Pages

Monday, April 24, 2017

Week 29 Newsletter

From Mrs. Porter - In grammar we have begun a new unit on adverbs. The students will learn that adverbs tell how, when, where and to what extent in regards to the verb that it modifies.

As we continue to study the states and capitals, we move on to the central states this week.  Our next quiz over these states will be on April 28.  Do not forget to help them keep the previous states in mind, because we will have a test over all 50 states and capitals in June.

Last week, we begin chapter 7 in math.  I am allowing each student to earn an individual award (one penny), if they complete an extra part of practice from the lesson.  Each lesson has a “Math on the Spot” video and a more complex problem.  I believe more than half of the class will be able to solve the problem without much assistance, but watching the lesson’s video will help them solve it completely.  To watch the video there are two options: 1. They can login to their math account (www-k6.thinkcentral.com) 2. They can use any phone or tablet with a camera and a QR Code Reader to scan and to watch the video (no logins needed).

Mrs. DeBra has asked me to remind you that there will be a book fair in the school library during the week of May 8th. Our class can bring money on Tuesday, the 9th, to purchase books during our library time. Check on the school website for more information.

For our next book report, we will be doing a Newbery Award or Honor book report.  Students will need to read one of these books on May 1.  The students will need to have the book in class until May 12, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a library.  We will be writing a formal book report entirely in class, so no at home work is needed with this one except for reading it by May 1.

A few parents have already stepped forward with some wonderful donations, but as a reminder; I like to have a fun auction for the students to spend their pennies earned throughout the year.  If you have any items you can donate to the End of Year Auction, from now until the end of the May, I would appreciate it.  Any inexpensive toys or crafts and fun items for the kids to do during summertime is what I am looking for.  Items from the past have been: ice cream cone coupons, rubber balls, squirt guns, activity books.  I accept gently used items too, if you want to get rid of something others would enjoy.

Current Bible verse:   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1,14   (Verse Test on 4/25)

Next Bible verse:  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (Verse Test on 5/5)


What we are studying this week:
Bible: God Incarnate / Jesus Christ the Substitute
Grammar:  Begin adverbs unit
Math: Ch. 7 - Adding and subtracting fractions
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Weather Unit
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project -daily happenings / crossing the Rockies
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice


What's coming up:
Apr. 28 - Central State and Capitals Quiz
Apr. 28 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)
May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.
May 8-12 - Book Fair Week
May 25 - State Capitol Field Trip (9:15-2:00)
May 26 - No School - Teacher Work Day
May 29 - No School - Memorial Day

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week 28 Newsletter

As we continue to study the states and capitals, we move on to the central states this week.  Our next quiz over these states will be on April 28.  Do not forget to help them keep the previous states in mind, because we will have a test over all 50 states and capitals in June.

Today, we begin chapter 7 in math.  Please read the information sheet your child brings home.  Additionally, I am allowing each student to earn an individual award (one penny), if they complete an extra part of practice from the lesson.  Each lesson has a “Math on the Spot” video and more complex problem.  I believe more than half of the class will be able to solve the problem without much assistance, but watching the lesson’s video will help them solve it completely.  To watch the video there are two options: 1. They can login to their math account (www-k6.thinkcentral.com) 2. They can use any phone or tablet with a camera and a QR Code Reader to scan and to watch the video (no logins needed).

Mrs. DeBra has asked me to remind you that there will be a book fair in the school library during the week of May 8th. Our class can bring money on Tuesday, the 9th, to purchase books during our library time. Check on the school website for more information.

For our next book report, we will be doing a Newbery Award or Honor book report.  Students will need to read one of these books by May 1.  The students will need to have the book in class until May 12, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a library.  We will be writing a formal book report entirely in class, so no at home work is needed with this one except for reading it by May 1.

As I begin to think about the end of the year, I like would like a little help from a few parents.  I like to have a fun auction for the students to spend their pennies earned throughout the year.  If you have any items you can purchase and donate to the End of Year Auction, from now until the end of the May, I would appreciate it.  Any inexpensive toys or crafts and fun items for the kids to do during summertime is what I am looking for.  Items from the past have been: ice cream cone coupons, rubber balls, squirt guns, activity books.  I accept gently used items too, if you want to get rid of something others would enjoy.

