5R Classwork and Homework

 

Thursday, March 11, 2020

Today we…

  • Writing- Continued working on our argument essays, using the checklist as our personal guide for what to work on.
    • HW:  Essay DUE tomorrow
  • Math- Looked at patterns/rules when multiplying fractions and played a fraction multiplication board game.
    • HW:  Xtra Math
  • Science- Finished discussing solids, liquids, and gasses on pg. 3 in our binders and discussed adjectives based off of observations of matter.
  • Social Studies- Worked on Henry Ford packet.
    • HW:  Packet due at the end of class tomorrow!
  • Religion- Took Family Life open book test over lessons 5 and 6

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Today we…

  • Reading- looked at yesterday’s preassessments and compared them to a rubric to determine our strengths and weaknesses around our current unit of study.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked at a 5th-6th grade opinion writing checklist to set goals for our research essays.  Students continued writing and researching for their essays.
    • HW:  Continue working on essays.  Final drafts due Friday!
  • Math- Continued building our understanding of fraction multiplication by drawing models to solve.  Students completed a cut and paste activity related to this.
    • HW:  Pg. P151-152(1-2); Xtra Math Session
  • Science- Finished page 5 in binders and discussed the properties of particles in solids, liquids, and gasses.
  • Social Studies- learned about Henry Ford and the assembly line. Students wrote a paragraph about what they learned in their notebooks
  • Religion- Reviewed reconciliation

Monday, March 9, 2020

Today we…

  • Reading- Took a pre-assessment over analyzing themes before moving on into our unit on themes. Tomorrow, students will use a fifth grade reading checklist to see where they fall in their ability to analyze themes and look for areas in which they can grow as we move through the unit.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Researched to find evidence to support our argument essays
    • HW:  CONTINUE WORKING ON RESEARCH OR DRAFT OF ESSAY- FINAL DRAFT DUE ON FRIDAY!
  • Math- Started multiplying fractions by fractions using models and manipulatives
    • HW:  Xtra Math session
  • Science- Presented group posters on the states of matter. Students listened and used the information from the presentations to fill in page 4 in their binders.  We then worked together, discussing the investigation from Friday, to fill in the first few rows of the table on pg. 5.
  • Social Studies- Created notes and illustrations on the effects of urbanization in their notebooks

Thursday, February 27, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Completed an online assessment to see our strengths and weaknesses as readers
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Math- Took the chapter 6 test
    • HW:  Xtra Math
  • Science- Finished birthday pages; watched space video
    • HW: Finish binder pages through 36
  • Social Studies- Worked on word cloud
    • HW:  Word Cloud, 4 Freckle assignments, and Eli Whitney packet due tomorrow
  • Religion- Read and discussed ch. 4 in Family Life

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Today we…

  • Reading- Read two paired texts about comets, meteors, and asteroids and synthesized the information to determine whether an explosion could’ve been avoided.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Began recording our chocolate milk essays on FlipGrid
    • HW:  Make sure essay is ready to record tomorrow if it wasn’t finished today OR record at home tonight.
  • Math- Looked at how the commutative and associative properties can help us with mental math involving fractions and began reviewing for the chapter 6 test.
    • HW:  TEST THURSDAY-STUDY; Pg. P141-142 evens
  • Science- Finished test corrections and worked on birthday celebration pages
  • Social Studies- Industrial Revolution
    • HW:  Word Cloud due Friday
  • Religion- Ch. 1-2 Open book test
    • HW:  Write Ch. 3-4 vocabulary in notebook

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Today we…

  • Writing- Took all our evidence and deep thinking to begin work on our final essay for our chocolate milk topic. After planning out their papers together at the carpet, they went and started writing independently using their research and notes.
    • HW:  Students must be done with intro and first body paragraph by tomorrow
  • Math- Continued working on subtracting mixed numbers when they require us to regroup/rename one of the wholes as an additional fractional amount.
    • HW:  Pg. P133 evens
  • Science- Took unit 2 test
  • Social Studies- Continued work on the Industrial Revolution Inventions
    • HW:  Finish Project posters and packets- DUE TOMORROW
  • Religion- Reviewed for the test
    • HW:  Study- ch. 10 test tomorrow!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Today we…

  • Reading- Thought back to all we’ve learned in our nonfiction reading and got a chance to teach others about one topic.  Students created a “teaching tool” of their choice (Google Slide, poster, notes sheet, collage, etc.) and then ended class by getting with 3-4 other people and sharing their new knowledge on a topic that they read about in our nonfiction unit. 
    • HW: Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Compared our argument essays to “layer cakes”, discussing how we need to balance out our research with our own thoughts and voice, just as a layer cake needs a balance of cake and frosting.  Students got a chance to go into their own writing and use questioning techniques and sentence stems to insert more of their thoughts and ideas relating to the research they’ve been doing.
  • Math- Looked at how to create equivalent fractions with common denominators so we can add or subtract fractions. Students had a chance to work on their homework with me or independently if they felt comfortable enough with the topic.
    • HW:  Pg. P127-P128; Xtra Math Session
  • Science- Started researching what the conditions would be like in a different area of the world on our birthday to decide where would be a good place to hold a birthday celebration.  Students are using their knowledge of earth’s and the moon’s movements and the effects that those have on our experience here on earth to plan their hypothetical birthday celebration.
    • HW:  Science Unit 2 Test- Next Wednesday, February 19
  • Social Studies- Shared invention biographies
  • Religion- had a visit from the counselor

Monday, February 3, 2020

Today we..

  • Reading- Looked at how we can study the character, or “subject”, in a narrative nonfiction text in order to grow ideas and make interpretations.  After completing this together with our read aloud, Nubs:  The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle, students applied the skill to their independent literary nonfiction books.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Kicked off our Research-based argument essay unit by looking at how to investigate evidence in order to understand an argument. Students used provided articles and videos to collect evidence on both sides of the debate, “Should Chocolate Milk Be Served in the Cafeteria?”
    • HW:  Using one of the links provided on Google Classroom, add 3-4 pieces of evidence for the side of the argument that is the opposite of what you believe; This evidence should be added to your writing journal where you were collecting evidence in class today
  • Math- Took a chapter 6 pretest, worked on test corrections for chapter 5, and played an online fraction game called “NumTanga” on Greg Tang website.
  • Science- Discussed how the brightness of a star can be due to its luminosity or its apparent brightness. Students looked at how distance between you and two objects can make one appear larger than the other and used their observations to complete page 24 in their binders.
  • Social Studies- Created notes on Industrial Revolution and illustrated in notebooks
    • HW:  Industrial Revolution Word Search
  • Religion- Got chapter 9 notes
    • HW:  Do study guide for tomorrow; Study for test- FRIDAY

