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Classroom Update 10/6/12

posted Oct 6, 2012, 8:04 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Oct 6, 2012, 8:11 AM ]
A number of items have gone home regarding the carnival this past week. Fifth graders should return the haunted house participation form by Monday. We did take time within class to look in the raffle ticket envelopes at the list of prizes as well as the instructions. Thanks in advance for all the help and support that you are able to provide for the carnival and its activities. We do hope that you will be able to attend. The carnival will be on Sunday, 10/28/12 from 11 AM - 3:30 PM. There will be a parade and costume contest at 10:30 AM towards the front of the school!  As the event gets closer, there will be more information including when students will have that opportunity to "splash" me while I'm sitting at the "dunk" tank.

In class, we have started to learn the songs for our class play, The Case of the Missing Paragraph. We will be practicing with the script in this coming week and will choose out parts. I'm anticipating that we will be performing the play on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2 at 1:00 in the B-pod. Parents are welcome to attend.

Fourth Grade
Upcoming Sacramento field trip on Tuesday of this coming week. Friday's update included a schedule and a note for the chaperone drivers as to whether they are driving or not. Please be sure to arrive to school by 7:30 AM. We plan to return to school by 6:00 PM. Do remember to bring a bag lunch and to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Math
We have wrapped up our addition and subtraction chapters with students learning more about the relationship between the two. We have been stressing that they are inverse operations and have also been emphasizing the importance of checking work. On Friday, we worked a bit on problem solving where you have too little or too much information. Next, we'll be moving on to chapters involving multiplication and division. We will explore the relationship between the two. Within stations on Friday, we began to learn more about the coordinate plane.

Language Arts
We read the story Finding the Titanic this week and took the AR test for it. Students completed a graphic organizer in the form of an outline and we went over the organization of an outline. We have been working on different types of sentences including compound sentences.  The final story within this first theme is By the Shores of Silver Lake.

Science
Students took the science test this past week. Both the tests and the study outline/vocabulary sheets were returned with students on Friday. Our next chapter within science will be chapter 2.

Social Studies
Fourth graders have received their study guide packet for chapter 2. They are to complete this independently and it will be worth 10% of their grade. They should write out the meaning of each of the vocabulary words and answer the questions thoroughly. Please continue your map motif project. Remember that they will be due by 10/24.

Fifth Grade

Math
We are wrapping up chapter 3. We learned much more about decimals and their place value. We learned about ordering and comparing decimals as well and even worked on rounding decimals. In the next chapter, we will be learning about decimal and fraction equivalents. We have done a bit of preview work with this already in stations.  We'll explore other ways that we can come up with the relationship between the two.

Language Arts
We will be taking the theme skills test for chapter 1 this coming week. Results will be returned by Friday. This week we read a nonfiction story about volcanoes and took an AR test on it. Students should be continuing to read for their mystery book review paper. An organizer was attached to the update as to the format for this next review. Feedback for the book to movie paper will be shared with students this coming week. 

Science
Students took the science test this past week. The tests, study guide, and  study outline/vocabulary sheets were returned with students on Friday. Our next chapter within science will be chapter 3 on the human body.

Social Studies
We continue to work on our regions flip books. Students continue to learn their states and capitals. The next region for our States and Capitals quiz will be the midwest.