Fourth and Fifth Grade Newsletter

March 2014

Upcoming Events

3/14: ACSI Piano Festival; End of third quarter
3/20: Spring Pictures; students may wear Spring attire
3/22: Open House, Conyers and Covington campuses, 9-11 a.m.
4/7-11: Spring Break

Content Information

Fourth Grade Language Arts, Social Studies

Language Arts: Students are continuing to learn and apply the rules of GUM (grammar, usage, mechanics) in all aspects of their writing. Fourth graders need to continue to encode all written pieces; they will touch each letter/ word and read them with their mouths. This process is the opposite of decoding, or the process in which our brains fix errors automatically. Students must utilize this skill to become better spellers and writers. Women's History Month is celebrated in the month of March, so students have been researching women who have contributed significantly to various areas. Fourth graders' research will culminate into a writing piece published next week. Please continue to encourage your student to work carefully and diligently on all tasks. In Reading, we are continuing Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. Please continue to encourage your student/s to read and do their best to meet and exceed set AR goals.
**Please note: Students filling out their monthly Reading calendars indicating they are reading 16 times per month for 25 minutes should be taking AR tests regularly and meeting their quarterly AR goals.**
Social Studies: Students have begun their study of American colonization with a look at the thirteen original colonies.

Fourth Grade Math, Science

Math:

Fourth grade has been working on adding, subtracting, and multiplying decimals over the last couple of weeks. They will work on this unit much more extensively in fifth grade, so on Monday we will be moving on to our Geometry unit.

Please make sure students are working on Math homework every night (Mon-Thurs). It is very important for them to go home and continue to practice the skill that we worked on in class. Students should also be practicing Math facts on Xtramath.com for at least 5 minutes at a time. March calendars will be due on April 1st. I have told all of the students that when they finish their Xtra Math program (through division), AND they pass all of their timed multiplication tests (through the 12s), they will NOT have to complete the Xtra Math calendars for the rest of the year.

Science: We are still working in the Force and Motion unit, but we are nearing the end. The students will be starting the Simple Machines project next week, at home, and I will send home more information about the requirements next week.

Fifth Grade Language Arts, Social Studies

Language Arts: Students are amidst their study of sentence diagramming, as we focus our GUM efforts on parts of speech. Fifth graders have also begun to apply their GUM knowledge through proofing daily in class. In Reading, students are trying to solve the mystery presented in The Westing Game; they continue keeping suspect files in an effort to discover the murderer of Mr. Westing. Women's History Month is celebrated in the month of March, so students have been researching women who have contributed significantly to various areas. Fifth graders' research will culminate into a writing piece published next week.
**Please note: Students filling out their monthly Reading calendars indicating they are reading 16 times per month for 25 minutes should be taking AR tests regularly and meeting their quarterly AR goals.**
Social Studies: Fifth graders are moving into a study of the early twentieth century, looking at industrialization, the 'Roaring Twenties', and World War I.

Fifth Grade Math, Science

Math: Fifth grade is working in the Geometry unit, and currently they are working on finding the area of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, and circles. We will move on to volume next.
Please make sure students are working on Math homework every night (Mon-Thurs). It is very important for them to go home and continue to practice the skill that we worked on in class. Students should also be practicing Math facts on Xtramath.com for at least 5 minutes per time. March calendars will be due April 1st. I have told all of the students that when they finish their Xtra Math program (through division), AND they pass all of their timed division tests (through the 12s), they will NOT have to complete the Xtra Math calendars for the rest of the year.
Science: We are currently working in the Electricity and Magnetism unit. We will finish this unit in the next couple of weeks.

March Birthdays

3/1: Haley Hopkins
3/1: Kristen Carr
3/11: Grace Mann
3/27: Lauren Yancey

Spelling Bee Participants (top) and Math Olympic Participants (bottom)

Spelling Bee representatives were: fourth grader Nicholas Julien (not pictured), fourth grader Alana Williamson, fifth grader Deanna Azahar, and fifth grader Kristen Carr. Deanna Azahar placed second, and Kristen Carr placed third. Congratulations, super spellers!

Math Olympic participants were: fourth grader Daniel Arias, fourth grader Jacob McCool, fourth grader Amelia Page, fourth grader Cassandra Torres, fifth grader Deanna Azahar, fifth grader Kristen Carr, and fifth grader Dominic Pittman. Deanna Azahar placed second in Math Computation, and Kristen Carr placed fourth in Math Computation. Congratulations to all!