Well, the fifth graders are done with the play. What a great job they did. I thought the play was excellent. I admit that I am a bit biased. Now we are back to regular schedule and lots of good, old fashioned, school work. So, here we go.
Fifth Grade - begins chapter 6 this week of the math book, "Multiplying and Dividing Decimals and fractions". The test is currently scheduled for Thursday the 16th of December - it is a long and complicated chapter.
They will begin regular writing this week and have a story due on "My Access" on Friday. Also, due on Friday is the math packet, reading journal (homework), and a reading activity on the new story. These things will be added to the online grade book.
I am working to keep the nightly homework for math updated on the gradebook as well. I have started adding the actual scores for the homework. The scores are not part of their math grade, but can be an indication of their strengths and weaknesses. I thought it could be helpful for you to know how they did. Also, feel free to help them do their homework, I prefer correct practice, rather than knowing how they perform alone.
The fifths are continuing with the Science Chapter 6 this week with Lesson 3, "Gravity and Orbit". They will do some extra paperwork on the subject and a project, yet to be decided upon. I plan for the Chapter 6 test to be next week, and will give the students a study packet.
Fourth Grade - is continuing with Chapter 7 in math, beginning with multiplying across zeros. Their test for Chapter 7 is this Wednesday, December 1. They have performed very well on this chapter and I am very confident in their skill level. This was a preperation chapter for the double digit multiplication on Chapter 8. They will have a writing assignment due this week, on "My Access", also a reading activity to be completed in class and a reading journal for homework. These scores will be put onto the online gradebook.
Their spelling list is up on SpellingCity, "Mrs. McElroy's List #5".
For Both - the online gradebook seems to be working out, let me know of any difficulties, we'll solve the problems together. The last school week was the first time that I added a "zero" when there was missing work. This may be a bit scary looking, considering how quickly a zero will drop a grade, but that is purposful. I really want the students to understand how damaging a zero is to an average. Also, a few students have difficulty turning in work, even if completed at home or in class. It often get's left at home, or somehow dissappears between the desk and the "turn-in" box. Paper management is something I really want them to pay attention to. For this trimester, however, I will give full credit for late work. Just get it in. And I will change the grade.
Again, math homework is not part of the final grade, but, so often, students misplace their work, I want the parents to know when work does not get turned in, even when completed at home.
I think that does it. I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Enjoy the