Current bible verse:   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1,14   (Verse Test on 4/25)

What we are studying this week:
Bible: God Incarnate
Grammar:  Adjectives unit - Test this week
Math: Ch. 7 - Adding and subtracting fractions
Reading: Novel groups
Science:  Weather Unit
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project - landmarks and river crossings
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Apr. 13 - Math Ch. 6 test
Apr. 14 - Western State and Capitals Quiz
Apr. 28 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)

May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Week 27 Newsletter

For our next book report, we will be doing a Newbery Award or Honor book report.  Students will need to read one of these books by May 1.  The students will need to have the book in class from May 1 until May 12, so plan ahead if it needs to be renewed from a library.  We will be writing a formal book report entirely in class, so no at home work is needed with this one except for reading it by May 1.

Please continue studying the Western states and capitals.  Our quiz on them will be this Friday.  We will study a new section every two weeks, culminating with a final test in June over all 50, so don’t stop reviewing the past states and capitals.

Today is the last lesson on chapter 6 in math.  We will spend Tuesday and Wednesday reviewing for the chapter test, which will be on Thursday. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, the students will be instructed to take home that part of the review which we worked for that day in class. I would strongly encourage you to go over the review (which is very similar to the test) with your child both of those nights.

As I begin to think about the end of the year, I like would like a little help from a few parents.  I like to have a fun auction for the students to spend their pennies earned throughout the year.  If you have any items you can purchase and donate to the End of Year Auction, from now until the end of the May, I would appreciate it.  Any inexpensive toys or crafts and fun items for the kids to do during summertime is what I am looking for.  Items from the past have been: ice cream cone coupons, rubber balls, squirt guns, activity books.  I accept gently used items too, if you want to get rid of something others would enjoy.

Current bible verse:   For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Easter (Verse Test on 4/14)
Grammar:  Adjectives unit - Test next week
Math: Ch. 6 - Test on Thursday
Reading: Mighty Jackie & Roadrunner’s Dance - Author’s purpose
Science:  Begin Weather Unit
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project - Beginning of the Trail and some landmarks along the way.
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Apr. 13 - Math Ch. 6 test
Apr. 14 - Western State and Capitals Quiz
Apr. 28 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)
May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week 26 Newsletter

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Spring Break.  My family and I spent some time relaxing at home and vacationing in Seattle.  We got to hike, relax in the sun (only a little bit), and my children played in a tournament while I watched and cheered.  It was a great time of family bonding for us, and i hope it was for your family as well.

Now it is time to buckle down since the third term has began, and it is time to get even more ready for 5th grade. In the next few weeks, we will begin studying three new units.  In science we will begin a weather unit next week, so we will have a test on the Matter unit on Thursday.  We will begin reading a new novel (in commingled 4th grade groups) in a couple weeks.  Lastly, in social studies (history) we will begin studying the Western states and capitals. We will study a new section or the US every two weeks with a culminating quiz at the end of the two weeks.  After eight weeks, we will have a final test over ALL of the states and capitals!

Our last book report of the year will be a written book report on a Newbery Award or Newbery Honor book. The students should pick out their book this week.  The book needs to be at least 125 pages and needs to be read by May 1. This report will be done in class entirely.  The only work they need to accomplish at home is reading the book by May 1.

Current bible verse:   For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

What we are studying this week:
Bible: Easter (Verse Test on 4/14)
Grammar:  Adjectives unit
Math: Ch. 6 - Fraction equivalencies and comparisons
Reading: Mighty Jackie - Author’s purpose
Science:  Begin Weather Unit
Social Studies:  Oregon Trail - journal project - Beginning of the Trail
Writing:  6+1 writing traits: Word Choice

What's coming up:
Apr. 7 - Report cards emailed home
Apr. 14 - Western State and Captials Quiz
Apr. 28 - Lion King Performance (7pm in auditorium)

May 1 - Finish reading Newbery book - bring book to class.