The Weekly Grind in Cafe 226

Keep up-to-date on all the happenings in our classroom!

Monday, January 18th 2016

Important Reminders!

1. I hope you all enjoyed your day off in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr!

2. This week I will be out on Wednesday, January 20th... Mrs. Needham will be subbing for me... Still no baby yet! ;)

3. This Wednesday, January 20th is a non-late start day. School starts at 8:25.

What's New in Math?

Skills we will work on this week include:

-Comparing decimal shift patterns

-Estimating products

-Multiplication practice

Remember to look for corrected homework in Friday Folders! I will be correcting about 3-5 questions on each homework assignment in order to provide you and your child with feedback on how they are doing with each concept.

**Please remember that topics are subject to change depending on the pace at which we master each new concept.

New Unit in Reading!

We have finally wrapped up our character analysis unit in reading and are ready to start our informational unit!

As your child prepares to enter the middle school, it becomes increasingly important that your child learn how to successfully read informational texts and gain new knowledge from them.

Some skills we will work on this week include:

-Previewing texts

-Identifying main ideas and supporting details

-Understanding the central message

-Noticing new information and fitting in with what they have previously learned

Be sure to ask your child how they are doing with their weekly letters, and ask to see their Reader's Notebook if you have not seen it lately!

*Please remember that your child should be reading for at least 30 minutes, 5 times per week. Their reading log should be filled out and signed by you frequently!

What's New in Writing?

This past week, we worked on drafting our persuasive essay body paragraphs. Your child should have enough information in their graphic organizers to put together effective body paragraphs. They may need to do some additional reading on Google Classroom to fill in the gaps within their body paragraphs. Make sure you are asking your child how his/her draft is coming along!

**Since this is a shorter writing piece than personal narratives and realistic fiction stories, we are closer to the publishing process than we usually would be!

This week we will work on:

-Creating powerful introductions

-Writing meaningful conclusions

-Conferring with partners and teacher

-Beginning the revising and editing process

Words Their Way - Spelling

This week, your child will receive a new group of spelling words. The homework packet will be collected and their test will be given on Friday, January 29th.

Challenge words for all students:

1. aisle

2. album

3. allergies

4. allowance

5. analyze