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Classroom Update 4/20

posted Apr 20, 2013, 8:32 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Apr 21, 2013, 3:27 PM ]

Please remember to return Spring Pictures which went home this past week.  

Do continue to collect and send in Box Tops. We are looking for the top collectors of the year.  Winning classroom for this session will still get an ice cream party.  Overall winner for the entire school year will also get an ice cream party and a trophy to hold onto until next year. 

Thanks to all of our volunteers who continue to help support the stations that we run through the year and also to our library and computer lab helpers.  There's some more spots open as we continue through the year.  Volunteer weekly, biweekly, or just choose a few days.  Sign up below.  Information on how you can help with Colonial Day(5/30, 5th) and with 49er Day (5/31, 4th) is forthcoming soon.  

Monday 4th Grade Stations from 1:30 – 2:30 (max 2)

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Tuesday 5th Grade Stations from 1:30 – 2:30 (max 2)

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Wednesday 5th Grade Stations from 8:05 – 9:35 (max 2 or 3 depending on day)

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Thursday 4th Grade Stations from 1:30 to 2:30 (max 2)

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Friday Stations (both 4th and 5th graders) on Fridays from 1:00 – 2:30 (max 2)

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 4th Grade


Language Arts

We are wrapping up the current theme within language arts, Heroes.  We continue to read stories and have taken three AR tests for those stories that are within this theme learning more about Gloria Estefan, Lou Gherig, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Grammar skills with this theme have revolved around pronouns. The class will take the theme skills test this coming week. We have continued to read from our core literature book, By the Great Horn Spoon.  Please continue to make sure that students read at least 20 minutes a night for the AR program.


Original book projects are well underway. By now, students did receive their planning sheets back and should have written out chapter 1 already.  (due this past Friday)  Do continue to work with your child to make sure that they remain on track.


Writing

Within writing, we have been writing about our experience with Walk through California. We will type these up in the computer lab and put pictures with it through Comic Life so that we can have another page for our memory books.


Math

We've been learning much about geometry and negative numbers these past weeks. Within geometry, we have been learning about points, line segments, rays, and angles. We have then moved on with shapes including triangles, polygons, and learning more about all those types of quadrilaterals. 


Social Studies

Within Social Studies, students continue to learn about how California became a state. We're getting closer to the Gold Rush! Remember that students are responsible for their study guide which is worth 10% of their grade. The Social Studies test is on 4/30.


Science

Science test was taken this past week for Rocks and Minerals. We have been continuing to do a number of different labs where students have learned more through a hands on approach. We started with a mock rock as students were geologists in observing and measuring these rocks and moved towards minerals before having the students examine rocks.



5th Grade


Language Arts

We continue to read stories within the HM reading program. We will focus on more of the skills as these weeks continue. We will start a new read aloud soon. Do continue to make sure that students read at least 20 minutes a night for the AR program.


Students have been working on their magazine project.  This past Tuesday, the first article & activity were due. This next Tuesday, the second article & activity were due. Students were given a planning packet which contained a bunch of organizers that will assist them as we construct our magazines. They were also given a schedule to help keep them on track.  They could possibly use a little hand holding as well. They will be given more time to continue this project in class.  Do help them to make sure to bring their materials each day and that they remain on track for this project. At school, we'll be checking in with them through the week to try to help monitor their project.


Writing

Students will be writing for their memory books about the Walk through the Revolution historical presentation. We have been learning about persuasive writing. 


Math

We have transitioned back towards geometry these past weeks. Flip math instruction continues. Do make sure that your child is completing ALL parts of the lesson including IXL work. 


Social Studies

Do remember that the Social Studies test will be on 5/3. Lesson 1 and 2 outlines were offered to students this past Friday. The remaining part of the study guides will be given to students on Monday. We will spend some time within class to allow students to do some of the work with these outlines. Students will be allowed a 3x5 card for the test (both sides). 


Attached to students update was score sheets for their state project including scores and feedback for their brochures, Powerpoint, and presentation. Do make sure to continue to work on the state float project as our parade will be on 5/3.


