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Week 15

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.    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.

In science, we are continuing with SOL 5.4 this week as we learn about mixtures and solutions.  Friday, you will also have a test that will cover all 5.4 Matter info.

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

Progress Reports (Interims) for the second grading period will be coming home on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

Week 14

This week we will continue working with fractions – SOL 5.6a.  We will add and subtract fractions (with unlike denominators) and mixed numbers.

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.  An example is below:


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

Look on the right hand side bar for homework and the science project directions.

Week 13

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed their break!

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 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.

Students have homework in all subjects.  Directions and copies are posted on the right hand side under each specific subject.

Week 12-short week

This week, will be another short week for students, with Monday and Tuesday, being a full day, Wednesday an early dismissal day, and out Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In math, will we start a new skill of 5.2a Decimal and Fraction Equivalents. In science, we will continue with 5.4 Matter, and in social studies we will continue to talk about colonial settlements, and our Gifted Resource Teacher, Mrs. Griffin, is going to come in on Tuesday to do a lesson.

In reading we will continue to read our chapter books in our guided groups, and hopefully finish them.  Wednesday, we will have our Reading “Feast” where we devote the entire day to reading and reading related activities.

Week 11

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.  You will also receive new social studies and science notes for the second nine weeks.

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.

Week 10

This will be a short week with students being out on Tuesday and Friday.  Monday, November 6, 2017, is the last day of the first nine weeks and the last day for students to meet their AR goals.  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.

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 since it’s such a short week.

Week 9

We are into the last week of the first nine weeks.  Make sure that you are checking the Missing Work Report in class.  Next Monday, November 6, 2017, is the last day of the first nine weeks, which means the last day to turn in any assignments, as well as the last day to meet your AR goal!

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 (Social Studies PBA), and each group will present on Friday.

Friday is also  your first nine weeks’ Science Benchmark test.

You only have homework in science and math.  Look on the right hand sidebar for copies and directions of the homework.

Week 8

This week we will take our 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 by this Friday will create their own scary stories based on other pictures from the book on Halloween!

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 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).

Week 7

This week, we will take our first Benchmark test in math on Thursday, October 19, 2017.  It will be on  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, Island of the Blue Dolphins, 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.

Look on the right hand sidebar for copies and directions of homework.

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Week 6

This week in math we will begin working on SOL 5.5 – adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.  Our Math Benchmark test will be 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.

Students have homework in each subject this week.  Look on the right hand sidebar under each specific’s subjects for copies and further instructions.