Sunday, March 3, 2013

Light, Division, and Topic Sentences

Hi Everyone!

We had an exciting week back from the break and we still have a lot to go before we wrap up the trimester in a week. Expect to see report cards coming home on the 15th. Here's what we did this week:

In Math we started long division. Since it is the student's first experience with the subject, several of them are still trying to grasp all the concepts. I encourage you to practice long division at home and continue working on your multiplication facts because of their relation to long division.

We continued to study light and color in science this week. We also started investigating matter. We sorted objects into groups of solids, liquids, and gases. We also discussed the properties of each of these phases.

In social studies we learned more about the underground railroad. We also talked about significant women in history.

For reading this week we discussed how to use inferences to draw conclusions while reading stories. We read a selection called Raising Dragons. We also worked on the meaning that suffixes have.

We wrote an expository paragraph about why we're lucky for our writing practice. We also learned about a new form of topic sentences called an Occasion Position Topic Sentence. For grammar, we worked on subject verb agreement in the present tense.

Here's what's coming up next week:

Math: long division test Thursday, benchmark test Friday
Science: mass and volume
Social Studies: Time for kids quiz Thursday
Reading: selection test Friday
Writing: personal narrative