Weekly News

January 4-8

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

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Module 3 (Multiplication and Division) tests go home this week. We begin our new unit on Geometry today.

Angle Measurement and Plane Figures

  • Identify and draw points, lines, line segments, rays, and angles. Recognize them in various contexts and familiar figures.
  • Use right angles to determine whether angles are equal to, greater than, or less than right angles. Draw right, obtuse, and acute angles.
  • Identify, define, and draw perpendicular lines.
  • Identify, define, and draw parallel lines. Identify, define, and draw perpendicular lines.
  • Identify, define, and draw parallel lines.



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We will work on these assignments in class, but students are welcome to work at home, too. :)

The link below opens to mini lessons via video tutorial and practice problems that align to this module's objectives.

Language Arts

Spelling/Root Study: The More the Merrier. For the next few weeks we will continue to focus on root words, their meaning, origin, application, and spelling. There will be ten words on this list. You child may also choose to participate in the challenge list. This is open to any student who wants to put in extra effort. The test will be on Friday, as usual. Students will practice words through Spelling City and a word study sheet. This sheet is due on Thursday. At the end of the root study unit we will have a Spelling Bee. The word lists and activities are accessed through Spelling City.

1. plural
2. surplus
3. splurge
4. multiply
5. multipurpose

6. polygon
7. polyester
8. megaphone

9. megahit

10. megabyte

Island of the Blue Dolphins

We begin this classic novel by Scott O' Dell this week. It is a story of survival and self discovery. In addition to time in class, students will be required to read passages at home and come to school prepared to discuss and apply the reading into discussion and written response.

Accelerated Reader

Students did an excellent job responding to nightly reading in their reading logs. We are shifting our focus to Accelerated Reader. Students will still be required to read at home for 20+ minutes, but they will take reading quizzes at school rather than written responses at home. If you feel your child would benefit from the accountability of the reading log, let me know and I will provide it.

California's Indians

We will study this unit for the next few weeks. Below are the lessons' objectives. This week we focus on the First Californians and The Northern Coastal Region

  • The First Californians: How did the early people of California change their ways of life as their environment changed?

  • The Northern Coastal Region: How did the Indians of the northern Coastal Region of California depend on the natural resources around them?

  • The Southern Coastal Region: How did the Indians of the southern Coastal Region of California use both land and sea resources?

  • The Central Valley and Mountains: How did the California Indians of Central Valley and Mountain Regions depend on the natural resources around them?

  • The Desert Region: How di the California Indians in the Desert Region adapt to or modify their dry environment?

Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood

We spend the next few weeks discussing, modeling, and role playing habit #5: Seek first to understand before being understood.
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Coming Up

January 11 Arts Attack

January 18 Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday NO SCHOOL

Have a wonderful week!

~ Mrs. Jones