A Peek into Mrs. Pineda's Class

March Madness

Time Flies!

I can't believe it's March already! Time flies, especially after the crazy winter we've had. But, our learning doesn't stop. We have five weeks of school left before testing week, and the students still have much to learn. I cannot stress enough how important it is for them to be present, attentive, and cooperative in class. Thank you so much for supporting this on a daily basis. Below you will see photos and links and all kinds of information for upcoming events in our class and school. Thank you for visiting our online newsletter!

GYSTC Field Trip Report

Students had lots of fun studying and exploring forces and motion in the classroom and outer space in a planetarium!

Learning Topics

This week in Spelling: R controlled endings

Words like professor, beggar, hunter, etc. are being practiced in class. Generally an -or is used in words when it comes after ss, ct, it, at, or ut.


www.spellingcity.com

This week in MATH: FRACTIONS

We will be finishing Topic 11 and moving on to Topic 12 in the math text. I am working on creating screencasts using Educreations for students to review learned concepts. Also, tutorials and practice are available on the pearsonsuccessnet website.


www.pearsonsuccessnet.com


http://ow.ly/uekUM for a lesson on finding equivalent fractions using multiplication or division

This week in LANGUAGE/WRITING

We are placing a huge emphasis on staying on topic. Our language skills right now are embedded in that writing. Students may be asked to include figurative language in their writing, focus on capitalization or punctuation, identify action verbs, or include adjectives or dialogue.

This week in SOCIAL STUDIES

We are finishing up the American Revolution. Students seem very interested in the topic. I urge them to spend some time researching websites. Also the History Channel has many American Revolution documentaries some may be interested in.

New Technology Coming!

Students have been using the Educreations app in the classroom to make screencasts. Earlier this year we used them to make weather reports. Now some students are using it to practice reading fluency. I included a link above to a screencast I made for students to review how to find equivalent fractions, but it is not widely available in any location nor is it easy to search for without the direct link. I am experimenting with a new screencast app, Explain Everything, that will allow me to upload videos to YouTube. This will open many review possibilities for students and parents. As soon as I get it working, I will send you instructions on how to connect to my YouTube channel.