Archive for November 2009

Dear Parents,
I hope you had a relaxing holiday this weekend. I am looking forward to the next few weeks before the next holiday, as they are always the busiest. As a second reminder, if you have not made arrangements to pick up your child’s report card, I want to remind you that I will not give your child their report card unless I have a written request from you. This is to ensure that the report card finds its way home to you. Thank you.
To all parents: Thank you for your contributions to the classroom this year. We are once again running low on Kleenex, paper towel, and hand sanitizer. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

Reading: This week during Reader’s Workshop, students will be responsible for completing their letters to me about the book they are reading in their Reader’s journal. Students should be reading books to accomplish their AR goal for the quarter. Students will meet in their Guided Reading groups this week and will continue work on the vocabulary word assignment.

Writing: Students will be introduced to the five paragraph format this week, and they will begin to organize their stories in this format. A Rubric will be handed out for students to base their work on. We will continue working on our writing project: “Make A Menu”. Monday homework: students will create their Secret Place drawings. Tuesday homework: students will complete carryout menu graphic organizer and revise food descriptions a second time. Wednesday homework: students will revise food descriptions from last week one last time for a final grade.

Math: Students will use compasses and protractors this week to construct angles. We will have a quiz on Thursday over what we have practiced throughout the week. Homework: Study Links 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Science: Students will plan and construct their own water clock experiments.  Students will need to purchase a trifold presentation board for their Science Fair projects.  Students who have not completed performing their experiments should be completing this by next week week.  I will be handing back research papers this week.  Students should make corrections and retain their Reviews Of Literature papers to hand in with their completed Science Fair Project.  All Science Fair cprojects must be completed by December 9, 2009.

Social Studies: This week we will read about the first explorers from Portugal and Spain. As a class we will read the book Pedro’s Journal. Students will write their own fictional journal entries and add illustrations to their entries. These will be bound and made into books.

Spelling: Students should study spelling words for the week. Our test will be Thursday.

Weekly Overview November 23-November 27

This will be a short week as we head into the Thanksgiving weekend.  As a result, we will not have a math quiz this week.  We will, however, have our weekly spelling quiz on Wednesday.  This week’s words will all be contractions.

To parents who were unable to make parent-teacher conferences:  If you have not made arrangements to pick up your child’s report card, I want to remind you that I will not give your child their report card unless I have a written request from you.  This is to ensure that the report card finds its way home and to you.  Thank you.

To all parents:  Thank you for your contributions to the classroom this year.  We are once again running low on Kleenex, paper towel, and hand sanitizer.  All contributions are greatly appreciated.    Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Reading: This week during Reader’s Workshop, students will be responsible for completing their letters to me about the book they are reading in their Reader’s journal.  Students should be reading books to accomplish their AR goal for the quarter.  Students will meet in their Guided Reading groups this week and will complete a vocabulary word assignment.

Writing: Students will begin organizing their discovery drafts:  My Secret Place into Graphic organizers to help construct five paragraph expository essays.  We will continue working on our writing project:   “Make A Menu”.  Monday homework:  students will write descriptions of food items they have eaten that day.  Tuesday homework: students will complete carryout menu graphic organizer.  Wednesday homework: students will revise food descriptions from Monday for a final grade.

Math: Students will continue to compare and examine data charts this week.  For this unit, students will need a protractor and a compass.  Please make sure students have both to use in class by Monday at the latest. Homework: Study Links 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Science: Students will work in pairs to test a new water clock, record observations, and begin to construct their own water clock experiment.

Social Studies: Students will present their Native American Doll and Dwellings this week.  The projects will be displayed outside of our classroom for the next couple weeks.  Please come and see them in their completed states.  They are stunning! This week we will read about the first explorers from Portugal and Spain.  As a class we will read the book Pedro’s Journal.  Students will write their own fictional journal entries and add illustrations to their entries.  These will be bound and made into books

Weekly Overview November 16-November 20

Dear Parents,

This will be another short week.  Remember that Parent-Teacher conferences are Wednesday from 12-6, and there will be no school for students.  You may sign up for conferences on the bulletin board that is located near the main entrance.

Concerning the “Review Of Literature”:  Because of my absence last week, I have given students additional time to complete their research paper.  Parents, the only item due at this time is the research paper.  No other components have been assigned yet.  I have given students examples of citations in APA format, as well as an example of a research paper and Reference list.  Additionally, students will have opportunities to receive feedback and to improve their papers after I have reviewed them.  Papers must be handed in no later than Thursday, November 19.

Reading: This week during Reader’s Workshop, students will be responsible for completing their letters to me about the book they are reading in their Reader’s journal.  Students have been assigned a new AR goal for the quarter.  We will continue to read Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli, as a class.  In addition, students are continuing their work in reading groups.  Students will be identifying and defining vocabulary words from their reading this week.

