Week of November 20-22

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Hello students and parents!

We had a great week last week! The kids did an excellent job on their point of view quiz. Although we will no longer be studying this in class, this is a skill that they will continue to use in their reading. We recommend that you practice with your child by having a short talk about the books they are reading periodically and asking them from which perspective the story is told. Although this is a very short week, we have several things to cover. Here is what we have planned!

Language Arts

In Guided Reading class we will learn a little more about the first thanksgiving and the discovery of America. We will talk briefly about Christopher Columbus, colonization, and the holidays we celebrate today.

Math

In Math class we will review for a short quiz on Tuesday. We will be testing to see how independently the students can utilize each of the multiplication strategies we have studied.

Science

In Science class we will finish our research on biomes and have a short quiz to gauge our knowledge of this subject.

Homework

This week the kids need to have finished with up to Arena 7 in their new homework log. We will also have a few Language Arts IXLs to review the prefixes and suffixes we have studied.

Monday: LA IXL N.2, ReadWorks Article

Tuesday: LA IXL N.11, ReadWorks Article

Wednesday: Relax!

Just a reminder Monday and Wednesday the kids DO NOT need to bring lunch. We will have a farewell party for Ethan on Monday and the Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday. Please only send a snack with your child.

Thank you parents! Have a great week!

Mr. Andrew

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Week of November 13-17

Hello parents and students!

The kids are doing a great job improving their skills with single and multiple digit multiplication! We have been doing lots of fun activities to help them master these skills. Next week we will have another short quiz to evaluate how well they can use these skills and strategies to solve problems individually. We finished our geography section on landforms last week. The kids did an amazing job learning this material by themselves and then helping each other study for the final quiz we had using Google Forms. We are very proud of their hard work.

Here is what we have planned for this week:

Language Arts

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This week in Guided Reading class we will have a final review of the points of view fictional stories. We will have a short quiz using Google Forms on Friday to test our knowledge of this subject.

We will also begin research for our next integrated Language Arts/Science/Social Studies unit. We will be studying biomes this week which will build upon our knowledge of geographic landforms and weather. This knowledge will also inform our final project in which the students will research one country.

Our WWW words this week are perfect, collect, correct, object, protect. We will also be studying the prefixes and suffix im- and in- and -tion.

Math

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In math class this week we will be applying our multiplication skills to solve word problems. We will also begin reviewing the strategies we have learned for another short quiz to gauge our skill with these strategies.

Science/Social Studies

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As mentioned above, this week we will begin learning about biomes. This topic will build on our knowledge of weather and climate, and also landforms. Eventually we will be using this information to help us research and understand one country which we will research for the Social Studies portion of class.

Biomes

Homework

The students are now working independently to complete their math homework from now until the December holiday break. On average they should complete about four IXLs each week. More or less they need to complete nearly all of the E, F, and G practices as well as a few other practices from other areas. They should be able to show you their individual logs and explain what they need to do.

Monday: LA IXL N.10, Individual Math IXL

Tuesday: LA IXL C.1, Individual Math IXL

Wednesday: LA IXL C.3, Individual Math IXL

Thursday: Individual Math IXL

That is it for this week! Thank you parents for making sure the kids stay on top of their work. 😉

Mr. Andrew

Week of November 6-10

Hello students and parents!

We had a great week last week! The students are getting very good at multiplying single digit problems! We have developed several strategies to help them with this practice. They had also done a great job working in their groups to research the types of landforms.

Here is what we have planned for this week!

Language Arts

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This week in Guided Reading class we will continue to study point of view. We will look at 2nd person point of view and then begin reviewing these perspectives. We will have several writing activities which help the students understand how to use these perspectives in their writing.

Our WWW words for the week are dark, weak, sick, kind, sad. We will be studying the suffix -ness this week.

Math

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In Math class this week we will come back to studying the topic of multi-digit multiplication problems. We will work with digits from 1-6 and then increase in difficulty as the students show their mastery. We will also practice our skip counting patterns in several fun ways.

Social Studies

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The students will be completing their research for the landforms project of our geography unit this week. They will be creating their own concept maps and Kahoot! quizzes to get ready for the Google Forms test on Friday.

Homework

This week we will have a special surprise for the kids for doing their math homework! We will also have a few Language Arts IXLs to help practice with prefixes and suffixes. We will explain more after the surprise has been explained. 🙂

Monday: LA IXL N.7 and N.9

Tuesday: SURPRISE

Wednesday: SURPRISE

Thursday: SURPRISE

Friday: Relax!

Thank you parents! That is it for this week! Have a great week!

Mr. Andrew

 

Week of October 30-November 3

Hello students and parents!

We hope you had a great weekend! Happy birthday to Vilma! We hope you had a wonderful day celebrating Vilma! Thank you to everyone who helped with United Nations Day and to everyone who was able to attend. This is one of the great things about Discovery! We truly are a model of what multicultural and multilingual education can look like! We hope you enjoyed!

Here are our plans for the week!

Language Arts

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This week in Language Arts we will continue to learn about point of view. We studied 1st person point of view last week and began 3rd person point of view. This week we will learn about the differences between 3rd person limited and 3rd person omniscient point of view. 

Our Working With Words words for this week will be: rest, thank, wire, weight.  We will be learning and practicing using the suffix –less.

