· 8/22—MONDAY —> GO PLAY SAVE BOOKS ARE DUE!
· 8/26—FRIDAY —> PICTURE DAY (yearbook pictures—stay tuned for info)
· 9/1—THURSDAY —> OPEN HOUSE in Media Center 6:00p
WHAT ARE WE LEARNING IN MATH? We have just wrapped up multiplication using the standard algorithm (the way we are all familiar with) and division using models. If your child is STILL having trouble with either of these concepts, PLEASE have them practice at home. Your child has models to follow in their math journal and this will be their most helpful resource. You can also find a copy of most of my notes on the class website!
We will begin working with decimals. Students will practice the skill of reading, writing, and comparing decimals up to the thousandths place using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. After next week, I will introduce a “DECIMAL OF THE WEEK” concept.
Decimal of the Week
Students will be required (from now until the end of the year) to take a given decimal each week and perform different operations with it (one time). These will include writing it in expanded form, word form, adding, subtracting, comparing, and rounding it.
This is GREAT practice throughout the year. Students may complete this at ANY time throughout the week. It will be posted on Monday and be due the following Monday. I will post a visual of what this looks like on the website once we begin so you are all familiar :)
We just wrapped up our economy unit and the kids LOVED the activities we did in class! Ask them about it! :) Returning from track out, we will begin our unit on Ecosystems which is usually a class favorite among students. We will be setting up and observing both an aquarium and a terrarium.
The goal is to see how an ecosystem is an interconnected community of organisms dependent on the physical environment as well as each other.
During this unit students will be:
1. Planting different seeds in different areas of their terrarium and observing changes over time. Once it has fully grown, they will add in crickets, pill bugs (rollie pollies), and other critters!
2. Adding fish, snails, elodea, algae, and duckweed into the aquarium and observing changes in the same way .
3. Comparing and contrasting the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. They will build on that and learn about food webs and the interdependence of animals.
—-> WE STILL NEED A LOT OF 2-LITER SODA BOTTLES
Prior to tracking out, we came close to finishing Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar.
Fifth grader Tamaya and seventh grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodbridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Wilson challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya reluctantly follows. They soon get lost, and they find trouble. Bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.
In the days and weeks that follow, the authorities and the U.S. Senate become involved, and what they uncover might affect the future of the world
The best thing about this ... IT IS A BATTLE BOOK! We will be reading many of the battle books aloud. One that I am especially excited about is PAX, which was also chosen to be this years GLOBAL READ ALOUD! More on that later :)
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students to encourage them to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.
A typical "Battle" is a half day tournament or game (like Family Feud) in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book lists.
Meetings will take place DURING the school day, so no before/after school meetings are required.
Another perk, we will be using some of these books IN CLASS during book clubs or read aloud.
Please consider donating one of these books to our library! :)
I have a FULL list of the Battle Books on the class website under my WISH LIST section!
To read more about Battle of the Books, you can also visit the official Turner Creek Battle of the Books website at www.tceBattleoftheBooks.com
READING & WRITING
During reading we will begin discussing the difference between summarizing and retelling. We will be learning how to best summarize what we have read, paying attention to important details that support the main idea of a selection.
We will keep a primary focus on inferencing. In the upcoming week, we will look at character interaction and ways in which we can use this information to help us infer about how a character thinks and feels.
We will start to incorporate reading rotations when we track back in. All students will be in book clubs with their reading groups, each group reading a different book. We will meet 1-2 times per week and discuss the assigned pages. Typically, there will be a focus question attached to the pages that are assigned.
In writing, we will continue to revise and edit our narrative piece.
“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”
- Mason Cooley
Please keep an eye out for Scholastic Orders!
Did you know that when you order books through Scholastic, our classroom benefits in the form of FREE books and dollar rewards? Our class has set a goal to get $300 in book orders!
I am HUGE lover of reading and LOVE picking our new titles with the kids. Knowing they get to help pick new books gets them excited about reading as well!
I buy many books myself, but earning points is the best way to contribute to the ongoing development of our library.