October 29, 2017



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.


Week Eight

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!

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.