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Today we…

Had some schedule changes because of All Band, DQ treats, and Family Feud! But we still…

  • Math- completed a short Google assessment on dividing decimals to guide tomorrow’s review
    • HW:  TEST MOVED TO THURSDAY- STUDY! XtraMath Session
  • Writing- Completed the pre-assessment for our next unit, research-based argumentative essays
  • Social Studies- Watched a Discovery Ed video the causes of the Industrial Revolution
    • HW:  Finish 2 paragraphs on what you learned about the Industrial Revolution on looseleaf- due Tomorrow!
  • Religion- Read and discussed pages 73-74

Monday, January 27, 2020

Today we…

  • Reading- Revisited the personal goals we came up with at the start of our nonfiction unit and assessed our progress.  We also introduced the last bend of our nonfiction unit- narrative nonfiction.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Completed the post-assessment for our informational writing unit to see how we’ve grown since the start.
  • Math- Continued reviewing for the chapter 5 test by playing review basketball. 
    • HW:  Finish any incomplete problems on pages 135-137; STUDY- TEST WEDNESDAY; Xtra Math
  • Science- Continued learning about the phases of the moon by completing a Mystery Science lesson on it and using styrofoam balls and flashlights to demonstrate the phases of the moon.
  • Religion- Had a visit from Mrs. Keim, the counselor
  • Social Studies- Learned about the Industrial Revolution by reading pages 376-383 and answering questions 1-6 on page 383
    • HW:  All Freckle assignments due tomorrow!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Today we…

  • Reading- Had a visit from the local librarian who shared some books with the students. 
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked at how to separate facts in our informational books by adding in our own thoughts and opinions about the facts. 
  • Math- Discovered that when we multiply both a dividend and divisor by the same number, the quotient is unaffected. We then used this knowledge to solve problems with decimal division by first multiplying by powers of 10 to get whole numbers
    • HW:  Finish wksht. on dividing decimals by whole numbers
  • Science- Did a virtual exploration of the solar system and discussed page 16 in our binders, focusing on how the earth’s tilt leads to seasons.
  • Social Studies- “Martin’s Big Words”; Worked on our own “I have a dream” hopes for the future
  • Religion- Worked on Dr. King poster and finished up remaining work on chapter 8 study guide
    • HW:  Test next Wednesday; Finish any unfinished work

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Today we…

  • Reading- Discussed how to find the main idea by first identifying the topic and locating the topic sentence
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Had editing stations in each classroom. Students learned about editing for capitalization from Mrs. Moebes, spelling from Mrs. Getsey, and run-on sentences from me.  They had a chance to apply what they learned by editing in the informational chapter book.
  • Math- Reviewed how to estimate quotients and applied this prior knowledge to estimating quotients that involve decimals. We will continue this lesson tomorrow
    • HW: Pg. P104 in wkbk.; XtraMath
  • Science- watched a couple short videos to look at how the tilt of the earth on its axis causes seasons and recorded data regarding the number of hours of daylight each month to analyze this relationship.
  • Social Studies- Finished Native American presentations and watched a Discovery Ed video about Native Americans
    • HW:  Vocabulary word search due Tuesday
  • Religion- Read and discussed pages 63 and 64

January 6, 2020

WELCOME BACK! Today we…

  • Reading- Played Christmas Break Classmate Bingo to learn about each other’s breaks. After finding classmates who did a variety of activities over break and filling in their names on a bingo card, we shared in a circle-up
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Reflected on our personal strengths and weaknesses in 2019 and looked at how to come up with one word to focus on in 2020 to become better versions of ourselves.  Students did a fantastic job choosing words that they feel they should work on this year, including “balance”, “patience”, “responsibility”, etc., and used Google Slides to create a booklet. On the cover, they decorated their word and on the inside, they listed “action steps” to help them work towards that goal. 
  • Science- Played a Kahoot to review all that we had learned about the Solar System and gravity prior to break. Students then completed pages 9-10 in their binders, which required them to think about how earth’s movements affect night/day and years. 
  • Math- Started chapter 5 by looking at patterns created when we divide decimals by multiples of ten.  We started by reviewing how to multiply by 0.1, 0.01, and 0.001 and then looked at how this is the same as dividing by 10, 100, and 1,000.
    • HW:  XtraMath; Pg. P101 evens in math workbook
  • Social Studies- learned about the Trail of Tears and finished their Native American Google presentations
  • Religion- Worked on 12 Days of Christmas Projects
    • HW:  12 Days of Christmas Projects plus all missing work are due on Wednesday 1/8

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Previewed text features for a StoryWorks nonfiction text by doing a round of “Tabletop Twitter.” While done on paper instead of using technology, this activity allows students to think critically about text features and comment on them in a fashion similar to how one would comment on a Twitter remark or picture.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked at how a nonfiction author sets up their paper and chooses text features intentionally to best teach their subject to their reader.  Students continued working on their informational chapter books.
  • Math- Continued reviewing for tomorrow’s test by playing a review game and going over problems. 
    • HW: Ch. 4 test tomorrow- STUDY; XtraMath
  • Science- Watched a video on the rotation and revolution of earth and modeled these movements in both a whole group and with a partners to better understand night/day; sunrise/sunset, day vs. year and the seasons.
  • Religion- worked on O Antiphon and religion fortune teller
    • HW:  Finish O Antiphon and fortune teller

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked closer at how to find the topic and main idea in a nonfiction. After going through a Powerpoint together, students practiced applying what they had learned on a worksheet. 
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes.
  • Math- Completed pages P97-P98 in their workbooks. Students then compared answers with a partner before we went over answers together to help review for Thursday’s test.
    • HW:  Ch. 4 TEST THURSDAY- STUDY!; Complete pgs. 195-198 in big math book; XtraMath
  • Science- Completed a gravity worksheet and then started lesson 3 on earth’s movements. Students watched a time lapse video from the International Space Station to observe night and day on earth.
  • Religion- Worked on O Antiphan projects.
  • Social Studies-
    • HW:  Crossword due tomorrow

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Today we…

Had a busy day! Between Mass, band rehearsal, a visit from the local librarian, and some class meeting time, we really only had a bit of time to get down to work!

