This should be a relatively short post. I said so much in the last one.
We had auditions last week, the kids did great! This will be lots of fun. We are going to start singing the songs in class right away, and begin the rehearsals in the MPR on October 17th. The rehearsals will be in the afternoon, generally, from 1:45 - 2:45. The students will be missing Social Studies during that time, but is is a social studies based play that covers a ton of standards.
Remember this week is very different. Monday and Tuesday, the students will get out at 2:00. Wednesday is a no school day for kids. And, Thursday and Friday are minimum days. They will be released at 12:20. I have conferences starting on Monday morning, and then at every free moment until Friday afternoon. I really enjoy conferences. I have been enjoying working with your kids a great deal, and am happy to talk with you. Conferences are short, however. Please, try to think of any questions you may have ahead of time, and write them down. I talk pretty fast and I should have time to answer your questions. If we need more time, we can arrange another conference time.
Standards for this week will include a writers workshop, complete with prewrite, draft, edit, revise, and publish. This will take a good two weeks, at least.
In Speaking and Listening we will continue to work on participating in effective fifth grade conversations and coming to group discussing prepared.
My math students will continue to review for the test on Tuesday, and will learn coordinate graphing on Thursday and Friday. They will begin select lessons on Chapter 3 next Monday.
For reading, I'm going to cancel the test that was scheduled for Tuesday and work on skills instead. No direct test for this story. We will continue to work with reading fluency and the comprehension skill of cause and effect. Also, we will learn the greek roots "port" and "struct".
My own students had begun to learn how to differentiate their assignments when we were studying Yertle the Turtle. I hope to expand that this week and begin some independent study projects that are social studies based.
This post was not nearly as short as I had hoped.
Have a week everyone.