Class activities for Monday, September 25

Spelling: We practiced spelling words that use common spelling patterns for the long /o/ sound.

Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 7-9 are available and due Friday.   

Reading: We started a week of studying realistic fiction today. We read about a student that had the courage to stand up for his friend, and we started to read about two friends deciding on joining a talent show. We also practiced writing curious, open-ended questions.

Writing: We started a new piece of writing today, also a personal narrative. This one will be due Friday, October 13. Today, we started making a list of personal memories that could be written about. Homework is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be prewriting at this point.

Math: We learned about the distributive property of multiplication today. This property says that a multiplication problem can be split apart and solved and two smaller problems. For example, 5 x 12 can be split into 5 x 10 and 5 x 2. (10 + 2 =12, so the 12 was split apart. The two problems can be done individually, 5 x 10 = 50 and 5 x 2 = 10, so 5 x 12 = 60 (50 +10). The distributive property can be used to make harder multiplication problems easier to solve, and it’s the reason the regular multiplication method we’ve all learned in school works.

Students also used MobyMax Math to work on multiplication properties. Homework is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We learned about the earth’s atmosphere and how the moon does not have an atmosphere. Students also worked on an Investigation Review page in class. Homework is to finish Investigation Review p. 41 if not finished.

The Energy Fair project is due Friday, September 29. Here are the Energy Fair directions. Each student should be bringing in an object and making a sign or digital presentation (an elaborate sign, board, or presentation is not needed; simpler is better).

Social Studies: We reviewed the principles stated in the Preamble to the Constitution and wrote down the main ideas.


  • #SchoolEveryDay is a message we are trying to communicate this year. Predictably, students that miss school the most score lower on state and national tests, and develop less perseverance and grit to power through problems. Teachers have shirts with this message that we wear periodically. If your student would like to join us in spreading the #SchoolEveryDay message, you can order a shirt using this online order form.
  • Have you helped your student plan a Daily Homework Time? This is a daily (Monday through Thursday) time of 40 minutes for students to work on math, writing, math facts, cursive, or other homework. Maybe it’s right after school, or at 5 pm, or right after dinner. The idea is that your student is working each day on something to make them smarter. Here is a sample schedule and more ideas.
  • 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 5th grade.

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