It's our last week of school before the break! We have a lot of work jam-packed into a week that is filled with anticipation and excitement. Keep on reading to find out what we're doing in class.
Friday is Party Day!
Our party is going to be Friday afternoon at 1:30. Thanks to Mrs. Embry for planning the party and to everyone who has offered to chip in on costs and be here to help out. It will be a great way to end our day before the break!
BYOT: Bring Your Own Technology
You may have heard your child come home and talk about bringing his or her own device to school starting in January. Our school district is now using Google Apps for Education which will allow students to connect to Google Classroom. I have set up an online classroom where students can complete their work online, allowing us to use less paper and be more efficient! As soon as I have some official information about it, I will send it home to you. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to ask me!
Winter Break Reading Challenge!
Students are going to make a special Winter Break Reading Challenge log! There are going to be 17 days off for this break. I am asking students to read for at least 20 minutes for 12 of those 17 days. If students complete the activity that goes with that challenge, they will earn a special prize in January!
Coming Up This Week
- Mon, 12/15 Homeroom Spelling Bee
- Wed, 12/17 Conjunctions Test
- Thurs, 12/18 Social Studies Test, Reading Test
- Fri, 12/19 Math Test, Party Day!
We return to school on Tuesday, 1/6! Monday is a teacher work day.
We are still working with organizational structures this week. Students have done a great job being able to identify a text's organizational structure. Now we are going to compare and contrast two different texts and their structures. Students will have to provide evidence from the texts to support their ideas. Test on Thursday morning.
Students are working on their autobiographies this week. They will be due by Friday. Students will have time in class, but some may choose to work on them at home. Students will take a quick test (more of a quiz, really) on Wednesday.
This is our last week to work with adding and subtracting fractions. Most of the students are able to find a common denominator for their fractions in order to add or subtract them. The biggest areas of difficulty are converting mixed numbers to improper fractions (and improper fractions to mixed numbers) and more complex subtracting problems. Students took a quiz on Friday to determine their greatest areas of need before the test. I have created special instruction to target each student's weakness so that we can focus in on those areas before the test. Test on Friday morning.
We are wrapping up our study of the 1920s and 1930s. On Tuesday, we'll watch a History Channel special about the Dust Bowl. On Wednesday, we'll play a review game (on Kahoot!) to get ready for our test. Test on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, students will watch the movie Kit Kittredge - it's a great story about the Great Depression! Students have a study guide they will complete based on the movie that goes along with our study of the 1930s.