WKCE Testing

November 12, 13 and 14

Testing will take place right away in the morning. After the testing, students will still attend each class, but the classes will be shortened.

What have we been up to?

Reading: We concluded our study of the focus skill "theme". Our next unit will be on story sequencing and the comprehension strategy of how to use graphic organizers while reading. Our first reading log will be due on Monday, November 3rd. This is an expectation and not optional for the students because it provides accountability to ensure that students make reading a priority.

Achieve 3000: We have really been enjoying the Achieve 3000 program. Your child should be sharing the topics we have been working on in class. We are trying to tie the articles into our social studies and science curriculum. Currently, we are in a contest for Achieve 3000. Ask your child for details on how they can help our class be the District winners!

Spelling/Word Work: We have been busy working on spelling patterns. Please continue to help your child at home. As a reminder, here is what we do on a weekly basis: Monday - cut the words and sort, Tuesday - write the sort, Wednesday - glue the words, Thursday - study for the test on Friday.

Writing: We are getting ready to write personal narratives. We just finished a Bio-Poem. The kids also had an opportunity to draw a caricature of themselves. It was a lot of fun! We also started a monthly scrapbook. We will write about our month and learn a new form of poetry writing for each entry.

Math 1st hour: We have finished Unit 2 and have started Unit 3 which is on multiplying and dividing fractions. Your child can also visit Moby Max and Scootpad at home to reinforce their math skills.

Math 6th hour: We have finished Unit 1 and have started Unit 2 which is on decimals. Your child will need to know how to round decimals, compare decimals and add or subtract decimals. If you notice your child struggling and would like extra support, please don't hesitate to let me know. Your child can also visit Moby Max or Scootpad at home to reinforce the math lessons taught in class.

Science: We are finishing up our Microworlds Unit. We will be getting our live organisms next week. In class, we continue to use the microscopes daily to look at different microscopic objects. Students also learned that printed material is a series of dots. Each student made a pointillism project to illustrate their understanding of this concept.

Social Studies: Students were recently assessed on the Explorer Unit. Our next unit is Colonialism where students will be learning about the 13 original colonies. This unit includes a classroom simulation which will provide students with opportunities of critical thinking, collaboration and project-based learning. This is a very fun unit and I know the students will really enjoy it.

Upcoming Events/Reminders:

Friday, November 8th - End of 1st quarter

Friday, November 15th - Family Game Night at Lineville - 5:30-8:00

Wednesday, November 27th - Half Day - no lunch is served - 11:40 dismissal

Thursday, November 28th & Friday, November 29th - No School

Homework and Planners

We shared at conferences how parents can access the planner each night on our house website. Please feel free to visit our website occasionally to make sure that your child is filling out his/her planner accurately. We also talked with the students about the meaning of "study for test" in their planners. This is part of their homework. At this age, students are learning study skills to assist them in remembering the material taught in class. We have talked about different study strategies such as making notecards, having someone quiz them, rewriting the information, etc. Usually study guides are sent home prior to an assessment to assist the students. Any support that you can offer would be greatly appreciated.