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  1. Week of January 23rd-27th

    January 27, 2017 by saveryt

    Important News:

    • 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.  

     

    Math:

    • 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)

     

    Language Arts:

    • 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.

     

    Writing:

    • 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

     

     

    Spanish

    • 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!

     

    Science:

    • Averyt
      • Continued our robotics unit.  Ask your child about their progress.
    • Holobek
      • 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
    • Williams
      • 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.

     


  2. January 4th – 6th

    January 7, 2017 by saveryt

    News of the Week:

    • With the snow actually arriving, it is necessary for students to have snow clothing for recess (snow pants, coat, hat, gloves).
    • We will have our next Westminster visit on the 23rd of January.  There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway where all of our Westminster photos are hanging.  It is your child’s responsibility to choose a date (between now and spring break).  
    • The Lower School spelling bee will be held on Friday, the 20th.  Please refer to the spelling lists sent to parent emails.

     

    Math:

    • Pretested for unit 6 (fractions)
    • Introduced the lessons by finding equivalent fractions and by putting fractions into simplest form.
    • Started adding like fractions

     

    LA:

    • Finishing up the Unit 3 Week 3 of Wonders (assessments)
    • Focused on Time for Kids publication 2016 A Year in Photos
    • Began practicing in the classroom for the lower school spelling bee

     

    Writing:

    • On Wednesday we began the new year with accessing Typing Pal and practicing typing
    • We noticed a difficulty in connecting using google and alerted Mrs. Everett – she is investigating the situation
    • If your student is having difficulty logging on to Typing Pal from home please remember the student must be signed in using his or her google account, not your google account
    • Worked together as a group to create an informative paragraph about our visit to the Indiana State House  

     

    Science

    • Averyt
      • Began our robotics unit
    • Williams
      • Began our nutrition unit
      • Introduced the five food groups
      • Created a 5 day meal planner that included the 5 food groups
    • Holobek
      • Began our unit on the solar system
      • Discussed the creation of the solar system
      • Investigated why Mercury has such a drastic surface temperature range
      • Discussed if Venus or Mars would be a better place to have a human settlement

     


  3. December 12th – 16th

    December 17, 2016 by saveryt

    Weekly News:

    • The big news of the week was the program on Thursday night – what a wonderful way to get fully into the holiday spirit!  I’d like to find it on a CD.
    • The second biggest news (for Holobek and Averyt) was the frog dissection on Friday.
    • And then there was the grade 5 Garage Sale on Friday
    • We will be carolling on Monday at Brookdale Castleton, leaving PT at 9.50.
    • Monday, December 19th:  Westminster Volunteering Visit  for group 2 from Mrs. Averyt’s class – leave at 3pm and return at 5pm

     

    Math:

    • We reviewed for the unit 5 test, then . . .
    • Tested on Tuesday over unit 5, and
    • Made corrections on Wednesday.
    • The test went home in Friday’s folder.  Please review, sign, and have your child return it on Monday.

     

    Reading:

    • Essential Question:  How can one person make a difference?
    • Genre:  Biography
    • Comprehension Strategy & Skill:  Rereading an informational text and author’s point of view (person & perspective)
    • Vocabulary Strategy:  Using a synonym or antonym to help figure out the meaning of an unfamiliar word

     

    Spelling:

    • Soft c and g (as in center, germs, ginger)

     

    Grammar:

    • Main verb and helping verbs
    • Present perfect tense using the helping verbs have or has (He has taken the test, We have eaten lunch already.)
    • Special helping verbs not showing tense (may, can, must)

     

    Writing:

    • Began organizing an expanded paragraph about our trip to the State Capitol
    • Took a quiz on correct use of your/you’re, there/their/they’re, and its/it’s – the quiz allowed students to show what they know (studied) in isolation as well as an editing a writing piece – quiz should be in Friday Folder (I was most pleased with the results!)
    • My plans went out the window when a mouse was spotted at our end of the hallway!  We then wrote mouse stories from the perspective of being that mouse!

     

    Science:

    • Williams
      • Finished up our robotics unit.   Ask your child about how their knowledge of programming a LEGO robot has changed over the course of the unit.
    • Holobek and Averyt
      • Digestion Lab demonstrating the different steps of digestion
      • Created a digestion flipchart
      • Discussed expectations of the frog dissection
      • Dissected a frog and had an awesome time doing it!

