Week of August 14th, 2017

Our first week was very busy.  We are still working on learning classroom expectations and procedures as we go into our second week.  It was so busy last week, we decided to hold off on beginning History and Science until this week. 

There may be some indoor recess days this week, due to the excessive heat.  If you would like to send a deck of cards or a board game with your scholar (we could keep a few in the classroom until it cools off), that would be wonderful.  We want them to have a chance to socialize and relax, but it's been very hot outside.

School pictures are this week on Tuesday, August 15th. 

We will soon be implementing "Graded Work Folders" that will go home every Friday.  Please be sure to be checking your student's agenda each day.

English Language Arts

Spalding: Students will practice cursive handwriting and begin intermediate notebooks (only done in class)

Literature: Students will continue reading Pinocchio with a focus on asking and answering questions. Assessment for this skill will be on Friday. Wednesday we will also complete our first classroom seminar using the Touchpebbles curriculum.

Grammar: Students will classify practice sentences, review seven parts of speech, review clauses, study simple, compound, and complex sentences, comma splices, run on sentences, and fragments.

Writing: Students will examine steps in the writing process, discuss writing traits, and figures of speech.

History

In history this week, we will be brushing up on our map skills.  Students should be able to find information on a map by the end of the week.

Math

This week in Maths we will be learning about rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.  We will finish the week with a review of Unit 1 concepts: (4 digit numbers, number place value, comparing numbers to 10,000, and number patterns), and taking our first assessment on these topics on Friday, August 18th.

Science

In Science, we are starting the year with Animal Classification.  We will be discussing how we classify organisms and learning about taxonomy.  For taxonomy, we like to use a mnemonic device to aid in remembering the different levels:  King Philip Came Over For Good Spaghetti = Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.

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