that measures 19 feet by 21 feet. She needs a piece of cloth to cover the box. The cost of the cloth is $30 per square foot. How much will it cost Maria to cover the wooden box?

CHECK OUT THE POWER POINT BELOW TO SEE HOW STUDENTS HAVE LEARNED TO COMPLETE AREA AND PERIMETER WORD PROBLEMS

LANGUAGE HOMEWORK-10 SENTENCES DUE FRIDAY

Write a GOOD sentence with each vocabulary word.


  1. Use capitalization.
  2. Use punctuation.
  3. Use complete sentences.
  4. Remember that a GOOD sentence must have enough detail in them that if you left the word out, a friend could guess what belongs in the blank.

You can look at last week's newsletter for examples of GOOD and NOT SO GOOD sentences.

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FLOCABULARY UNIT 10 VOCABULARY WORDS

Alert, ancestor, arrest, ascend, descend, destructive, frontier, proceed, surface, tradition

Unit 10 Flocabulary

1)· alert
(adj) Paying attention and ready to act.
Standing a few feet from second base, Reyes had his knees bent; he was totally alert.
(noun) An alarm.
The police sent out an alert to the whole town that there had been a big prison
break.
(verb) To warn or make aware of.
Bob alerted me that I was wearing my shirt backward.


2)· ancestor
(noun) A family member who lived at an earlier time.
Jin’s ancestors first came to America before the Civil War.

3) · arrest
(verb) To take someone and hold them for breaking the law.
The police arrested the magician for making the money in the bank disappear.

4)· ascend
(verb) To move upward.
The space shuttle ascended into the clouds.

5)· descend
(verb) To go or come down.
As we descended from the mountaintop, my ears began to pop.


6)· destructive
(adj) Causing harm or damage.
Smoking cigarettes is destructive to your lungs.


7)· frontier
(noun) The outer edge of something, in which whatever is beyond that edge is wild or unknown.
Davy Crockett lived on the frontier, right by a forest that no one had ever explored.


8)· proceed
(verb) To start or continue in an orderly way.
After seeing the Statue of Liberty, we will proceed on to the Empire State Building.


9)· surface
(noun) The outside layer; the top.
The surface of the moon is made of rock.


10)· tradition
(noun) A belief, custom, or usual way of doing things, handed down within families or other groups.
I don’t know why we eat with a fork instead of our hands; I guess it’s tradition.

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There will be NO school next Monday and Tuesday, January 18th and 19th.

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I will be sending home some graded work this week and next week in a folder. Please keep work at home and let me know if you have questions.

Don't forget to check Power School to see newly added grades.