Class activities for Monday, October 16

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Cursive worksheet pp. 16-18 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: We started reading about how people can start businesses to help people. Today was also a reading day in Literature Circles.

Writing: We talked about a couple of ideas today to start prewriting:

  1. When choosing a topic, pick something new or special. Don’t choose topics about common things that many people have done.
  2. When prewriting, make short lists of events. Full sentences are not needed. Don’t add talking or visual details. Don’t start drafting or writing sentences yet. Just stick to main story ideas in a list.
  3. Work at home! Daily homework time for writing is 15 minutes Monday through Thursday. Only five students in our class are doing that consistently. That means those five students are working an extra two hours on their writing piece compared to the 23 students that are mostly working only at school. Two hours of extra work can make a big difference in the level of quality of a piece of writing.

Students also worked on prewriting today. A personal narrative is due Monday, November 6. Your student should be prewriting by now. Homework is to work on writing for 15 minutes.

Math: We practiced finding and extending patterns using addition and subtraction today. Students practiced pattern skills at MobyMax Math. Homework is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: None today due to having extra social studies.

Social Studies: We reviewed the Design a Government activity completed last week. We also reviewed the ideas of having a constitution, that a republic gives power to the people, and that rule of law means everyone should follow the law.

Character Strength: We are learning about Teamwork this week.

Notes:

  • 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 Jupiter Ed.

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

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