  • Math- Continued working on strategies for knowing where to place the decimal after multiplying two numbers with digits after the decimal.  After working out some problems together in their journals, students worked on pages P95 (evens) and P96 (all) in their workbooks.
    • HW: Finish P95 evens and P96 all if not done in class; Xtra Math session; Test Wed. 12/18 over ch. 4
  • Science- Watched video on space
    • HW: Test Corrections due tomorrow
  • Reading
    • HW:  Read 20 minute; Finish main idea graphic organizer
  • Writing
    • HW:  Finish Cardinals Essay
  • S.S.
    • HW:  Work on Diorama and Tribe Slides projects
  • Religion
    • HW:  Test tomorrow! Study!
    • Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Used a graphic organizer to find the topic, subtopic, and supporting details of sections in our nonfiction books.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes; Topic/subtopic/supporting details organizers due Friday
  • Math- Continued looking at how to know where to place the decimal after multiplying two decimal numbers. Students completed a practice sheet and then worked on an assignment on Splash Math to practice the skill further.
    • HW:  Xtra Math Session; Test over chapter 4- Wednesday, 12/18
  • Science- Made corrections to Unit 1 test
    • HW:  Test corrections due Friday if not finished in class today
  • Social Studies- worked on tribe projects
    • HW:  Westward Expansion Project
  • Religion- Colored project
    • HW:  Test Friday- Study!Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Used a 3rd-5th grade learning progression to look at lift the level of our reading and thinking about our nonfiction texts.  We focused on what we as fifth graders should be working on doing when determining the main idea and supporting details of a nonfiction text.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Continued working on our essays for the St. Louis Cardinals Essay contest on staying active, being good teammates, and being unique.
    • HW:  Finish final draft of essay by tomorrow
  • Math- Looked at strategies we can use to help us determine where the decimal goes in a product of two decimals. Students took note on two different strategies (place value patterns and estimating) in their journals and then practiced on pg. P93 in their workbooks.
    • HW:  Finish 2-8 evens on pg. P93 if not done in class
  • Science- Continued gravity discussion. Students answered questions 1-3 on page 7 in their binders
  • Religion- Test Friday

Monday, December 9, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- looked at how we can search for repeating words or ideas to help us figure out the main idea of a nonfiction text.  Students should be applying the skills we’ve been using to find the main idea in their weekly reader’s response entries.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Reviewed what makes a good essay and went over the writing prompt for the Cardinals Essay Contest.  Students then came up with their own claim and reasons and started writing their essays. One winner from the fifth grade will be chosen and awarded at our assembly with Fredbird.
  • Math- Started looking at how to multiply two decimals.  After using a numberless word problem to apply a context to mutliplication of decimals, we used a base ten grid draw a picture and solve a couple problems.
    • CW:  Mid chapter checkpoint- Pg. 181-182 in big math book
    • HW:  Finish Pg. 181-182
  • Science- Continued our discussion and investigation of gravity and read “Gravity is a Mystery”
  • Social Studies- Listened to presentation from Mr. Eric Fair, Archivist for STL Archdiocese. He presented on the history of the Catholic Church and Westward Expansion.
    • HW:  Look over project sheet with parents
  • Religion- Filled in Study Guide notes
    • HW:  Test December 13

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked back at strategies we’ve learned so far in our nonfiction unit and used these to create personal reading goals for the next “bend” of this unit. Ask your child what goals he/she came up with today!
    • HW: Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Practiced fixing run-on sentences by either adding in punctuation to make it two separate sentences or using a comma and a conjunction to make one compound sentence. Students then went into their own information writing and edited for all things, especially focusing on fixing run-ons.
  • Math- Continued working on multiplying decimals by whole numbers, this time focusing on using expanded form (4.2) After taking notes on this, students solved 3 multiplying decimal story problem task cards and discussed answers with others who had solved the same ones.
    • HW:  Xtra Math Session; Pg. P86
  • We did not have science, social studies, or religion today due to Reconciliation. We also had a fire drill, circle up time, and math game time.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked at the importance of “reading flexibly” by making predictions about what we might learn in a nonfiction text and then revising that prediction if we end up learning something different as we go. We used text features, such as pictures, headings, captions, and text boxes to help us make these predictions.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Discovered various ways that authors of information books make their introductions “special” and practiced a couple of them in a Google Slide document. Students then picked their favorite one they wrote and used it to start their third information text.
  • Math- Used base ten blocks and pictures of base ten blocks to multiply decimals by whole numbers (4.2). Students recorded notes in their notebook for future reference.
    • CW:  Pg. P83-P84
    • HW:  Finish P83-P84 if not done in class
  • Science- Continued looking at what makes up our solar system by reading parts of “Journey Through Our Solar System” and watching a short video clip about the goal of space explorers to travel outside of our solar system within the next 100 years.
  • Social Studies- learned about the California Gold Rush and created notes, pictures, and an acrostic poem
    • HW:  Lewis & Clark crossword due 12/5; Oregon Trail vocabulary word search due 12/6
  • Religion- Counselor Visit

Monday, November 25, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked at how to find “Just Right” nonfiction books, looking not only at how easy or hard a book is for us, but also how interesting we find the topic
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Reviewed techniques that we’ve discussed so far for writing good informational books and then had a work day to continue working on our books
  • Math- Applied our knowledge of decimal operations to plan a Thanksgiving dinner, given a $75 budget. Students used a Schnucks ad and a meal planning paper to figure out how much they were spending and how much money they had left at the end.
    • HW:  Pg. P81-P82 in math workbook
  • Science- Used our knowledge of comparing and ordering large numbers to order the planets based on their distances from the sun. Students also watched a brief video on the planets in our solar system
  • Social Studies- created maps and notes on Township systems
    • HW: Louisiana Purchase word search due tomorrow; Crossword due 12/6; Oregon Trail Vocabulary word search due 12/7
  • Religion
    • HW:  Advent and liturgical year seek and find due 12/3

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked at how to notice details and ask questions as we read non-fiction
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes; Weekly reader’s response due tomorrow
  • Writing- Practiced adding in specific details to our informational books
  • Math- Looked at when multiplying decimals by powers of 10
    • HW:  XtraMath
  • Science- Started Unit 2 by looking at our anchoring challenge question: How can we analyze and interpret data in order to write an opinion piece about where we should have our next birthday party. Students asked questions and made predictions about how this connects to the topic of our solar system and universe for this unit.
    • CW:  # 1-3 on pg. 3 in binder
  • Social Studies- Read text pages 296-299 on Land Ordinances
    • HW:  Word Search due Tuesday
  • Religion- Ch. 7 Test

