Saturday, January 26, 2013

One Quick Week

Thanks everyone for a great week. Here's a quick review of what we were working on.

We continued our Martin Luther King Jr. study in reading and focused on using important details to write a summary topic sentence.

For math we worked on addition and subtraction of fractions.

In science we reviewed energy sources and the transfer of energy. The students took a test on this unit and were allowed to use their packets as reference.

We looked at the connection between problems and solutions in social studies and learned about the endangerment of cheetahs.

In writing we continued working on introductions and narratives. Students wrote stories in groups of four on unique pictures.

Here's what's coming up next week:

  • Reading: Martin Luther King and responses to literature.
  • Math: Topic 13 test on Tuesday. Remember to study simplification.
  • Science: Reflection and light unit.
  • Social Studies: Investigating American heros.
  • Writing: Story movers and narratives.

As a quick clarification to the American Hero's project, on Friday your students should have come home with a piece of paper on which they need to draw their heroes' timeline. Presentations need to be 3 to 5 minutes long, the written report should be in paragraph form, and students should arrive in costume on the day of their presentation (I'll send out an email letting you know the day that your student is presenting.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Have a happy long weekend!

What a great week! Thanks to all of the parents who stopped by for our living science lesson and our drama class this week. They were both a lot of fun.

This week we continued reading our Martin Luther King Jr. book and worked on some interesting vocabulary. We also started doing literature circle work.

In writing we started working on narrative introductions. We discussed the difference between expository and narrative writing. Our expository writing focused on transitions.

For math this week the class did very well on their fractions test. We started our next unit, which is adding and subtracting fractions. Please continue to practice simplifying fractions at home.

In science this week we had our living science lesson on seed disbursement. We also worked on the transfer of energy. The students participated in a number of activities to help them visualize and actualize the transfer of energy.

Social studies this week revolved around Martin Luther King Jr. and other heroes. We even did some service projects around Oak to honor Martin Luther King Day.

Here's what's coming up next week:
  • No school for students on Monday and Tuesday!
  • Reading: continue Martin Luther King, skill of summarization.
  • Writing: compose group narratives.
  • Math: adding and subtracting fractions.
  • Science: review energy sources and transfer. Quiz on Friday.
  • Social Studies: Time Magazine - cheetah protection.
  • We will not have a spelling test next week.
See you on Wednesday!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy New Year!

Hi Everyone!

We had a great and busy week back at school. We didn't waste a minute getting back in the swing of things.

In reading this week we started a Martin Luther King Jr. book. We also practiced our comprehension skills of visualization, seeking important details, vocabulary, and asking questions.

We worked on fractions this week in Math. Students are seeing how fractions relate to their lives through activities like our "Fraction Families" exercise. They wrote fractions for things like the number of boys out of the total number in the family. On Friday, we began working on similar or equivalent fractions. This was a more difficult concept for students and you may want to spend some time reviewing it at home with sites like this one.

In social studies we discussed what it means to be a hero. We differentiated a hero from a famous person and talked about our hero projects. We also looked at important events of 2012.

We looked at the uses of stored energy in science this week.

For writing we established goals for the new year. We also discussed various purposes for a friendly letter and wrote our pen pals.

Next week we'll be doing the following:

  • Reading: continue MLKJ collaborative reading 
  • Math: fraction test on Wednesday
  • Social Studies: studying heroes
  • Science: looking at the transfer of energy
  • Writing: narrative introductions
Have a great week!