I hope the three day weekend afforded you all some fun time outside with each other! The first day of each week we always share something we did over the weekend and I imagine a few students will talk about their experience with Fair-hair or the record breaking pumpkin at the fair this year!
Although this week is only four days long we have a lot to do. To assist each student with their responsibilities that come with a freedom to choose work, we will begin using individual planners. Sixth graders have each been given a middle school student planner, designed for 6/7/8th graders to be used throughout the year. Fifth and fourth graders will be using an Assignment Tracker each week (see attached for example). These organizational tools are in addition to an “Assignments Board” that I update as different projects are assigned throughout the week.
In science we will continue to study the identification of leaves, working with 3-part cards, completion of different projects, and use of a leaf key. Part of this study will eventually be the collection of local leaves for identification. I would also like to culminate this unit with a fun art project we can integrate with a writing lesson, but will need the help of parents to collect leaves (perhaps after raking), dry out the leaves (perhaps in garage), and bring them into the class in the coming days. Please let me know if you can help with this.
Our language lessons this week begin transitioning from the many types of nouns (proper/common, abstract/concrete, collective, singular/plural, and gender-based nouns) to different types of adjectives. Our skyscrapers will be exploring different roots and suffix combinations.
In math we have been polishing our multiplication and division skills, shaking off the summer dust. This week we’ll continue these exercises while dusting our place value work. We are also doing a “daily math” exercise each day that is a way to get our math wheels turning.
Last Friday was our first spelling tests that went well. This week we’ll get a new list of words and have one less day to learn them. As such, extra care should be given in their study.
I have chatted and met with many of you over the past couple of weeks. I welcome these chances to communicate and collaborate towards our mutual goals and individual styles of each student! Enjoy the short week!