Sunday, January 22, 2017

Information for this Week

There isn't too much information this week. I do want to remind everyone that instead of having Curriculum Night #3, we will be using that time for student-led conferences. Conferences will begin after school and continue into the evening. We will also use Friday, February 17 (half-day) for student-led conferences. Those will begin in the afternoon and continue into the early evening. I am also looking at several more dates, including Saturday, February 18 (I'm waiting on my son's soccer schedule), to schedule more times. I am in the process of creating a SignUp Genius, and as soon as I have dates and time slots down, I'll get the sign up out to everyone.

Reading - We are still working on studying characters in books. This week we will begin one of my favorite read alouds called Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson.

Writing - Students have begun writing their DBQ pieces. We will be spending this week doing some editing.

Math - We are working on solving multiplication using the partial products method. This will help students understand and solve multiplication problems using the standard algorithm.

Social Studies - We have moved from comparing the French, Spanish, and English colonies, to simply focusing on the original 13 colonies, slavery, and the triangle of trade.

Science - We are continuing our study of astronomy. Lately, we have been discussing stars and constellations.

Have a great week!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Updates for the Week . . .

First of all, thank you for all the wonderful gifts and treats I received before the holiday break. I appreciate every one's kind words and support. I wanted to share a few things we are currently working on, and give you some information on student-led conferences.

Student-led Conferences: Students will begin working on their student-led conferences after the MLK holiday. While the dates are still tentative, we are working on having student-led conferences sometime around February 16 (in lieu of Curriculum Night), 17, and 18 (that's a Saturday). I am trying to come up with several dates to spread conferences around. As we closer, dates and times will be better known.

Reading: We are engaged in a study of characters. We are looking a different characters in books and using evidence from the story to describe the character. While some books blatantly describe a character, in some stories the reader must infer the characteristics of a character based on the story.

Writing: Students have completed analyzing 5 primary documents pertaining to Jamestown, and will begin organizing their thoughts so they can write an expository piece of writing.

Math: We are working on solving one digit by four digit and two digit by two digit multiplication problems using an area model.

Social Studies: We have finished our study of Jamestown and will begin looking at the early English colonies.

Science: We are beginning our study of astronomy by making our own star charts in order to study different constellations.

Have a great week!