This Week In Room 411

Week of October 12, 2015

Field Trip Was Awesome

The kids did such a great job on the field trip. They were polite and were enthralled by the presentations. Students also put our Donors Choose iPad mini to good use as they took many pictures and will be creating book trailers and iMovies with them.

SPECIALS SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK

Sparkle meets Monday-Wednesday. You have your child's club schedule

Monday,October 12th
  • O-Day: Computers
  • Band: All woodwinds and percussion

Tuesday, October 13th

  • M-Day: PE/Music
  • Band: Brass (trombones, trumpets, baritones) and percussion
  • Choir

Wednesday, October 14th

  • E-Day: Art
  • Band: No Band today.

Thursday, October 15th

  • T-Day: Library/Counselor
  • Band: Brass (trombones, trumpets, baritones) and percussion
  • Choir

Friday, October 16th

  • C-Day: PE/Music
  • No Band

Monday,October 19th

  • No School-Teacher Professional and Work Day

WHAT WE'RE LEARNING THIS WEEK

READING

This week we complete The Island of the Blue Dolphins. The class has worked hard at using text evidence to support their answers, and to use complete sentences when answering questions.


Also this week we continue with the Global Read Aloud project. Last week many students were able to post their first response to the book on Kidblog. Students will also be commenting on the posts of our buddy class as well. Click below to view a book trailer about the book we will be reading, Fish In a Tree.

VOCABULARY

New lists and packets are coming home today. Please help your child remember that their packet is due the day of the test (next Friday). Many students are still scrambling at the last minute to turn these in. They do have two weeks in class and at home in which to complete these.


Last week I showed the class the website www.wordbyletter.com. This is a great site in that you enter the prefix and suffix and it provides students with a list of words. An online dictionary can also be found at http://www.wordcentral.com/ .

WRITING

This week we continue our opinion piece on cursive writing. This week our focus will be on choosing a position and supporting it with research. Our language focus continues to be on verb tenses.

In addition, students will be continue posting their first opinion piece, and then their responses to our Global Read Aloud project on Fish In a Tree on to our Kidblog site.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Last week students chose a Native American culture to research and become one of the class leading experts on that culture. They will also create a reproduction of an artifact from that culture and also write an opinion pieces as to whether they believe their chosen culture would be able to survive on Karana's Island of the Blue Dolphins. Once completed, students will create a visual and oral presentation. This will enable to students to learn about the other cultures and to compare cultural groups.

MATH

Our objectives for the week are:

  • identifying and applying the commutative, associative, identity, and zero properties of multiplication
  • using the distributive property of multiplication simplify expressions and solve equations
  • multiplying multi-digit whole numbers


Students have been instructed on how to use www.xtramath.org and

www.frontrowed.com. Both of these programs can be utilized at home, especially on days they do not have homework.

Lunch Menu (Click Here)

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Contacting Mrs. Martin

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