What Are We Doing This Week?
Special Announcements and Reminders
***Margaret Mary Health along with Stayin' Alive will be presenting a program called "Get Real about Tobacco" on Thursday and Friday of this week. Please remember to return the permission slip, so your child can attend.
***I will not be at school Thursday, Friday, and next Monday. I will do my best to get graded papers and tests sent home as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. I will not be around to check my e-mail during this time. If you need anything, please get ahold of me by Wednesday. Thank you!!!
***Book Adventure is due next Wednesday, December 13th.
We have finished chapter 6 and will be taking the test on Wednesday. This will cover multiplying and dividing decimals.
You should see "Minute Math" sheets coming home weekly. These sheets include 10 math problems that review different concepts. Students complete them alone in class, and then we go over them as a whole group. They will not harm the students' grades. However, I do challenge and encourage the students to do the best they can.
We have also started weekly timed tests on Fridays. All students started on their 2s and 3s and will move on to the next set of numbers when they are ready. They should be practicing these at home as needed. Multiplication facts are needed for upper-level math classes. Students may not alwasy be fast, and that is okay!!!!! However, they must be fluent. Homemade flash cards work just as well as ones you can buy at the store!!!!!!
***Students can find tutorials for math concepts on the 5th grade webpage. The link is under "math" and "pageLinks" as well. There is also always a mini tutorial for every math lesson located on the ConnectED site. This is a good way for students to see how a concept is taught. Maybe they forget how to do a problem once they get home from school? Maybe they need to see problems completed a different way? Use this resource! Students will be given their ConnectEd login information this week, and I will also be giving it out to parents at open house as well.
We will be reviewing theme and context clues again this week.
Quarter 2 Book Adventure will be due Wednesday, December 13th.
Students will have their regular vocabulary and comprehension test on Friday. I encourage students to reread this week's story at some point after we have read it in class if they are struggling on Friday tests. We have been talking a lot about slowing down while taking their tests. Many get done in 10 minutes or less. The tests can be challenging, and they sometimes require a bit of searching to find the answers.
Each Monday students get a new vocab list. This goes home on their spelling list. We talk about the words and typically play a game. Then, students are asked to write a sentence about these words or finish a sentence that is already started. We are working hard on making complete sentences and using the correct context for the words. Students are tested over these words on Fridays. Any help at home with this is always appreciated. :)
***Students have usernames and passwords for www.readtheory.org. This website can be used at home for extra reading and English practice. I can view student progress through the teacher account. It is a great tool for everyone!
We will continue to learn about the first 13 colonies in chapter 7 this week. We are focusing on life in the colonies.
We finished chapter 8. Students received their study guides on Friday. Their test is on Thursday.
We have finished our module on matter in the ecosystems. Students will take their open-book and open-notes test on Wednesday.
Spelling test this Friday.
***Spelling words go home each Monday, and students have their tests on Fridays. The lists that go home on Mondays also contain vocab words that will appear on their Friday reading tests. We spend each Monday learning our spelling and vocab words and reviewing on Thursday. However, students need to practice these throughout the week as much as possible.