Science

Science tests were taken this past week. Results were sent home along with the completed study guides, vocab sheets, and outlines. We will be learning about the Solar System next. Ask your child about what we did within the computer lab to help reinforce our understanding of water. 


Upcoming this week, fifth graders will have a classroom water presentation on Monday from the Contra Water District. The field trip will be on Wednesday to the Bollman Water Treatment Plant.  Thanks to those parents who are chaperoning.

Classroom Update 4/2

posted Apr 2, 2013, 8:09 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Apr 2, 2013, 8:09 AM ]

Spring Pictures on Tuesday, 4/9 (flyer coming home tomorrow).  Information regarding the Minifling to be held on 4/19 is also coming home with the students tomorrow.

 

Report cards went home with students on 3/29 (trimester 2 ended on 3/15). It will be unsealed so that students can peek at their grades if they choose to. Please sign and return the envelopes. You may keep the report card. 

 

Some upcoming test dates and other dates for the remainder of the school year have been listed below. Thank you again for your assistance in keeping the students organized.  Enjoy your Spring Recess.

 

Upcoming Test Dates

 

4th graders

 

4/19      Chapter 3 Science Test

 

4/30      Social Studies Chapter 5 Test

 

5th graders

 

4/18      Chapter 4 Science Test

 

5/2        Social Studies Chapter 8 Test


 

Upcoming Dates

 

4/1 – 4/5           Spring Recess

 

4/9        Spring Pictures 


4/16      Walk Through California (4th) (8:15 – 10:45 AM) 

 

4/17      Walk the Revolution (5th) (8:15 – 10:45 AM)

 

4/19      Mini Fling

 

4/24      Water Treatment Plant (5th)

                        Our class will be split between two times… either

                        8:50 – 10:20 or 10:30 – 12:00

 

5/3        State Float Parade (5th) (more information will come home after the break)

 

5/6 – 5/17          STAR testing

 

5/21      5th Graders Visit Foothill (5th Graders)

 

5/21      Open House

 

5/23      California Academy of Sciences Field Trip (4th and 5th)

 

5/30      49er Day (more information to follow) (4th graders)

 

5/31      Colonial Day (5th graders) (more information to follow)

 

6/12      Field Day (4th)

 

6/13      Promotion (8:30 – 9:30) (5th)

Last Day of School

Classroom Update 2/23

posted Feb 23, 2013, 10:34 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Feb 23, 2013, 10:35 AM ]

Curriculum Associates benchmark testing results for English Language Arts went home this past week.

Do note that the trimester ends on March 15.  As we wrap up the trimester, please continue to monitor and review if necessary, the papers that come home with your child.

Great job class on the class play. I'm glad so many people were able to come to each performance. 

The class enjoyed the festivities surrounding Chinese New Year and we celebrated on Friday with a feast. Ask them what they learned about Chinese New Year. In the coming week, we will write a little to place into our memory books. We even got to see the Kindergarten classes with their Chinese New Year parade.

We have begun a new class read aloud, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, which was the 2013 winner of the Newberry medal.

4th Grade

Language Arts
We finished reading The Last Dragon this past week and took an AR test for it in the lab. The grammar skill worked on this week involved adjectives, both identifying and using them. While learning more about adjectives, we also reviewed about those different parts of speech. Students learned about articles, a special type of adjective. They also learned that adjectives can answer the question how many or what kind.

Math
We have been learning more about mixed numbers and improper fractions this week and how to convert between the two. Also covered were number lines and how to identify mixed numbers on a number line as well as how to decide what number to place in the denominator. We will continue to review this concept as a primary focus on fifth grade will be towards fractions. We will be moving towards decimals in the next chapter and their relationship with fractions and mixed numbers. Students even used task cards with QR codes printed on them to help reinforce ordering and comparing fractions. 

Science
The science test is this coming Tuesday, February 26. Students were reminded on Friday to take home their science materials, i.e. outline and vocabulary sheets to help them study for the test.  They have been working in lab on how to increase the strength of an electromagnet.

Social Studies
We have been continuing to work on our mission reports where students have been busily note taking. We have started an art activity where the students will be making Mission Bags. In the Social Studies book, we talked more about the end of the mission, seculariation, and began to learn more about Mexican California and the ranchos.