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Had our class spelling Bee. Congrats to our two class winners, Julia and Martha, and our alternate, Marty!
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked at how to elaborate in our informational books by asking “Who,” “What,” “Where,” “Why,” “When,” and “How” questions about our topic. Students helped their partner come up with these questions so that what information they could add in to their writing.
  • Math- Took the chapter 3 test
    • HW:  Xtra Math
  • Science-
    • 5S- had their celebration for winning the Classroom Connect game against 5R. We went to the park and students enjoyed playing football and SPUD.
    • 5R- Fire Drill, Reverse Evacuation Drill, Tornado Drill
    • 5G- Watched a BrainChild episode on “Space”
  • Social Studies- Used Google Earth to trace the trail of Lewis and Clark
  • Religion- Studied and reviewed for test
    • HW:  Ch. 7 test tomorrow; STUDY!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked at how to read nonfiction in a way that allows us to learn and be fascinated by the material.
    • HW: Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked similarities between planning a narrative and planning an informational book. Students came up with a topic in which they feel they are an “expert” and then started writing an informational book on that topic. 
  • Math- Played a review game for tomorrow’s test.
    • HW:  Study! Pgs. P77-P78 in the work book and Pgs. 155-158 in the big math book are all useful study tools; Pg. P77-P78 also need to be completed by tomorrow; 1 session of XtraMath
  • Science- Finished our unit 1 test and got the binder pages for unit 2. This unit will focus on our place in the universe, so some students took the time to decorate their unit 2 cover page with some “space” themed drawings
  • Social Studies- studied and created notes and drew pictures about the 8 most significant effects of the Louisiana Purchase
  • Religion- Checked study guide, finished intro Rites Project; Studied for test
    • HW: Study! Ch. 7 test Thursday

Monday, November 18, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Prepared for our nonfiction unit. Students filled out a short partnership questionaire so that I can choose new reading partners for them. To do so, I will be looking at both nonfiction topic interests and strengths/weaknesses as a reader so that partners can effectively help each other grow.  We also explored a new site today, called Epic (getepic.com). This is full of tons of free books, which will be really helpful in allowing students to find books about their individual interests for our nonfiction unit. Students should be able to access this at home if they log in using their Google information.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Completed a pre-assessment for our informational unit we’re starting. Students had 45 minutes to write in a way that would show all that they know about informational writing.
  • Math- Continued reviewing for chapter 3 test over decimals.  Students worked on a review page while I pulled small groups to work on areas of concern.
    • HW:  STUDY! Test Wednesday; Xtra Math; Pg. P77-P78 due Wednesday
  • Science- TEST
  • Social Studies- Focused again on the Louisiana Purchase, created maps and notes in SS notebooks
    • HW: Finish map/notes if needed for HW
  • Religion- Got Ch. 7 study guide and notes; Started Intro Rites on Mass Project
    • HW:  Fill out notes Due tomorrow

Friday, November 15, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Had Free Reading Friday. Students who had finished their readers response assignment for the week got to read anything they wanted and use flashlights.
  • Writing- Took our Literary Essay Unit post-assessment.  Students had 45 minutes to write a persuasive essay using all that they learned in this past unit.  Our next unit on informational writing will begin Monday
  • Math- Continued reviewing for Wednesday’s test
    • HW:  Study for Ch. 3 test on Wednesday
  • Science- Continued reviewing for Monday’s test with Kahoot and Quizlet
    • HW:  Study- Study Guide, Binder, Quizlet
  • Social Studies- studied details about the Louisiana Purchase and created notes
  • Religion- Read and discussed pages 57-58 and did worksheet
    • HW:  Ch. 7 Review due Tuesday; Ch. 7 test Thursday or Friday

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Listened to book talks from a local librarian. Students heard a quick summary of a few books, as well as one chapter out of “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH”.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Worked on typing up our literary essays for publication
    • HW:  Finish typing essay in Google Classroom
  • Math- Started our review for the Chapter 3 test by playing a review game to answer questions on the study guide.
    • HW:  Pg. P75-P76; XtraMath; Test WEDNESDAY
  • Science- Continued reviewing for Monday’s test.  We went over the correct answers for the study guide so students could make sure they had them written in to study from.  We also played a short review game with the time we had left.
    • HW:  Study! Use study guide and Quizlet to get ready for Monday’s test
  • Social Studies- Earned a popcorn party for good behavior
  • Religion- Lesson from counselor

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Practiced using evidence from nonfiction texts to support answers. Students used “How to Save a Baby Orangutan” in StoryWorks to complete a Google Classroom assignment to practice this important skill.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked at some rules of academic writing and worked to apply them into our own literary essay
    • HW:  Finish rough draft of “Shells” essay
  • Math- Worked on solving problems involving addition or subtraction of money
    • HW:  Xtra Math
  • Science- Worked in partners to complete the study guide for Monday’s test.  Students also practiced their vocabulary on Quizlet if they finished early.
    • HW:  Finish Study Guide if not done in school; Study! Test Monday
  • Social Studies- learned about Daniel Boone; created notes
  • Religion- Read and discussed pgs. 55-56.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Today we..

  • Reading- started our nonfiction unit.  Students explored nonfiction texts looking for elements that aren’t often found in fiction books.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Discussed how to write a concluding paragraph for our literary essays.  Students worked on this and then continued to work on their body paragraphs.
    • HW:  Students should be ready to edit by the end of writing class tomorrow. 
  • Math- Worked on adding and subtracting decimals using the standard addition and subtraction algorithms. We also looked at the importance of estimating to check our answers.
    • HW:  Pg. P68 and P70
  • Science- 5S and 5G did not have science today. 5R had a little time to finish up their farm models
    • HW:  TEST MONDAY 11/18; Finish gluing on farm model due tomorrow
  • Social Studies- No class today due to Veteran’s Reception
  • Religion- No class today due to Veteran’s Reception
    • HW:  TEST TOMORROW OVER CH. 5

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Reviewed theme and evidence for the book Pink and Say.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked at how to form the introduction of a literary essay by starting broad and narrowing in on the thesis/reasons.
    • HW:  If not finished with introduction and first body paragraph of Shells essay, finish that tonight. 
  • Math- Continued math rotations to work with decimals on a more individualized level.  Between today and yesterday, students rotated through time with me, fact practice, independent decimal practice, and Freckle time.
    • HW:  Xtra Math
  • Science- Worked on creating pizza farm models.  Students had to work with a partner to figure out how to plant enough crops and raise enough animals to feed people, while trying to protect as many trees on their plot of land as possible.
  • Social Studies- learned about a Pioneer’s Life; Created notes and pictures
    • HW:  Westward Expansion word search due tomorrow
  • Religion- Went over ch. 5 study guide; Made Veteran’s Day Cards
    • HW:  Ch. 5 test Tues. 11/12

