Class activities for Tuesday, September 20

Spelling: We continued to practice compound words today.

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

Reading: Students received magazines today. Students will read their magazine silently in their book group and write notes in the Literature Circles notebook. On alternating days, they will discuss their notes with their book group. Today was just started reading the first page, and will read more pages tomorrow.

Writing: We talked more about using details to prove ideas so that the writing is more interesting and realistic. We also reviewed the three common details in narrative writing:

  • talking (or thinking)
  • action (what characters or objects do)
  • visual details (what characters, places, objects look like)

Students also worked on revising their personal narrative. Homework is for students to continue to work on their story for at least 15 minutes.

The first piece of writing, a personal narrative, will be due on Monday, September 26. Your student should be done with at least a half-page draft and looking for ways to change and improve their writing.

Also, students were provided with a colored file folder this week that they should decorate with stickers, pictures, clippings, or drawings. The folders are due Friday. 

Math: We practiced using equivalent fractions to change one fraction into an easier fraction, and to then convert that fraction into a decimal. For example, 3/5 is equivalent to 6/10, and that is easier to change into the decimal 0.6. We also used MobyMax Math to continue to work on decimal and place value skills. Homework is to practice math for at least 15 minutes using MobyMax Math or something else.

Science: We reviewed the Solving Problems-Save Fred! experiment from yesterday and students submitted their notebooks for a grade. Some students didn’t finish this homework yesterday and are already starting to put a strain on their report card.

Social Studies: We learned today that the first American Indians were hunter-gatherers, but then learned to farm. That helped large civilizations to spring up in Mexico.

Notes:

  • Our BioBlitz field trip in Friday, September 23 from 9:15-2:30. Students will need a sack lunch and a blanket (optional). We can take a few chaperones, but please have the volunteer form completed and turned in to the office if interested.
  • Have you set up a Daily Homework Time for your student? Consider 15 minutes of math, 15 minutes of writing, and 20 minutes of something else to make a brain smarter!
  • Here is important information from the chromebook meeting. If you are purchasing insurance, please do that by September 21.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View links to all the websites we use in class.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.

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