Happy New Year to you all! I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks off from school; whether you were working or relaxing, I hope you have had a wonderful holiday season! I truly loved spending time with my family (and reading and napping and cooking, too) during this time off.
However delightful that time was, it's now time to get back into our regular schedule! I am looking forward to seeing the kids - I have missed them! Honestly, parts of me miss the normalcy of a school week, too, so I'm looking forward to that as well.
A note about the weather: starting on Wednesday, it's going to be getting much colder. If your child is a bus rider in the morning, be sure he or she has all the necessary gear to keep warm; the windchill will be in the low teens! Brr! All students will need winter coats (and perhaps hats, gloves, and scarves) for recess as well. We go outside to play as long as the windchill is 32 degrees or higher. It can be chilly on the playground! (If the windchill is 32 or below, we have indoor recess. Thank goodness for card games and board games!)
Let's take a look at what we have in store for us as we head into 2015! (WOW!)
*Also - a reminder for students to bring in their winter reading logs if they completed them!
- Mon, Jan 5: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (teacher planning day)
- Tues, Jan 6: FIRST DAY BACK! Can't wait to see their (sleepy) smiling faces!
- Fri, Jan 9: ELA Essays due (autobiographies)
If your child was out sick and missed instruction or tests the last week before the break, we are keeping our homerooms during skills/focus classes (7:30-8:20) to teach any content that was missed and give any tests that were not taken. Rest assured, we will catch up anyone who was sick!
Students will begin working with point-of-view (RL.6). There are two parts of this standard:
- Point of View: 1st person (told from a character's point of view; I did this, we did that, this happened to me) and 3rd person (told from a narrator's point of view who is NOT a character in the story)
- Viewpoint: how a character or narrator feels about something that has happened in the story or how they feel about another character
We will be working with both of these topics for the next two weeks. Test will be next Friday.
Students are finishing up their autobiographies that they started last week. Due on Friday.
We are beginning one of our biggest units of the year - multiplying and dividing fractions. We are starting with what a fraction really means - it's a division problem. Therefore, 12/4 means 12 divided by 4. We will look at creating story problems for fractions to help us understand the meaning of that fraction. That will be our focus for this week. (standard NF.3)
Students will be working with Mrs. Hawkins this week to study electricity and magnets! They will test next week.