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Classroom Update 9/29/12

posted Sep 29, 2012, 9:37 AM by Craig Yen   [ updated Oct 1, 2012, 6:24 AM ]
Wow!  We're over a month into school already.  Thanks again for all your support.  We would not be able to do this without you.  Speaking of...  we could use a few more volunteers.

Wednesday 5th Grade Stations from 8:10 – 9:30 (max 2 or 3 depending on day)

Friday Stations (both 4th and 5th graders) on Fridays from 1:00 – 2:30 (max 2) (more starting at 1:10)

Thanks again!  Many of the others contain at least one.  Thanks also for everyone who either bought books at the book fair to support the school or even contributed to our ever growing classroom library. 

Speaking of... please continue to monitor your child's Accelerated Reader reading. They are to earn at least 20 points each trimester with a comprehension level of 85% or more. Printouts from students taking tests have not been printing out consistently.  You can check their progress online (instructions follow).  

Accelerated Reader
Renaissance Home Connect allows you to better track your child’s progress with Accelerated Reader.  You can view the bookshelf to see which books have been read, when they were read, and the score earned on the AR quiz.  
To log in to Renaissance Home Connect
Username and password is the same one utilized to log in to AR at school.
Username (firstintial and first four letters of last name)
Password (same as the one used for quia/ixl)

If you'd like to receive emails showing your student's quiz or test results, click the Email Setup link in Renaissance Home Connect and follow the directions. To be sure these emails reach your inbox, add to your address book.

Fourth Grade

Language Arts 
We have been continuing our work with sentences and sentence structures this past week continuing our work with subjects and predicates. We will strive to read Finding the Titanic this week.
We did preview the vocabulary for the story this past week.  Students have continued to learn different spelling patterns and have worked to demonstrate them through spelling tests taken through Quia.

We have worked our way through the addition chapter. We are now working with the inverse operation, subtraction. Students have been learning both how to use estimation to check as well as using addition to check their work. Within stations, we utilized our Ipads along with the App, Mathboard, to help reinforce the skill. Some students have been continuing to practice within Scootpad to help reinforce those math skills.  Please continue to practice those basic facts. We'll delve into a bit of algebra before moving towards multiplication and division.

Social Studies
We had our Cookie day project this week where students separated their cookies by the four natural regions and decorated accordingly. Hopefully they shared some of their cookie with you. This week students will receive a study outline for chapter 1. Test date for the chapter 1 test will be on Thursday, October 18. The outline worth 10% of their grade will be due at that time.  The work will be expected to be done at home in preparation for the test. Students should write out the definitions for each vocabulary word completely. For any "person" they are to write their historical significance. Lastly, for any question, they should answer them with appropriate detail.

Science chapter 1 test will be on Wednesday the 3rd of this coming week. Students were asked to take home both their science vocabulary and outline sheets to help them prepare for the exam as those will be collected on the day of the exam also worth 10% of their science grade. 

Fifth Grade

Language Arts
We read part of the story Volcanoes, the final story within this theme. We will finish the story and begin to wrap up the theme. I anticipate that we should be able to take the theme skills test the following week. Results will be sent home with students. Grammar skill continues to be with sentences as we continue learning about compound sentences. It was great seeing so many wonderful outfits and props as we shared our book into movie project. On Friday, we met with the other fifth grade classes to be able to rotate around and share our characters and props. Within class, each student shared a bit more. I look forward to reading their reports. The next month's book report will be on a Mystery book.

We have been continuing our work with fractions and took the chapter 2 test this past week. If students scored 15 or less, they are expected to complete a math corrections sheet. They are to attach it to their test and return it. Showing work as to how you solve a problem continues to be stressed as some students have been making careless errors. We've also been continuing to stress the importance of equivalent fractions and being able to convert from mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa. These skills will cycle back after we get through the next two chapters that work with decimals and their fraction equivalents. We have been using some of these skills within stations as students have been working to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. Math facts knowledge continues to be an important skill to have.

Social Studies
We completed the West region for our states and capitals quiz this past week. Spelling errors were counted as 1/2 wrong. Two separate scores were given. One was for placing the state and spelling its name correctly. The other was for identifying the correct capital for the state and spelling its name correctly. We continue to work to complete the regions brochure. Most have completed typing the Southwest region writing into the computer and have moved on to note taking and/or writing for the Midwest region of the United States.  Southwest states and capitals will be next with the test on Friday.

Science chapter 1 test will be on Thursday this coming week with results returned on Friday. Please do turn in vocabulary and outline sheets AND the study guide. They will be worth 10% of your grade. Students will be able to create one 3 x 5 inch index card (both sides) which they may use on the day of the exam. Students will be informed of this in the coming week. Learning how to study and prepare for tests will be an important skill that we will continue to work on as we prepare for middle school.