Class activities for Friday, March 14

Spelling: None today due to the half day schedule.

Cursive: Cursive workbook pp. 81-84 are due Monday.

Reading: None today due to the half day schedule.

Writing: Today was a drafting day for the novel project. Each student has a daily writing goal of 100-300 words, and your student should be between approaching 50% complete so far. Ask your student or check StudentVue to see how much your student has done so far. The novel project is due Friday, March 28. Your student should be drafting at this point. Look below for more details.

Novel Writing Project 2014

The final piece of the 3rd Marking Period will be our final fiction project of the year. Students will write and publish a novel. Each student will write their own novel, with a word goal minimum of 1,000-3,000 words, based on their reading level (each student’s minimum writing goal is equal to their reading level multiplied by 500). The novels will be written in Google Docs (docs.mrhowd.com) to make use of the word count feature. Final novels will be uploaded to Lulu.com and published as paperback books, which can be purchased for reasonable prices. So yes, students will actually write and publish their own novels. This project is based on the National Novel Writing Month Young Writers program. Here are more details:

  • Here are some novels written by former students:
  • We will start this project in class on March 4 and it will be due on March 28; however, students can begin early.
  • This is our final fiction project; the novel can be any type of fiction story (mystery, science fiction, fantasy, realistic, historical, etc.)
  • We will be working on this in school most days, using docs.mrhowd.com to type the novel. Students can also work on this from any internet-connected computer outside of school.
  • Students might want to start thinking now about how they will use a computer after school if they need to, and if they will go to the library, use a home computer, or use a friend or family member’s computer.
  • If friends and family would like to order a paperback version of the book, we will upload the final texts to Lulu.com. Most books will cost between $5 and $10.
  • Half of this grade will be if students complete their own, personal word count goal.

Math: None today due to the half day schedule. Homework is to work on MobyMax Math or Khan Academy for 15 minutes or more if there’s time.

Science: We read about how the earth rotates in space by turning on its axis. It takes 24 hours for the earth to rotate once.

Social Studies: We reviewed what we learned about comparing a fictional government to a republic and a constitution government.

Behavior Update:

  • Yellow magnets: 1
  • Orange magnets: 0
  • Red magnets: 0
  • STAR Awards: 0
  • Magnets moved this week (goal: 9): 3
  • Hours with no magnets (best: 73): 1

Check your student’s Personal and Social Growth grade online to see if your student moved their magnet.

Multiplication Madness

WLPCTGB
Johnston501.000
Moul220.502.5
Bell230.403
Watkins120.333
Howd140.204

Practicing our multiplication facts has helped, but we need to keep practicing! To make the tournament, we can’t finish in last place.

Notes:

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

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