December 10, 2017
This week we will continue with SOL 5.6 in math with adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. We will add in working with mixed numbers and fractions in word problems, using the eight steps model drawing method.

In reading and writing, we will continue with the Environmentalist Packet. This week we will learn about invasive species and their impact on the environment while reading about Burmese pythons. We will continue to work to complete the slides on each of the four topics. The goal is to be complete and have all presentations shared by the end of next Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

We are continuing taking A. R. tests and working on making individual goals for the second nine weeks, in hopes of having the whole class reach their goals this second nine weeks!

In science, we are continuing with SOL 5.4 this week as we learn about mixtures and solutions.

In social studies, we will learn about causes of the American Revolution, and the political ideas that led to it (US1.6a,b).

Interims will be coming home on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

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December 3, 2017
This week we will continue working with fractions – SOL 5.6a. We will add and subtract fractions (with unlike denominators) and mixed numbers. We will also go back and review/reteach converting fractions to decimals and decimal and fraction ordering from greatest to least and least to greatest (SOL 5.2b).

In reading/writing, we will begin the second increment of the Writing PBA (Environmentalist packet). We will read the second text from Reading A to Z in order to build more background for the packet graphic organizer and focus questions as well as the writing that will be completed during the third nine weeks (based on the packet).

In science, we will continue with SOL 5.4 Matter and will begin a new homework project in which students will create an Element Wanted poster. We will review the expectations for this in class and students will receive written instructions for the assignment. This Wanted poster is due next Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Here is an example of an Element Wanted poster if you would like to see one:

In social studies, we will learn about the French and Indian War as well as continue learning about colonial America and the social classes.

All homework is posted above as always.

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November 25, 2017
I hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving and enjoyed this long weekend as much as I did!

This week we will begin to compare fractions and decimals (SOL 5.2b) in math. Students will have a quiz on 5.2a and b on Thursday, November 30, 2017. On Friday we will begin adding fractions (SOL 5.6).

In reading and writing, we will begin Task 1 of the Environmentalist Writing Performance Based Assessment. We will learn about acid rain and climate change, invasive species (to include Burmese pythons!), deforestation, and noise, light, and visual pollution. Each week before our holiday break we will read a/some different supporting text(s), watch introductory videos, and read online passages on each of these four topics. We will focus on gathering information to use when we complete Task II of the PBA at the beginning of the third nine weeks when students will report on the positive and negative impact humans have on ecosystems. Students will complete graphic organizers and focus questions on each topic and then create and share a visual presentation. Students will complete these visual presentations individually, in pairs, or in small groups.

In social studies, we will learn about the colonial social groups. In science, we will continue to learn about SOL 5.4 matter and the elements.

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November 19, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving!

This will be a short week as we have a half day on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Dismissal will be at 1:20 p.m.

In math, we will begin learning about SOL 5.2a Fractions.

In reading, we will finish our small group novels, take Google Classroom quizzes, and then end with an A. R. test on each text.

In science, we will continue with SOL 5.4 Matter, and in social studies, we will work on US1.5a and b. Mrs. Griffin will come in to introduce students to 5b on Tuesday.

Wednesday is our Reading/Feast Day. We will feast on what the students and I have brought in, and we will read (and feast) all (half) day.

There is no homework in any subject!

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November 11, 2017
This week you will have homework in all subjects. All of this homework is due on Friday, November 13, 2017. You can find copies above under the appropriate tabs.

This week we will continue with character and plot in reading (with Brave Irene, a read aloud), and we will also begin looking at text structure in nonfiction with a selection from StoryWorks on Christian the lion. In math, we will finish up with Variables (SOL 5.19) and there will be an assessment of this skill on Thursday, November 16, 2017. In science, we will begin studying Matter (SOL 5.4) and in social studies, we will begin studying US1.5a,b – colonial settlements and the three colonial regions.

Remember that Friday is an early dismissal day due to Parent Teacher Conferences from 2:00 – 6:00. If you have not yet scheduled a conference and would like to, please contact me via email.

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November 4, 2017
This will be a short, but busy week! Monday, November 6, 2017, is the last day of the first nine weeks. We will be sending home sign-ups for Parent Teacher Conferences that will be held on our half day on Friday, November 17, 2017. Report cards will be distributed on that day or the following Monday if not picked up that Friday.

We will learn about variables (SOL 5.19) in math. In science, we will conduct an experiment on scientific investigation using tennis balls. In social studies, students will take an open notebook test on Monday to finish up the first nine weeks.

In reading, we will begin learning about character and plot by working with the story elements and combining them with the summary items Somebody Wanted But So Then. Students will complete a StoryWork reading, quiz, and two Google Draw assignments all in Google Classroom.

There is no homework this week in any subject. Enjoy the break!

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October 29, 2017
## Week

This will be a busy last week of the first nine weeks. Tomorrow morning (Monday, 10/30/17) you will need to take a look at the Missing Work list in class. Next Monday, November 6, 2017, is the last day of the first nine weeks.

On Monday, we will compose the first formal writing (an editorial) in a two and a half hour time period. On Tuesday, in honor of Halloween, we will write scary stories based on pictures taken from The Chronicles of Harris Burdick. We will complete the Explorers on Display Performance-Based Assessment, and each group will present on Friday. You will also take the first nine weeks’ science benchmark on Friday, 11/3/17. In math this week we will remediate and work on SOL 5.18 Patterns.

You only have homework in science and math. Be sure to read the directions carefully for the math assignment (timed multiplication grids that must have a parent signature for full credit). See above links for math and science homework copies and directions.

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October 22, 2017
This week we will take the first reading benchmark, on Thursday, October 26, 2017. We will review the skills of main idea and inferencing Monday with a creepy story after students complete a Google Classroom assignment based on a picture taken from The Chronicles of Harris Burdick. Students that have finished and presented their Book Reviews this Friday will create their own scary stories based on other pictures from the book on Halloween! This promises to be a scream!

In math, we will continue with the Order of Operations (PEMDAS). We will have a quiz on SOL 5.7 Order of Operations on Friday, October 27, 2017.

In social studies, the first Performance Based Assessment will be introduced to students by our fabulous Gifted Resource teacher, Mrs. Griffin.

In science, we will work to review the fourth grade SOLs 4.7 and 4.8 (solar system and moon phases) as we prepare for next week’s science benchmark (next Friday, November 3, 2017).

There is a break on homework this week – none except for social studies. A copy of that assignment is above (as always).

Let’s have a productive week!

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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.

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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.

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