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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.