October 26th, 2006
Spelling: Today was the spelling test. Look for a Words to Learn list to come home on Monday.
Cursive: Cursive worksheets pp. 27-29 were made available this week and are due on Friday.
Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles, and all groups finished their short, practice books. We will have a discussion day tomorrow, and students will create a project to share their book next week.
Writing: We played “Spicy Verb Charades” to see the importance of using specific verbs that describe action. Students also worked on their piece of writing. Most students should be nearing completion of their rough draft and starting to revise. The next piece of writing will be due November 3; this will be the final writing grade of the marking period.
Math: We used small boxes of raisins to collect data. We then entered the data into a tally chart and looked for data “landmarks”: minimum, maximum, range (the difference between minimum and maximum), and mode (the number that occurs most often). Homework is to complete Math Boxes 2.5.
Science: Students continued to work on separating sand and salt. We did an experiment to see what happens when salt is placed in water. Students are now finalizing their plans for separating the salt from the sand. Homework is to ask an adult to help boil some salt water and then see what happens to the salt after the water is gone.
Social Studies: We took notes in our Regions minibook about the dry climate, Rocky Mountains and fertile valleys of the West. Then we read some picture books to learn about Hawai’i and Alaska, our western most states.
- Yellows: three magnets
- Oranges: one magnet
- Reds: none
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Hawaiian Beach Bash! That’s our Halloween party on October 31 from 2-4 pm. The menu: Hawaiian pizza, fruit kabobs, and punch. We are in need of families to donate towards the cost of pizza, help make the fruit kabobs or other goodies, provide plates, cups, napkins (Hawaiian-themed?), or chaperone at the time of the party. If you would like to help, just send in a note or email.
- Appointments are now being made for fall conferences, November 14-16. A sign-up sheet is located at the office windows.
- 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!