5th Grade

Language Arts
We have been reading Dear Mr. Henshaw. We read a chapter from Bridge to Terabithia and worked on some discussion and vocabulary questions with it. In the lab, we explored another theme in the book, courage with an online discussion through Edmodo. Students also had the opportunity to examine links for other elements from the book.

Math
The class has been continuing to work with percentages this week. On Friday, we did take a quiz that covered much of chapter 23. We continue to work with the relationship between decimals, percentages, and fractions. Students have been continually given opportunities to convert between each of these.

Science
We continue to work through the science chapter. Students will be given a science study guide to go with their test.

Social Studies
Colony group work has begun. Each student was assigned a particular chapter to go ahead and work with. They will be responsible for their own particular chapter's content including work book pages leading back towards the chapter test. Through the group work, to be explained in class in the coming week, students will work on various activities to help them continue to understand their particular colony. Students will also report back to the class, so we can learn about all the colonies. The Social Studies test will be on Tuesday, March 12.

Classroom Update 2/16/13

posted Feb 16, 2013, 8:37 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Feb 19, 2013, 4:06 PM ]


Curriculum and Associates testing has been occurring these past two weeks. Results from the math portion were sent home a week ago. Results from the language arts portion will be sent home this coming week.

It's hard to believe that we are now past the 100th day of school!  Time is flying by.  Thanks for all the goodies and treats that you brought in for Valentine's Day. We enjoyed strawberries, ice cream, and whipped cream to close out the day. It was great seeing all the science fair projects this past week. Thanks so much for assisting your child with the project. Feedback from the speeches given in the class were returned last week.

Our Chinese New Year presentation and luncheon will be on this coming Friday, 2/22 as we celebrate the year of the snake. Wear red or Chinese attire and please bring in a drink. If you would like to bring in an artifact to share, you are welcome to. Ask about the lanterns we made or the other art projects we have done this past week as we bring in the new year.

Our class play performance of The Incredible Westward Expansion was this past week on Friday. Another performance will be held in the B-pod on Thursday, 2/21 at 11:30 AM.

4th Grade

Language Arts
We are continuing to read in the Houghton Mifflin series and we continue to work through spelling patterns as well as grammar and writing skills. We just read the story Marven of the Great North Woods and we are completing a reading of The Last Dragon which discusses a little bit more about Chinese culture and traditions.

Writing
We continue to work on different writing styles. In particular this week, we have continued to work on response to literature writing while writing a response to First Choice. The last writing prompt, another response to literature practice was sent home this past week. Enclosed was also feedback from the summary writing prompt given the past week. Often times, papers were returned to students earlier in the week rather than through their Friday boxes.  STAR writing test is on Tuesday, March 5.

Math
We have been working with fractions these past weeks. Students have been working with terms such as numerator, denominator, and simplest form. We have worked on adding and subtracting fractions and also fractional parts of a number.

Social Studies
We continue to learn about California's early history. Students have chosen a mission to work with. Much of the mission project will be done within class. We've begun our note taking utilizing some websites, books, and hand outs. Students created a timeline and typed this into a word document. We have even set up a Powerpoint Presentation which we will populate with facts as we get further along within the project.

Science
Students have continued to learn about magnetism. In the past labs, we have made a floating compass and made an electromagnet. 

5th Grade

Language Arts
We will be wrapping up this current theme this week. We have finished reading each of the stories within this theme. Students will soon take the theme skills test.  We have begun the core literature book, Bridge to Terrabithia. We will work on a number of skills including how to respond to literature.

Math
Students have continued to work on different concepts including percentages in this most current chapter. They have worked with how to convert between decimals, percents, and fractions. We then worked with comparing and ordering them. Finally, we also worked with calculating percentages of numbers. We will take a quiz in the coming week to test students understanding of these concepts.

Social Studies
Social Studies chapter 4 test was given this past week. Results were sent home with students. Vocabulary and study guides were worth 10% of student's grade and were also returned. For the next four chapters, we will jigsaw them out. Students will be learning about a particular colony as we do Colony Group Work. In doing this, they will only be responsible for the chapter that covers the colony that they are assigned. These past weeks, we have also begun Colonial Crusade where the students have been running on Thursdays.