     


  4. December 5th – 9th

    December 11, 2016 by saveryt

    Week of December 5th – 9th

    ***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT***

    December 15th 4th and 5th grade Winter Program –

    • 4th grade Young Strings – report to the orchestra room at 6:30 p.m.
    • All fourth graders report to Mrs. Marshall’s room at 6:45.  
    • Program will commence at 7 p.m.

     

    ***Monday, December 12th, will be a spirit day for fourth grade.  Students may wear jeans and a red or white shirt.

    This past Friday grade 4 had a fabulous time visiting the State Capitol to join in the official celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial. The State Capitol is a beautiful building, and we learned about the its construction, materials used, and renovations made through the years. We were greeted by Mrs. Pence, then traveled to different stations highlighting Indiana’s path to statehood as well as major events in our state’s two-hundred year history.  Students visited the meeting rooms of the three branches of our state’s government where they experienced sitting in the chair of a state senator and state representative and voting on a law or issue.  In the State Supreme Courtroom, students tried on a judge’s robe and banged a gavel.  The walls are covered with the portraits of Indiana’s justices since achieving statehood.  

    All visiting fourth grades gathered in a final celebratory meeting in the main hall where we were addressed by Governor and Vice-Presidential elect Mike Pence.  I am sure your student had much to share with you about this momentous event.  Please click on the gallery section of our blog to access photographs.

    Math:

    • Real world problems using:
      • Mean
      • median
      • Mode
      • range
      • Probability

    Language Arts

    Reading:  Essential Question:  In what ways can you help your community?

    • Genre: Realistic Fiction
    • Comprehension Strategy & Skill:  Visualizing and Point of View (person & perspective)
    • Vocabulary:  Using context clues to gain understanding of an unknown word

    Spelling:  Silent letters:  wrinkle, know, thumb, honor

    Grammar:

    • Review verb tenses
    • Explore the progressive present and progressive past forms
    • Agreement of subject and predicate

    Writing:

    • Understanding the importance of the topic sentence as the main idea
    • Creating strong supporting sentences following the topic sentence

    Science

    • Williams
      • Continued our robotics unit.  Ask your child about completing the different mat challenges with their partner.
    • Averyt and Holobek
      • Students presented to several different grades, SK-2nd and 6th, about making healthy food choices.  The kids did an amazing job presenting in engaging ways to inform their audience about the importance of having a healthy diet.

  5. November 28th – December 2nd

    December 2, 2016 by saveryt

    News:

    • The students won a Jeans Day and pizza party from the Fall Festival.  We had pizza today for lunch!
    • Five students from grade 4 went to Westminster on Monday to deliver the collection of green beans and fruit cocktail.  We had over 450 cans of each!
    • Next Monday (December 5th) a group of students from Mrs. Averyt’s class will be volunteering at Westminster Neighborhood Services.

    Math:

    • Introduced Stem and Leaf plots as another tool for organizing data when looking for mean, median, mode, and range.
    • Began working with outcomes, likelihood (more likely, less likely, equally likely, certain, impossible), and writing probability in fractional terms.  

    Reading:

    • Essential Question:  How can you make new friends feel welcome?
    • Genre: Fantasy
    • Comprehension Strategy/Skill:  Visualizing and Point of View
    • Vocabulary:  Using context clues to find the meaning of a word

    Grammar:

    • Verb review
      • Main verb and helping verb
      • Verb tenses
    • Correctly writing titles
      • Underlining books, movies, CDs, TV shows, newspapers, magazines)
      • Using quotations for articles, stories, songs, and poems

    Spelling:

    • /r/ sound written -er, -or, -ur (herb, doctor, turkey)

    Writing:

    • Poetry:  Haiku, Acrostic, and Alliteration
    • Selected an animal alliteration to illustrate
    • Prewriting brain exercise:  list making
    • Creating sentences that support a topic
    • Correct usage of your/you’re, their/there/they’re, and its/it’s

    Science:

    • Williams
      • Continued our robotics unit.  Ask your child how they are progressing.
    • Holobek and Averyt
      • The students have been working hard on creating presentations about healthy food choices.  This week we polished our presentations and presented to several classrooms (SK-2).  The kids had a great time sharing what they learned with the Park Tudor community!

