Oh my goodness! Where has this school year gone!?!? I have trouble believing it is already the final week of November. This final push until Christmas can be challenging for many (students and teachers alike!), but we will still be working very hard for the final few weeks of the 2nd Quarter!
In math, we began our next unit today... Ratios, Rates, and Percents! As a reminder, students can use CPM's homework help website to assist with homework problems at home. Students should also be bringing home their composition notebook to reference. Any missing work/absent work/corrections from before our test also needs to be turned in by the beginning of next week in order to be counted for a grade.
In social studies, we started Ancient Egypt today! We will be learning about how the ancient civilization began, why is was a good place for a civilization to grow, what some of their inventions/discoveries were, and some important people/events from the time period. This should take us through the majority of the month before Christmas.
In spelling, we are continuing to work on the spelling lists from last week, with our practice and comfort with the words growing daily! Spelling tests will begin next week for groups.
Today was the annual Thanksgiving dinner meal with loved ones! Thank you to everyone who came to eat with their student! Progress reports were also sent home today, so your student should be sharing that with you today.
Next week, we will have two days of school, then a few days off for Thanksgiving break! In math, we will be reviewing from our test, working on some mental math strategies, playing some math games, and possibly previewing some material for our next unit (rates and ratios).
In social studies, we will be finishing up our Greece unit, by talking about the Ancient Greek wars (this week was the Persian Wars and Trojan War, and next week is the Peloponnesian War). We will not be taking a test over Greece or starting a new map next week. After Thanksgiving break, we will begin our Egypt unit, which should finish out the quarter.
In spelling, students are working on their third spelling list and creating word sorts to practice the spelling of the words. Students should be recording sorts in their notebooks each time they complete one.
It's hard to believe this is our last full week before Thanksgiving (and almost midterms!)
In math, we finished our last lesson on dividing fractions today, and students will be prepping for their unit test (all operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), which will be on Thursday. Grades will also be updated frequently throughout the week, as students turn in missing work, absent work, and corrections. Please encourage your student to do corrections if they missed more than a couple points.
Social studies this week is a review of Athens and Sparta, discussion of some key points of Greek culture, the beginning of our discussion of some of the major wars, and a map quiz over Europe on Friday.
Students are also completing their second spelling test and sorts this week, and beginning their third spelling list.
In math, we are working on transitioning from representing fraction division with pictures to different, non-picture strategies. We should be ready for a test later next week (over all operations with whole numbers, fractions, and decimals).
In social studies, we are incorporating some presentations each day as we continue to work on our map skills (new map of Europe this week!) and learn about Ancient Greece.
Spelling groups are continuing to work hard, as they sort their words and record their sort in their spelling notebook each day. Participation points are given for the completion of the correct number of sorts each week, as well as the spelling test every two weeks. Spelling tests begin again for some groups this week, with most coming next week.