Monday, November 4, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Read the first half of Pink and Say and discussed the many topics included in this story, including differences, courage, and friendship.  Tomorrow we will use these topics to grow ideas about possible themes found in this story.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Worked on strengthening our support for our literary essay claims by looking for effective techniques the author used and citing those in our essay. For example, if an author included the inner thoughts of a character, we may have mentioned that in our essay and showed how these thoughts helped provide evidence for our thesis. 
  •  Math- Finished looking at how to round decimals to the nearest tenth and hundredth using base ten blocks and number lines.  Students got a chance to play a rounding game called “Roll it!” with a partner.  We then started our lesson on adding decimals using base ten pictures to focus on the importance of remembering place value.  Students can be tempted to line up numbers on the right, like they do when adding whole numbers, so starting with place value tables and blocks reminds them to add hundredths with hundredths, tenths with tenths, and so on.
    • HW:  Pg. P59-P60 in math workbook
  • Science- Read “A Log’s Life” and discussed the importance of decomposers in an ecosystem.  We also watched 3 short videos on decomposers and students had a chance to revise their pizza farm models to include decomposers.
  • Social Studies- Westward Expansion- Read text pages 348-357; Started drafts of Corps of Discovery Poster
    • HW: Answer questions #1-6 on page 357 on Loose Leaf due tomorrow
  • Religion-
    • HW:  All Saints search and find due Wednesday; Study for Ch. 4 test

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 

Today we…

  • Reading- Went to the book Fair and picked out some great new books! Thanks to all the coins and bills brought in last week, I was able to buy a whole bin full of new books for our classroom library!
    • HW: Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Continued working on Halloween stories as a fun way to review some of the things we learned about in our narrative unit earlier this year.
  • Math- Escaped! Students worked in small teams to complete a Rounding Decimals Escape Room this morning.  The clues were TOUGH and required a lot of deep thinking, but two groups were able to escape and the others weren’t far behind!
    • HW:  Xtra Math
  • Science- Created food chains and analyzed the movement of energy in a pond ecosystem
  • Social Studies- Read text pages 338-347 on Westward Expansion
    • HW:  Do questions #1-6 on page 347 in Soc. St. notebooks
  • Religion- Read 37-38 and 217; Finished All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day in notebook
    • HW:  Study ch. 4 test 11/5

Monday, October 28, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Finished our close read of “In the Game” and students analyzed the problems throughout and how the main character responded to them.  Students completed a Google Classroom assignment on this. 
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Worked on using quotes from texts to help support our claims/theses in literary essays.  We looked at what parts of stories might be good to use as quotes and how exactly to go about putting a quote into an essay.
  • Math- Started building conceptual understanding of rounding to place values to the right of a decimal point.  Together, we used both pictures and number lines to help decide how to round to the tenths and hundredths.
    • HW:  Pg. P57-P58; One session of Xtra Math
  • Science- Looked at how plants and humans interact. Students looked at how their breathing increased after doing exercise and we discussed plants’ role in this process of giving us energy and oxygen.
  • Social Studies- Started a new unit on Westward Expansion and discussed reasons for it. Also watched Disc. Ed video
  • Religion- Read and Discussed 35-36; Started All Hallows Eve, All SAints Day, and All Soul’s Day- Colored, cut, and glued in notebook
    • HW:  Study for chapter 4 test on 11/5
  • BRING BOOK FAIR MONEY TOMORROW!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Started “In the Game” in Scholastic StoryWorks by previewing vocabulary and doing a first quick read. Students also had time to read independently and work on their weekly Reader’s Response entry
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Came up with three pieces of evidence to support our theses for literary essays
  • Math- looked at various strategies for comparing decimals and played decimal “war”
    • HW:  Pg. P55-P56; one session of XtraMath
  • Science- Continued conversation about decomposition and how this affects waste and earth’s resources
  • Social Studies- Reviewed with partners
    • HW:  Study for tomorrow’s test using study guide and notebooks
  • Religion- Finished ch. 4 review, got ch. 4 notes, and filled in ch. 4 study guide
    • HW:  Ch. 4 Study Guide due tomorrow; Ch. 4 test 11/5

Monday, October 21, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Discussed how to find the theme of a story and practiced finding some for Restart
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Continued working on writing interpretive literary essays by looking closely at how our character responds to problems and growing ideas about what lessons we, the readers, can take from that.  Students started to practice this with their selected short story.
  • Math- Introduced the thousandths place and began to look at the relationship between the place values to the right of the decimal, just as they did with the place values to the left of the decimal in chapter 1.  Students started class by placing three decimals on a number line which revealed many common misconceptions, including that the numbers came before 0 on the number line and that numbers with more digits (0.192) are larger than numbers with fewer (0.92). We started to address these and will continue to do so in a variety of ways as we move through the coming weeks.
    • CW:  Ch. 3 Pre-assessment
    • HW:  Pg. P54
  • Science- Took our final decomposition measurements/observations and continued to go over the process of photosynthesis.
  • Social Studies- Reviewed for test on Friday
    • HW:  Study Guide due tomorrow; Test over Founding Fathers and Historical Documents on 10/25
  • Religion- Went over study guide; read pages 28-29;
    • HW:  Study Rosary Test on Wednesday

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Today we… had a lot going on! We didn’t have time for many of our typical classes, but we still had a very productive day! This morning we had Mass, an earthquake drill, and a very impressive presentation/performance by the 7th graders. This afternoon we practiced for tomorrow’s Living Rosary. This left time for…

  • Math- Spent a lot of time reviewing for tomorrow’s test over chapter 2.  Students should feel very prepared, but should still study tonight! We completed and went over the review in our math textbook in class, but I told students that there is another review on pgs. 49-50 in their math workbook that I would suggest trying some problems from tonight. This will not be collected, but if they bring it to me in the morning, I will check it for them and go over any they missed prior to the test tomorrow. 
  • Reading- read one more chapter in our read aloud and students made many predictions for the end of it. Students also got time to read and/or work on their weekly reader’s response in their journals
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes

Monday, October 14, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked at how characters resolve trouble in the climax of the story. 
    • HW: Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked at how to use angled stories to support a point in our literary essays. We practiced this using the 3 Billy Goats Gruff and the claim, “The troll’s greed led to his own demise.” We used a detailed part of the story to support this and wrote it using all we know about good story-telling. Students practiced this with their “Panyee Football Club” essays.
  • Math- Continued practicing long division with 2-digit divisors.  Students watched a video to review the steps and then completed a partner activity where they rolled dice to create a long division problem and then solved it together before moving on to a new partner.
    • HW:  Pg. P43 evens and P44 all
  • Science- Took measurements of our lettuce leaves that are decomposing and talked about how plant parts work together in a system, similar to our body systems.
  • Social Studies- presented Founding Fathers Biographies
    • HW:  Declaration of Independence crossword and word search due Wednesday
  • Religion- Reviewed prayers, reviewed for Mary Test tomorrow, and went over Living Rosary
    • HW: Study for Mary Test

