November 20, 2015

Language Arts

We worked on subject and predicate this week.  We reviewed that subject is the who or what of the sentence while the predicate is what the subject is doing.  We learned that a verb (the simple predicate of the sentence) is not always an action verb.  We are going to continue learning about subject and predicate next week and begin learning about verbs.

We worked on an opinion writing this week in small groups.  We read an article about homeless cats in Florida last week and worked on a writing assignment to go with it.  We looked at our writing from last week and “graded” our papers.  We took a rubric and checked off things to see how we did on the paper.  We also rainbow edited our paper.  After we looked over that writing, we got our own article to read (either about miniature pigs, drones, or smart cars).  We are working on reading and writing on our own.  This assignment will be a grade, but we had the same rubric to look over while we wrote our essay.

Read Aloud: Runaway Ralph By: Beverly Cleary      We finally finished! :)

Math

This week we continued to talk about division strategies this week.  We learned that many of the same strategies we used for multiplication work for division as well.  We learned how to use groups, arrays, repeated subtraction, fact families, and number lines to solve our problems.  We talked this week about using friendly numbers to help us with our strategies.  For example, if we are making groups and the number we are dividing is large, we can start with the number 5 in the groups to help us count.   Please work on multiplication fast facts at home.  You can use games or flash cards to help learn them.   Begin with the easier numbers (friendly numbers) to count by.  For example, practice 2, 5, and 10.  Continue to add in the others as your child masters the ones they are practicing.

We completed another Mountain Math set this week.  These problems are great for practicing skills we have already learned and previewing skills to come.  We are getting really good at completing the problems and using good strategies! We will continue to work on one of these a week.

Notes and News

  • Please make sure you are checking your child’s agenda every night. This is where we write down our homework and upcoming tests.  I check their agenda each day to see if it is signed.  Encourage your child to be responsible and bring their agenda to you to sign; however, if you do not see it, please ask your child to see it.

   Specials Schedule

 Monday – Art

Tuesday – PE

Wednesday -Counselor

Thursday – Computer

Friday -Music

 *Students must wear athletic shoes on PE days in order to participate.

 Calendar

December 10 – PTA Meeting (Chorus Sings)

December 23- January 5 – Winter Break

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