Math

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In Math class this week we will be studying more about multiplication. This week we will continue to practice using the Mr. Andrew Crazy Way and also begin using grid paper to model arrays of single digit multiplication. Our IXL practices will continue to help the students become more fluent with single digit problems which are fundamental to understanding multiplication.

Social Studies

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This week in Social Studies we will be studying landforms and creating concept maps and Kahoot! quizzes in groups to model what we have learned. Our homework and in-class activities will support our learning of this subject.

Homework

Our homework this week will be a basis for our knowledge of the geographic landforms. Our math IXLs will help the kids keep improving their multiplication skills and our Language Arts skills will help the students use and understand suffixes.

Monday: 2 Landforms Videos

Tuesday: Landforms Video & Article

Wednesday: Weathering & Erosion Video and Individual Math IXLs

Thursday: Individual Math IXLs

Friday: Relax!

Thank you parents for all of your support! Have a great week!

Mr. Andrew

Week of October 23-27

Hello parents and students!

We hope you had  a great weekend! Thank you everyone for a great first quarter conference! The kids were very excited to show off what they have learned and all of the work they have done! Thank you for being flexible with meeting times! 🙂

As the first quarter ends, so have several of our units. We finished up our unit on weather and character traits last week. However, we will be reviewing these concepts as they touch on similar topics in the future.

Language Arts

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This week in Language Arts class we will be starting a new Guided Reading unit. We will be learning about point of view. We will be reading excerpts from several books and determining how we can tell who is telling the story. Later in the unit we will be taking home our own books to practice this skill.

Our Working With Words words this week are: power, wonder, fear, care, and pain. We will be learning and using the suffix -less as well.

Math

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We will continue to study multiplication this week. We will be practicing more with the Mr. Andrew Crazy Way, working with double and triple digits.

Social Studies

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We will begin a new unit this week on geography. We will be learning many things about this topic as well as creating our own country project later in the unit.

Homework

This week we will have a little bit more homework. We will have several quick IXL practices to help us improve our skill with multiplication, a Language Arts IXL to practice using the suffix -less, and also read a short article and watch a video about the United Nations.

Monday: 2 Individual Math IXLs

Tuesday: 2 Individual Math IXLs

Wednesday: LA IXL N.6, United Nations ReadWorks Article

Thursday: United Nations Video

Friday: Relax!

Just a reminder parents: Friday October 27th is a HALF DAY. We will be celebrating UNITED NATIONS DAY with a variety of activities.

That is it for now! Have a great week parents! Thank you for your support!

Mr. Andrew

Week of October 16-20

 

Hello parents and students!

We had a great week last week! We finished up our character traits boxes and have begun our final projects for our character traits unit. We practiced modelling and multiplying single digit problems using arrays. We are delving deeper into more difficult problems involving larger numbers. Here is what we have planned for this week:

Language Arts

We have begun our final project on character traits. Each student has chosen to create another character traits box or tableaux. Both groups of students will be writing summaries of the character’s explicit speech, actions, thoughts, and emotions, and the inferences we can make from these details. We will finish up these projects this week.

Our Working With Words words for this week are reason, comfort, accept, profit, enjoy. We will also be learning about the suffix -able.

Math

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In Math class this week we will have a short quiz to demonstrate our knowledge of how to model a variety of multiplication problems. Students will show how to solve problems using arrays and tens and ones manipulatives.

Science

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In Science class this week we will also have a short quiz to show what we have learned about clouds, storms, hurricanes, and the weather. We will review together on Monday by creating concept maps in small groups.

Homework

This week we will have more individual differentiated Math IXLs to help us develop our fluency multiplying single digit problems.

Monday-Thursday: Individual Math IXLs

Friday: Conferences!

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This Friday, October 20th, we will have student-led conferences at school. There will be no classes, however students will come with their parents to show what we have learned so far this year and explain their goals for the school year. We will send out reminders this week about the conferences and when your appointment is.

Thank you parents for all of your support! Have a great week!

Mr. Andrew

 

 

Week of October 9-13

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Hello parents and students!

We hope you had a fantastic break from school and got to recharge your batteries! It was a pleasant surprise to have an extra day for vacation, but now we have to catch up! Here is what we have planned!

Language Arts

Monday we will be finishing our Character Traits Box and evaluating our work using the rubric. On Tuesday we will choose our project for the final assessment on Character Traits. Students will create their own Character Traits Box or Tableaux individually or in small groups. This work will be completely independent and will reflect their understanding of everything we have learned in our first major unit in Guided Reading.

As with the Character Traits Box, students will write brief summaries for their final assessment of this unit. This will be our writing component of class for the next two weeks.

Our WWW words for this week will be ship, treat, pave, state, govern, through and doesn’t. We will learn about the suffix -ment this week.

Math

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In Math class this week we will be working with arrays and using them to solve simple single digit multiplication problems. We will work with larger factors including 6, 7, 8, and 9. We will continue to incorporate these single digit problems into our understanding of how to solve larger two and three digit problems.

Science

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We will be learning about hurricanes this week in Science class. We will watch several videos and read a few articles about the dangers of hurricanes and how to prepare for them.

Homework

Parents, to assist us in checking your child’s homework and to help them become more responsible, we ask that you please sign your child’s Learning Log once they have completed all of their homework for the week.

Monday: NASA Kids Article, What Are Hurricanes?

Tuesday: LA IXL N.8

Wednesday: Individual Math IXLs

Thursday: Individual Math IXLs

Friday: Relax!

Thank you for your support parents! Have a great week!

Mr. Andrew