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Week of January 19, 2015

Academics

Math- As the end of the 2nd marking period approaches, there are several assessments that must take place. This week students will be taking the Smarter Balanced Mid-Year math assessment. This is similar to one they took at the beginning of the year. In addition, students will be taking the AIMS WEB Math Computation test this week. If time allows, we will continue chapter 4, working on factors and prime numbers. I anticipate that the Unit 4 math test will occur late next week or the first week in February.

Social Studies - Today we will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., we will watch a short video on his life and discuss his important contributions to our society. This Wednesday we will take the Human Characteristic Quiz. Notes and study guides went home last week. We recently finished reading "Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World" by Jennifer Armstrong and we will be participating in a live video chat through Time for Kids which has a scientist stationed on Antarctica!

Reading - We are going to look at recognizing different text features this week. We will start with descriptive text features, then structures that show chronology, and finally structures that show comparison.

Writing - This week we will work on creating text features to show chronology and comparison in our non-fiction writing. This ties in well with our reading unit!

Spelling - The spelling test will be on Tuesday since we didn't have school on Monday.

Teacher Notes

Still looking for empty 2-liter bottles... Our next unit in science will begin in a few weeks. We will be making terrariums and aquariums out of 2-liter soda bottles. If you have any empty 2-liter bottles, please consider sending them in with your son/daughter. I will let you know when we have enough!


Thank you to our wonderful volunteer drivers who made our library field trip possible! You are the best group of parents out there and I'm lucky to work with you!