Happy New Year
Updates and Previews for the Month of January
Reminders and Updates
- Friday Reports come home each Friday providing a quick snapshot of the week. They should be signed and returned on Monday!
- Monday Folders resumed today. Please empty folders, sign, and return. As always, students may correct any work and return it!
- Students should write homework in their agenda books each day as it is written on the board. If you have and questions or concerns about homework, please let me know. We use the majority of assignments in class the next day.
- The 2nd Marking Period ends next Friday, January 16th.
- There is no school on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Day or Friday, January 23rd due to Staff Development.
- January's Reading Log is due 1/30. All students should make an effort to read for at least 20 minutes three nights during the week and once on the weekend. Please initial their reading log as it is completed. This counts towards their reading participation grade and we are tracking our progress in class all year. For other options, see the back of their reading log chart (inside homework folder!).
- Weekly Blog Challenge: These challenges are posted on Kidblog each Sunday with the expectation that students will create a new post of their own in response by Friday. Students are connecting with classrooms all over the country and world through Kidblog! Check out your child's blog. Leave them a comment! :-)
- Parent Teacher conferences will take place the first week in February. Look for more information to follow!
Curriculum Updates and Resources
Our next novel is Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. This novel will support our work in ELA Units 3 and 4. Skills in this unit include theme comparison, using context clues to determine word meanings, main idea and details, contributions of multimedia to text, and close reading.
While our classwork puts a strong emphasis on collaboration and small group work, many discussions and assessments take place on Schoology where we continue to develop our digital citizenship and collaborative skills. Journal responses, reflection questions, and checkpoints can be found on Schoology!
We are currently reading The One and Only Ivan aloud in class. This read aloud is being handled much like our Global Read Aloud was this fall. Students complete reflection questions on Schoology and discuss ideas with students in Mrs. Marsh's classroom as well as with students in 5th grade at Wilbur. More information on Ivan can be found here!
Researching the past in Social Studies...
Prior to break we studied the Industrial Revolution and the rise of inventors. Two of our focuses in ELA will be informative and informational writing. Students will be studying an inventor of their choice and completing a writing piece using their research.
During Social Studies, our work will focus largely on the Great Depression. This study supports our work with Bud, Not Buddy in ELA. Students will be researching a topic of their choice. Using the information gathered and organized, students will create a newspaper article and multimedia presentation of their choice to share information in a logical manner with their classmates!
Happening NOW in math...
This learning map is located on our website under Math (Units 4-6)! Students will apply and further develop their fraction and percent knowledge as we learn to compare, order, add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals. Resources will continue to be added to our website over the course of the unit.
We will also learn how to convert fractions to decimals AND decimals to percents, creating real life connections with data from the current NCAA basketball season!
Jumping into science unit 2...
Our next science kit is Mixtures and Solutions. Click here to access resources to help with the creation of connections at home, including vocabulary and science stories! You will need to log in as a guest. Students will be setup with log in accounts for the website this week in class to help you gain access via our classroom website!
Visit our classroom website!
Our website is command central for many of the activities we complete in class; additionally, lots of resources and extension activities are posted weekly! Many parents requested ideas during conferences for places to go for additional practice. Activities on our website are accessible from most devices and our website can be used anywhere where internet access is available.