October 15, 2017




Week Seven!

This week we will take our first Benchmark in math on Thursday, October 19, 2017.  Skills covered will be SOL 5.1 Place Value and Rounding, SOL 5.4 Single and multi-step word problems, SOL 5.5 Decimal addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division computation, as well as 5.19 Distributive Property.  We will begin the Order of Operations on Friday, October 20, 2017.

In Language Arts we will continue with our class novel, Shades of Gray, read some picture books focusing on context clues, antonyms, synonyms, and homophones, and continue to read novels in guided groups.  We will also focus on writing this week – sentences, paragraphs, and will work to draft, edit, and create final copies of Book Reviews.

In science, we will finish SOL 5.3 on light, and have a test on sound (5.2) and light (5.3) on Friday, October 20, 12017.

In social studies, we will focus on US1.4b European and Native American interactions.

There is homework in math and science (which is posted above as always).  There is NO social studies or reading/writing homework this week.

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 17, 2017.







Week 6

October 8, 2017

This week in math we will begin working on SOL 5.5 – adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.  We are inching closer to our first math benchmark, which is scheduled for next Thursday, October 19, 2017.

In Language Arts this week we will focus on writing, beginning with sentences, then paragraphs, and ending with a Book Review that should persuade readers to read your recommended book.  You will need to tell me the title of the book you will write your Review on tomorrow.

In science, we will continue with SOL 5.3 Light.

In social studies, we will begin learning about five of the Native American tribes.

Your homework for reading, writing, science, and social studies is posted above under Weekly Homework.


8-Step Model Drawing

October 3, 2017

Below you will find a pdf file of examples for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems (with teacher notes) using the 8-Step Model Drawing method we have been working on in school.  Your student should have the 8 Steps in their Math Notebooks along with example problems.

8 Step Model Drawing Examples

The 8 Steps are:

Step One:  READ the entire problem.

Step Two:  Decide WHO is involved in the problem.

Step Three:  Decide WHAT is involved in the problem.

Step Four:  DRAW unit bars of equal length.

Step Five:  Read each sentence, one at a time, CHUNK.

Step Six:  Put the QUESTION mark in place.

Step Seven:  Work COMPUTATION to side or underneath.

Step Eight:  Answer the question in a grammatically correct complete SENTENCE.

Week 5

October 1, 2017

This week we will work on analyzing characters and will continue to hone the skill of making inferences (5.5i) using a selection from October’s StoryWorks.

In math,  we will finish with 5.4 Word problems (using the 8 Step Strategy) and will begin SOL 5.5 with subtracting and adding decimals.  Students will have an assessment on 5.4 on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  We will then move into multiplying decimals. Check out your math homework for the week (above).  I think you’ll enjoy it!!

In science,  we will begin SOL 5.3 light and will conduct an experiment on Friday.

In social studies,  we will begin learning about USI.2c water features and then move to USI.3a archaeological sites.

There is homework in all subjects, posted above.  All homework this week is due Friday, October 6, 2017.


September 24, 2017

Week four!





Friday, ALMOST all of us completed the NWEA MAP reading assessment, despite huge technical difficulties on Wednesday.  This week we will complete the NWEA MAP math diagnostic assessment on Wednesday.

In reading, we will be working on summarizing the beginning, middle, and endings of the chapter(s) we will finish reading this week.  We will work on writing sentences with splendid synonyms and antonyms in writing, and will learn about plural nouns.  Students will continue to work with new vocabulary using dictionaries and writing sentences with five parts of speech using that week’s vocabulary word. We will practice making inferences with picture books and have an assessment on Friday on inferences.

In math, we will work on SOL 5.4 word problems using an eight-step method we will learn about tomorrow that will utilize a model drawing strategy.

In science, we will conduct the scientific investigation experiment we scheduled to complete on Friday.  We will continue to work on SOL 5.2, sound and take a quiz on Friday, September 29, 2017.  We will continue with the eight geographic regions in social studies and take a quiz on the regions’ characteristics and locations.

We will continue with the eight geographic regions in social studies and take a quiz on the regions’ characteristics and locations.

Students have homework in each subject this week.  Please see the tabs above for math and for all other subjects.

Week 3!

September 17, 2017

This week in math we will work on solving single and multi-step word problems in math (SOL 5.4) after working on long division.

In reading, we will work on making inferences and conclusions (SOL 5.5i, 5.6g), as well as summarizing using the beginning, middle, and end of chapters from novels we will be reading in small groups. We will also continue with our shared reading of Shades of Grey by Carolyn Reeder (a historical fiction set just after the Civil War).  We will also engage in read alouds, share read passages, and partner up with Partner Plays to assist with the skill of inferencing.

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, we will take the NWEA MAP reading assessment.  This diagnostic tool will assist in determining where students currently are in reading comprehension and vocabulary.

In science, we will continue to learn about sound (SOL 5.2) and scientific investigation (SOL 5.1).

In social studies, we will continue learning about the eight geographic regions and their locations/characteristics.  We will keep working on the Regions Song.  Don’t be surprised if you hear your student singing something that should sound like it goes to the tune of the YMCA song.

There is homework in reading/writing, social studies, and science, which will all be due on Friday, September 22, 2017.  Copies are posted above under this week’s homework. Instructions for accessing the science textbook are included on the weekly homework sheet.

Reading and Writing homework example and this week’s notes

September 10, 2016

Here is an example of what your student’s reading and writing homework should look like after the answers have been located/noted in the passage (there will be two each week) along with an example of the written response and the rubric that will be used to grade it (for completion).



This is what the written response should look like (all answers must be in complete sentences), with a capital letter for the first word and a period at the end.
The rubric that will be used to grade the assignment.
The rubric that will be used to grade the assignment.

This week we will begin working in guided reading and math groups for most of our language arts and math blocks.  We will also create our Class Contract as a whole group.

Remember that Open House is Tuesday night immediately following the PTA meeting at 6:00 p.m.

There is no math, social studies, or science homework this week.