Room 604 News

February 8 - 11

Notes:

*No school Friday, February 12 - Monday, February 15.

*Report cards will come home the week of February 16.

*Valentine’s Day falls over our four-day Presidents’ weekend. We will have an opportunity to share Valentines cards with the class on Thursday, February 11th. We will not be having a class party, but we will have some time set aside to exchange cards. Bringing cards is optional. If your child chooses to bring in a set of cards to share, please bring enough to share with all students in class, so no one feels excluded. I’ve included a list of student names in case your child would like to personalize the cards.

*Remember, due to our district wellness policy to promote a healthy lifestyle and because of student food allergies, please do NOT send any food items. Food brought to school will not be distributed. If you’d really like to send something else with the cards, mini-erasers, pencils, tattoos, pens, or other non-food items are alternatives.

Kamesh

Tyler

Kamren

Jenna

Nathan

Taylor

Cameron

Abby

Brennan

Jin

Zaine

Anjali

Luke

Jake

Ireland

Jack

Mason

Carina

Elisabeth

Ava

Beckett

Keira

Sydney

Kylie

Kayla

Kelly

Chris

Charley

Charlize

Classroom Objectives

Language Arts

The students created maps of the Caribbean and prepared for vocabulary that we will encounter while reading the Cay. We played vocabulary bingo for fun of Friday. We have begun the novel, and are on target to finish up on Wednesday or Thursday. Students will be able to take the AR test for points by the next cut off date on Thursday, 2/11.

This week, students will write an expository/informative essay on malaria, which plays a significant role in the book.

At the conclusion of the book, the students will select a choice project highlighting either the Ships and Boats of the Cay, the Coral Reef, or Hurricane Readiness. These activities will be completed in class during the Daily 5 time, or possibly for homework if time is not used wisely.

Math

We have been reviewing place value from the billions through the thousandths place. Students have been comparing and ordering decimals. We will progress toward adding and subtracting this week. The main focus will be on understanding place value so that the digits are aligned properly before proceeding with the operation. They'll need to line up the decimal.

We have a guest teacher on special assignment from the district office coming in on Tuesday to co-teach a lesson with me. It is part of our professional development toward common core math.

Science

Students have been successful with understanding different types of chemical changes that take place. Our last lesson of the chapter involves some ways scientists determine substances through the use of the flame test, or universal indicator paper. We will wrap up the chapter on Monday, prepare a study guide to assist with main objectives of the whole chapter, and take the test on Thursday.

Social Studies

We have been learning of the major events leading up to the American Revolution. We have studied the Boston Massacre, First Continental Congress, the Battle at Lexington and Concord, the Boston Tea Party, and now we are moving onto the Second Continental Congress, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Declaration of Independence. Although we will finish the chapter by Thursday, I will continue on with supplemental curriculum and go into more detail with the Declaration of Independence. We will be taking the chapter test on Friday, 2/19.

I'm aiming for a "Colonial Day' activity with two colleagues on Thursday, 2/18. I will be sending more information once details are established.