# Weekly News

## Angle Measurement and Plane Figures

Mid Unit quizzes are returned this week.

• Use the addition of adjacent angle measures to solve problems using a symbol for the unknown angle measure.

• Recognize lines of symmetry for given two-dimensional figures. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.

• Analyze and classify triangles based on side length, angle measure, or both.

## IXL

Geometry

P. 10, 13, 14, 17

We will work on these assignments in class, but students are welcome to work at home, too. :) After your child completes these, they may revisit the multiplication section on IXL.

The link below opens to mini lessons via video tutorial and practice problems that align to this module's objectives.

## Language Arts

No spelling this this week due to the short week, Smarty Plants assembly, and research project.

## Island of the Blue Dolphins

We continue with this classic novel by Scott O' Dell this week. It is a story of survival and self discovery. In addition to time in class, students will be required to read passages at home and come to school prepared to discuss and apply the reading into discussion and written response.

Students did an excellent job responding to nightly reading in their reading logs. We are shifting our focus to Accelerated Reader. Students will still be required to read at home for 20+ minutes, but they will take reading quizzes at school rather than written responses at home. If you feel your child would benefit from the accountability of the reading log, let me know and I will provide it.

## Exploration and Early Settlements of California

• Identify the sea routes of early explorers of California and the North Pacific
• Explain the effects of waterways on exploration
• Identify the land and sea routes taken to California by early settlers
• Describe the hardships the Spanish faced in settling Alta California

## California Native Animals: Research Report

Students will select a native animal and research important elements about the animal. They will write a concise informative essay and present the information to class. This week students select the animal and begin gathering information. Students will have time in school to work on this assignment, but may continue to conduct additional research at home. Students will receive detailed instructions this week.

## Paraphrasing

Last week we worked on paraphrasing. This important skill helps students read informational texts and then learn how to think and then articulate the facts in their own words. We were energized to see how fun, meaningful, and powerful this skill can be. I was very impressed by the students. They even used it instantly in their social studies essay test response! Bravo!! This was meant to serve as a useful tool for the research project, but students are quickly discovering that they can use it in many subject areas.

"Paraphrasing is really fun and it helps you understand what you write." - Caryn

"My impression about paraphrasing is that instead of trying to remember what they say, I just remember what I say." - J.T.

"After I paraphrased, I felt like the entire paragraph was min." - Lucas V.

"After paraphrasing, I felt like my brain lit up a lot more than it usually does." - Chloe R.

## Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood

We spend the next few weeks discussing, modeling, and role playing habit #5: Seek first to understand before being understood.

## Coming Up

January 19 Smarty Plants Assembly

January 22 Report Cards

~ Mrs. Jones