This Week In Room 411
Week of April 11, 2016
SPECIALS SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK
Monday, April 11th
- E-Day: Art
- State ELA Assessment
- LTMS Incoming 6th grade Parent Meeting-Information went home last week.
Tuesday, April 12th
- T-Day: Library/Counselor
- State ELA Assessment
- PTA Meeting at 6pm. This is a change in time.
Wednesday, April 13th
- C-Day: PE/Music
- No Band
- The menu our class created is being served today.
Thursday, April 14th
- O-Day: Computers
- LTMS Pre-enrollment packets are due. These went home last week.
- Elementary Choral Festival at Mill Valley HIgh School Gymnasium @7pm.
Friday, April 15th
- M-Day: PE/Music
- Vocabulary test is today.
- 50 cent Friday
- Book Fair
Monday, April 18th
Student Created Menu Contest-Wednesday
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WHAT WE'RE LEARNING THIS WEEK
This week we will complete The Sign of the Beaver. We now get to watch the TV adaptation of the book. Students will then have a choice as to whether they compare the book to the movie or the book to Island of the Blue Dolphins. They will also choose whether to publish their comparison as either a podcast, a written piece, a typed piece, or on their Kidblog site.
Vocabulary packets are due this Friday. The test is also this Friday.
- analyzing the spotlight sentence
- writing a fictional narrative from a picture prompt
This week students will focus on:
- analyzing bias in two images of the Boston Massacre
- depicting and explaining two viewpoints of the Boston Massacre
- Thomas Payne's Common Sense
- Patrick Henry's speech, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
Our STEM project will be to build a bow that will fire an arrow and hit a target. The supplies are string, craft stick, and cotton swab. This goes along with The Sign of the Beaver. The class has had a great time with these projects and in working with partners they don't always get to work with during other parts of the day.
This week our focus is on:
- converting metric measurements of mass, capacity, and length
- solving word problems where customary and metric conversions are necessary to solve the problem
We are also involved in the Stock Market Game. Students are working in groups to buy and sell stocks. It's been fun to listen to their conversations as they decide what to buy, and if they need to sell.
Most days students will be able to finish their math practice in class. However, at home they could work on math facts, either through flashcards or www.xtramath.org. In addition, spend ten to fifteen minutes on www.frontrowed.com to practice our current concepts. If your child has mastered the ones for Numbers Base Ten, then move on to geometry as this is often one that interests students and one they can accomplish independently. Any time your child is requesting more math opportunities, direct them to this site. They are familiar with it.
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