I hope you had a great weekend! I spent the weekend camping at Eklutna Lake testing some cold weather gear for some upcoming Chinese tourists that will be staying along the Iditarod Trail in March. (The tents were heated though, hence I am still alive!)
This week we have a lot to look forward to. In language we’ll be looking at different types of verbs (verbs that show physical action, verbs with internal energy, and linking verbs), and will explore the different tenses of verbs (past, present, future). We’ll also be looking at the use of quotation marks in text (when directly using another person’s words, when a character directly speaks in a text, and when writing the title of a part of a work, like a chapter).
In math we’ll be working through some geometry in addition to our other math: fourth graders will be exploring lines of symmetry, fifth graders will look at customary length conversions, and sixth graders will calculate the areas of regular polygons. The rest of our math with be a bit more diverse. Fourth graders will continue to work through dividing with 1-digit numbers, fifth graders will begin on decimal division, and sixth graders will continue work on coordinate planes.
Our cultural studies unit on different levels and types of government will kick into full steam this week as we examine the different levels (local, state, national, international), and types (direct/indirect democracy, dictatorships, oligarchies, etc.). This will be explored through materials and a research project where students will pick one type of government, research the pros and cons, provide examples, and present their work to the class at the end of the week.
The Reading Logbook is finding success with most students. Some have chosen to read a pre-approved book and complete a daily entry in their reading journal answering specific comprehension questions. This counts as one of their reading choices each week along with classroom materials Fiction Box cards, SRA’s, and Research Lab. Ask your child their preference.
As you can see, it will be a busy and full week. Please don’t hesitate to pop in and ask how you can help hold your child accountable to the progress that is expected with the work time that is allotted.
Before closing I also wanted to invite any families on a tight schedule after school to notify me ahead of time if their children need to hurry out. I appreciate that your time is valuable as I have my own prep and planning to do at the end of each day. I do believe though that holding the class accountable to clean up their work spaces in their classroom is an important lesson in responsibility and ownership, and twenty minutes should be sufficient time to accomplish this so I am reluctant to sacrifice additional class time for this purpose. There are times though that the class chooses to socialize rather than clean and the result is a late dismissal. If you have plans or need your child straight at the bell, please notify me ahead of time, and discuss how they can help their community move faster.
I hope you all have a great week! As always, call/text/email/stop by with any questions, concerns, or causes for celebration!