Welcome back to your weekly blog posts. I hope you are finding these updates to be helpful and informative about what your child is doing in class.
Before we get to the academic portion of this week's update, I'd like to share with you some general behavioral concerns in our class. As you can tell, there is a lot of work to be done each week in class. Several students are finding themselves off task by talking instead of working with others. In order to curb this behavior, I have set up some strictly no-talking time so that they can get their work finished. However, many of the students are still talking during this time. I am also at times disappointed by the amount of effort put into student work. We have talked about how to complete work at a satisfactory level, but some are still finishing quickly instead of putting thought and time into their answers. I would like to ask that you have a talk at home about putting forth the best effort possible. I am trying to change things around in order for students to be more productive.
You'll see Class Dojo reports come home in Tuesday folders. These are behavior reports that show how your child did in class for the week (last week). It comes with a code so you can sign up and see your child's daily behavior. Please review these and sign and return them to school on Wednesday. As always, feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns.
Also, we have had a problem with math homework being completed but not turned in. The last couple of weeks, we've only had 6 or 7 turn in their homework. Thank you for reminding your students to turn their work in - all students turned it in on Friday! Woohoo!
Now, let's take a look at the work for the week. We were blessed to have a no-test week last week, but that is not the case for this week! We are looking at three tests this week. Next week, students will have a reading test on figurative language.
- Mon, 11/10: Math homework given out (due on Friday); ELA homework (due tomorrow)
- Wed, 11/12: Shurley English Chapter 4 Test
- Thurs, 11/13: Social Studies WWI Test
- Fri, 11/14: Math homework due; Math Test (multiplying and dividing decimals)
- RL.5.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
- Figurative Language Warm-Up Page 1 Read the paragraphs and answer the questions.
- Simile & Metaphor Packet Read each sentence. Identify the figurative phrase and its meaning.
- “Grandma’s Garden” Figurative Language Puzzle Read Grandma’s Garden. Using the puzzle sheet that goes with it, go back and find each example of figurative language in the story. In the top puzzle piece, write the type of figurative language. In the puzzle piece on the right, explain the actual (literal) meaning of the figurative phrase.
- "Grandma's Garden"
- One for the Murphy's
- Stories with figurative language (primarily similes and metaphors)
- Starting Shurley English Chapter 4
- Grammar: compound subjects, compound verbs, and compound objects of prepositions
- Skills: Types of sentences - simple, fragment, simple with a compound subject, simple with a compound verb
- Test: Wednesday
NBT.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
The test for this standard is THIS FRIDAY. We will be practicing multiplying and dividing decimals daily to prepare for our assessment.
- NBT.7 Choice Board Students will be able to choose from a variety of activities to complete from this standard.
- Decimal Practice Packet Students have two pages of review for multiplying and dividing with decimals.
- Workbook pages/Performance Tasks Some students will be working out of their enVision workbooks, and others will be completing practice performance tasks for the test on Friday.
- IXL – Dividing Decimals Please master all of these: H.13, I.3, I.5
This week, we have some 4th grade and 5th grade review on the front of the homework. On the back, students will be able to practice dividing decimals.
My homeroom is back with me for the one more week to wrap up our WWI unit!
SS5H4 The student will describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.
- Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914- 1917) ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
- Read about military families and the tradition of honoring our veterans (for Veterans Day)
- Read about and discuss the end of the war
- Complete a study guide and review activity