  6. November 7th – 11th

    November 11, 2016 by saveryt

    Notes:

    • 2017 ERBs are behind us!  That’s the year, not the number of ERBs taken.
    • Grandparent Day will be on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (22nd Nov).  This will be like Parent Morning, running from 8.00 – 10.45.  A schedule will be coming out next week.
    • The first round of students from Mrs Williams’s class went to Westminster this week.  They were incredibly busy filling bags with food for their homeless clients, bagging candy, instant coffee and condiments.  No one wanted to leave when it was time!  The next group of students from Mrs Williams’s class will go on Monday, the 21st.  Mrs Averyt’s class will begin going on the 5th December.
    • Food Drive!  During our LS Community Meeting this week, Lindsay Welch, Pantry Director at Westminster Neighborhood Services spoke to all the Lower School students about how they can help this holiday season by collecting 300 cans of green beans and 300 cans of fruit cocktail to put into their holiday “baskets” for families in need in the Indianapolis community.

    If your child brings in canned green beans or fruit cocktail, they should bring it to their homeroom, and we will find a good time for the students to place the cans on our number line of cans along the interior hallway near the Lower School Director offices. We hope the visual “line up” of the cans will help us reach our goal!

    Math:

    • We finished the Benchmark assessment for units 1 – 4.  
    • Chapter 5 was started, and all three classes are in different places (due to the scheduling of ERBs).  We should all be in the same place by Wednesday.  
    • A vocabulary list has been glued into the students’ notebooks to help with the understanding of this chapter.  It is important for the students to be able to use these words and apply them on classwork and homework.

    Writing:

    • We met only Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – ERBs took priority.
    • Students created more webs for paragraphs – focus is organization

    Reading:

    • Essential Question:  How are writers inspired by animals?
    • Figurative Language:  Similes (It was cold as ice) and metaphors (The tree was a skyscraper.)
    • Genre:  Poetry.  Lyric poetry (rhymes) and Haiku (3 lines, 17 syllables, nature inspired)

    Grammar:

    • Combining subjects with the word “and” (Ann likes cats. Bob like cats. = Ann and Bob like cats.)
    • Combining predicates with the word “and”  (Ann eats pizza.  Ann eats cheese. = Ann eats pizza and cheese.)
    • Introductory phrase:  Once upon a time, there was a lonely troll who lived under a bridge.
    • Appositive: John, the best soccer player on the team, scored three goals at the Saturday game.
    • Interjection:  Hey!  That’s my bicycle.

    Spelling:

    • Suffixes (-ly, -ful, -ness, -est, -less)

    Science

    • Williams
      • Continued our robotics unit.  Ask your child about their progress.
    • Holobek and Averyt
      • Mr. Gross came in to talk with Mrs. Averyt’s class about the food served at Park Tudor and making healthy choices.
      • Mr. Holobek’s class has interviewed several professionals to learn more about health and food choices.  Thank you to those parents who participated in the interviews!
      • Both groups are working hard to create something that they can share what they have learned with the PT community.
      • Ask your child about what their group is focusing on.

  7. October 31st – November 4th

    November 4, 2016 by saveryt

    Notes:

    • We had the opportunity to see a dress-rehearsal of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in the auditorium.  Afterwards, Samantha Hogshire came out in her costume to talk with the students and answer questions they had about theatre.
    • Oh yeah, then there was the amazing Halloween parade and party!  Again, many thanks to everyone for all you did to make the day a memorable success!  There is not a better way to start your week than having Halloween on a MONDAY!
    • ERBs begin next Wednesday – Friday.  Please refer to the email Mary McGonagle sent last week to help prepare for these.
    • THANK YOU for all the snacks in the teachers’ lounge this morning!  Just when one thought one would get back on track with healthy eating . . . .
    • Set back the clocks on Sunday (how Mr Holobek longs to live in a state where the time stays the same all year).

    Math:

    • We prepared for the unit 4 test, which was taken on Wednesday and Thursday.  It should have been brought home by now and reviewed.  Please make sure you sign this for extra credit.  Your child should return this to me on Monday.
    • Next week, we will be taking the Benchmark assessment over the first four units of this year.  The score will not be factored into your child’s grade; this is information for Miss Pruis and me to make sure there are no gaps before we move forward.

    Reading:

    • Big Idea:  What can animals teach us?
    • Essential Question:  What helps an animal survive?
    • Genre: Expository texts include factual information and text features such as headings, photographs, and captions
    • Comprehension Strategy:  Summarize
    • Comprehension Skill: Main Idea and Details

    Grammar:

    • Possessive singular and plural nouns
    • Prefixes: un-, dis-, re-; Suffixes: -ful, -less.   Students explored  meanings and how they change the meanings of words when added.

