Fifths - We are ahead in mathematics. Awesome. So for the first two weeks of our return we will begin an "in class" geometry project. We will spend time reviewing fraction and decimal concepts from the last chapter. That was hard. Some will be given the opportunity to take a new tests for the concepts in Chapter 6 and improve their grade. Homework will be given nightly, a worksheet reviewing some basic skills. A bit lighter than usual for the first two weeks back. Enjoy it while you can. We will begin formal instruction on Chapter 7 (Algebra: Integers and Equations) in two weeks.
In Social Studies we will begin studying colonization and the interaction of explorers and colonists on the native population. Also, a new states packet will be given on Monday, the south central states. You are to work on this independently and be prepared for the test on Friday, January 21.
Also, fifths will be working on persuasive writing, in preparation for future persuasive speeches, and will be reading Theme 3 in the reading series, "Voices of the American Revolution".
Fourths - Fourth graders will begin Chapter 9 in math, Long Division. Hard stuff. It is a long chapter and will not be tested until late in the month. (In theory, January 26th)
Fourth graders will be writing daily. The first week back we will write a Summary, due this Friday. It does not need to be done at home, unless necessary. Next week, we will begin a Response to Literature. The writing test for fourth graders is March 1. Remember, the test will be a summary, a response to literature, or a narrative. I have no idea which until I pass out the test. Focusing on those genres will be the focus until March. After that, we'll work on informational reports.
Homework Page: Parents, as you know the students and I have been working on organizational skills. Keeping track of short term and long term assignments, names of papers, etc. I am beginning to keep many grades online so their work can be checked. Some of you have seen zeros, in place of a grades due to missing work, or lack of names. Again, I want to say that I will accept late work this trimester. But I want the students to see what a zero does to a grade.
Since I expect the students to be focused and know what needs to be turned in and when, I myself must be focused and well planned. To help with this, I have added a section to the bottom of the homework page called "Due at the end of this week". And I have listed all the assignments that are currently due on Friday. Meaning they will be graded and added to the gradebook. Sometimes, due to schedule changes beyond my control, things will change and due dates will be altered. I'll try to get the changes up as soon as possible. Also, remember that while the due assisgnemts are listed, the students are also working on multiple other assignments that will take longer to compelete, not due until the next week.
Those are the basics. I look forward to seeing you all again.
The homework is up and the spelling for fourths on Spelling City.
See you tommorrow!