Writing: Students will select a new writing piece this week.  We will introduce our new group project:   “Make A Menu”.  In this project, students will be studying descriptive words and how they make food irresistible.  I did not get any take-out menus last week as I requested.  Will you please locate a few for your child to share with the class this week?

Math: Homework: Study Links 2.10 and Unit Review.  Students will take the Unit exam on Thursday.  Friday homework:  Study Link 3.1

Science: Students should be completing their Review Of Literature this week.  I have sent home examples of APA formatting, as well as an example of a Review Of Literature paper.  Please use these resources to help you and your child.  In class, we will continue our investigations and record our observations of waterclocks in class.

Social Studies: We will review Lesson 2 and Review Chapter 2 to prepare for an open-note exam on Friday. Students will complete their Native American dolls and dwellings by Friday. Groups will present their Doll and Dwelling project on Friday to the class.

Spelling: Students should study the spelling list of words attached to this overview nightly.  This week’s spelling test will be Friday.

Dear Parents,

Remember that this week there will be no school on Wednesday, November 11th.  It is Veteran’s Day.  My grandmother has passed away, and I will be attending funeral services on Thursday and Friday this week.  As a result, I will be extending the deadline for the Science Fair component, “Review Of Literature”, till Monday, November 16.  This means that your child will have an additional weekend to complete his/her paper.  If your child completes the paper earlier, they may turn it into my mailbox.

Reading: This week during Reader’s Workshop, students will be responsible for completing their letters to me about the book they are reading in their Reader’s journal.  Students will be assigned a new AR reading goal this week.   We will continue to read Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli, as a class.  In addition, students are continuing their work in reading groups.  Students will be working on prediction and refining predictions, as well as observing text features.

Writing: Students will be developing new writing seeds this week, as well as beginning a new group project titled:   “Make A Menu”.  In this project, students will be studying descriptive adjectives and how they apply to food.  If you have any take-out menus, will you please send them to school with your child on Tuesday?

Math: Homework: Study Links 2.8, 2.9, 2.10 and Unit Review.  Students will review on Friday and the unit test will be next Monday.

Science: Students should be completing their Review Of Literature this week.  I have sent home examples of APA formatting, as well as an example of a Review Of Literature paper.  Please use these resources to help you and your child.  In class, we will review how to keep a science notebook observation, as well as construct waterclocks in our next investigation of measuring time.  Ms. Garcia will be hosting a Science Fair workshop for parents and students on Wednesday, November 18, from 10-11:30 am.  If you are interested, please sign up outside of room 309.  A parent must be present with the student.

Social Studies: We will continue reading about the early explorers to the New World this week.  Students will complete their Native American dolls and dwellings this week. Groups will present their Doll and Dwelling project next Monday to the class.

Spelling: Students should study the spelling list of words attached to this overview nightly.  This week’s spelling test will be Friday.

Dear Parents,

Remember that this week there will be no school on Friday, November 6th.  This date also corresponds with the end of the 1st quarter.    All work should be handed in by Thursday for grading purposes.  In addition, there will be no school on Wednesday, November 11th due to Veteran’s Day.

Thank you to Mrs. Hernandez for the delicious cupcakes she brought to class on Friday.  Also, thanks to Mr. Jackson for helping with the Marshmallow Catapult challenges on Friday.  We had such a great time celebrating Literacy day on Friday.

Just one tiny reminder that our classroom still needs classroom fees for the school year.  If you have paid already, again, thank you!

Reading: This week during Reader’s Workshop, students will be responsible for completing their letters to me about the book they are reading in their Reader’s journal.  Students  have till Thursday to complete their 5 week AR goal.  AR is worth 10% of the overall reading grade.  We will continue to read Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli, as a class.  In addition, students are working in reading groups to study nonfiction texts about the First Americans.  Students will be working on prediction and refining predictions, as well as text features of non-fiction.

Writing: Students will be responsible for completing one narrative essay due Thursday.  Students have been drafting these in class and at home.  Every student will be given a rubric as they begin to draft their final writing piece. We will learn strategies to write good leads and strong endings this week as we revise and write our final pieces.  Narrative pieces are due Thursday.  They may be typed or neatly hand-written.  Narrative essays count towards this quarter’s writing grade.

Math: Homework: Study Links 2.6, 2.7, 2.8.  Students will have a short quiz on Thursday to review what they have learned.

Science: Students should have 3 resources for Science fair by now, and should be using this research to write, in their own words, the background information about their topic.  All students should continue working on their Review of Literature. The Review of Literature is the research component of the Science Fair Research Paper.  In class, we will look at our sunclocks this week and take a short assessment on the phases of the moon on Tuesday.

Social Studies: Students will construct Native American dolls and dwellings this week in their tribe groups. Groups will review a rubric this week for grading purposes on group projects. Wednesday homework:  Answer questions 2-3 on page 78.

Spelling: Students should study the spelling list of words attached to this overview nightly.  This week’s spelling test will be Thursday.