Wow! This first month has just flown by! We are settling into a routine with math, working through our CPM text, either on the computer or on paper copies, with high quality math discussion happening! Each lesson is currently taking us 2-4 class periods, which we will hopefully start to work through faster now that we are becoming familiar with the program. Homework assignments are always able to be corrected and turned by in for extra points. Currently, we've worked on finding area using multiple methods, and multiplying using multiple methods. Ask your student to teach you about generic rectangles or our daily math talks! Don't forget that CPM has a homework help tool as well (link in 'website links').
In spelling, we have been practicing the different kinds of sorts, as well as taking spelling inventories to determine our groups and spelling lists. Those will be coming to your students this week! EEK!
Social Studies has moved into our Mesopotamia unit. We've talked about what makes a civilization, what some key factors are, where Mesopotamia is located on a map (and how that compares to modern day countries) and will be looking at specific cities over the coming days. On Friday, there is a map quiz (continents, oceans, latitude, longitude, and North America). Remember, spelling counts!
Upcoming dates to remember:
Today, as we remembered the attacks on September 11, 2001, we took some time to discuss the events and a moment of silence for those who lost their lives. In Social Studies, we paused our discussion on Early Humans (Pre-Historic Eras, gender roles, and lifestyles) to focus on the 9/11 attacks. In 2001, I was a fifth grade student, so just a year younger than my current students. At the time, I remember the solemness of the situation, as we spent the entire day watching the news coverage of the events in New York. We took some time today to learn what happened and had some great discussions related to the events, as well as the hope that comes after a major tragedy.
In Spelling, we have been reviewing consonants, vowels, long and short vowels, and been practicing sorting words based on their vowels sounds. As we continue with spelling, students will soon be sorted into groups for more personalized word lists and activities.
In Math last week, we focused on working well in our teams as we started our online curriculum, CPM (links to the ebook and homework help site are in the website links). Our lesson last week focused on how to find area, as well as reviewing some skills from 5th grade. This week, we will continue to review area, as well as perimeter, and mix those in with our daily number talks.
Reading and math intervention groups officially start this week! Students will be getting their groups tomorrow, with content focus coming later this week or beginning of next. AR ranges and goals will also be given out this week. Since AR is no longer a grade, it will not show up in the gradebook, but students who meet their goal by the end of the quarter will be able to participate in a celebration (I think I heard the words 'staff vs student whiffle ball' being used recently...).
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to send me a message, email, or voicemail! It's going to be a great week!
Last week was our first official full week of school and today was the start of our third week! Last week in spelling, we reviewed consonants and vowels, and short vowels versus long vowels. This week we will practice some beginning word sorts. In math, we completed some team building/problem solving activities, worked on our mental math, and took a few pre-tests to test our background knowledge. This week, we will be starting lessons using our online textbook (remember, the link is on Google classroom, as well as in the "website links" section, in addition to a homework help site!). In math, we will be jumping around in the textbook, so check the title at the top of the homework pages for the chapter/section. In social studies, we took our first geography quiz last week over continents, oceans, latitude, and longitude. This week, we added a map of North America (our next quiz will be over North America, plus the material on the last quiz!) and are beginning to discuss what a historian is, themes of geography, and early humans. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message!