We are continuing to move through material quickly! In math, we are working on division, while turning remainders into fractions or decimals. Students should be practicing turning fractions into decimals and decimals into fractions (bonus if they can incorporate percents as well!). Our test will be coming up the end of next week or beginning of the following, depending on how our final lessons on division go. Students will be informed of the official date once we are closer.
In Social Studies, students are continuing to learn about Ancient Greece and they completed their Greek gods/heroes/monsters projects. The visual and presentation portion will be a Social Studies grade (the essay will be for ELA).
Students also took their first spelling tests last week/this week. Those scores will be recorded on Skyward soon. As students begin their new lists, they practice sorting their words based on word patterns, racing against their teammates/time, and try to find other words that follow the same patterns.
It's hard to believe we are already beginning Quarter 2 today! Our AR celebration for students who met their AR goal for Quarter 1 will take place Friday afternoon in place of our interventions. New goals will be set and students should still be working on reading a new book. Report cards will also be coming out the end of the week.
In math, we are getting closer to a unit test! So far, we have worked on addition, subtraction, and multiplication of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. This week, we will be finishing decimal/fraction multiplication, then moving on to division. Once we finish division, we will be reviewing for our end of unit test.
In social studies, we finish our Mesopotamia unit and began Greece last week. Students should be working on their Greek god/hero/monster research project and presentation, which will be due next week (your student should have a packet for this). We have already talked about Greek culture, with government and specific cities up this week. Students also created a design for a Greek pot, which will be worked on in art!
Our spelling groups are also coming along nicely! We are in the middle of our first spellings tests, with new lists passed out after each test. The spelling test will appear on Quarter 2, since not everyone is finished yet.
It's the first week of October! Time for cooler temperatures, changing colors, and fall!!!
In math this week, we are reviewing generic rectangles, using them to help us understand the distributive property, and reviewing adding/subtracting decimals. And as always, we are starting each class period with a number talk!
In social studies, we are finishing our lessons on Mesopotamia, ending with the fall of Sumer, rise or Babylon, and Hammurabi's Code of Laws. Students have a Mesopotamia review worksheet today, and will have a Hammurabi's Code assignment later this week. Test over Mesopotamia next week! We also received a new map for our Map Quizzes (Asia!). This one will be completed in two sections, just like the North America map.
In spelling, we received our first individualized lists and made index cards last week, and are working on sorting our words and meeting in our groups this week. Each spelling rotation will last two weeks, so students have some time before their first spelling test. The spelling lists are based on word patterns, so each of the words fits into the same or similar patterns.
A few reminders: This Thursday, October 5, is our district wide evacuation drill. If you are participating in the drill, please be listening for directions that day. If you are not participating, your student will head home as they normally would. Friday, October 6, is a no student attendance day, and Monday, October 9 is Columbus Day, so no school for students. Enjoy the beautiful weather this week and the four day weekend! As always, if you have questions, feel free to send me a message or email! (just make sure my last name is spelled correctly - incorrect spellings do not come to me!!!)