I very much enjoyed the conferences. The students are doing great and I love talking about it, quite frankly. Thank you. This is a big week coming up. Lots of important stuff going on.
It's field trip week. The fourth graders will go on a field trip on Tuesday, and I will go with them. The fifth's come to school as usual. I will pick them up, take them to class and then send them to various fifth grade classrooms with work that I expect to get completed. I have some work for them on every subject, except science. This is graded work, I want them to come to school focused and ready to go.
On Friday, the fifth graders will go on the field trip. The fourth grade students will spend their day in a fourth grade classroom. In the morning they will line up at their fourth grade teachers line. I'll tell them exactly where to line up on Thursday. It will most likely be their Monday science or social studies teacher. Those teachers will pass out the packets I have prepared for them. Again this is graded work that I expect to be completed. There is a math test in this work, Chapter 12. They will be there for the entire day. Fouths, be ready to turn in you homework for the week, I will have someone collect the work.
Fifth graders - remember that you must be in the classroom at 7:30. The bus leaves the school at 7:45 promptly. The Griffith Observatory is very strict, if we are late, we won't get in.
Speeches - The fifth grade speeches are due on Monday morning. We will be giving the speeches at that time. I will tell the students who will be competing in the toastmasters competition later that day. I only get to pick one, I'm sure it won't be easy. The assembly for the toastmasters is on Thursday morning.
The fourth grade speeches will be given on Monday the 14th. The competitor will be chosen that day and that assembly will be that Thursday, the 17th, in the morning.
Homework is back to normal next week - Wordly Wise, spelling, science, math and reading journals (all our old friends) are back. Be sure to check the homework site for updates. The fourth grade list is up on Spelling City "The Last Dragon", we won't be reading the story until the end of the week, but we can start on the spelling
We will begin using MyAccess again for writing. Both groups haven't done it for a while. Also, the fifth graders will begin their much anticipated "Human Body" unit. The fourth are working on coordinate grids in math while the fifths work on percentages. Both groups are working on math projects (Zoo projects for fourths, and Dream Vacations projects for fifths). I plan to add social studies material to the reading instruction in both groups. And will be doing whole class differentiation with a new piece of literature, working specifically with something called an Anticipation Guide. A way to develop higher order thinking througout the reading process.
Have a great week everyone.