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked at how to notice the climax of a story and look closely at how our character is being tested.
    • HW: Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Watched a video on the Paynee Football Club and practiced viewing it as a writer, noticing all the little details that are important to the story
  • Math- Recorded 4 different strategies for solving division with 2-digit divisors in our journals.  Students should choose the one they feel most comfortable and always work at becoming more efficient as they improve on their strategies. We also looked at the different ways that a remainder affects our answer to a division story problem. Students labeled these in their journals as well. HW:  One session of Xtra Math; Pg. P41 # 4, 8, 12
  • Science- Began talking about the structure of plant parts and went outside to observe/sketch leaves and their structures.
  • Social Studies- Continued working on Founding Fathers projects
  • Religion- Corrected study guide for the Mary test Tuesday 
    • HW: Study Prayers, Bring Rosary

Monday, October 7, 2019

 

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked at how to “write long” in our reader’s response journals. Students have already learned how to grow ideas while reading and record these on sticky notes. Today we looked at how they can look through their sticky notes for themes and patterns and then write an entry in their response journals about one. They received a rubric for these entries and glued it into their journals. Students are expected to have one entry per week, which will be completed during reading time in school. The rubric will be used to grade these.
    • HW: Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Started our Literary Essay unit with a persuasive pre-assessment. Students chose a topic of their choice and had 45 minutes to write a persuasive essay about it.
  • Math- Looked at how to use 2 compatible numbers to estimate quotients in problems with 2-digit divisors (2.5). Although we did not use the textbook for this lesson, I have shared the powerpoint we used with students through Google Classroom so they can access that anytime they are needing help with this concept. 
    • HW:  Pg. P39 evens and P40 all; 1 session of Xtra Math
  • Science- 5R finished the BBC Life: Plants video. 5G and 5S moved on to start a decomposition investigation. 5R will begin this tomorrow
  • Social Studies- Discussed 3 Branches of Government and created notes
  • Religion- Safe Touch Program
    • HW: Study Prayers; Hail Holy Queen Test tomorrow 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Practiced applying our “stop and jot” strategies regarding characters in our independent books.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- held our Narrative Writing Celebration! Students got to share their narrative stories and practice providing meaningful compliments to their classmates in a “gallery walk” celebration.
  • Math- Started looking at how we can use Base Ten Blocks to help us solve division problems with 2-digit divisors (2.1).  We will continue working on this lesson tomorrow, and therefore students don’t have a practice sheet over it tonight.
    • HW:  XtraMath Session
  • Science- Looked at the process of germination
  • Social Studies- Discussed Founding Fathers
    • HW:  All 4 Founding Father Packets are due tomorrow!
  • Religion- Glued in Sorrowful Mysteries into notebook, wrote Mysteries of Rosary categories in notebook, got handout on Mary, read 220-221
    • HW:  Study Prayers

 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Discussed the role of supporting characters in the journeys of main characters.  We looked at the role of Brendan Espinoza and Shoshanna Weber in Restart  and asked ourselves why the author chose to include them in Chase’s (our main character) story. Students then practiced this in their independent reading books
    • HW: Read 20 min.
  • Writing- continued typing up our published stories as we close out Unit 1
    • HW:  Finish typing story on Google Classroom to prepare for our writing celebration tomorrow
  • Math- Used the standard algorithm to solve long division problems (lesson 2.2)
    • HW:  Pg. P33-P34
  • Science- Continued watching BBC Life: Plants and discussed
  • Social Studies- Focused on Founding Father John Jay
    • HW:  ALL S.S. worksheets due Friday!
  • Religion- Went over How to Pray the Rosary
    • HW: Study Prayers

 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Looked at what we can learn about a character based on how they respond to the problems they face.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked at various rules for using commas in our writing and completed an activity called “Tabletop Twitter” to practice. Students then applied these rules by editing their stories.
    • HW:  Finish writing, revising, editing in order to begin typing tomorrow
  • Math- Looked at how to determine what place value our answer will start in when using long division (2.1)
    • CW:  Pg. 61-62 and #1 on Pg. 63 together; Pg. 63 # 4-5 on own
    • HW:  P31 evens; P32 all
  • Science- Continued watching BBC Life: Plants and discussed
  • Social Studies- learned about Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton
  • Religion- Colored Rosary lap book
    • HW:  Finish coloring all 7 pages of Rosary Lap book- Due tomorrow; Study Prayers, Lord’s Prayer Test tomorrow

 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Practiced applying reading comprehension strategies relating to characters in our read aloud, Restart.  Students practiced sticky noting their thoughts/predictions/ideas/etc. while reading independently and then shared.
    • Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Used a mentor text to look for the things that we know make up good beginnings, middles, and endings. Students then used this annotated mentor text, along with a checklist, to revise their writing.
  • Math- Continued reviewing for tomorrow’s test over 1.6-1.12.  Students worked on review pages 55-58 in their textbook and P27-P28 in their workbook. Some students met in a small group with me to work on order of operations. We then went over the answers to the textbook review as a class.
    • HW:  Pg. P27-P28 if not finished in class; Study for TOMORROW’S test; Complete 1 session of Xtra Math
  • Science- Walked to Francis Park to observe living and nonliving things.  Students started by looking on a small scale, and then moved around to see what else they could observe.
  • Social Studies- Focused on Founding Father John Adams and started a packet on Founding Fathers
  • Religion- Rosary prayers color in colored pencils
    • HW- How to pray is due tomorrow; Mysteries/Prayers study prayers

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Discussed how to use the various strategies we’ve been working on and our reading learning progressions to set goals with our reading.
    • HW- Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Looked at how to find the “Heart of our Story” and then stretch it out by including many details
  • Math- Began reviewing for Thursday’s test. Students worked on the review in their book (Pg. 55-58) independently while others met in a small group with me to work on areas they were struggling with.
    • HW: Pg. 55-56 if not finished in class.  If your child was working in the small group with me most of the class period, have them work on this review page, but for no more than 45 minutes. We will have more time to work tomorrow.TEST THURSDAY OVER 1.6-1.12. One session of XtraMath
  • Science- Finished setting up our bean investigations so that we can begin observations tomorrow.
  • Social Studies- Learned about Thomas Jefferson and made a timeline of his life
    • HW:  All Worksheets due tomorrow
  • Religion- Took test over chapter 3
    • HW: Color in colored pencil “How to pray the Rosary” Due tomorrow; Study prayers

