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Classroom Update 9/22/12

posted Sep 22, 2012, 7:59 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Sep 22, 2012, 8:11 AM ]
School pictures have arrived already!  They will be sent home with the students on Monday. It's hard to believe that we are almost a month into school already.  It sure does move quick.  Innisbrook sales continue!  Thanks for your support of the school.  The school's book fair will be this coming week with the book fair open after school. The book fair night will be on Tuesday.  We did visit the book fair on Friday and students did complete their wish lists. Within the library, they did get to watch a book fair preview video.

Student Council officer elections were this past week. We have a newly elected president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary!  Classroom election for representatives will occur this coming week with the first meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 2 at 7:35 AM in the B-pod.  Chorus is starting this coming week. A note was sent home with students this past week. It meets on Thursday and Friday mornings before school. 


New rewards have been posted into Scootpad!  

4th Grade

Math
Within math this week, students worked with chapter 3, adding whole numbers. We first learned about addition properties and within class made a study foldable to use as we work with these concepts. We continue to within both our daily practice and routine books and homework books so that the students have experience working out these problems.  In addition, we have been doing journal writing so that students write about what they've learned.

We then moved over to estimating when adding numbers where the previously learned skill of rounding is emphasized. Lastly, we began adding numbers. Within stations, students have been both adding and subtracting numbers with both exact and estimated answers.  Chapter 2 math test was returned this past week. 
 
Language Arts
We read Grandfather's Journey this past week. We'll review the story and take an AR test in the coming week. We reviewed more about different types of sentences.  The grammar skill with this particular lesson had to do with subjects and predicates including simple subjects and simple predicates. Students continued to work with responding to questions using textual evidence.  We continue to utilize Bellworks to reinforce language arts skills.

Social Studies
This week we worked on latitude and longitude map reading skill. We also read more about the four regions that California is divided into.  Can your child name all four?  We will be making their California Cookie this coming Thursday. Thanks in advance to those parents who are coming to assist and those parents who are providing dough.  It'll be a delicious way to learn more about the regions of California. In class, we reviewed about the magnificent map motif project which will help students learn more about geography terms. Project assignment was sent home attached to this week's update.

Science
We have now through lesson 3 of four lessons within this first chapter. Students continue to learn through hands on lab and at home and in school reading. Students have been given study guides and vocabulary sheets which are worth 10% of their grade. They should utilize these to help them prepare for their tests.  Scheduled test date is for October 3.

5th Grade

Math
Within math this week, students were reassessed on chapter 1 where they were required to show their understanding of factors, GCFs, factor trees, and prime factorization. These tests were sent home on Friday. Within chapter 2, we have been working with fractions. Students have learned to change mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. They also have learned how to make equivalent fractions including how to simplify fractions. We continue to within both our daily practice and routine books and homework books so that the students have experience working out these problems.  In addition, we have been doing journal writing so that students write about what they've learned.

Language Arts
We read Eye of the Storm: Chasing Storms this past week.  Students will work on questions responding to the story before taking an AR test this coming week. We continue to learn about different spelling patterns, taking tests on them via Quia. Book into movie project is due on Friday, 9/28. 

Social Studies
Students have moved on from writing about the West region of the United states now taking notes and writing about the southwest. We continue to use resources such as the internet, atlases, textbooks, and more to help note take to learn more about these regions.

Science
We are wrapping up chapter 1 (only 3 lessons). Students are to complete their study guides and vocabulary sheets which are worth 10% of their grade. Their science test is slated for October 4.