Gabriel's January News

January 14, 2014

Important Dates

  • Friday, January 17 - end of second nine weeks. All work and corrections must be turned in by Friday.
  • Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday; schools/offices closed
  • Tuesday, January 21 -Student Holiday - Teacher Work Day
  • Friday, January 24 - Report Cards go home
  • Saturday, January 25 - District 5 Chess Tournament @ LMES - 8:00 -1:00


Social Studies and Science

In Chapter 7, we learned about the French and Indian War, which was fought between the English colonists and the French and Indians over the land known as the Ohio River Valley. In order to win this war, the English colonists relied on soldiers and supplies from Great Britain. In chapter 8, we discovered that to repay the debt from the war, King George III and Parliament (in England) began imposing several taxes on the colonists here. Tomorrow, we will talk more about how the tensions between the colonists and British soldiers led to the Boston Massacre. Chapter 8 is full of events that lead up to the Revolutionary War. Be sure to ask your child about all he/she is learning.


In science, we have started our "Organisms and Their Environment" unit. First, we learned that all living things can be classified as either plants or animals. Plants can be classified by flowering and non-flowering plants. We have just learned about invertebrates, or animals without backbones, such as jellyfish, worms, insects, crabs, and shrimp. Animals with backbones are called vertebrates and can be broken into five classifications: mammals, fish, amphibians, birds, and reptiles. We will have a quiz reviewing vertebrates and invertebrates on Friday. Your child should look over his/her notebook pages.

ELA & Math

In reading, we just finished learning about first person point-of-view (POV), where the narrator of the story is a character in the story, and third persson POV, where the narrator is not a character in the story but may share the feelings of one of more characters with the reader. inferring theme is the next topic in reading. Authors write with the intention that the reader will come away having learned something, such as the importance of honesty, perseverence, or loyalty. We have already started discovering themes of classroom read aloud books.


In word study this week, we continue learning suffixes and determining the meaning of the new word when a suffix is added to a base word.


We are just finishing up a cold opinion writing prompt, or one that I give with no explanation or help. From there, I determine specifically what the main focus needs to be when teaching content, organization, voice and conventions in essay writing. Students will learn how to determine which kind of type of essay to write based on the prompt (opinion, narrative, persuasive, or informative).


We finished our chapter on long division and with a lot of practice and perseverence, students did quite well. We just started chapter 7 with numeric and non-numeric patterns.