Monday, September 23, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading- Discussed how the theories we come up with about our characters can be used to make predictions about what they will do next in the book.  We practiced this with the main character of Restart, Chase.  Because we had come up with the theory that the “new” Chase is loyal, we predicted that he would offer to help a classmate with a project, even though she is upset with him.  As we read on, we learned our prediction was correct!
    • HW: Read 20 minutes
  • Writing- Began revising the personal narrative or realistic fiction story that each student chose to publish
  • Math- Looked at how to evaluate numerical expressions that have multiple levels of grouping within them (braces, brackets, and parentheses).  Students also had some fun creating a “music video” relating to the order of operations. I’ll send that along as soon as I’ve finished editing it!
    • HW: One session of XtraMath, Pg. P25 (evens) and P26 (all); Test over 1.6-1.12 Thursday 9/26
  • Science-  Began set up for our next investigation where students will determine the effects of water, sunlight, and air on plant growth.
  • Social Studies- Created notes in SS notebook oin the U.S. Founding Fathers and watched a video on Founding Father, George Washington
    • HW:  All worksheets due Wednesday 9/25
  • Religion- Reviewed for Ch. 3 test
    • HW- Glory Be Due Tomorrow; STUDY

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Today we…

  • Continued ITBS testing with the Science and Social Studies portions. Tomorrow will be our last day of testing.
  • Writing: Practiced zooming in on a small moment and include all the tiny details of that moment in on our story.
  • Science:  5S and 5G had science today and measured the mass of their plants one final time.  Students also analyzed that data to determine whether their hypothesis was right or wrong, what can be learned from it, and what questions they still have about plant growth. 5R will complete this tomorrow.  Make sure to ask your child what the results showed about the use of soil in plant growth!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Today we…

  • Started testing! Students did a great job staying focused for our two 30 minute reading tests today.  Please make sure your child gets another good night of sleep tonight, eats a healthy breakfast in the morning, and brings a healthy snack for our mid-morning testing break.  I also don’t mind if students want to bring gum/mints for the test, as long as they are not being distracting with it.  There will be no homework given this week, including Xtra Math (though students are more than welcome to still complete some sessions of it!) 
  • Reading:  Talked about how we can notice patterns in our characters’ words and actions in order to add on to the big ideas we’ve grown about them.  Ask your child about our character, Chase, and a big idea we’ve grown about him and his “new” personality.
  • Math:  Practiced writing numerical expressions to match a given word problem (1.10)
    • CW:  Pg. 43, 44, and #s 3-6 on pg. 45 together; Pg. 45 #s 7, 10, 12, 13 on own; Pg. P 21-P22 on own
  • We also spent some time this afternoon discussing the 3rd habit of highly successful people:  Put 1st things 1st. Students looked at how they spend most of their time and we talked about the goal of spending a majority of our time on things that are important but not urgent. To practice working together and putting first things first, students participated in The Human Knot team-building exercise.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Discussed how to grow ideas about our characters based on the things we observe them say or do.  We practiced this using chapter 6 of Restart. 
    • HW: Read 20 minutes
  • Writing:  Finished typing up our personal mission statements. 
  • Math:  Looked at how we could decompose a dividend into smaller numbers to solve a division problem with simpler, smaller problems.
    • CW:  Problem solving in journal, Pg. 39 and 40 together
    • HW:  Pg. P17- 3,5, 11, Pg. P19 2,3, and Pg. P20 all
  • Science:  Measured and recorded the “day 2” mass of our 4 types of beans/seeds
  • Social Studies:  Began sharing Declarations.
    • HW:  Finish final copy of Declarations if needed 
  • Religion:  Read and discussed Pgs. 21-22

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Worked together to create a Class Mission Statement and then independently worked on creating and typing up personal Mission Statements.
    • HW:  Read 20 Minutes
  • Writing:  Looked at how and when authors start new paragraphs and applied this to our own Realistic Fiction stories.  Students also got the chance to read a friend’s story and give complements on their writing craft.
  • Math:  Looked at how multiplication can be used to help us solve division problems, due to the fact that they’re inverse operations (Lesson 1.8).
    • CW:  completed page 36 and #s 1, 2, and 4 pg. 37 together; Worked on #s 5-6 on own
    • HW:  Xtra Math Session- NO WORKBOOK PAGE TONIGHT DUE TO STILL WORKING ON THE LESSON IN CLASS
  • Science- Started our “sprouter investigation” to learn whether or not plants need soil to grow. Students recorded their personal hypotheses and then we began collecting data by finding the beginning mass of our sprouter trays and various seeds.
  • Religion:  Read and discussed pages 19-20
  • Social Studies:  Prayed for victims and survivors of 9/11.  Students also watched a video on Journey of Declaration.

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Discussed how readers can look closely at the specific actions and words of the character to learn more about him or her, similar to how we get to know our friends. We applied this in our reading of Chapter 5 of Restart.
    • HW:  Read 20 Minutes
  • Writing:  Continued talking about the 2nd Habit:  Keeping the End in Mind.  Students had time to reflect and write a class mission statement.
  • Math:  Applied knowledge of multiplying by 1-Digit Numbers to multiply by 2- and 3-digit numbers (Lesson 1.7)  
    • CW:  Pgs. 31-31 and #s 1-2, 5 on pg. 33 together; #s 6-8 on own
    • HW:  Pg. P15 evens only, Pg. P16 all except #1
  • Science:  Finished up initial plans for a pizza farm and began thinking about how plants get more matter as they grow if they don’t consume matter to get nutrients
  • Religion:  Took test on Chapter 2 and had a class discussion on Testing and ITBS
  • Social Studies:  Continued working on rough drafts of “My Declaration”
    • HW:  Finish rough draft- due tomorrow

 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Looked at the 2nd habit of highly successful people:  Beginning with the End in Mind. Students took time to reflect on personal goals and looked at what they could be doing now to help them reach those goals
    • HW:  Read for 20 minutes
  • Writing:  Discussed how adding in private thoughts of our characters can help them seem more “real” and help our readers relate more to our stories
  • Math:  Completed lesson 1.6- multiplying by 1-digit numbers.  Students solved a problem that required them to multiply a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number and then we had a class discussion about finding the reasonableness of our answers and different strategies we could use to solve similar problems
    • CW:  Pgs. 27-28 and top of pg. 29 together; #s 5, 6, and 8 independently
    • HW:  Pg. P13 evens only, Pg. P14- all except #1
  • Science:  Used a video and habitat poster to spark small-group and whole-group conversations about how energy flows between non-living and living things.  Students also began planning their “farm” to address our unit’s overarching question:  How can we design a pizza farm that will minimally impact the environment but still feed people
  • Social Studies:  Shared paragraphs over “What Freedom Means to Me”
  • Religion:  Reviewed for test and went over solidarity for Tomorrow’s Presentation
    • HW:  Study for chapter 2 test (tomorrow)