    Spelling:

    • /ar/ and /or/ sounds as in dart, guard, door, story, core

    Writing:

    • Students continue to revise, edit, or type their personal narrative
    • Watched a short video on when to start a new paragraph using TiPToP:  stands for Time, Person, Topic, Place
    • Practiced making paragraph breaks and noticing strong word choices, as well as “show don’t tells” in a piece of writing
    • Completed two entries in the Writer’s Notebook on topics from the Authority List – making the transition from narrative to expository writing
    • Collaborated with Mrs. Williams for social studies assignment on a presidential piece of writing

    Spanish

    • This week students put the finishing touches on their very creative stories using the structures of “le gusta” + verb and shared them with the class.  We started working with the verb “tener” to have and “querer” to want, which facilitated some good discussions around Halloween candy!
    • We are piloting a project on Google Classroom with fourth graders and we got started in our new online environment by helping all of the students get signed in to the “Comunidad Digital” and learning how to add comments to the class.  Students are working together to create vocabulary lists for our November unit on Friendship, Family and Community.  Eventually, our Google Classroom will be used for homework assignments in which students may watch a short video and respond to a prompt.  

    Science

    • Williams
      • Continued our unit on robotics.  Ask your child about their progress.
    • Holobek and Averyt
      • Began a project focusing on health and food choices.
      • In the coming weeks students will be interviewing professionals who they think can give them knowledge to help achieve their goals.
      • Here are the goals for the project:
        • To understand the consequences of food choices
        • To understand messages about food and health
        • To understand body processes related to health
        • To share discoveries about health with community

  8. October 24th – 28th

    October 29, 2016 by saveryt

     

    Important notes:
    The Halloween parade will begin at 2.15 on Monday – hopefully in the Fine Arts circle. Think happy thoughts for no rain that afternoon!
    Continue to send in hotel soaps, shampoos, etc. Half of Mrs Williams’s class will be going to Westminster on the 7th.

    Math:
    We’ve learned about line graphs.
    We’ve learned when to use a bar graph, a line graph, and a picture graph.
    The unit test will be on Tuesday next week.
    Our first Benchmark will be next Thursday and Friday.

    Reading:
    Essential Question: How are all living things connected? Students explored different ecosystems and the relationship between living things.
    Genre: Narrative Nonfiction
    Comprehension Strategy: Summarizing
    Comprehension Skill: Main Idea and Details

    Grammar:
    Irregular plural nouns (child – children, mouse – mice, fish – fish), and collective nouns (herd, flock, class)

    Spelling:
    3-letter blends (shr, thr, str, tch)

    Writing:
    All students are well into typing their personal narrative using Google Classroom; they have learned how to set up their heading, select the font and size, as well as how to center the title
    Finished the exercise of “show don’t tell”
    Students are now self selecting when they will practice Typing Pal – choosing three times to log in and practice for up to ten minutes each session

    Young Strings:
    We enjoyed creating our own versions of Halloween tunes!
    Cold Soggy Buns / Mary’s Lost Lamb / Paganini’s Nightmare / French Sad Dirge
    F sharp or F natural … it REALLY makes a difference!

    Art:
    Students studied the artist Wayne Theibaud, and will make a graham cracker painting with icing inspired by his paintings of food next week on Wednesday (Averyt) and Thursday (Holobek & Williams). The students have to mix their own colors from the three primary colors; red, yellow, and blue, then make a tint by adding white, a shade by adding black and make brown, a colorful, delicious challenge. They will be mixing and applying the colors with a popsicle stick they will have to lick the stick to clean it and use it in a new color.
    The ingredients will be Nabisco Honey Maid graham crackers, Pillsbury Vanilla and Chocolate icings as well as food coloring (red, yellow, blue and black)
    Please let me know if your child has any allergies to any of these food so I can make accommodations if possible.

    Science:
    Williams
    Began unit on robotics. Ask your child how they are progressing.
    Holobek and Averyt
    Began unit on nutrition.
    Students have explored the five food groups with the help of “MyPlate.”
    Students created a 5 day meal plan which included all five food groups for each meal.
    Students researched appropriate serving size and how much of each food is recommended for a healthy diet.
    Social Studies:
    Election 2016
    We learned about the very unique way we elect the President-the Electoral College.
    Explored presidential campaign ads from the past, beginning with the first T.V. ad in 1952 “Ike for President.”


