Final week of January?!? What?!? We are working on adjusting to all students on half of the building still, but things are starting to settle into a routine!
This week in math, we are jumping into the next half of our CPM chapter. The second half of the chapter focuses on ratios, specifically how to write ratios and how to use ratios to enlarge and reduce figures accurately. On Monday, we worked as a class to enlarge a mystery mascot picture (lesson 4.2.1). Our mascot (a dragon) ended up being six times larger than the original! They looked amazing! I'll work on getting some images sent out once we have them all hung up for display! Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent on lesson 4.2.2, which provides students with opportunities to practice enlarging and reducing triangles and rectangles, as well as determining if a shape was enlarged/reduced correctly. On Thursday and Friday we will work on determining the ratios used in enlarged/reduced figures, which is lesson 4.2.3. This week, students will have homework on Monday (4.2.1 Review Preview part 1) and Wednesday (4.2.2 Review Preview). Next week, we will be finishing the final lesson of Chapter 4 on Monday/Tuesday and preparing for a Chapter 4 test (either Thursday or Friday). This week in social studies we are finishing our final lesson on ancient Greece, looking at the legacy of ancient Greece and how it influences our lives today! Students will also be taking a test of ancient Greece on Thursday (all classes). Friday will be the beginning of our ancient Egypt unit! IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS!AR:- Students should be reading 20 minutes a night so that they are able to meet their AR goals. Points from last semester do not carry over, but students can start taking tests now. Please encourage your student to spend some time reading a book of their choice.
General Updates:- Graded papers can be corrected for up to half credit until the end of the unit or end of the quarter (whichever comes first).
- Our math homework competition is still going strong! With our month ending this week, we'll be getting reading to start a new competition soon. Ask your student about their class progress!
- Remember that students should be charging their Chromebooks (some are dead on a regular basis) and should be showing your assignment notebooks!
- Our new spelling lists/schedule have started up again this week. As a reminder, students will work on their spelling list and activities at home, with all work due the day of the spelling test (usually a two week rotation). This new list has a due date of Friday, February 7.
**Struggling to help your student with homework??? Take advantage of CPM's Homework Help page!**We spent time going over this a lot at the very beginning of the year, but some need a refresher! Almost all math homework assignments come from CPM, and CPM has homework help for each problem. Simply find the homework probelm (all on their textbook page!), click on the homework help link, and hints will come up for that problem. Some problems even give you a bonus hint/help! You can also access the Homework Help using the Website Links here on my website.**There are also resources available for parents under the CPM (Math) Parent Resources page! These are updated every chapter to help parents with our math concepts!**
Upcoming Dates:- Thursday, January 30 - Ancient Greece test
- Friday, February 7 - Quarter 3 progress reports
- Friday, February 7 - spelling work due/test day
Have a fantastic week! Ms Kennell
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Happy second week of January! We are still working on getting back into a routine, but well on our way with Quarter 3!
As a reminder, students should be bringing home graded papers to show you! They can complete corrections on any paper to earn up to 1/2 credit back (homework, quizzes, tests, etc.). They should also be charging their chromebooks at home on a regular basis. Try to find a specific spot and set up a routine for checking/charging those devices. For the month of January, we are also starting a math homework competition between the classes. Our class homework challenge is also going, with some of the classes earning rewards already! Let's keep it up! We are still having a number of chromebooks dying during class, so please make it a priority to talk with your student about this.This week in math, we are jumping into our next CPM chapter. The first half of the chapter covers variables, using variables to write expressions, and evaluating those expressions. The second half of the chapter focuses on ratios, specifically how to write ratios and how to use ratios to enlarge and reduce figures accurately. On Monday, we completed our winter benchmarking test, which will be used to create new intervention groups in the coming weeks. Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent on lesson 4.1.1, which is an introduction to using variables. On Thursday and Friday we will work through writing equivalent expressions, which is lesson 4.1.2. This week, students will have homework on Wednesday (4.1.1 Review Preview part 1) and Thursday (4.1.1 Review Preview part 2). Struggling to help your student with homework??? Take advantage of CPM's Homework Help page! We spent time going over this a lot at the very beginning of the year, but some need a refresher! Almost all math homework assignments come from CPM, and CPM has homework help for each problem. Simply find the homework probelm (all on their textbook page!), click on the homework help link, and hints will come up for that problem. Some problems even give you a bonus hint/help! You can also access the Homework Help using the Website Links here on my website. There are also resources available for parents under the CPM (Math) Parent Resources page! These are updated every chapter to help parents with our math concepts!This week in social studies we are finishing our lesson on Alexander the Great and how he built his empire. Our final lesson over Greece will begin later this week and cover the legacy of ancient Greece. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS!Benchmark Testing: - We are working on our benchmark testing this week. Once all of the testing is completed and evaluated, we will be forming new intervention groups.
