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February 18th-20th, 2020

February 18, 2020 by Nicole Hyde

Hello!  I hope everyone had a restful, enjoyable 4 day weekend in honor or Presidents Day.  Here’s what’s happening in our classroom this week: 

Reminders and Announcements: 

  • Student led conferences will be held on Friday, February 28th.  Mark your calendars and plan to come sometime throughout the day with your child so they can show you what we have been working on.  
  • Reminder: The front parking lot is NOT a drop off zone. Please do NOT drop students off in the front parking lot.
  •  LITERACY STRATEGY OF THE WEEK! When children read, they’re reminded of previously stored knowledge, or schema. The books they read can be connected in three ways: text to self, reminding children of something that happened in their own lives; text to text, when a book reminds them of another they’ve read; or text to world, when the text reminds them of something they’ve seen in the world at large.  Encourage your readers to make connections first text to self, then text to text, then text to world.

5th grade Reading/Writing: Students will review the prefixes pre and post, and have a quiz on Thursday.  They will also continue working on verbs this week in grammar by taking notes on perfect tense verbs and work on IXL LL.9  and LL.10 and have an assessment on Thursday. We began our class book, Hatchet on Thursday and will read ch. 2-4 this week.  Students will have reflection questions they will write about after certain chapters practicing their writing strategies as they answer in complete sentences and elaborating. 

5th grade Projects: We are in full swing with our new unit on colonization.  This week students will take notes on characteristics of the New England colonies, Middle Colonies, and Southern Colonies, as well as create a poster on causes and effects of Europeans settling in America. Students will be creating some kind of advertisement to entice Europeans to come and settle in their colony in America for the final project. They will have an acting part and written component. This is due next Thursday, February 27th. The concepts we will focus on are evaluating the  relationship between humans and the environment in early American history and connecting how the physical geography,and natural resources affect exploration within the settlement of the people and the development of the culture in early U.S. history.  

6th grade Reading/ Writing: Students will review the prefixes mono and poly, and take a quiz on Thursday.  We continue to work on pronouns. This week students will take notes on intensive and reflexive, practice through IXLs AA.6 and AA.7 and take and assessment on Thursday. Students will fill out an A.C.E.S organizer of their interpretation of the song We Will Rock You, then use that to write a paragraph about what they can infer the song is about.