Science
Science test date has been set for Tuesday, March 5. 

Classroom Update 1/18/13

posted Jan 18, 2013, 4:10 PM by Craig Yen   [ updated Jan 18, 2013, 4:50 PM ]

Please be sure to return your Spellathon envelopes.  Thank you in advance for your participation.  We will review some of the words this coming week. 
 
Note that the Spelling Bee is on 1/22 at 8:45 AM in the MUR.  Thanks to those students who are representing our class.  Good luck!
 
Fourth Grade
 
Math
Within math, we have continued to learn about the division process. We've stressed the importance of checking your work. We have continued to review the other operations including double digit multiplication. We have moved towards learning about divisibility rules as well as prime/composite numbersame for fourth graders, Work within stations has continued to reinforce what is learned within class including a new game, The Grapes of Math.
 
Writing
Our weekly writing prompts have started!  Thank you for working with your students on that first narrative writing prompt. Please remember to start with a planning page and to return that planning page along with the instructions when turning in the prompt. Be on the lookout towards the beginning of the week for returned writing prompt. We will continue to do some lessons within class to work on strengthening their writing. Ask them about the dialogue lesson with the tortoise and the hare.  This next week we will work on varied beginnings for their writing.  We continue to work with summaries which will be the next writing prompts following these first two narrative style prompts.
 
Language Arts
We have completed reading the remaining stories within this theme, That's Amazing.  This next week, students will be taking the theme skills test for this chapter. Results will be returned home with the students. Some of the grammar skills worked on with the students have included helping verbs indicating past tense, has & have as well as identifying the main verbs within a sentence (that one that shows the action). We continue with pagragraph corrections in the morning time along with our Bellworks books. We have also continued to read from our core literature book, Island of the Blue Dolphins together and have been working on some skills including sequencing and cause and effect as we work through the book.  We did work on a response to literature style question this past week where we wrote about whether Karana is actually alone on the island.
 
Accelerated Reader
Please continue to monitor your child's Accelerated Reader reading.  They should earn a total of at least 20 points each trimester with a percentage goal of 85% or greater.  Click on the resource tab on the class website and follow the instructions to log in to renaissance home connect. We will also attach a copy of their student record indicating their books read as well as point totals in the coming weeks.
 
Science
We have concluded our electricity unit with the students. Ech student made a quizboard where they were able to quiz each other to help review for the test. Quizboards will be on display during Open House where you too can test yourselves on this material. We have started our next chapter within this unit on magnetism. Ask your child about the sticks vs. does not stick lab that explored magnetism.
 
Social Studies
We continue to learn about the early part of California's history. Do remember that the Social Studies test is on Thursday, January 31.  Students did some an internet scavenger hunt to learn a little bit more about missions. We will be choosing a particular mission to learn more about and each child will e writing their own information report which will primarily be done within class.
 
Fifth Grade
 
Math
Within math, students had been working with multiplying decimals. Chapter 13 test was given and returned with students this past week. The next chapter has had the students working with division with decimals involved. We started by learning by dividing by a whole number. Next, we learned more about converting 4.85 divided by 0.5 to 48.5 by 5.  We continue to review those different concepts learned through the year.
 
Writing
Within writing, we have really stressed the importance of responding to literature. Within writing, we examined what it means to write a good response to a question. Biography report has been assigned and will be due February 7.
 
Accelerated Reader
Please continue to monitor your child's Accelerated Reader reading.  They should earn a total of at least 20 points each trimester with a percentage goal of 85% or greater.  Click on the resource tab on the class website and follow the instructions to log in to renaissance home connect. We will also attach a copy of their student record indicating their books read as well as point totals in the coming weeks.
 
Language Arts
We have completed reading the remaining stories within this theme, Voices of the Revolution.  This next week, students will be taking the theme skills test for this chapter. Some of the grammar skills worked on with students included adjectives including demonstrative adjectives (these, those) and proper adjectives as well.
 
 
Social Studies
Social studies chapter 3 tests were returned with students. We have started the first lesson within chapter 4.
 
