Class activities for Tuesday, January 22

Spelling: None today due to a middle school course schedule assembly. Students received course request sheets today to use to select their elective classes for next year. The course request sheets are due February 14.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Fridays.  

Reading: Today we read two expository articles about how people worked in teams during the space race and to clean up an oil spill.

Writing: Students worked on editing their adventure story today.

This Choose Your Own Adventure fiction gamebook project is due Wednesday, January 23.  Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be finished with their draft, having at least 10 pages on their website, and should be editing too.

Math: None today due to the middle school course request assembly.

Science: We did an experiment about forming water drops on the outside of a cold glass. We learned that the drops form when the class is cold, not room temperature, and even when there is no water in the class. So the water drops on the glass are not coming from the inside of the glass.

Social Studies: We read more about French settlements in the New World.

Character Strength: We are learning about prudence this week. 

Notes:

  • Middle school course request sheets are due February 14.
  • Is your student doing a Daily Homework TimeHere’s a sample schedule and more ideas to get started.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • The second marking period ends on January 25.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.

When Kids Struggle with Reading

How can I help my struggling reader? How can I get my child to love reading? These are questions that are asked over and over by caring parents that want to help their students to become successful readers.

Reading for at least 20 minutes a night is the standard advice, and it’s a good habit for students to develop. But what if they read out of duty or grudgingly? Love and Logic has a simple suggestion below that still applies in 4th grade and beyond:

After a difficult and frustrating day at work, don’t you wish your spouse would greet you with the following?

Honey, I got an email from your boss. She says that you haven’t been working up to your potential. She also mentioned that your reading is really poor and that you’ve had a bad attitude about completing your projects. That’s why we are going to sit down together and work on some practice samples. Now…I’m only doing this because I love you.

My guess is that few readers would vote for this treatment as an effective way of promoting deeper marital intimacy and improved work performance!

Far too many children struggle all day long with reading…and other subjects. Then they face even more frustration when they get home. When this happens, their reading performance rarely increases, but their disdain for books does!

May I suggest another approach? What if this strategy saved your relationship with your child AND helped him or her develop a much better vocabulary, understanding of language structure, and attitude toward reading?

Read to them, and have fun doing it. Do this even if they’re in high school! Do it as often as possible. Don’t stand over them and force them to read. Don’t nitpick their reading performance. Just enjoy your time together as you read…to them. Take the pressure off!

Read the rest here.

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Class activities for Friday, January 18

Spelling: None today due to Eagle Time.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Fridays.  

Reading: Today was a reading skills practice day using MobyMax Reading Stories.

Writing: Students continued to draft their adventure story, with the goal being to write at least a new scene each day.

This Choose Your Own Adventure fiction gamebook project is due Wednesday, January 23.  Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be nearing at least 10 pages on their website and should be done with their draft this weekend.

Choose Your Own Adventure Resources

Math: Students completed a STAR Math test today.

Science: We reviewed what we learned in chapter 1 of our topic and looked ahead to our next experiment.

Social Studies: We started to work on a leader lesson about being proactive and being in charge of our own actions, attitudes and moods.

Character Strength: We are learning about optimism this week. 

Notes:

  • Is your student doing a Daily Homework TimeHere’s a sample schedule and more ideas to get started.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • The second marking period ends on January 25.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.

Class activities for Thursday, January 17

Spelling: Today was the McGrath Spelling Bee. Congratulations to our class representatives, James and Donald, who made it all the way to the last four participants. And Donald was the 5th grade champion!

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Fridays.  

Reading: None today due to a health and nutrition lesson.

Writing: Students continued to draft their adventure story, with the goal being to write at least a new scene each day.

This Choose Your Own Adventure fiction gamebook project is due Wednesday, January 23.  Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be nearing at least 10 pages on their website.

Choose Your Own Adventure Resources

Math: We practiced multi-digit division today, such as 5296 / 31. Our average class progress is 66%, but many students are behind that amount. We have a goal of 97% by January 25. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We wrote a letter to our project city, East Ferris, about why they have a water shortage.

Social Studies: Students worked on a digital review and quiz about the Pilgrims and Puritans today and we started to learn about French settlements. Homework is to finish the digital review and quiz if not done in class.

Character Strength: We are learning about optimism this week. 

Notes:

  • Is your student doing a Daily Homework TimeHere’s a sample schedule and more ideas to get started.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • The second marking period ends on January 25.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.

Class activities for Tuesday, January 15

Spelling: We practiced when to use apostrophes and when not to.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due Fridays.  

Reading: Students completed STAR Reading tests today.

Writing: Students continued to draft their adventure story, with the goal being to write at least a new scene each day.

This Choose Your Own Adventure fiction gamebook project is due Wednesday, January 23.  Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Students should write at least one or two new scenes each day in order to finish on time.

Choose Your Own Adventure Resources

Math: We practiced multi-digit division today, such as 96 / 12. Our average class progress is still 59%. We haven’t been making much progress the last few days, but we have a goal of 97% by January 25. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We read more about the details of the water shortage in our project city.

Social Studies: Students worked on a digital review and quiz about the Pilgrims and Puritans today.

Character Strength: We are learning about optimism this week. 

Notes:

  • Is your student doing a Daily Homework TimeHere’s a sample schedule and more ideas to get started.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • The second marking period ends on January 25.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.