- Happy 100th Day of School!
- Great job on last Friday’s spelling bee! The representatives presented a strong competition for this year’s bee. All the best next year!
- Congratulations to our fourth grade Geography Bee representative, Andy Bendaly.
- Bring in gently used books for the book swap on Tuesday.
- We went to Westminster for the first time this semester on Monday. We will be going again this coming Monday. Students have been asked to sign up for their visits in the hallway by the bathrooms.
- Addition of fractions with unlike denominators (review)
- Subtraction of fractions from whole numbers (7 – ⅔)
- Addition and subtraction of 3 numbers
- Finding fractional parts of a whole (⅔ of 15)
- We have taken Benchmark assessments this week involving reading comprehension and grammar concepts covered in Units 1-3 of Wonders.
- We are going to take one more week with our novels, so we will not have a spelling list/test next week. You will see the next one on Monday, the 6th.
- Holobek novels
- Freak the Mighty: Freak (Kevin) and Kicker (Max) have created an unlikely duo of protagonists. Freak is incredibly bright, but he has physical issues with his legs and his size. Kicker has grown incredibly big for his age and believes he has learning difficulties. Their friendship may seem unlikely, but they need each other.
- Out of My MInd: Melody, a ten year old girl with cerebral palsy and a photographic memory, is going out of her mind because she can’t communicate with the people around her. When finally given the chance to show her strengths through a communication device, Melody learns how to navigate the challenges of her disability in a mainstream classroom.
- Averyt – White Star, by Marty Crisp After living in England with his grandparents for six years, Sam Harris is on the adventure of a lifetime – he is traveling on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic along with his guardian, Lady Cabot, and best friend, Bucky Kingsley, to America where he will be reunited with his mother and new stepfather. Sam is a dog lover, and the Titanic kennel is full of new furry friends. One in particular, an Irish Setter owned by Mr. J. Bruce Ismay, catches Sam’s eye and the connection is instantaneous.
- Williams – Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson This week we are beginning a new novel and author study on the book Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson. Feathers captures the middle school experience through the lens of our protagonist, Frannie. Frannie is a black girl growing up in the early 1970s. Through the experience of meeting a new kid at her school, Frannie gains an understanding of herself, her world and hope.
The author, Mrs. Woodson, grapples with some tough themes such as race, prejudice, tolerance, bullying and friendship. We will be talking about these issues at school, but it may also invite some questions and conversations from your student at home. Feel free to read along with us!
Jacqueline Woodson is a Newbery award winning author who has written many children’s books. Feathers is the first novel we have read as a class and the third book overall we read by Woodson. I look forward to exploring this novel with your student over the next couple of weeks.
- Expanded paragraphs – building a solid framework (outline form) for an example paragraph
- Created informational and inspirational posters, as well as genre signs for upcoming Book Swap
Social Studies: The Age of Exploration-
- Quizzed Friday, January 27th
- Christopher Columbus was looking for sea route to India when he landed in the Bahamas. This began the Columbian Exchange of food, animals, tools and disease between the Americas and Europe.
- The conquistadors came to Central and South America looking for gold.
- Next quiz Monday, February 6th
- Quiere + infinitive (to want to do something)
- Countries and capitals of South America
- Continued practice of numbers to 1000
P.T. will be welcoming students from Spain April 18-29. Please consider hosting a student for this exchange. It is a wonderful opportunity for your family to make a cultural connection and for your child to make a new friend and practice Spanish in the most authentic way possible!
- Continued our robotics unit. Ask your child about their progress.
- Students designed an apparatus that modeled how NASA safely landed a rover on Mars. Using simple materials, students worked in small groups to design a way for a hardboiled egg(rover) to land on the ground(Mars).
- Watched a video on the outer planets of the solar system
- Discussed why Pluto is no longer a planet
- Students began brainstorming topics to focus on for their health projects
- Students created questions to ask professionals to learn more about their topic
- Students researched their topic and began thinking about creative ways to present what they have learned to the community.