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Daily Schedule

 8:20 -  8:40
Morning Routine
 8:45 -  9:15
Focus 30
 9:15 - 10:30 English Langauge Arts 
11:45 - 12:15 Math 
12:20 -12:45 Lunch
12:55 -  1:35 Recess
 1:45 -  2:30 Science or Social Studies
 2:30 - 3:00 AR Reading time
 3:00 - 3:10  Pack up 
 3:15 - 3:20  Dismissal

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Agenda for week of November 14

Reading: We will read Chapters 14- 18 of Charlotte's web this week. I may assign a chapter to read at home. I would like to finish the book before our Thanksgiving break. We will focus on the parts of the plot of the story and determining the theme of the book. Our grammar focus will be plural nouns. 
Math: Friday we began a new unit in solving word problems. The focus this week will be solving word problems using both division and multiplication. We will dabble in algebraic equations (using a letter to represent the missing factor)
Please continue to work on learning the multiplication facts at home. They should know 2, 5, 10, 11, and we are working on 3s.
Social Studies: Students will be assessed over the Northeastern states on Wednesday. In addition, they will be reading about how the states' borders were determined and about regions in the US. They will be creating another vocabulary foldable with key terms on it. Some work may be done out of class.
Science: Friday is our STEM day. Students will make a Ferris wheel for Fern since she is taking Wilbur to the fair. The Ferris wheel is what she says she is looking forward to. 

Agenda for week of November 6

Reading: We will continue reading the novel Charlotte's Web. This week we will read chapters 10 to 13. Students are creating a lapbook in response to comprehension strategies we are applying to the novel. We are also using a mentor sentence from the novel each week to apply grammar and writing skills. Students are also expected to study, learn and apply vocabulary words taken from the story. These are words I expect them to encounter in other readings.
Math: Students are learning a strategy to add and subtract using place value. They all have a good grasp of writing numbers in expanded form. The idea of the strategy is to add each group of hundreds, tens, and ones. Most seem to prefer the more traditional method of addition. The purpose of these lessons is just to introduce an alternative and build on their understanding of the value of each of the digits in whole numbers. We will move on to lesson 11 after the assessment on Wednesday. Lesson 11 is a focus on solving Word Problems. Students should continue to work on learning their multiplication facts: they should have mastered 2, 5, 10, and 11 facts by now. This week we will begin 3. 
Social Studies: We will focus on learning the 50 states. Students will work on learning one region of the states at a time. They will learn about culture, climate, geography, and some historical facts of each area. 
Our field trip is this week, as well. The students will be able to learn some of the unique history of Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project. In addition, they will participate in a magnet exploration class while we are there. 

Agenda for week of October 30

Reading: We'll continue our novel study of Charlotte's Web. Students are creating a lapbook that allows them to illustrate parts of the book and practice some reading strategies. 
Math: We will complete our work in Lesson 7 Understanding Place Value and Rounding. Students will take an assessment on Wednesday and then we'll begin adding and subtracting three digit numbers. The lesson teaches an alternative strategy using place value and expanded form. They should also be practicing their multiplication facts for 2,5, 10, and 11. 
Social Studies: Students will begin learning the names and locations of the 50 states. They will focus on one region at a time and by winter break they should know all 50 states!
Science: Students will continue their study of living and non-living things with a focus on plant life. They should expect a quiz on Wednesday. 

Agenda for October 22

Reading: Students will continue to build an understanding of parts of speech.
We will continue our reading of Charlotte's Web and creating a lapbook to practice different reading skills. 
Students click on this link to My Quizlet page and work on vocabulary.
Math: This week they'll be building on their understanding of place value using different tools. In the following weeks they'll apply it to addition and multiplication. Students should continue to work on fact fluency. We'll move on to 11 facts this week. 
Science: In Science, they will continue their study of living and non-living things. The focus will be on plants and their structures. 

Agenda for week of October 16

Language: Students should be working on understanding the eight parts of speech. They will learn a simple definition and work all year on identifying what part of speech each word is in a sentence. The purpose is to apply this understanding to their own writing. Each week we'll analyze a well written sentence from our readings. 
Reading: We'll begin a novel study of Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. We'll create a lapbook and apply several reading strategies as we read through the book.
Math: Students will be building an understanding of growth patterns in math. They will work on identifying growth patterns in addition and multiplication. We'll use addition and multiplication charts, 100 number charts, and number lines.
They should continue to work on multiplication fact fluency.
Science: In science, they will categorize living and non-living things. I hope to introduce biotic and abiotic terms to them. In addition, they will create a simple research project that demonstrates the interaction of an animal with its environment. 

Agenda for October 2

Reading: Our reading strategy focus this week will be describing characters in literature. Understanding this literary elements will help students with their comprehension. We will look at the stories with a writer's eye to see ways they can apply these things to their own writing. 
Language: In language, the students will begin to create a notebook of grammar terms to assist in their writing. This week they need to study the parts of speech and each of their functions.
Math: We are still working on fact families in multiplication and division. Each day we'll use different tools such as number lines, multiplication charts, arrays to help find a missing number in an equation. Also, daily we'll practice our fluency with the fact families. We are working on two's, fives, and tens. They should be able to say the answer in 3 seconds or write it in 5 to be fluent. 
Social Studies: The are still focusing on Geography in North America. We have talked about several types of landforms. They need to be able to identify the five major rivers in North America and two mountain ranges. They should have notes in their binder to study. 

Quizlet link for Vocabulary

I like to use the website Quizlet as a way to review vocabulary. Click on the Quizlet link to join. It has several ways to study: flash cards with images and some game type studying. The sight offers text to speech which can be helpful to some. They can even create their own sets for studying. 


 Welcome to my class page! I am looking forward to working with your child this year. I plan to post weekly updates here regarding what we are learning in class or information that I think you may need. I hope to share any websites we use in class or learning videos we may view.