October 4th, 2016
Spelling: Today was a preview of upcoming spelling words.
Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due on Fridays.
Writing: We reviewed the idea that complete scenes have a mix of talking, action, and visual details. It’s like a taco salad: the best salads have a mix of delicious ingredients, not just one or two. That would be exciting. Writing is the same way. It’s best as a mix of details.
Students also worked on drafting today. A personal narrative will be due Friday, October 14; your student should be finishing their draft at this point (about a page typed).
Math: We practiced mental math strategies to add and subtract. Students also worked on finishing decimal place value skills at MobyMax or Khan Academy today, and some have started our next topic of decimal rounding, addition, and subtraction. Some students have unfinished decimal place value skills; you might want to check JupiterGrades to see how your student is doing. Homework is to practice math for at least 15 minutes using MobyMax Math or Khan Academy.
Science: We discussed our class data from yesterday’s experiment about how medicines are tested on people scientifically. We learned that a placebo is something that looks like real medicine, but has no actual medicine in it. It’s used to see if a real medicine works, or if there were other factors that affected the people in the clinical trial. For example, if many people who took the actual medicine reported feeling better, but a much smaller amount in the placebo group felt better, that would seem to indicate that the medicine has a positive effect. Homework is to finish analysis questions 1-4 on pp. 14-15 if not finished in class.
Social Studies: With a guest teacher, students read about American Indian cultures. Students also worked on a digital review and MiniQuiz online. Homework is to finish the Lesson 3 key ideas, “Got it?” and quiz if not finished in class. There are several students that either aren’t completing their digital review during class or for homework, or aren’t turning it in. You might want to check JupiterGrades to see if your student has assignments marked, “not finished yet.”
- Homecoming Spirit Week is October 3-7. Check our class calendar for the spirit schedule.
- 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!
- 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.
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.