Class activities for Thursday, February 2

Spelling: We learned that some sounds are spelled different. For example, the words yes and ready both have a short e sound, but different letters make that sound in each word.

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

Reading: Students previewed new Literature Circles books today

Writing: Students worked on their next writing piece, a Choose Your Own Adventure fiction gamebook. The project is due Monday, February 6. Students are publishing their adventure as a website at Students should be nearing the completion of their project at this time. See here for a complete list of resources.

Math: We reviewed multiplying with mental math using a trick called “compensation.”  Here’s an example:

  1. To multiply 27 x 4, first round the largest number to an easier number:
    1. 27 rounds to 30
  2. The new problem is 30 x 4
    1. This is now an easier problem that can be solved mentally. The answer is 120.
  3. Now to compensate. Since we rounded up to 30, we need to move back down to the actual answer:
    1. Since we rounded 27 up to 30, we went 3 over our answer.
    2. We are multiplying by 4, so we went up 3 x 4 too much. We are 3 x 4 = 12 over our answer.
    3. Remove 12 from the answer of 120.
    4. The answer is 120 – 12 = 108.

Homework is to complete Journal R5-4 to continue practicing this skill.

Science: Students completed a science experiment about measuring liquid volume and mixing colored water to create a spectrum. Homework is to finish the Color Spectrum experiment if not done in class.

Social Studies: We reviewed the continents and features of the globe today. Homework is to finish the Label the Continents review if not done in class.

Behavior Update:

  • Yellow magnets: 0
  • Orange magnets: 0
  • Red magnets: 0
  • STAR Awards: 0
  • Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 3

Check your student’s Personal and Social Growth grade at JupiterGrades to see if your student moved their magnet. Need help with JupiterGrades?


Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

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