Somehow, April is coming to an end and May is beginning, which means a crazy busy month! May is filled with end of year events, field trips, and the final push of academics. Even though it is going to be a hectic month, we are not stopping academics! Students should be prepared to push to the very end, so we can make every last moment count.
In math, we are continuing our work on expressions, generating expressions for area and perimeter using algebra tiles, combining like terms to generate equivalent expressions, and will be adding inverse operations with algebra tiles this week. Students will have homework Monday (6.2.4 Review Preview) and Wednesday (6.2.5 Review Preview).
In social studies, we are continuing to learn about the Hindu religion, reviewing the caste system and completing an activity, then discussing Hindu beliefs about Brahman, deities, and dharma. We are also starting a new map this week, the 13 colonies! Students will have a map quiz next Friday, May 11 over the 13 colonies, in addition to previous map material.
In spelling, we are finishing up our second to last list this week/next, with one more spelling list following. Students will be wrapping up their spelling grades in the next few weeks.
Upcoming Dates: (Warning: There are a lot! These are all of the dates I know of for the rest of the year, so you can start planning!)
How is it possible??? Time is flying this quarter, as the year starts to wrap up! Midterms for Quarter 4 will be coming home on Friday, with projects and field trips coming quickly! Signed field trip forms and $11 are due May 4, and students can begin signing up for a group this week!
This week in math, we are continuing to work on expressions, learning how to write expressions for area and perimeter using algebra tiles, and using the concept of combining like terms to generate equivalent expressions. Students will have homework on Tuesday (6.2.2 Review Preview) and Thursday (6.2.3 Review Preview).
In social studies, we are continuing our unit on world religions by starting a study on Hinduism, which will take us a couple weeks. Students will be making connections between how religion impacts our lives here in 21st century United States and how it impacts life in India. This lesson also contains some new vocabulary words that we will learn to help us better understand Hinduism.
In spelling, students received a new schedule this week and are working on learning their new words. We will have spelling tests starting late next week, with one more spelling list following this one.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about something coming up, please let me know!
Happy second week of April! This week, the PBIS committee is holding a Penny War! Students are invited to bring their change/dollar bills to donate to the baseball team jars (pennies and bills are positive points for the team, while silver coins are negatives for the teams - so, Ms Kennell will be adding her pennies to the Cubs jar, and her silver coins to the Cardinals jar! Go Cubs!)
This week, we are also collecting chaperone forms from parents interested in being a chaperone for our field trip in May. All interested parents/guardians need to have the form returned by Wednesday to be entered into our drawing.
This week in math, we are finishing up our graphing unit. We have been working on mean, median, mode, and range, with today's lesson focusing on deviation from the mean. We will also be discussing box plots this week and completing our graphs for the Science Expo. Students need to have their data from their Expo experiment completed by the due date (Wednesday, April 11) so we can complete their graphs in class. Next week, we will be starting an expressions unit, and my homeroom will have a guest teacher (the fabulous Dr Pulley!) next Tuesday for one math lesson.
In social studies, we are currently learning about Judaism. Today, we will finish talking about the important historical figures of Judaism and their contributions to the religion, with our second of two lessons about Judaism starting on Wednesday. We also started a new map this week (Australia and Oceania) and will have a map quiz next Friday (April 20).
In spelling, we are continuing our current lists, with two groups taking a spelling test this week and the rest taking their test next week.
And welcome back from Spring Break! Like all of you, I loved having some time off to recharge and take some time for myself, though I must admit I missed having a set schedule each day!
This week in math, we are reviewing the graphing work we did before spring break (dot plots, bar graphs, and venn diagrams) and focusing on some new graphs (stem and leaf plots, histograms, and box plots). Today, we conducted an experiment and started graphing our results using a stem and leaf plot, which we will review tomorrow and also graph our results using a histogram. Students will have a homework assignment over those two graphs tomorrow (Wednesday).
In social studies, we are starting a World Religions unit, which will focus on the history and origins behind some of the major world religions, specifically those that tie back to the ancient civilizations we have studied. Our first religion is Judaism, which we will cover for the next 2-3 weeks. We will also begin new maps again starting next week.
In spelling, we pulled out the new lists we received right before break and are beginning to complete sorts on our new words. Students will meet with me this week and next to review, with spelling tests coming the following week.
Upcoming dates: Science Expo!