Sunday, December 13, 2015

5 More Days!

Who's excited for the holiday break???  We have five days left! It's going to be a great week! But first, here are some photos from last week:

We finished up our unit on Frederick Douglass. We pretended to be abolitionists from the 1800s and made anti-slavery posters.

We learned all about the properties of multiplication and reviewed with a fun game around the room.

I recruited my own 3 children to make some videos about the properties. Check the previous blog post for a quick review of the commutative, associative, and distributive properties of multiplication.

We visited the science lab on Friday and did some experiments with weathering and erosion.

This week we will finish our unit on Susan B. Anthony. Ask you child why she is an important historical figure. In writing, we are finishing up our biography projects. Your child has completed research and a rough draft on either Paul Revere, Frederick Douglass, or Susan B. Anthony. We will be putting all the pieces together this week for our final draft. In reading, we will be reviewing several skills as we complete activities that go with the text, The Polar Express. In math, we will finish our chapter on properties and solving equations. 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions. I'm just an email away.

Thank you!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Happy December Everyone! I can't believe there are only 2 weeks until our holiday break!

We did a lot of learning this week. We learned all about the importance of Frederick Douglass. We read from a variety of sources about him and did some stations today in preparation for a short quiz on Monday. Ask your child why he is an important historical figure. Here are a few pictures of us reading about Frederick Douglass before writing about how he worked for liberty, justice, and freedom of expression:

In math, we finished our unit on area and made some awesome area robots:

In reading, we've been working hard on using complete sentences in our extended response answers as well as rephrasing the question in our answers. We also looked at some poetry to make sure we understood the terms line, stanza, & rhyme.

In writing, we began our hero writing as part of the Cobb County writing contest. If you did not see the email from we with contest information, let me know and I can get the details to you. Today, we did some research for our biographies that we will be writing for the next several days. Ask your child who they are writing about.
 Next week, in math we will be continuing to learn about the different properties of multiplication. Ask your child about the distributive and associative properties. In reading, we will continue to work on giving what I call "super-star" answers where we use evidence from the text in complete sentences to answer comprehension questions. In social studies, we will finish up with Frederick Douglass and begin learning about the importance of Susan B. Anthony.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!!