Monday, March 4, 2024

Monday Night's Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes and write your minutes to your Reading Log! 
2. Complete Math Homework
** Make sure to turn in your persuasive letter (1), rough draft (2), and graphic organizer (3)

This week is Read Across America Week. In class we will have different themes for silent reading time. (Participation in the theme is optional)
* Tuesday: Read in the Dark (Students can bring a flashlight) 
* Wednesday: Students will lead the class read aloud
* Thursday: Comfy Reading Day (Students may wear pajamas, bring a pillow or stuffed animal) 
* Friday: Beach Reading Day (Students may bring sunglasses and a beach towel) 

Friday, March 1, 2024

End of Week News and Notes

 Good afternoon and Happy March!

This week in math, we continued our work on fractions. For anyone struggling at home, please know that we will keep working on fractions for awhile, and many students are finding the work challenging. However, the lessons in class mirror the homework, so students should have an understanding of what they are being asked to do, and if they are confused, they should be asking questions in class. Please encourage your student to advocate for themselves when they are confused - I’m here to help! In literacy, we continued working on poetry, identifying themes and the author’s purpose or intent with the words they use. In writing, students drafted their final persuasive letters using their best penmanship (or at least I asked them to) and properly formatting their letter. If your student wrote their letter to you, then they will be bringing it home next week. Please review it with them and let them know how persuasive it was and what you think of their reasoning. Finally in science, we began our “Fates of Traits” unit, which explores how human beings have modified plants based on our knowledge of how plants inherit their traits. We will continue this work into next week.

There is no homework this weekend, but I encourage students to doing some reading to get a head start on their reading log! (See below)

NOTES:
* Trimester 2 report cards are available today on Power School. If your student receives any related services at school, please check their home folder as updates and other paperwork were sent home today. If you need help logging into PowerSchool to view grades, please contact the tech department for help.

* On that note, many students had some overflowing home folders. Most are old papers I’ve returned to students, but please take a minute to review and clean those papers so we can start fresh for the new trimester.

* This month, instead of a book report, students will be completing a reading log to keep track of their independent reading. This reading log should stay at home until students have completed their reading minutes for the month or Friday, March 22nd (the last day before spring break).

That’s all for now! Have a nice weekend!
Ben

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Wednesday Night's Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes
2. Complete your math worksheet
3. Complete your Simile Sam/Metaphor Mary picture (most students finished in class)

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Tuesday Night's Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes
2. Complete your Persuasive Letter Rough Draft using your Graphic Organizer

Monday, February 26, 2024

Friday, February 23, 2024

End of Week News and Notes

Good afternoon!

This week in Room 106 in math, we continued our work on fractions, specifically finding and labeling fractions on a number line. This was quite tricky for a good number of students. We will continue working on fractions next week, but if you find your student is struggling with the homework, please have them set it aside and I will review it with them in class the next day. In literacy, we have another mini-poetry unit, this time focusing on theme, and how we can identify the theme of a text (or a movie or a song). In writing, student began brainstorming their topics for their persuasive essays. Some students are thinking about writing elected leaders about how to fix our country’s/city’s problems, some are thinking about writing to Principal Gage about what they think should change at school, and some are thinking about writing to you about something personal that might want (like a pet or device). The main focus of this activity is to establish solid reasoning behind their request in order for their writing to be persuasive. In social studies, we are wrapping up our unit on community and immigration, and we will be starting our next science unit next week.

NOTES:
* There is no homework this weekend aside from any students who have yet to complete their February book reports. Those need to be completed by Monday as the Trimester ended today and grades are due into Power School immediately.

* Next week’s spelling is a “FUN” spelling week where students each got to select a word for the list. I organized the words by difficulty. All students will be graded on the first 10 words. If your student has a good handle on those words, they should see if they can learn the next 9 words (some are countries) as a challenge.

* Finally, last week we began using our Volume 2 math workbooks, and each student should have brought home their Volume 1 workbooks. There are still plenty of pages in the first book that we didn't complete, including the end of unit reviews, which I think are great for students to complete for summer math work to stay sharp. Feel free to use the books or recycle them.

That’s all for now. Have a great weekend!
Ben 

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Thursday Night's Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes
2. Work on your iReady minutes/lessons
3. Complete your Book Report (due TOMORROW)
4. Study for tomorrow's spelling test 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Wednesday Night's Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes
2. Work on your iReady lessons
3. Work on your Book Report (due FRIDAY)

** Scholastic Book Magazines went home today for anyone who missed the book fair or anyone interested in finding some new books (Optional as always)
** Tonight is D23's Heritage Night. I will not be able to make it but sounds like it will be great!