November 5, 2014
Our second card marking has begun! I am amazed how
quickly the time is flying by! The students have settled
into our daily routine and are blossoming into wonderful
learners. It is a pleasure each day to work with this
group and to see their strenghts shine through as well as
to see them work hard to improve. I am so proud of
them as I am sure you are too!
I look forward to seeing you all next week at
conferences. If you have forgotten your time, just head
to Sign-Up Genius and check. The time slots are 15
minutes, so please be on time and come with any
questions, comments or concerns so we can address
those right away.
Our long term guest teacher, Mrs. Todd, will be with us
next Tuesday. This is an opportunity for her to meet the
students and to get a feel of how our day goes. I know
the students will enjoy having her as a teacher in my
Lastly, the Book Fair is next week. Our class will have
a preview day on Monday to take a look at what is
available and maybe make a wish list. Then on
Wednesday the students can bring money to school to
Important Upcoming Events
Mon. 11/10 – Report Cards come home
Wed. 11/12 – Parent Teacher Conferences PM
Thur. 11/13 – Parent Teacher Conference AM & PM
Fri. 11/14 – No School
Thur. 11/18 – Coffee & Tea with Dr. D @ 3:15
We have started Unit 4 which covers decimals. We will
be looking at place value, ordering, comparing, and
adding & subtracting. If all goes according to plans the
review for the test should come home on the 12th and be
due on the 19th. and Unit 4 Assessment will be on
Thursday, November 20th.
We have just started our Energy Transfer Unit. The
students are looking at how energy changes form. This
unit is has some great labs that the students will be
participating in while learning about energy.
The students have been working on Map Skills.
Although many of us use technology to get from point A
to point B, maps are valuable tools. We have been
working on reading the legend/key and then following
directions to find or place items on the map. There will
be a quiz on this information on Tuesday, Nov. 18th. A
study guide and their map packet will come home to
study this week.
We will be starting Chapter 13, which covers our
Michigan Government next. The field trip to the State
Capitol Building is scheduled for Friday, January 16th.
We continue to Analyze Characters in our reading unit.
We will be gathering evidence from the text to describe
a character, as well as look at items or ideas that are
important to the character and think what that reveals
about them and their actions. We continue to model this
with the text The Tiger Rising, while the students
independently practice with a text at their level.
The goal for November is 7 hours. These logs are due
on Monday, December 1st. If the reading log is
misplaced feel free to make your own. Just make sure
your child records the date, title and time read.
We have begun our Persuasive
Letter Writing Unit. These are so
much fun and the students really
get a kick out of making their writing personal. We have
established and audience, an issue and three reasons to
support their stance. During this unit the students will
also be working on adding supporting details to
strengthen their arguments as well as proper
New words will come home on Monday. Please make
sure your child sets some time aside during the next two
weeks to review and practice their words. The next test
will be on Friday, November 21st