October 26th, 2009
Spelling: Today was a preview of upcoming spelling words.
Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 15-17 are available and due Friday.
Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles.
Writing: We talked about using precise nouns in writing: instead of writing “brown stuff,” say “rust.” Instead of “thing to lift the car up,” say “jack.” By being exact and specific, the reader will better understand what the writing is about.
Students also worked on their draft today.
The next piece of writing will be a personal narrative that has been slightly fictionalized, or, in other words, a personal narrative based on a true story. This piece of writing will be due Friday, November 6. This will be the final writing piece of the first marking period. Students should be ready working on drafts by now.
Note also that many students have not yet turned in their piece of writing that was due October 16. Students had three weeks to work on this piece of writing. You can check to see if your student has completed their writing by logging in to SnapGrades and clicking on writing.
Math: We worked on making bar graphs today. Students reviewed the components of a complete bar graph and then surveyed the class to collect data. Homework is to finish the World Series Winners bar graph review page, and to complete their survey, if not done in class.
Science: We discussed the states of matter Investigation Review from last week.
Social Studies: Students started working on an Alphabet Soup organizer about farming, logging and mining. This organizer will be due later this week.
- Yellow magnets: 2
- Orange magnets: 0
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 0
- Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 2
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- View grades, assignments, and attendance at SnapGrades.
- Our Hawaiian Beach Bash will be Friday, October 30 from 9:30-11:45 am. Sign up on our volunteer or guest list. We will need some help coordinating food and donations. Would anyone like to help coordinate that? Just contact me and I can give you further information.
Every student in Room 130 leaves improved and prepared for 5th grade.