Welp, what can I say about the weather? I thought I'd be writing this for you from my classroom this morning (Monday), but I am on my couch writing it instead! So far, no big deal weather-wise, but hoping ice does not become a problem tonight or in the morning. Stay tuned to local news to see if anything pops up about school closings or delays. I can assure you that we rarely know before you do if school times change, so be on the alert. Should I find out any news about anything, I'll send out a Remind text. In the meantime, let's take a look at our hopefully-regular school week!
(Before we dive into academics) Congratulations to all the kiddos who participated in Young Americans this weekend! The shows were FABULOUS! I really enjoyed their take on music and movies over the last century, and their talent is phenomenal! Participating from our class were Lainie, Katharine, Margaret, Millie, and Will.
Oh, and congrats to our own Cody Brewer for winning the elementary schools spelling bee for Gainesville City Schools! We are proud of him!
- Thurs, 2/19: Math test (coordinate grids); Talent show at 6 pm
- Fri, 2/20: Field trip to Atlanta History Museum for Interactive Civil War display
Reading & Writing
We are continuing our novel study for the book Number the Stars. We will be reading some nonfiction articles on Tuesday about refugee groups in recent history to help us understand why people flee their homelands. This is an important topic in the novel. We will also be discussing point-of-view as we see it in the story. Students have been learning about foreshadowing, and it is at this point in the novel that students will begin to see if their predictions are correct! We are also discussing how characters change in the story based on how they respond to a conflict. Many standards are being covered in reading this week!
In writing, students will be changing some of the text into first person point-of-view. We will also be focusing on affixes - prefixes and suffixes - and how those can help us understand new or unfamiliar words. Students will have an affixes quiz on Friday morning before our field trip.
We are continuing our study of coordinate grids and plotting ordered pairs on the grid. This week, we'll be looking at XY charts for ordered pairs to use x-rules, y-rules, and x-y rules to generate a numerical pattern. Students will then be plotting these points on the coordinate grid. To practice this standard, we have a fun two-day activity called "Willie the Wheelman."
Homework: Students will have math homework on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from their math workbook. It will only be a few problems each night. I like having homework based on the standard we are teaching; I've seen improvement in homework this way! We will have a math test on Thursday.
Students are staying with Mrs. Hawkins this week and next to continue their study of earth science.