Mrs. Blankenship's News You Can Use

Week of September 7, 2015

Thank you for a great Boosterthon!

As of today, our class has raised $1626.46! Thank you for your support! Now is the time to collect. You will find an envelope for those donations that will not be paid online. Thank you in advance for helping to secure payments.

Curriculum Focus:

From Mrs. Blankenship:

In reading, we will begin our study of paired reading passages. Students will practice retrieving and consolidating information from two sources. As I have shared in class, I expect that students now implement proper restating of questions. This applies in open responses across all subjects. We will continue our practice of proper citing from passages. There will be no graded assignments next week.

In grammar, our focus will be on constructing compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences. We will also practice combining sentences for effect and clarity. There may be a DG by the end of the week depending on the students' level of understanding.

In writing, I am planning a timed narrative piece that will count as a test and spelling grade. The spelling will come from the proper use of grade level words. I will not penalize a student for trying their hand at rich vocabulary. This piece will be part of the students' portfolios that will be available at conferences.

Our Greek/Latin root for the week will be Dic/Scrib, and Script. The DG will be administered Friday.

From Dr. Shaw:

In math, we will wrap up our study of whole number multiplication and division next week with a math test on Friday. The daily grade from the 4th will be returned and we will review any skills that were problematic on the daily grade. The test will include mostly word problems for multiplication and division, so we will focus on discerning between the two. This test also covers the PEMDAS skill. Next up in math - adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.

In social studies, we will conclude our study of the causes of the Civil War with test on Thursday. A study guide has already been handed out and the class has had time to work on it at school. The rest of the nine weeks will focus on the war itself and Reconstruction.

In science, we will begin learning about the classification of plants and animals next week. There are no graded assignments in science next week.

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Labor Day Holiday Monday, September 7, 2015

Enjoy the extended weekend with your family. School will resume Tuesday, September 8th.