Class activities for Wednesday, October 2

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 10-12 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles. Students read a text quietly and wrote down questions, connections, illustrations, and important passages. They will discuss their thinking with others tomorrow.

Writing: We talked adding visual details to describe characters when they show up in a story. Here is a page from “The Prophet of Yonwood:”

In this part of the book, Brenda Beeson is just appearing in the story. After some brief talking, the author gives us several visual details so we can picture the character. In fact, it’s a whole paragraph of visual details!

Today was also a revising day. This is the time to add details, take out parts that don’t fit, finish unfinished thoughts, and improve the writing. Revising doesn’t mean to keep adding on and on to the end, but to go back and add details to the beginning, and middle of the story.

A personal narrative is due October 11. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be finished with a full-page draft and revising at this point.

Math: We practiced comparing large numbers in word form today. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy. Our class median for the place value topic is up to 97%!

Science: We learned more about how sedimentary rock is formed by layers of sand, silt, or gravel forming in water, and then compacting and cementing over time. We wrote notes about this and will make a model of it tomorrow.

Social Studies: We read about a fictional goverment and we are going to write notes tomorrow about if it is a republic, is limited, is constitutional, and is a representative government. This will help us to learn what our government is like.

Character Strength: We are learning about open-mindedness this week.

Notes:

  • Our first book order is due Friday.
  • This week is Spirit Week. Check out the class calendar for a schedule.
  • Have you started a Daily Homework Time with your student? If homework causes tears or battles, or if you have had to deal with missing assignments or low grades, read more about Daily Homework Time and start one with your student. It will help!
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • 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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