Math: We are going to begin Chapter 11 this week. It will cover geometry and volume. We will complete lessons 11.1-11.3 this week. There will be one page of homework assigned nightly in addition to any work not completed during class. Remember there are many resources available on the Think Central Website. Click here to go the the website. For username and password questions, contact Mrs. Brannock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading: We are working on main idea and supporting details. We will be doing several lessons that teach students skills and strategies for understanding main idea. We will then do a final project to pull the concept together and offer students an opportunity to demonstrate creatively what they learned in the lessons.
Reading groups: Reading groups have been revised. We will be working on a variety of reading and literacy skills. Students will be expected to complete assignments related to the books we are reading, as well as to take Accelerated Reader quizzes on the books we read. We are currently reading the following books: Misery Guts, Stone Fox, The Case of the Million-Dollar Mystery, and The White Wolf.
Reading homework: There will be one page of reading homework assigned nightly. This week we will be focusing on time lines and sequence.
Reading Skill Practice: We will be working a variety of reading skills. Students will read a short passage and then answer questions about the passage. We will be taking periodic comprehension tests on the reading passages. I will also be testing students on reading fluency. This week we will be focusing on reading and comprehending literature independently and proficiently; and consulting reference materials to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
Spelling: We will be working to spell grade-appropriate words correctly. We are beginning a new spelling program this week. Students will receive one practice page each day. This page will be due that day. If students do not complete the work during class, they must finish it for homework and turn it in the next day. Students will take a test on Friday over the week's spelling words. This week we will be workh=ing on words with the short u sound, other short vowel sounds, and two-syllable words. The spelling words are: rough, grudge, stunt, thumb, once, another, does, trouble, cousin, began, oxygen, copy, very, until, umpire, sudden, which, city.
Social Studies: We have started a unit on the American Revolution. This week we are going to be learning about the battles of Lexington and Concord. Students will be writing a fictional journal entry about what happened that day.
Science: We are going to begin a unit on the human body. This week we will be reading and taking notes on the parts of the skeletal system and the functions and parts of the nervous system.
Writing and Grammar: Each day students will complete a writing warm-up which will cover many writing and grammar skills. This week, our focus will be on correctly using frequently confused words. Students will also write a quickwrite each day on a given prompt. Students should be writing at least a paragraph each day. On Monday, student will take a writing quiz on the latest set of skills. They must also revise and edit one of their quickwrites to be graded. I will also collect writing warm-ups 73-81.