January 5th, 2010
Spelling: We reviewed adding suffixes onto the end of words, and also dropping the silent e when adding suffixes that begin with a vowel.
Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 54-56 are available and due on Friday.
Reading: Today was a discussion day in Literature Circles. Students also received new Literature Circles magazines in order to practice informational reading.
Writing: We talked about two new kinds of leads: talking leads and thinking leads. Talking leads begin the story with dialogue, and thinking leads begin with the thoughts of a characters.
Students also continued to prewrite. The next piece of writing will be a fiction piece, due Friday, January 22. Students should be prewriting by now.
Math: We reviewed solving number stories today and learned about using parentheses in number sentences. Students learned to solve the operations within the parentheses first before solving the rest of the number sentences. Example: in 10 – (2*3) = 4, the 2*3 operation would be solved first, then subtracted from 10. Homework is to complete Journal pp. 68-69.
Science: Our next science experiment about making and using compasses was introduced. Homework is to answer this question: When two magnets come near each other, the magnets move (attract or repel). So what magnet is making the compass need move? What is the other magnet a compass points to?
Social Studies: Students received new Social Studies books and notebooks. Homework is to complete Notebook p. 7.
- Yellow magnets: 2
- Orange magnets: 0
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 0
- Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 2
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Every student in Room 130 leaves improved and prepared for 5th grade.