Archive for December, 2013

Weekly Overview December 16, 2013

One last fun and busy week before our Winter Break!!  As you have probably heard, some students will attend a field trip with Dr. Hill on Wednesday.  Students who received good grades, had good attendance, and who had consistently good behavior were asked to attend!  I told all our students that they had a chance to go another time if the above mentioned items improve!! All students will have a fun little party on Friday!!

Please remember that our PTA is sponsoring a Winter Clothing Drive-bring in clothes!!  See the Ray News for further information.  Also, thanks to all who have brought in money for the Pennies for the Philippines Drive!!

Language Arts:  We will focus this week on the vocabulary, verbs, the  message of the story The Polar Express!  The students are excited about this already!  We will watch the movie toward the end of the week and complete a Venn Diagram in comparing the two.

Homework:  Your child should be working tonight and, if needed, tomorrow night on their diorama!!  Two have already come in and they are wonderful!!  If/when your child finishes their work, your child should then write a paragraph about what they did.  This should be turned in by Thursday.

Math:  We will be working with 3-Dimensional shapes, Pyramids, and Line Symmetry all week.

Homework:  Lessons 5.5-5.8, Monday through Thursday.

Science:  Again this week, we will be working with clouds and their formations.

Social Studies:  The final activity in our Native American Unit will be working in groups this week and your children read a short poem with their group titled “Comes The Rain.”

Have a wonderful Winter Break and I will see you again January 6, 2014!!

Jean Clement

Weekly Overview December 9, 2013

Hope everyone got my hard copy of the weekly overview last week.  The blog seems to working again today!!

Tomorrow is gym day and I am encouraging everyone to wear their Ray shirt-only $6.00 if your child does not have one and I have just gotten a new order in, so please purchase one if you have not already!!   Thanks.

We have two weeks left in December and will stay busy and focused!!  Next week, our class will say the Pledge over the loud speaker each morning.  I will pick two different students each day to do our schools morning greeting!  Wish I could pick 24!!!

Language Arts:  We are returning to Journeys this week with Lesson 9!  Your children were so happy they all had huge smiles and were very excited!!  It’s a good reminder how they like and need the structure!!  Ask your children about the 8 vocabulary words and what they remember about my read aloud.  The concepts this week are character development and summary.  We had discussions on both, but please review at home-they all need it!  Thanks.  We will have a Journeys test on Friday.  We will also be learning about synonyms and the endings of -ed, and -ing.  Please talk about base or root words and suffixes and prefixes, as we will be doing this in class.

Homework:  Each night your child should be working on their diorama.  What Nation group have they chosen?  This is due no later than next Tuesday.  Please remember that your child needs to read at least 30 minutes each night-this is a must and a part of their homework!!  Also, if your child is doing extra credit-writing and/or reading, please have them bring their work in so that I can record it!!  Thanks.  Journeys books will go home Thursday night, so they can review the story with you for their Friday test.

Math:  We will begin Unit 5:   2-D and 3-D Shapes.  Lessons 5.1- 5.4 will be completed this week.  Our objectives are knowing attribute rules for shapes, telling time using digital and analog notations, naming and drawing line segments, parallel line segments and practicing multiplication facts.  We will work with polygons, naming sides, vertexes and angles.  Practice at home!!

Homework:  Monday through Thursday-5.1 through 5.4.  As always, homework is due the next day.

Social Studies:  We will complete our work with the People of the Southwest this week.  Look for your child’s Native American Folder this week!!!  They have completed many activities and a lot of learning has gone on!!  Please spend some time reviewing your child’s work with them.  They are very proud of what they have completed!!

Science:  We have made pinwheels in discussing wind.  We also have a Wind Vane in our room.  Ask your child what that is and what it does.  This week we will make a kite and also discuss clouds and their different formations and what the formations mean.

As always, thanks for working together with your child in helping each day be a good learning experience!

Have a nice week, Jean Clement