Friday, February 10, 2017

A Sneak Peek at the Week

Reading:  We will finish Toliver's Secret and focus on theme.

Math: We will continue to review geometry with the different types of angles: scalene, isosceles, and equilateral.  Students will also use the area model and multiplication and division to show two equivalent fractions.

Science: Parts of a Plant - Students will be able to answer the question - How do structural adaptations allow plants to survive and reproduce.

Social Studies: We will review for our American Revolution test and move on to the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.

Math Videos

I will begin posting videos to help you better understand how I am teaching fractions in math. You can find these videos under the Math Video tab at the top of the blog page.  You may also share these videos with your child if he/she has difficulty with homework.  If for some reason your child is absent, he/she may use these videos to help with missed math lessons.  I hope this will serve as a great tool for you at home!

Upcoming Tests/Quizzes

Science:  Monday, Feb. 13th - Flowering and Nonflowering Plants Quiz - Students have notes for this quiz in their journals.

Math:  Tuesday, Feb. 14th - Fractions Quiz - Students have their note pages and homework that we have completed in class to help them prepare for this quiz.  These can be found in their binders.  Students may also view the math videos for lessons 1-6.  Lesson 2 was combined with lesson 1.  Students will be quizzed on lessons 1-6. 

Chaperones for Upcoming Field Trip

Just a reminder that we are in need of at least 10 chaperones for our upcoming field trip.  Chaperones will be able to attend this trip for free!  Due to limited amount of space on the bus, we are asking that chaperones please follow the bus for this trip.

I have the following parents going as chaperones:

Ms. Stalcup
Mrs. McAllister
Ms. Harper
Mrs. Mix

As you can see, we are in need of six more chaperones.  If you would like to serve as a chaperone, please let me know!  Thank you so much for volunteering your time!

Valentine's Day

Students may bring in cards to exchange for Valentine's Day.  If your child decides to bring in cards, he/she must have a card for every child in our class.  There are 20 students in our class.  To make distribution of cards easy, please have your child write "From: His/Her Name" only on the cards. Cards do not need to be addressed to individual students. Thank you for your help with this!

Friday, February 3, 2017

A Peek at the Week: February 6th - 10th

Math:  Students will continue with geometry with the different types of angles: scalene, isosceles, and equilateral.  We will also begin working with fractions.    

Reading:  Students will continue to read Toliver's Secret.  They will also begin Book Clubs.  Their first book club meeting with consist of setting norms and creating a calendar to finish the book they have been assigned to read. This book club will last for 3 week.  Below is the focus of each week:

Week 1: Point of View
Week 2: Theme
Week 3 Summarizing

Science:  We will our unit on characteristics and growth of organisms.  This week students will classify plants as flowering or nonflowering. 

Social Studies:  We will continue to study the American Revolution with a focus on the following: Battles in SC, Yorktown, and the effects the American Revolution had on women, African Americans, and Native Americans.

Upcoming Field Trip: Camp Leopold

We are excited about our upcoming field trip to Camp Leopold on February 28th. If you have not paid the third installment of $40 (new students $65), please do so by Feb. 15th. Below is a list of things you need to know for the trip:
  • Please report to the cafeteria by 7:30 a.m.
  • Students should wear comfortable clothing that could get dirty and tennis shoes or hiking boots. Watch the weather forecast in case of rain or cold weather.
  • If you would like to be a chaperone, please email me. We will need at least 10 chaperones. Due to limited space on the bus, you will have to drive your own car. Your child can ride with you if you fill out a letter of release form before hand.
  • Please pack your child a small bag or backpack that includes a change of clothes in case your child gets extremely wet (including tennis shoes), two small snacks and a water bottle. Your child may want to wear a hat.
  • Lunch will be served at the location, so your child does not need to bring a lunch unless you would like to pack your child’s lunch.
Lunch will consist of hamburger, chips, salad, lemonade/fruit punch, or water.
  • Your child is allowed to bring a camera, but no other electronic devices.
  • There is a gift shop, so if your child wants to bring money, please pack it in your child’s bag. The following items are offered: Water Bottles ($5), Duck Calls and Whistles ($10), Camp Leopold Hats ($10)
  • We will arrive back on campus at 5:00 p.m., so please be in the back parking lot ready for pick-up.

Here is a link to Camp Leopold if you would like to see pictures or read about some of the activities we will be a part of while on the trip. We are taking four classes: Wetlands and Badlands, Cyprus Swamp Canoe trip, Seasons of life: Waterfowl Adventure, Team Challenge Course.

Thank you,


Today in class we went over the Battle of Saratoga.  Your child will need to complete the notes over the weekend.  A note page has been provided for them.  Students will need to glue this note page in their social studies journal. The presentation has been added to our social studies Google Classroom. Embedded in the presentation are two videos the students will also need to watch to help them better understand the Battle of Saratoga. 

Tests/Quizzes: Week of February 6th - 10th

Science: Astronomy Test - Monday, February 6th - This test will cover moon phases, constellations, and shadows.  Students should have already started studying for this test as it was part of their science homework this past week.  Students have a Box It they may also use as a study tool along with class notes and a shadow tool we made in class.

Flowering & Nonflowering Plant Quiz - Wednesday February 9th

Math:  Geometry Quiz -Wednesday, February 8th -We have been reviewing lines, line segments, points, and angles from last year.  Notes can be found in their journals.

Mentor Sentence - Friday, February 10th - This will be the sentence from last week.  The focus will be on using quotation marks in a sentence.