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### 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 GradeLanguage ArtsWe 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.MathWe 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. ScienceThe 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 StudiesWe 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 GradeLanguage ArtsWe 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.MathThe 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.ScienceWe continue to work through the science chapter. Students will be given a science study guide to go with their test.Social StudiesColony 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.