The Silver Scoop
You are invited to the Harlem Wizards basketball game on Monday, December 8 at PHS. Click here for more details. There will be special show put on by a few Wizards players at school on Monday afternoon!
This week's special schedule:
Monday--Art, Tuesday--Gym, Wednesday--Computer Lab, Thursday--Library, Friday--Music
Last Week's Learning
What We Are Studying This Week
DOL/Journal -- This week we will do DOL #16 with a test on Friday, and students need to write one full page in their journals by Friday, too.
STARS Club -- Be sure to ask your child about the book he/she is reading in STARS Club.
Math -- This week we will continue to learn more about division. We will do Lessons 9-3, 9-4, 9-5, and 9-6. Students will learn the steps of the division algorithm, using the mnemonic device: Does McDonald's Sell Cheeseburgers? This will help them remember the steps: Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Check, Bring down. We will also work on story problems and identifying whether a problem requires multiplication or division. There will be homework on Monday through Thursday.
Science --We are finished with Unit 2 on electricity, magnetism, and heat energy! On Tuesday the students will make a study guide chock full of information they should already know. Review the study guide with your child to prepare for a test on Friday. In class we will review the practice test that is in the book, but that is another excellent tool to use with your child to help review for the test.
Word Work -- We are on List #16 on the prefixes mis-, non-, and re-. Students need to learn the meanings of each of these (mis=wrong, non=not, re=again) and the spellings of 20 words that use these prefixes. There will be test on Friday. This week's words: misplace, nonsense, reread, repack, misfortune, remove, mishandle, nonstop, recover, reseal, misbehavior, reunion, nonfiction, rebound, mistreat, readjust, misprint, nonprofit, nonstick, misquote.
Reading & Language --We started reading The Family Under the Bridge last week. This short novel takes place in Paris at Christmas time and is about a hobo named Armand who befriends three young homeless children. This week we will continue reading this book, and there will be a homework assignment over Chapters 3 and 4 on Tuesday. This homework assignment will be critically graded, particularly the long response answers. We have spent a lot of class time discussing the attributes of a high-quality answer, and so I will be looking for those traits in the students' work. I expect them to combine the things they've learned and practiced in DOL and writing lessons into their reading response answers.
Social Studies -- We will begin reading Unit 2, Lesson 3 this week on the exploration and settlement of Indiana by Europeans. If we get it, there may be homework over this lesson on Thursday.