Vocabulary: The vocabulary strategy for this week will be multiple-meaning words. There will be a test on this strategy on Friday.
Spelling: This week we will be working on words with oo (book, good), words with silent consonants, and commonly misspelled words. There will be a test on Friday over the spelling words. The words are: cologne, foreign, ghastly, gnats, honorable, moisten, neighborhood, nook, overtook, plumbing, rookie, scent, subtle, writhing, reek, wreak, threw, through.
Grammar: This week we will be working on using adverb clauses. There will be a test on Friday. Students are encouraged to study their grammar notebooks each week.
Writing: Students will be writing a how-to article this week. The prompt is as follows: The editor of a craft magazine is looking for how-to articles on the topic of reusing common household items. Write a how-to article that tells about a craft project that reuses or recycles something to create a new item.
This project is due Friday, March 6.
Math: We are working on our Go Math series. We are on Chapter 11. This chapter focuses on geometry and volume. We will complete lessons 11.5-11.8 this week. The mid-chapter checkpoint quiz will be on Tuesday. There will be one page of math homework assigned nightly. Each Friday, students will also take a multiplication timed test. It is very important for students to be fluid with their multiplication facts. Daily practice of multiplication facts is encouraged.
Social Studies: We are learning about The Civil War. We are reading the book Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman. This will be read as a read aloud. Students will be expected to answer questions about the book as we read. Summary of Lincoln: A Photobiography: Russell Freedman's 1988 Newberry Medal biography begins with a lively account of Lincoln's boyhood. Freedman next traces his career as a country lawyer, and his marriage and courtship to Mary Todd. The author then focuses on the presidential years, skillfully explaining the many complex issues Lincoln grappled with as he led a deeply divided nation through the Civil War. The final chapter gives a moving account of Lincoln's assassination. (From The Civil War: Literature Units, Projects, and Activities by Janet Cassidy)
Science: We are going to be working on projects relating to our unit about trash. We will be answering the question "Why should we care about garbage?" Students will be working in small groups to complete a service project to help deal with the problem of garbage. These projects will be completed during school.