Saturday, September 17, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Families,

We are almost finished with testing! IOWA testing will continue on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings. Please continue to make sure your child has a good breakfast and arrives on time to school. Thank you for your help with this!

This week, we will continue learning about division and review some multiplication skills we previously learned. Toward the end of the week, we will take a quiz to see how we're doing on the basics of these new skills. We will be working on a fun economics project throughout the week as well as we prepare for an assessment on Friday. Your child will be an entrepreneur and design his or her own product! The students will be using all of the economics vocabulary we have learned as part of the project, which will be a great review before the test. We will be doing the project in class (not at home). We will continue working on reading non-fiction texts and asking and answering questions about those texts. And in writing we will continue writing our narrative pieces.

If your child is running for Student Lighthouse Team class representative, we will be doing speeches and elections this week as well. Your child can also send in a poster.

Don't forget, next week is FALL BREAK! WOO HOO!  I hope we actually get some fall weather during our time off!

Please let Mrs. Levi or me know if you have any questions or concerns this week. Also, don't forget to check our classdojo page for pictures. The app was giving me trouble for a while and I wasn't able to upload pictures, but it seems like it's working better now.

Thank you!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,

Here's what's happening this week:

COGAT & IOWA testing begins Tuesday morning and continues each morning until next Wednesday. Please make sure your child arrives on time and has a good breakfast. Our specials time will be in the afternoon at 1:25 due to the testing schedule. Our lunch time will not change (11:03-11:33). We will have NO SPELLING this week or next due to the testing! Reading logs and math homework is still expected to be completed. Thank you for encouraging responsibility!

In math, we will continue with the basics of multiplication and will also begin learning what it means to divide. You can practice making equal groups with common items or food at your house. For example, there are 4 people at the table and 12 cookies to share. How many cookies will each person get if we share the cookies equally?

In writing, we will continue with our narrative stories. We worked hard on developing strong characters and detailed settings last week. We will work on writing problems and solutions this week and putting our story in a logical order.

In social studies, we will continue our work on economics. We will learn about the types of resources used to make goods and services - natural, human, & capital. We will also learn about how the United States trades (imports & exports) with other countries.

We will be reading some non-fiction works this week as we work on asking and answering questions about economics texts as well as other non-fiction titles.

Please save these upcoming dates:
  • Sept. 13 - Stevi B's  Night
  • Sept. 17 - Hot Wheels Skating Spirit Night
  • Sept. 23 - Father's Being Involved (FBI) Breakfast
  • Sept. 26 - 30 - Fall Break, no school 
As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


Monday, September 5, 2016

Weekly Update

Hello Everyone,
I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend! My family and I enjoyed watching the Georgia Bulldogs win and enjoyed some time at the Chattahoochee River.

Here's a look at our learning this week:

In math, we will begin our multiplication journey! We will start with a basic understanding that multiplication really just means repeated addition. We be using the terms equal groups, arrays, factors, and products this week. Our homework will come from our math textbook, so look for that each night. The pages will say, "My Homework" at the top. Here is a fun Minecraft video that shows arrays. Remember that in arrays, the rows go across and the columns go up & down.

In reading, we will continue working on analyzing characters. We will use the acronym, FAST, to help us describe characters. (Feelings, Actions, Sayings, Traits) We are still using Charlotte's Web to help us analyze characters.

We will begin a new unit in social studies on economics. We will learn about needs & wants, goods & service, and producers & consumers this week. We will also learn about supply & demand. This can be tricky. Maybe an opportunity will arise when you're getting groceries where you can talk about why certain items cost more or less. Here is a short, funny video using lego characters to help with supply and demand.

In writing, we will begin working on narrative stories. We will learn how good writers use lots of details in their stories. We will be sure to include details that answer the questions who, what, where, when, why, & how. Ask your child what his or her story is about.

We will have a visit from our guidance counselor this Thursday. Ask your child about the purple princess.

As always, please let me or Mrs. Levi know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help!

Thank you!