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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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Week of 4/16

Students will be taking TNReady tests on Tuesday and Thursday mornings this week. So, our daily schedule will be a little off. 
Reading: We will continue to review skills to prepare for the tests and refresh their memories. In addition, I we will begin a new novel study The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 2 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. 
Math: This week students will continue to practice area (some are struggling) and connect it with perimeter. Also, students have been learning about the attributes of various polygons in geometry. Please continue to drill facts with them. The Reflex program we have been using daily in class seems to be helping them quite a bit. 
Social Studies: We will finish our Geography studies of the continents this week and will move into our Science studies of force and motion next week. 

Week of 4/8/13

Reading: All week we'll be working on writing skills and review to prepare for the state test. Students have really made progress I feel with their paragraph writing. 
Math: Students will be doing a mix of review skills plus learning some new skills. They are working on adding area and beginning some geometry. 
Social Studies: Again, we will be reviewing some things learned through the year, while looking at the continent of Europe. In addition, we'll move on to Science at the end of the week and learn about force and motion. 

Week of April 2

Reading: Each day the students will use a little time to review reading strategies to prepare for the upcoming TNReady test. Our skill focus for the week is comparing and contrasting two informational texts. 
Math: Last week, students worked at understanding area and relating it to arrays. This week the focus will be to apply the equation: Length times Width equals Area (L x W = A). If they have the measurements of the sides of a shape they can determine the area. Explore finding the area of various objects in the house to help build their understanding.
Science: Several students were successful in creating an insulator for our Easter Egg in the Desert project. I'll be forwarding their names to the Easter Bunny! 
Social Studies: Students will be exploring the continent of Europe in geography. Our focus will be on a few of the countries, bodies of water, and some of the ancient cultures(Rome and Greece). 

Week of 3/26

Reading: This week students will be reading Social Studies related articles. The strategy will be to analyze the structure of the text and identify words the author uses to show comparisons. Then, they will apply those same structures in their own writing. They will write about a modern invention and how they think it may change in the future. 
Math: Students should continue to focus on learning their multiplication facts. They can access a great online fluency game called Reflex Math that we use in class. I have received a grant for it for the next year. I believe it can be very beneficial for students. They will really see the need for fluency in this weeks focus on understanding area. 
Science: We will finish our unit on Africa Monday. Then, we will finish our unit on matter. We will investigate phenomena that produce heat and how it affects matter. I hope to conduct some fun experiments. 

Week of 3/19

Reading: Informational text reading skills and strategies will be our focus. Students will be looking at several types of text and comparing information they gather from both the written text and photos,graphs, or maps that may accompany it. We will also be focusing on root words, prefixes, and suffixes for language. 
Math: Students will continue with graphing in Math. We are concentrating on our 7 facts.
Social Studies: Africa will be the geography focus for the week.  

Week of 3/5

Reading: Students will be identifying the point of views of characters and narrators of stories and comparing them to their own.
Math: They will be finishing up measuring mass and then solving problems with different types of graphs.
Science: Students will learn about states of matter. They will learn more about volume and mass in this study. 

Week of 2/26/18

READING: Students will continue the lessons regarding Poetry. They will have a test over poetry vocabulary on Wednesday. Then, we will be moving on to discerning the point of view of characters in a story versus the narrator. 
MATH: Measurement will continue to be our focus. This week's focus in measuring capacity in liters and milliliters. Students will be expected to estimate capacity of different containers and solve word problems.
Social Studies: We will continue our study of South America. We are trying to use our new technology and learning how to create a slide show using Google Slides. 

Week of February 12-15

Reading: In Reading, students will be answering the question "What are dramas made of?" They need to identify what makes a drama different from other literature. In addition, they will analyze similarities and how characters can change throughout the story. We will use the mentor text Olive, My Love for our language focus for the week. Expect some fun homework this week. They will write their own mini drama using Conversation Hearts as inspiration
Math: Students will build on their understanding of telling time to the minute on an analog clock. The focus will be solving word problems about elapsed time, beginning time, and ending time. We are trying out a free online program called So far students are very motivated by it and I think it will be an extra support. They can even log in at home and review lessons at home!
Science: They will finish up the Unit on Living Things and their Environments. The final assessment will be on Thursday. This week's focus is on endangered, extinct, and thriving species. They have a hard copy of vocabulary, but it is also on Quizlet. Click on the link to study:

