October 16th, 2006
Spelling: Today we learned that it is easier to spelling longer words if the word is spelled one syllable at a time. Students are continuing to work on the Unit 2 spelling packet which will be due at the time of the next spelling test. The worksheets can also be downloaded by clicking here.
Cursive: Cursive worksheets pp. 24-26 were made available this week and are due on Friday.
Reading: Today we practiced the Literature Circle jobs of creating questions and connections, drawing illustrations and picking passages. We also had a discussion about our responses to the book Esperanza Rising.
Writing: None today due to Technology. The next piece of writing will be due November 3; this will be the final writing grade of the marking period.
Technology: Students continued to work on their digital inspirational poster. Visit the technology page to see what this project involves.
Math: We played mathsketball today to review for a math test, which will be tomorrow. The test will be over the following topics:
- rays, lines, line segments, and angles (drawing and naming)
- two and three-dimensional shapes (sketching and identifying)
- polygons (what is and isn’t one)
Science: We graded the Earth as a Magnet Investigation Review from Thursday and collected it for a grade. A test over magnets will be on Wednesday.
Social Studies: We took notes about the Midwest in our Regions minibook. We also began learning about the Southwest. Today, we talked about the Grand Canyon, how it might have formed, and what is at the bottom of the Grand Canyon: the Colorado River.
- Yellows: two magnets
- Oranges: no magnets
- Reds: none
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Appointments are now being made for fall conferences, November 14-16. A sign-up sheet is located at the office windows.
- MEAP testing this week will be for the subject of Math on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will be a great start to those testing days (something you all are already doing!).
- Box Tops Contest in progress! It ends on October 20.
- We are looking for donations of cardboard tubes (toilet tissue, paper towel, wrapping paper) for class projects. The tubes can be sent in any time during the year; this project will be on-going. Thanks for any help you can give!
- There is still some space left on our Room 130 Pride board. Let’s fill that thing up! If your student hasn’t yet brought in three unique “objects” about themselves, then please send them so that they can be put on display for all to see. We are looking for things like photos, postcards, papers, medals, or little trickets that can be put in bags and hung on the board. The only limitation is size, and being able to be attached somehow to a bulletin board. These objects can remain with us the whole year, or rotated out whenever the student wants.