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Superintendent's MYON CHALLENGE is now in full swing! We are competing for technology (an IPAD cart) as a school, and as a class. The winning class for each grade gets a pizza party and a gift card! More importantly, our reading skills should blossom! READ, READ, READ!! Time read at home counts as minutes for the challenge as well. The challenge ends at the end of February.
**STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO AND ENCOURAGED TO BRING THEIR OWN ELECTRONIC DEVICE (OTHER THAN A PHONE OR IPOD) TO READ ON FOR THE MYON CHALLENGE. WE MUST HAVE A PERMISSION SLIP FOR THIS DEVICE THOUGH. THANKS!
**STUDENTS NEED A COMPOSITION BOOK FOR A STUDY JOURNAL THAT WE ARE COMPILING THIS SEMESTER. Scissors and a few glue sticks will be needed as well. We will begin this after Spring Break!
**Dress Code Alert-Girls, please remember that when wearing leggings, skirts, or shorts, the length of your blouse/top MUST come to a dollar-bill's height above the knee. I have not had to address this yet, and would not want to have to call parents for a change of clothes, so please abide by the dress code rule. Boys, don't forget that unless it's a jersey, or a shirt is underneath, shirts must be tucked in and a belt worn.
*Yea! Due to the nicer weather, we are finally being allowed to get outside for RECESS! Be sure to wear appropriate clothing (ie: a light jacket) in order to go outside and play.
THIS WEEK IN CLASS................................................................................
ELA (English/Language Arts)
We are finishing up our unit on Revolutionaries of the Past in the next two weeks. Currently, we are reading and pulling out story elements from the book, The Secret Soldier, which has been read in class by students. We're looking for and reviewing the following skills as well: text structure, inferencing, drawing conclusions, point of view, and context clues. Skills are assessed through cold reads.
GRAMMAR-We are continuing our study of verbs and reviewing previous skills of appositives and prepositional phrases. Skills test on Thursday.
WRITING-We are continuing to write, revise, and edit opinion pieces. An opinion piece will be taken through the entire writing process for a grade this week.
Though we are emphasizing our new program, MYON, students are still encouraged, and can read AR books on MYON for their AR goals. There will be an AR reward party at the end of this nine weeks for those who make the goal with 85% accuracy.
SOCIAL STUDIES-A black history project was given last week which is due on Friday. Each student was given the name of an influential person for Black History Month to research. Some of the research has been doen here at school. A file folder and sentence strip has been provided for completion. Please make sure that your child is on track with this project. (GRAMMAR and NEATNESS COUNT! Spelling and capitalization must be done to the best of the student's ability. Each requirement on the purple sheet given should be addressed for full credit. THIS PROJECT WILL COUNT AS A SOC.STUDIES grade (test) and a WRITING/GRAMMAR GRADE.
**NO current event due this week. Some students have not completed these or have been late. It deducts from the grade.
MATH-We are finishing up chapter 9 on fractions today, will be reviewing and practicing the skills in class for the next few days, and will test on it on FRIDAY. PLEASE check over your child's homework nightly. Many students struggle with fractions, particularly simplest form. IXL is an excellent site for practice and tutorials of missed problems. (I often assign this site for practice.) Connected has been provided as well (the online textbook).
**We continue to drill multiplication and division facts daily. Speed test will be given periodically, averaged together, and the average taken as a grade.
SCIENCE-We picked back up with Forces and Motion (Chapter 2 of the book). Students are to have read and completed all questions and diagrams in the book thus far. We will continue discussing and completing activities this week, and will take an open book test on the chapter on Thursday. Next Monday, a vocabulary test will be given over the ten word that we highlighted and that were introduced with a Powerpoint yesterday, so study. This will NOT be open book!
Let's have a great week!
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Manila File Folders
Candy (Smarties,Small Wrapped)