Ms. Patinka's Classroom Newsletter

May 2015

Fourth Quarter Curriculum

I feel like a broken record but I really cannot repeat the importance of fourth quarter enough! I hope that we can all work together to encourage and motivate students to do their best each and every day. We are learning new content and reviewing in reading and math so it is critical that students remain on task and willing to work their hardest each day.

In reading, we have begun our testing unit. We will be reading various passages and using many strategies to closely read the text. Students will be working to recognize various question types in reading. I feel that being able to identify what the question is asking them enables students to find the correct answer more effectively.

In math, we are working on our last few weeks of measurement. Students will be measuring angles using protractors, measuring angles in reference to circles, and finding missing angle measurements based on known angles. We will be doing a lot of center work to practice new content and review previously learned standards. I have taken each individual students lowest math standards and made a Google Drive table that gives them the standard as well and activities to do to receive more practice. This will always be one center in our daily math practice. If you would like more practice regarding these math standards please let me know!

In science we will be exploring force and motion. Students will be engaged in hands on activities that allow them to really understand these concepts. Then, we will be finishing up science with a study of animal adaptations. Students will understand the concepts of variation and relatedness and how animals have adapted to thrive in certain environments.

We are finishing up our study of economics in North Carolina. Students created awesome business plans, ask to see them!

Upcoming Dates

  • 5/6 Progress Reports
  • 5/12-5/14 EOG Review Camp
  • 5/13 Early Release Day
  • 5/27 ELA EOG
  • 5/28 Math EOG

Volunteers Needed

On May 21st and May 22nd I have planned a few scavenger hunt review activities. I would appreciate a few volunteers each of these days to help ensure the activities go smoothly. Please let me know if you would be interested!

Also, proctors are still needed for our EOG testing May 27 and May 28. Please email me if you are able to help!