Friday, September 6, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Discussed systems we could put in place to help each other find books that we will enjoy reading independently. We now have a binder where students can track the books they read and rate them, and look to their classmates for recommendations of books
  • Writing:  Started book two in our realistic fiction series! Students learned how to use the same wants/problems for their characters from their first story, but put them in a new setting/plot.  Ask your child about his/her character’s personality!
  • Math:  Completed a test over 1.1-1.5
    • HW:  Students need 3 days worth of Xtra math completed by Monday (most weeks they need 4, but since we had Monday off, they only need 3 this week)
  • Science:  Discussed Living versus nonliving and began talking about our challenge question for unit 1:  How can we design a farm that minimally effects the natural world and still feeds people?
  • Social Studies:  Students created notes on the Articles of Confederation and on the Constitution
  • Religion: Had Circle-up Time
    • HW:  Study for Tuesday’s Test over Ch. 2

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Discussed how to know if a book is too hard, too easy, or “just right” and why it’s important to do most of our reading in “just right” books.  If your child is interested in reading a “too hard” book, I encourage you to read it together to help them through difficult parts and discuss difficult concepts.  Then they can do their independent reading on or close to their independent reading level.
    • HW:  Read for 20 minutes
  • Writing:  Students got time today to work on their realistic fiction stories and boy am I impressed with how they’re coming along! Ask your child to share with you the story they’re working on.
  • Math:  Reviewed for tomorrow’s test over 1.1-1.5 and completed pg. P27 1.1-1.5 to help with that.  
    • HW: study for tomorrow’s test; Students should study using the study guide I handed out yesterday, Pg. P27, and the midchapter checkpoint (Pgs. 25-26 in their regular math book)
  • Science:  Completed a Unit 1 Pre-assessment on Google Classroom 
  • Social Studies:  Used a writing prompt to write 3 paragraphs on what freedom means to them in their SS notebooks
    • HW:  Finish 3 paragraphs on “What Freedom Means to Me”
  • Religion:  Read and discussed pg. 15
    • HW:  Do ch. 2 review worksheet (due tomorrow) and study for ch. 2 test (next Tuesday)

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Discussed how to build reading lives and make reading the best it can be.  We discussed ideas like finding a comfy/quiet place, choosing a time that works, finding books you enjoy, etc.
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing:  Talked about what makes a good ending for our realistic fiction stories and practiced writing more than one writing for our individual stories
  • Math:  Looked at how we can use basic facts and patterns of place value to solve larger multiplication problems (1.5)
    • CW:  Pg. 21 and Pg. 22 #1-4 together; #5-7 and #11-16 on own
    • HW:  Pg. P11-P12; Test over 1.1-1.5 on Friday, September 6- Students will receive a study guide tomorrow
  • Science:  Finished shooting off rockets and began analyzing data
  • Social Studies:  

Friday, August 30, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Applied comprehension strategies to our independent books
  • Writing:  Looked at how our work in creating Personal Narratives could help us plan and draft a realistic fiction story.  Students learned to invent a character and then apply realistic wants and problems, often stemming from their own lives, to that character. 
  • Math:  Completed the online Freckle benchmark assessment to serve as one of our beginning of the year data points.  Students will take this benchmark in the winter and spring and chart their growth. Students also practiced their estimation skills with a number sense activity called estimation clipboards.  
    • Homework:  Test Friday, Sept. 6 over first half of chapter 1
  • Science:  Blasted off our rockets! Students have been planning an experiment, complete with a dependent and independent variable and controlled variables, using paper rockets.  Today we collected data as students shot off their rockets and recorded the height, distance, or speed.
  • Social Studies:  Finished Patriot and Loyalist posters.
    • HW:  If needed, finish poster for class on Tuesday
  • Religion:  Read and discussed pages 11-12.

 

 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Stepped back from our reading curriculum for the day to take some time to circle up and learn more about the 7 Habits. Students learned to decipher between worries that fall in their “circle of control” (or things they can take action to control) or in their “circle of no control” (or things they have no control over).
    • HW:  Read for 20 minutes
  • Writing:  Worked on our personal narratives.
  • Math:  Learned how to use exponents to express the powers of ten
    • CW:  Pg. 17-18 together; Pg. 19 #6-12 on own- teacher checked
    • HW:  Pg. P9-P10
  • Science:  Created Paper rockets and prepared for tomorrow’s launch/experiment
  • Religion:  Took the chapter 1 test, had circle-up time, and studied the St. Michael Prayer
  • Social Studies:  Worked on Patriot and Loyalist Posters

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Today we…

  • Reading:  Discussed how to effectively share our thinking with reading partners so that we can grow together as readers
    • HW:  Read 20 minutes
  • Writing: Talked about why authors use various punctuation marks and how we can choose specific ones to make sure our reader is reading our stories the way we intend for them to be read
  • Math:  Looked at how we can use properties of addition and multiplication to help us solve mental math problems easier
    • CW:  Completed Pg. 13, Example 1 on pg. 14, and pg. 15 #1 together
    • HW:  P7-P8
  • Science:  Worked with partners to come up with a hypothesis and plan for our paper rocket experiment and began building rockets

Monday, August 26, 2019 

Today we…

  • Reading: Discussed ways to think while reading and how to “sticky note” our thoughts
  • Writing: Talked about the typical structure of a story (problem is introduced, problem gets worse, problem is resolved) and how we can use this structure to plan our stories
  • Math:  Began talking about relationships between place values- if a digit moves one place value to the left, it becomes 10x greater, and if it moves one place value to the right, it becomes 1/10 of the original number
    • CW:  Pg. 5-6 together, pg. 7 on own
    • HW:  P3-P4
  • Science:  Continued talking about the scientific method and worked in partners on planning a paper rocket experiment to practice using the scientific method
  • Social Studies (Getsy):  Continued working on “Getting to Know You” arms 
    • HW:  Finish “Getting to Know You” arm if this was not done in class
  • Religion (Seper): Read and discussed pages 3 and 4
    • HW:  Study for Chapter 1 test on Thursday, August 29