With weather back to “normal”, we have a full 5 day week!! First, a few notes;
-On January 29th, a Wednesday, your child will celebrate Lunar New Year by watching professional dancers during an assembly at school!! I am really looking forward to this and we will also celebrate with a few activities learning about Lunar New Year.
-Then, save the date, on February 27, Thursday, we will celebrate Black History Month, with a Gallery Walk during our regular PTA meeting in the evening. More information to follow, but you and your child should be thinking about a research project around an African American person. I will provide a rubric and much more information in a few weeks. But, along with this, and to get us thinking about February and Black History Month, our homework for this week will be writing about “How education can be used to change the world.” inspired by Nelson Mandela. Your child will have a worksheet with them today, explaining this essay that is due this Friday, January 17, 2014. Thanks.
Language Arts: We will move back to doing Lesson 10 in our Journeys book. Our objective will be to know the difference between Fact and Opinion. Please discuss all week at home. We will also focus on the suffixes -er, and -est, high-frequency words, and we will spend each day working on contractions. I will also send home some contraction sheets that you and your child can review. Let’s everyone know all of them by Friday!!
Homework: The essay inspired by Nelson Mandela, will be due on Friday. The essay should be 10-150 words and it is a contest and some will be posted in the next issue of the Warrior News!! Look for the worksheet tonight-your child will have it. Work a little each night, make every sentence count, think about “more information” (we wrote all last week with “more information” in mind.)
Math: Your child took the Unit 5 math test last Friday-I will get them back this week. We will start Unit 6 -Whole-Number Operations and Number Stories today. We will work on addition of three or more numbers, comparison of Number Stories, collecting, sorting, tallying, and graphing date, and on Thursday, looking at diagrams to help solve addition or subtraction problems. We are also having fact tests through out the week. Please work with your child at home if they need extra help. We are moving into adding 3 or more numbers, subtracting numbers and multiplying single-digit numbers quickly.
Homework: Lessons 6.1- lessons 6.4, Monday through Thursday. Thanks.
Social Studies: This week we will discuss how people change environments and work on some map. We will also be discussing transportation and how it has changed from long ago!
Science: We will finish up our Air and Weather Unit this week, reviewing cloud formations, discussing air and weather patterns, and making a kite towards the end of the week. We will then move on to a unit titled Balance and Motion!! Should be fun!
Have a great week. Jean Clement