October 14th, 2019
Spelling: We practiced the difference between fewer and less.
- There is less wind today.
- There are fewer students today.
The word fewer is used for things that can be counted. The word less is for things that cannot be counted.
Cursive: Cursive pp. 16-18 are available and were due today.
Reading: Students worked on a STAR Reading test today.
Writing: We talked about how to “fictionalize” a personal narrative by adding interesting dialogue, taking out boring parts, adjusting the time of events, and making events more interesting. This project will help us bridge the gap between personal narratives and the fiction stories we will work on in the second marking period.
To help with this idea, we listened to a personal narrative by Patricia Polacco that was fictionalized to be more interesting:
Students also started prewriting a list of possible ideas to write about in a fictionalized way.
A “fictionalized” personal narrative is due Sunday, November 3. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be thinking of a personal narrative topic at this point.
Also, here are the results from our last STAR Math test. As you can see, we made some good growth!
Science: We looked at some conglomerate and sandstone rock samples to compare and contrast them. We learned that conglomerate is usually formed in fast moving water, which is why it contains smooth pebbles. Sandstone is usually formed in oceans, lakes, rivers and near beaches. We used a simulation to learn that different rocks form in different environments.
Social Studies: We learned about how some powers are given to state governments, some to the federal government, and some powers are shared.
Character Strength: We are learning about integrity this week.
- Fun Run Fundraiser donations are due October 21. Learn more or donate online.
- 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!
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All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.