Week of January 29

Reading: Monday students will take a final assessment on Unit 3 in their reading book. This unit focused on informational texts and strategies to understand them. Tuesday, we will shift back to looking at literature. The next chapter will focus on figurative language in literature. They should be working on reading or rereading their book for the upcoming book fair. Next week we'll take time to do some writing for it in class. 
Math: Monday and Tuesday we will finish up lessons on comparing fractions. We will still continue to practice and apply their understanding in a spiral review. Our next unit focuses on time and measurement. Please help your child practice their fluency with multiplication and division. Our current focus is the 8 facts, but reviewing all we've learned is needed too.  
Science: We will switch to Science this week. They will be learning about living things and their environments.  Students will use the text book primarily for our next topic in addition to some videos in class. They can study vocabulary on Quizlet for a test next week. 
EXTRA CREDIT:  To add on to our study of imports, exports, and the global economy; I asked students to pay attention to where their things are produced. If they bring in a label showing where something they ate or purchased is produced they will get some extra credit added to a Social Studies grade. Some showed labels to clothing from Vietnam, China, and Honduras. We located those on a world map. 

Week of January 8

Reading: Students will begin on Lesson 9 in our Ready Reading book. They will focus on using context clues when they come across unknown words in their Reading. They will work on the same skill in Language. 
Math : Lesson 17 Understanding Equivalent Fractions I hope to only spend about 3 to 4 days on this lesson. The majority has a good grasp of identifying equivalent fractions. Our next lesson is comparing fractions, so they will be able to build on this concept. They should conitinue to work on multiplication facts. This week we are working on 4s. 
Social Studies:  Students who did not receive an A on the 50 states test will be expected to continue to work on learning them. There will be a test on Friday. We will wrap up our study of North America by studying Mexico, Central America, and Canada this week. Students who have passed the 50 states test will work on an Inventor's Project. 

Week of December 11

Students will be taking their benchmark test for the middle of the year. We use the information from their test along with classwork to help guide our intervention instruction. Our schedule will be a little off from the norm. It will be a busy week!
Reading: Students will have two assessments to see how they've built on skills from the unit. They will read two stories and answer questions regarding recounting the story, vocabulary, and determining the central message. I plan to take several days to concentrate on writing.
Math: Students will begin working with understanding equivalent fractions. So far, the majority seems to have a good understanding and have been working hard. Please continue to work on their multiplication and division facts.
Social Studies: They should be learning the 50 states on their own. We are not taking time in class to work on this memorization. Many are failing their weekly tests. Please help them study.
Science: Life Cycles and Inherited Traits will continue to be the focus of study this week. Look for another vocabulary foldable this week. There will be a final assessment on Friday or Monday of next week. 

Agenda for Week of December 4

Reading: Students will be working on determining the central message of a short story. They will be reading various fables. Some students still need to work on retelling a story with the main ideas. Have them retell you the books they are reading for AR, even if they retell one chapter. The practice really helps their thinking.
Math: All students are doing well with understanding fractions. This week we'll look at fractions on a number line. Expect some mixed practice with previous skills for homework.Please continue to practice their multiplication facts.
Social Studies: We will finish up our Government study on Tuesday with a test. They need to continue to learn the 50 states. We will test on the Midwest Region on Friday. 
Science: Students will be learning about plant and animal life cycles this week and next. Expect some homework this week. I am encouraging them to bring their books home to reread Chapter 2. 

Agenda for Week of November 27

Reading: We finished the Charlotte's Web novel last week and need to complete the lapbooks at the beginning of this week. We will dig back into Lesson 7 of the Ready Reading curriculum. The focus this week is recounting important details from myths, legends, and folktales. I hope to also begin reading aloud The Nutcracker fairy tale by E.T.A. Hoffman. We will not have time to complete it before going to see the performance, but we can compare and contrast the two once we finish the book. 
Math: Students will begin a unit on fractions. I plan to send practice home to review previously learned skills as well as our current ones. Several students are not completing their homework. Please encourage them to do so. It shouldn't take them more than 30 minutes to complete. 
Social Studies: The focus this week will be the branches of our government. In addition, they should continue to study and learn the 50 states. 

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.