Science
Do remember that the science chapter test will be on Thursday of this coming week, 1/24.
 

Classroom Update 12/25

posted Dec 25, 2012, 9:42 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Dec 25, 2012, 9:47 AM ]

Upcoming Tests
Social studies test dates have been set.
    4th Grade - January 31
    5th Grade - January 15

Science test date
    4th Grade - January 17
    5th Grade - January 18

Study guides and outlines have been distributed to the students. 

Science Fair
Over the past weeks we have been discussing the science fair. In doing so, we reviewed the scientific method. We did a project within class where we were counting for RSTLN (should sound familiar from Wheel of Fortune). Projects at the fourth and fifth grade level should be experimental where students can observe and record results. Some sample projects from past years were shared with the students. Please remember that participation is mandatory.  Project boards were distributed to students this past week.  A packet describing the science fair as well as proposal sheets were sent home with students 12/14.

Science Fair Links (including proposal sheet which is due on Thursday, January 9)


Classroom Update 12/8

posted Dec 8, 2012, 8:35 PM by Craig Yen   [ updated Dec 8, 2012, 8:35 PM ]

Sorry that it has been a while since the last classroom update. Report cards will be distributed at conference times. Conferece schedule these next few weeks of school with dismissal at 1:30 PM.

4th Grade

Language Arts
Results from the latest theme skills test were sent home. We finished reading A Very Important Day and took an AR test for it this week. We continue to read from our core literature book, Island of the Blue Dolphin. We have been working on responsding to the literature to strengthen our understanding of the story while we read and have been working on various other skills including figurative language and cause and effect.

Math
We have been working on multiplication starting with multiplication by a single digit and have now moved towards multiplying by double digits. Students will be shown a variety of different methods as we continue to practice this skill.

Science
We continue with our electricity unit. We started with the lab "lighting a bulb" and have moved on to building circuits and examining the different parts of a light bulb. Within the text, students have made a foldable for the first lesson where part of it was learning about conductors and insulators. Science test will be after the break.

Social Studies
We've been reading more about California's early history and in particular, early european explorers especially the Spanish.

5th Grade

Language Arts
We have launched the next theme, Voices of the Revolution where we are reading the story And Then What Happened Paul Revere? As we have read this story we have been working on a fact/opinion chart and we have learned more about author intent. We have been rotating amongst the fifth grade classes where we are focusing on different language arts skills including conclusions, themes, and vocabulary development.Rotations will continue this next week as well.

Math
We wrapped up our units on adding and subtracting mixed numbers and fractions. Next we worked with multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. Finally this past week, we have been working on dividing mixed numbers and fractions. We continue to write in our journals to help build understanding. In dividing fractions, students have been reminded to copy, multiply, and flip.

Science
We've been learning about matter and as part of that, about elements as well. Students are making foldables to help them further understand the content.  Ask them about the aluminum foil lab.

Social Studies
We've started chapter 3 in the social studies textbook where we are learning more about early european exploerrs. T help with understanding of this chapter, we are working on an explorers project where each fifth grader was assigned a particular explorer to find out more information about. After note taking, we will do some writing to put together our projects.
Social Studies

Classroom Update 11/10

posted Nov 10, 2012, 12:16 PM by Craig Yen   [ updated Nov 10, 2012, 12:16 PM ]

Fourth Grade

Math
We continue to work with our algebra unit and have been working with solving equations that involve all operations. 

Language Arts
We took the quiz on Tanya's Reunion this past week after rereading the story. Grammar skill worked on this week was plural nouns. Within our Bellworks supplemental books, we continue to build upon our language arts skills.

Writing
The first lesson this week was on different beginnings we could use as we are writing narrative stories. One of the skill sets that we continued to work on was writing with additional details. 

Science
Science tests were taken this week. Results were sent home with students on Friday. We will work with physical sciences next which in fourth grade is electricity and magnetism. Ask your child about the static electricity experiment that we conducted this week.

Social Studies
Social studies test for chapter 2 will be on Wednesday, November 28. Study guides and outlines were given this past week. 

Fifth Grade

Math
We worked through chapter 9 this week where we finjished up our work with adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.We started the next unit in math which involves multiplying and dividing fractions.

