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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.