Archive for December 2009

Progress Reports will be distributed on Wednesday.  Please make sure to look over these with your students, and pay attention to any missing assignments that I have attached to the report.  Have your child complete missing assignments over break.  Thank you to the parents that have been sending supplies to the classroom.  We could still use Kleenex.  Finally, we will be watching Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events movie on Friday for our “Holiday Movie and a Snack Break”.  I will provide cookies and juice boxes for each student.  If you would like to contribute popcorn for the movie, it would be appreciated.  Thank you.

Reading: This week, 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.  We will review the rubric for Extended-Responses this week and students will work on one in class for our shared reading book, Maniac Magee.  This is in preparation for ISAT testing this Spring.

Writing: Secret Place Expository essays are due on Wednesday this week.  We will discuss how to write a strong closing paragraph in class on Monday, and students will have time to type essays in class.  Students should refer to the Rubric to help guide their writing.  We will continue working on our writing project:   “Make A Menu”.  Homework this week: Work on revising Rough Drafts and completing Final Draft at throughout the week, write six food descriptions for items you will include in your group menu, and complete any other group assignments for Menu groups throughout the week.

Math: Students will learn how to measure angles in polygons on Monday. We will review for the Unit 3 test on Tuesday.  Students will take the Unit 3 test on Wednesday. Students will be introduced to the student-friendly extended response rubric for ISAT on Thursday. Homework: Study Links 3.9, Math Review (turn in for 3 extra credit points on test) Extended Response on Thursday.

Science: I am so proud of each student for completing Science Fair projects.  I know that these were difficult for the students, but I believe that this will really prepare them for next year and the years to come.  In addition, it was a great lesson in responsibility and independent learning.  This week, we will complete our Water clock investigations.  We will wrap up our Measuring Time unit with a Unit assessment on Thursday.

Social Studies:We will continue to study the Spanish explorers in the New World.  We will continue to practice taking good notes in class as we review the reading together.  Students will select  a European explorer to begin researching over break.  I will enclose a packet with end-of-the-week homework.  Please review with your child.

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

Dear Parents,

We have two weeks until Winter Break and so much to complete!  Please remember that due to assemblies and various other interruptions throughout the week, sometimes we will not be able to achieve all of the tasks we set out to do every week.     A BIG reminder!!!  We are terribly low on Kleenex, paper towel, and hand sanitizer.  All contributions are greatly appreciated.  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 should be reading books to accomplish their AR goal for the quarter.  We will review the rubric for Extended-Responses this week and students will work on one in class.  This is in preparation for ISAT testing this Spring.

Writing: Students will be responsible for completing their Secret Place Expository essays this week.  We will discuss how to write transitional words to link paragraphs, and how to write a strong closing paragraph in class.  Students should refer to Rubric to help guide their writing.  We will continue working on our writing project:   “Make A Menu”.  Homework this week: Work on completing final Rough Drafts at home throughout the week, write six food descriptions for items you will include in your group menu, and complete any other group assignments for Menu groups throughout the week.

Math: Students will study congruent triangles, angles of polygons, and construct regular tessellations in class.  Students will be introduced to the student-friendly extended response rubric for ISAT.  There will be a brief quiz on Friday, and students will be assigned an extended response as homework for the weekend. Homework: Study Links 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9

Science: Students will test their Water Clocks this week.  Students will be given back their papers for one final review on Monday.  All students must turn in completed Science Fair projects with Research paper by Wednesday December 9.  Students will present their Science Fair projects on Thursday in front a panel of judges.  Students should have notecards handy for presentation that outlines the experiment, the variables, and the results and conclusion.

Social Studies: This week we will read about the Spanish Conquest of Mexico.  As a class we will read the book Pedro’s Journal.  Students will write their own fictional journal entries and add one illustration to their entries.  These will be bound together and made into a classroom book.

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