AR:- Students should be reading 20 minutes a night so that they are able to meet their AR goals. Points from last semester do not carry over, but students can start taking tests now. Please encourage your student to spend some time reading a book of their choice.
General Updates:- Report Cards for Quarter 2 were sent home last Friday, so please check with your student if you have not seen their report card.
- Remember that students should be charging their Chromebooks (some are dead on a regular basis) and should be showing your assignment notebooks!
- Our new spelling lists/schedule have started up again this week. As a reminder, students will work on their spelling list and activities at home, with all work due the day of the spelling test (usually a two week rotation). This new list has a due date of Friday, January 24.
Upcoming Dates:- Friday, January 10 - Quarter 2 Report Cards sent home
- Monday, January 13 - Math benchmark testing
- Tuesday, January 14 - Reading benchmark testing
- Friday, January 17 - Oral Reading Fluency benchmark testing
- Monday, January 20 - No School (MLK Jr Day)
- Friday, January 24 - spelling work due/test day
Have a fabulous week! Ms Kennell Apologies for the break in updates! December flew by very quickly! Somehow, it's already the year 2020 and we are half way through the school year...
As a reminder, students should be bringing home graded papers to show you! They can complete corrections on any paper to earn up to 1/2 credit back (homework, quizzes, tests, etc.). They should also be charging their chromebooks at home on a regular basis. Try to find a specific spot and set up a routine for checking/charging those devices. For the month of January, we are also starting a math homework competition between the classes. Some information was shared with students today, but more will be shared as we start the challenge of accumulating less missing work!This week in math, we have formed new groups and are working on some mathematical practice standards in our teams. On Monday, we looked at some of the top skills employers are looking for when hiring and connected those to the eight different math practice standards, which are the same for all grades K-12. We discussed the importance of those standards/skills and how we use them every day, not just in math class! Tuesday was spent reviewing the math practice standards, as well as using them to complete a team counter arrangement challenge. For homework, the students will be reflecting on their use of the math practice standards, as well as which ones are strengths and weaknesses. Wednesday will be spent continuing our standards practice with a team puzzle investigator problem, designed to push their collaboration and communication. Thursday and Friday this week will be spent covering graphing on a four-quadrant graph, which was covered very briefly before break. This week, they will have homework on Tuesday (Math Practice Reflection worksheet), Wednesday (Puzzle Investigator Problem Reflection worksheet), and Thursday (graphing worksheet). We will start chapter four next week. Struggling to help your student with homework??? Take advantage of CPM's Homework Help page! We spent time going over this a lot at the very beginning of the year, but some need a refresher! Almost all math homework assignments come from CPM, and CPM has homework help for each problem. Simply find the homework probelm (all on their textbook page!), click on the homework help link, and hints will come up for that problem. Some problems even give you a bonus hint/help! You can also access the Homework Help using the Website Links here on my website. There are also resources available for parents under the CPM (Math) Parent Resources page! These are updated every chapter to help parents with our math concepts!This week in social studies we reviewing our Greece unit and continuing on with Alexander the Great! We will be focusing on how Alexander the Great built his empire. Our final lesson over Greece will begin next week and cover the legacy of ancient Greece. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS!Benchmark Testing: - We will begin our next round of benchmark testing next week! Students will need a
**fully charged chromebook**, as well as headphones. The math testing will take place during math class, reading testing during reading class, and oral reading fluency during intervention times. Once all testing is finished and evaluated, students will be sorted into new intervention groups.
AR:- Students should be reading 20 minutes a night so that they are able to meet their AR goals. Points from last semester do not carry over, but students can start taking tests now. Please encourage your student to spend some time reading a book of their choice.
General Updates:- Report Cards for Quarter 2 will be sent home this week (Friday), so please check with your student this weekend about their report card.
- Remember that students should be charging their Chromebooks (some are dead on a regular basis) and should be showing your assignment notebooks!
- Our new spelling lists/schedule will start up again next week. As a reminder, students will work on their spelling list and activities at home, with all work due the day of the spelling test (usually a two week rotation).
Upcoming Dates:- December 23-January 5 - Winter Break (no school)
- Monday, January 6 - School resumes
- Friday, January 10 - Quarter 2 Report Cards sent home
- Monday, January 13 - Math benchmark testing
- Tuesday, January 14 - Reading benchmark testing
- Thursday, January 16 - Oral Reading Fluency benchmark testing
- Monday, January 20 - No School (MLK Jr Day)
Have a wonderful week! Ms Kennell |
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