  9. October 10th – 14th

    October 14, 2016 by saveryt

    Weekly notes:

    • This week in your child’s Friday Folder you will find a signature sheet.  As you remove and review your student’s work with him or her,  please sign and return the sheet along with the empty folder the following Monday.  The comment box is for either teacher or parent as needed.
    • Great times at the Fall Family Festival!  Thank you to everyone for all you did to help make this year’s event a success!
    • We had an evacuation drill on Wednesday morning at 10.00.
    • During our Community Meeting this week, we “met” many individuals around campus who help make Park Tudor a safe and inviting place (Mr Bond, Ms Tammy, Ms Lynn, Mr Realey, Mr Bishop, Ms Cummins).  They share information about themselves and gave suggestions to the students for how to make Park Tudor a safe and inviting place as well.
    • Keep collecting toiletries for Westminster – Mrs Williams’ class will be going next month!
    • You will be receiving a hard-copy of your child’s comments and grades at our conferences next week – they will be available online on the 24th.

    Math:

    • We reviewed a lot of word problems and multiplication/division problems for this week’s test.
    • The test was administered on Tuesday and corrected on Wednesday.  This went home to be signed and returned on Thursday for bonus points.
    • We took a pretest for the next unit (graphs and tables) on Wednesday, then started the new unit on Thursday.

     

    Grammar:

    • Singular and plural nouns
    • Commas in a series

     

    Spelling:

    • Digraphs (th, sh, ch, tch, ng, wh, ph)

     

    Reading:

    • Genre = drama, theatre, plays  (format, stage direction)
    • Comprehension Skill:  Theme
    • Comprehension Strategy:  ask questions before, during, and after reading
    • Vocabulary Strategy – how an antonym clue can help you understand a word
    • Vocabulary Building:  singular and plural possessives

     

    Writing:

    • Continued to work on how writers “show, don’t tell”
    • Finished up revising and editing our personal narratives
    • Began introducing google classroom to students as a place to type and place their writing in a “folder”

     

    Science:

    • Examined pictures of events that cause Earth to change quickly.  Students thought about how events such as volcanoes, floods, and landslides could be both constructive and destructive.
    • Watched a video and took notes on how volcanoes form and the different types of volcanoes.
    • Read and discussed about different natural disasters that occurred in the United States over the last 100 years.

     

    Spanish:

     

    Fourth graders continue to work with the structures of “Me gusta” (I like) and verbs to tell about what activities they like to do.  We practiced saying, “Me too” and “Me neither” in response to statements made in class.  Students also learned to express their preferences in Spanish by stating which activities they prefer doing more than others.  We have been looking at the map of South America and used it to create partners for each country.  

     


  10. October 3rd – 7th

    October 9, 2016 by saveryt

    Important News:

    • Thank you for the wonderful spread, Grade 4 parents. The teacher’s workroom was filled to capacity with scrumptious treats.  All of lower school enjoyed them!
    • Our school day begins at 7.55 with the morning meeting.  It is really important for us to be able to begin this with all students present and ready to join in the meeting.
    • If you haven’t signed up for your October parent conference with your child’s homeroom teacher, please do so.  You only need to meet with the homeroom teacher, as all of your child’s teachers will send comments to him/her.  
    • The Fall Family Festival is next Friday, Oct. 14 and After School will be open as usual.  The After School staff will not be escorting children to the festival.   The After School staff cannot release students to older siblings.

     

    Math:

    • We are working on word problems and using bar modeling as a tool to help visualize what the problem is asking us to find.
    • We took a quiz today (Friday) – it was graded and sent home in the Friday folders.  Please review with your child.
    • There will be a chapter test on Tuesday.

     

    Reading:

    • Genre:  Folktales
    • Essential Question: What are some messages in animal stories?
    • Comprehension Strategy:  ask and answer questions – before, during, and after reading
    • Comprehension Skill:  Theme –  the central message or lesson an author wants you to understand
    • Vocabulary Work: Finding the root word.  Finding the simplest form or root can help you figure out the meaning of a word.  Example:  announcement – announce,  generosity – generous,  pitiful – pity

     

    Spelling:

    • Prefixes (over-, re-, in-, pre-, un-, super-, im-, sub-, and il-)

     

    Grammar:

    • Common and proper nouns

     

    Writing:

    • Students took Writing Quiz  covering 6+1 traits, the Writing Process, and Writer’s Purpose.  It was graded and sent home in the Friday Folder.
    • Finishing up the rough draft of the personal narrative
    • Explored different methods and tools used for revising writing – making it better, ask your student for some examples

     

    Science

    • Performed two investigations to see how slope and flood conditions affect erosion and deposition
    • Students worked in groups of two on an interactive lesson from NASA relating to changes to our Earth

     


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