Language Arfts
We took the quiz on The Fear Place this week. We continue to work on grammar skills and reading comprehension skills through our D.O.L. and Reading Comprehension books.

Writing
The first lesson this week was on different beginnings we could use as we are writing narrative stories. One of the skill sets that we continued to work on was writing with additional details. 

Science
Science tests were taken this week. Results were sent home with students on Friday. In the next chapter within science, we will work with matter.


Classroom Update 11/3

posted Nov 3, 2012, 9:10 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Nov 3, 2012, 9:12 AM ]

Great job class!  Looks like they had fun in performing The Case of the Missing Paragraph. It was great seeing so many parents in attendance. Don't worry if you missed this play. There should be two more plays upcoming before the end of the school year. The next one will have be social studies related.  

The second practice with Curriculum Associates will be administered during these next two weeks.  Results will be shown at conference times. Conference times were noted on this past week's student update. Thank you to everyone for returning those forms promptly.  

Fourth Grade

Math
We have begun this week to work with a unit where students learn about algebra!  Students have been working with variables as they have evaluated expressions while continuing to follow the order of operations. Math chapter 7 test was returned with students this week. Within stations this week, we worked with a math related puzzle, Kenken. We worked mainly with 3x3 and 4x4 puzzles with some students trying a 6x6 puzzle.  You can find more puzzles at www.kenken.com.  Be careful, they're addictive!  Ask your child how to play.

Language Arts
This week we read Tomas and the Library Lady and took an AR test for the story. In reading this story, we completed a graphical organizer that involved sequence of events. We continue to learn about different parts of speech and in particular, Proper Nouns. We continue to reinforce language arts skills through the use of Bellworks book.

Writing
On Wednesday, we were given a sample prompt (Halloween based) for which we did a twenty minute quick write. Some student books were pulled and feedback was given. Students were given the choice of two prompts (from five total possible) with many choosing to write about what would happen if Halloween was banned.  Later on in the week, we composed another narrative piece for their memory books. Students could choose to write about the carnival/haunted house, Halloween stations, or Halloween/Trick or Treating/Party. Many students were able to complete their final copy for this piece within class time.

Social Studies
We have now finished through lesson 2 with chapter 2 as we begin to learn more about the Native Californians. To assist with this, students have been given a Native Californian Choice Menu. (Attached to this week's update). Native American choice menu activities will be due on Friday, November 30. Some links can be found from our class website.  Activities must be fact based and will be graded on content and presentation. At least three class sessions will be given for students to work on the activities and to provide feedback as they are working. In addition, some time may be required at home to complete the activities.

Science
Within lab this week, we did an experiment that explored crowded ecosystems.  Do note that the science test is this coming week on Wednesday, 11/7. Science vocabulary and outline sheets will be due at that time. (worth 10% of student grades)  There will be a review for students on Tuesday.

Fifth Grade

Math
We have now transitioned to working with subtraction problems with mixed numbers and fractions. We have begun to explore the importance of renaming and regrouping. Especially important will be for the students to be able to convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa.  We started with problems where we were subtracting a mixed number from a whole number... i.e. 5 - 2 1/3 =     where students renamed 5 as 4  3/3 and then subtracted 2  1/3.  Flip math lesson continued with students learning problems like the following 3 1/4 - 2 3/4. Book continues to stress that addition and subtraction are inverse operations by encouraging students to check their work. Chapter 8 tests were returned with students this week.

Language Arts
We read a realistic fiction story La Bamba this week. We'll have the students reread the story prior to taking an AR test. In working with this story, students will fill out a graphic organizer that not only broke out the characters, but also some of the important story events. Students continue to work with responding to literature by answering the Think About Selection questions at the end of the story.  

Writing
On Wednesday, we were given a sample prompt (Halloween based) for which we did a twenty minute quick write. Some student books were pulled and feedback was given. Students were given the choice of two prompts (from five total possible) with many choosing to write about what would happen if Halloween was banned.  Later on in the week, we composed another narrative piece for their memory books. Students could choose to write about the carnival/haunted house, Halloween stations, or Halloween/Trick or Treating/Party. Many students were able to complete their final copy for this piece within class time.

