The Pike Road Progress
Upcoming Two Weeks: March 7-March 18
What Is My Place In The Environment?
Planting For PRS Raised Garden Beds
English Language Arts
Last week, students worked on their ability to quote accurately from the text (Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. [RL.5.1].) Students have been working hard to thoroughly answer text-dependent questions using direct quotations and paraphrasing. Students submitted answers in class Thursday and received feedback on these via Edmodo. There will be an in-class assessment on quoting accurately from the text at the beginning of this week (either Monday or Tuesday). The best way to be prepared for this assessment is to be caught up on the reading with Hatchet, and review RACE, which is our strategy for answering text-dependent questions (R-restate the question in a topic sentence, A-answer all parts, C-cite evidence to support answer, E-end with a concluding thought).
We will conclude our study of Hatchet as we lead up to Spring Break. Students will focus in on identifying theme and supporting that claim with evidence from the text (Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. [RL.5.2].) Students will be assigned to create a Theme Mobile for Hatchet at the end of this week. Teachers will supply large straws and string to create the actual mobile. The students are responsible for creating what goes on the ends of the mobile. More instructions will be pushed out when this is assigned, but it will be due March 17. Students will share their work in class that day, so the mobile should be finished when they come to school that Thursday!
Please note that students should still be reading a chapter a night and completing a keynote for vocabulary for Hatchet. Ch. 10-19 Vocabulary will be due March 16. Students will take an end of the text assessment on Hatchet on March 15. This will focus on their ability to comprehend a grade level text. Students should review for the assessment by going over the comprehension questions provided for each chapter!
Students worked together to complete a main event activity that helped them create their Hatchet flipbooks and brochures.
Each morning students are given a single math problem to do while in homeroom. This problem is a review that will help students retain skills learned earlier in the school year. Many students are simply not completing these problems. You can check Edmodo to see if your child has been submitting their bell ringer answers.
Spiral review sheets are being sent home each week as well. Each Friday they are checked. Approximately half of our students each week are not completing these reviews. They should be taped or glued into their math journal. You can check your child's notebook to see the spiral reviews.
Learners used measuring tapes and boxes to find the length, width, and height. They then used those measurements to calculate the volume of a rectangular prism.
We are looking to finish up our study of the Revolutionary War this week. We will discuss the articles of confederation and the three branches of government. Next week we will focus on The Declaration of Independence, federalists and anti-federalists, The Bill of Rights, and the election of George Washington (Standard 9).
When we come back from Spring Break we will shift towards a later time period by studying standard 10:
Describe political, social, and economic events between 1803 and 1860 that led to the expansion of the territory of the United States, including the War of 1812, the Indian Removal Act, the Texas-Mexican War, the Mexican American War, and the Gold Rush of 1849. Analyzing the role of the Louisiana Purchase and explorations of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark for their impact on Westward Expansion. Explaining the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine. Identifying Alabama’s role in the expansion movement in the United States, including the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the Trail of Tears. Identifying the impact of technological developments on United States’ expansion Examples: steamboat, steam locomotive, telegraph, barbed wire.
You can help your student by discussing any of the above historical moments with them. They enjoy hearing about the unsung heroes in history, so researching these events together would be a great way to gain information and understanding.
Our upcoming science lessons will include the study of earth's layers and the atmosphere.