Class activities for Monday, November 4

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 25, 26, 29 are available and are due Friday.

Reading: We read some dramas today that involved animal characters.

Writing: We talked about our next piece of writing, a fiction story. For the second marking period, we will be focusing on fiction stories (realistic, historical, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, fairy tales–any type of fiction). We talked about thinking about favorite stories and writing a similar one. I asked students to create their own characters and not to reused characters that have been created by others. Students started prewriting for their fiction story.

A fiction story is due Sunday, November 24. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes.

Math: We practiced multiplying using the distributive property today. For example, for 52 x 3. The 52 can be split into 50 + 2. The problem becomes (50 + 2) x 3, and can then be written as two parts: 50 x 3 and 2 x 3. Multiplying those parts and then adding the answers gives the total.

Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Science: We talked about our final science argument of this topic: explaining why two canyons could be different depths. From our stream table model, we learned that time and water speed can cause differences in canyons. A longer time or a faster water speed can make a deeper, bigger canyon, and a shorter time or a slower water speed can create a smaller canyon.

Social Studies: We wrote notes about the House of Representatives and their powers.

Character Strength: We are learning about bravery this week.


  • Tomorrow is Election Day. No school for students.
  • View the Tardies page to see how I track and use tardies to help students become more responsible.
  • We are having a Hawaiian Beach Bash on Friday, November 8 from 12:30-3:30. Family members are invited to join us and help with the food and games! Here is our volunteer and guest list. We could use some parents to help with food and games on Friday. Add your name to the list if you can help.
  • Sign up for a fall conference or view your time 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!
  • 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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