New spelling words went home on Friday, February 26th. Our final spelling test for this nine weeks will be on March 12th. All spelling tests will be averaged for one major writing grade.
Spelling - Blue Homework Folder will be sent home every Friday with the new Words Their Way words and a Math WS. For homework, students should study the pattern for the week, not just memorize the words to be a Friday speller.
Words Their Way teachers students how to look critically at words so they can build a deeper understanding of how spelling works to represent sounds and meanings. If your child is still having difficulty with learning their words during the two weeks, please look to the link below for ideas to use at home.
Many students have moved into different spelling groups and will be receiving more challenging word patterns. These are patterns they will need to learn to effectively decode while reading. Your child should be cutting apart their words and completing word sorts, speed sorts, blind sorts or activities from the list instead of just memorizing how to spell the words for a test. If you need help watch the video below.
Reader's Workshop - In Reader's Workshop, we are moving in to nonfiction text elements. We will be looking at all the different features you can find in a nonfiction text: table of contents, bold words, diagrams, labels, graphs, index, glossary, heading, illustrations, photograph, caption. We will have a major test on Thursday, March 11th over these features.
Writer's Workshop - During Writer's Workshop, we will be working on writing a paper over Helen Keller. We have worked on writing good sentences that are a complete thought. These papers will be one of there major grades for this nine weeks.
Math -In Math, we wrapping up our unit on two digit addition/subtraction with and without regrouping. This is a very difficult concept for some students, especially if they do not know their math facts. Please have your child practice their facts every night as the basic facts should be the "sight words" for math. Right now our test is scheduled for this Friday, March 5th. Many students are struggling with subtraction so practice, practice, practice! I will send home some practice word problems and I recommend you let your child try on their own and then check them together.
Science- This week will be be learning about natural resources and the things we get from our natural resources. Our Unit Test will cover Rocks, Freshwater, Saltwater, and Natural Resources. We will be taking all science tests online for the remainder of the year. The students will need headphones as the test is read to them. If your child has broken their headphones or not yet brought to school, please send in ASAP as I do not have any extras at school. I will send home a study guide this week and the Unit Test will be next Wednesday.