Social Studies
States and capitals quiz was given this past week. Results will be given to students this coming week. Students will soon start their explorer project.

Science
The science test is upcoming on Thursday, 11/8. Study guides were given out on Friday and students were encouraged to either work on during our catch up time on Friday (if they finished their other work...) and/or to take it home to assist with their studying. Remember, you do get one 3x5 card front and back to help you with the test. Study outline/vocabulary sheets and study guide are due worth 10% of student grade on the day of the test.

Classroom Update 10/27/12

posted Oct 27, 2012, 8:52 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Oct 27, 2012, 8:53 AM ]

Do note that our class play parts have been picked, and we have been busy practicing. This musical production will be performed on Thursday and Friday this week at 11:30 AM in the B-pod. Parents are welcome to attend.

What a nice experience of having Susy Flory, author of Thunder Dog, visit our school. Students came up with great questions to ask her. We learned more about her, Michael Hingson, Roselle, and also learned more about the writing process. We did take some time to write some thank you notes which will be put into a book and will get sent to her. Some students, like our class pets, Gigi and Tracker, got her autograph! 

4th

Language Arts
Theme skills test results were sent home with the students this past week. We took some time within class so that the students could look at missed questions. We also reviewed some commonly missed questions. We started our next theme, American Stories, and previewed the vocabulary for the first story, Tomas and the Library Lady.

Writing
Most students have completed a final copy of their Sacramento Field Trip writing. This week, we continued to learn more about the writing process as we worked on an organizer and a rough draft for how to eat an oreo cookie. As part of this writing process, we stressed the importance of word choice as we thought of action verbs that we might use as we ate our cookie or drank or milk. The other way that we continued to dress up that writing included finding adverbs like hungrily to work into our writing. We also thought about descriptive words, adjectives, that we might continue to use. We will work more with editing and revising this coming week as we work towards a final copy of this book on the 100th anniversary of the Oreo cookie.

Math
We have been learning about the Order of Operations this week. Ask your child what PEMDAS stands for. Within stations on Friday, we did more work with expressions with all four operations. We'll continue within these next few chapters to work more with algebra and functions.

Social Studies
We have started our next chapter within Social Studies learning more about the first Californians. Nice work with the magnificent map motif project and speeches. Feedback for speeches was attached to this past week's weekly update. A scoring sheet for the project itself will be sent home soon.

Science
We continue to learn about living things and the environment. Test date has been set for Wednesday, November 7. Students will be given vocabulary and outline sheets on Monday. They will be given a little bit of time within stations to start working on their packet. 

5th

Language Arts
We will read our next story, La Bamba this week. 

Writing
This week, we continued to learn more about the writing process as we worked on an organizer and a rough draft for how to eat an oreo cookie. As part of this writing process, we stressed the importance of word choice as we thought of action verbs that we might use as we ate our cookie or drank or milk. The other way that we continued to dress up that writing included finding adverbs like hungrily to work into our writing. We also thought about descriptive words, adjectives, that we might continue to use. We will work more with editing and revising this coming week as we work towards a final copy of this book on the 100th anniversary of the Oreo cookie.

Math
We continue to learn about adding fractions and mixed numbers. This week, we have moved on from just adding fractions to adding mixed numbers where the answers sometimes required a regroup. We continue to stress the importance of understanding how to convert from a mixed number to an improper fraction and viceversa. One of the important skills needed this week was to be able to convert things like 2  7/5 =  3  2/5 or   5   5/3 =  6   2/3

Social Studies
We have taken the last regions quiz. Many students have also completed their region flipbooks. Students will be taking a test on where all 50 states are located. They will also need to be able to name the capitals for these states. We continue to use some station time to learn our states and capitals.

Science
Within chapter 3, we continue to learn about the human body. We learned more about the respiratory system this week. Test date has been set for Thursday, November 8. Students have been given their vocabulary and outline sheets. They will be given a study guide later on this next week. As with the previous test, they will be able to have one 3x5 note card that they can use during the test. Within computer lab, we have been taking notes on tide pool creatures. We will be using these notes to develop a Powerpoint presentation. 

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