Week 33

April 29, 2018

On Tuesday of this week, the students will visit KFMS for a brief orientation.  We will leave the building at about 10:00 and be back by lunchtime.

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the science instructional specialist, will visit the classes to work with the students on several skills.  She will be in room 517 from 12:55 – 1:55 p.m.

We will begin remediating tomorrow in both math and reading.  In reading, we will continue to work our way through our shared class reading Island of the Blue Dolphins as well as our guided reading group novels Shiloh, Holes, and Maniac Magee.

Students have homework in each subject this week, and the math homework will be due daily instead of all being due on Friday, May 4, 2018.  We will review the previous night’s homework each day Tuesday – Friday in class.

You can find copies of all homework above.

Week 32

April 22, 2018

This week we will begin working in small groups as we begin to prepare for next month’s SOL test in reading.  We will also continue to read our guided reading novels:  Shiloh, Holes, and Maniac Magee.  We will begin a new shared reading on Monday, Island of the Blue Dolphins.

In writing this week we will complete a narrative writing (going through all the steps from planning to final copy) using the following prompt: Your teacher gives you a camera and asks you to take pictures of three things you like at school. Explain what you take pictures of and why you like these things.

In math, we will finish elapsed time and work on prime and composite numbers, as well as even and odd.  On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, we have an assessment on elapsed time, prime/composite and even/odd numbers.  On Thursday we will take the NWEA math MAP test.  This will be our last formal assessment (diagnostic) prior to next month’s SOL testing.

There is homework in reading, writing, and science.  Copies/explanations of assignments are posted above.

Week 31

April 15, 2018

This week we will take our final NWEA Reading diagnostic on Thursday, April 19, 2018.  The expectation is that students will have achieved growth as compared to Fall testing.

In reading this week we will continue to work on locating evidence in informational passages and formulating opinions.  The focus will be on differentiating between fact and opinion.  We will review last week’s hashtag writing and work on a second opinion/evidence-based passage.  We will also focus on our three classroom novels (Shiloh, Holes, and Maniac Magee).  We will finish our shared reading of  Esperanza Rising.  Students will take an open-book assessment and then all take the A. R. test on the novel.  We will work on vocabulary, complete a portion of a practice released test, and read and respond to the article Invasion of the Jellyfish from StoryWorks.

In math we will continue with SOL 5.14 and assess subdividing figures while we learn about translations, reflections, and rotations.  We will begin SOL 5.11 Elapsed Time.

In science, we will work on reviewing SOL 4.2 Force, Motion, and Energy, SOL 5.1 Scientific Investigation, and review SOL 5.4 Matter vocabulary.

You have homework in every subject with the exception of social studies.  Copies/links to all homework is posted above.

Week 30

April 10, 2018

You may have noticed that I did not post this week.  My mother was in the hospital after a fall, so I was in Charleston helping out.  Last week was very scary, but yesterday she was able to leave the hospital and able to go home with the round-the-clock care.  I am thankful that things improved so much.

There is no homework for this week.

I will be back in class on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, and we will finish up the week with lots of evidence-based reading and writing, plus writing a letter to convince the Teeny Tiny Farm to visit Oakland (for free!) on Field Day.

In math we will be working on shapes –  SOL 5.14

  1. a) recognize and apply transformations, such as translation, reflection, and rotation; and
  2. b) investigate and describe the results of combining and subdividing polygons.

In social studies we will begin learning about the cultural differences and causes of the Civil War (US1.9).  Some students will begin working on individual, independent projects on the Civil War when finished with their assignments.