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.