Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 26 - 30

Important Dates
Jan. 30 - End of 2nd Quarter
Feb 2 & 3 - Teacher Workdays
Feb 6 - Report Cards go home
Feb 12 - 2nd Quarter Awards Ceremony 9am
Feb 13 - Valentine's Party 1:00 - 1:50pm
Feb. 16 - Teacher Workday
Feb 17 - Spring Picture Day

Important Reminders
  • Scholastic Orders Due February 20, 2014.

Homework
Monday - Martin Luther Passage & Vocabulary page 79
Tuesday - French & Indian Passage & Vocabulary pages 81 - 83  
Wednesday - Lewis & Clark Passage & Vocabulary page 84  
Thursday - Spanish American War Passage & Vocabulary page 85

Tests/Quizzes
Wednesday (possibly into Thursday) - Midterm Assessment
Friday - Vocabulary Lesson 11 Test

This Week...

Monday 
Students will continue the read aloud of the novel, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell.  We will learn about the last type of text structure called Description.  We will read sample texts of this structure and students will use graphic organizers to identify the description characteristics of the text.  Students will also begin working on the in-class culminating project for our read aloud novel. They will be writing several journal entries as if they are traveling on the Oregon Trail.  They will receive a rubric and instructions listing the types of information they should include in each journal entry.  

Tuesday 
Students will finish the read aloud of the novel, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell.  We will review the text structures that we have covered over the last week and begin a review of each.  Students will have class time to work on their in-class project journals.   

Wednesday
Students will be taking a Midterm Assessment. This assessment will provide information on what each student knows at this point in the year and will allow me to pinpoint areas where students may need more focused instruction.  This will not be a grade that will go towards the students' report card, but will be used as a tool that will help drive my instruction in the classroom. Assessment information will be sent home to parents within a week of the students' completion of the assessment.

Thursday 
Students who need time to finish the Midterm Assessments will be allowed class time to complete it.  If the assessment is completed by all students in a class, students will be working on review activities for text structure and continuing to work on their in-class project journals.   

Friday 
Students will take the Lesson 11 Vocabulary test. They will continue working on reviewing each text structure we have covered over the last two weeks and the in-class project journals. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

January 20 - 23

Important Dates
Jan, 21 - Artist in the Schools 9am
Jan. 22 - Ident-a-Kid
Jan. 30 - End of 2nd Quarter
Feb 2 & 3 - Teacher Workdays
Feb. 16 - Teacher Workday

Important Reminders
  • Scholastic Orders due January 23rd

Homework
Monday - No School
Tuesday - Disaster Passage Questions 
Wednesday - Fuel Passage Questions 
Thursday - Confucius Passage Questions 


Tests/Quizzes
None

This Week...

Tuesday 
Students will continue reading the novel, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell.  We will review the text structure, Chronological Order, which we learned about last week. Students will be able to finish their small group activity working with that text structure.  We will also begin looking at the next type of text structure, Compare and Contrast.   

Wednesday
We will continue the read aloud of the novelAcross the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell.   Students will review the Compare and Contrast text structure and work in small groups on a practice activity that will allow them to use a graphic organizer to compare two or more topics discussed in a sample text. 

Thursday 
Students will continue to listen to a read aloud of the novel, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell. We will review Compare and Contrast and learn about another text structure, Cause and Effect. Students will work with sample texts that use this text structure and fill out a graphic organizer that will help them pick out the cause and effect relationships in the texts. 

Friday 
Students will continue to listen to a read aloud of our novel. We will review the Cause and Effect text structure and learn about another text structure, Problem and Solution. Students will work with sample texts and use graphic organizers to help pick out the text's problem and solution

Sunday, January 11, 2015

January 12 - 16

Important Dates
Jan. 19 - MLK, Jr. Holiday - School Closed
Jan. 22 - Ident-a-Kid
Jan. 30 - End of 2nd Quarter

Important Reminders
  • Scholastic Orders due January 23rd
  • 2nd Quarter Book Reports are due MONDAY, JANUARY 12th! Please check with your child to make sure they are working on the finishing touches this week/weekend. If you need more information, please click on the link to the project on the right side of this page.   

Homework
Monday - CSI Passage Questions & Vocab page 70
Tuesday - Oceans Passage Questions & Vocab page 71
Wednesday - Ghost Towns Passage Questions & Vocab page 74
Thursday - Wildfire Passage Questions & Vocab page 75

Tests/Quizzes
Friday - Vocabulary Lesson 10 Test

This Week...

Monday 
All Classes - Students will be presenting their 2nd Quarter Book Report Projects to their classmates. They will explain who they read about, a few interesting facts and how they created their Bottle Buddy representation.  They will turn in their time lines and reports to Mrs. Tyson. 

Tuesday
All Classes - We will begin a read aloud of the novelAcross the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell.  Students will hear an account of a family's journey west on the Oregon Trail in 1847 and complete a short writing assignment in response to what is read in class. We will also discuss this week's vocabulary words. 

Wednesday 
All Classes - Students will continue to listen to a read aloud of the novel, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell. We will begin learning about text structures, which is the way an author organizes text.  We will focus on the text structure chronological order/sequence in class and work with sample texts for that structure.

Thursday 
All Classes - Students will continue to listen to a read aloud of our novel. We will learn about another text structure compare and contrast in class and work with sample texts. Students will have some class time to study and practice their Vocabulary words for this week using Quizlet and the Ipad cart. 

Friday 
All Classes - Students will take their Vocabulary Lesson 10 Test.  We will continue the read aloud of our novel and students will complete a short writing assignment based on what was read in class. We will review the first two text structures that were introduced this week. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January 5 - 9

Important Dates
Jan. 5 - Back to School
Jan. 19 - MLK, Jr. Holiday - School Closed
Jan. 22 - Ident-a-Kid
Jan. 30 - End of 2nd Quarter

Important Reminders
  • Scholastic Orders due January 23rd
  • 2nd Quarter Book Reports are due MONDAY, JANUARY 12th! Please check with your child to make sure they are working on the finishing touches this week/weekend. If you need more information, please click on the link to the project on the right side of this page.   

Homework
Monday - Reading Passage Questions & Vocab page 63
Tuesday - Reading Passage Questions & Vocab page 64
Wednesday - Reading Passage Questions & Vocab page 65
Thursday - Reading Passage Questions & Vocab page 67

Tests/Quizzes
Friday - Vocabulary Lesson 9 Test
Friday - Nonfiction Text Features Quiz

This Week...

Monday 
All Classes - Students will being a short week-long unit on Nonfiction Text Features, which they will have a quiz on on Friday.  We will talk about New Year's resolutions and students will have an opportunity to create their resolutions for this year.  We will also discuss this week's vocabulary words for Lesson 9. 

Tuesday
All Classes - Students will continue to learn about Nonfiction Text Features and work on creating examples of their own for each feature we discuss.  We will begin learning background information for the next novel we will read beginning next week. It is called, Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell.  Students will be learning about Westward Expansion in the U.S. during the 1800s. We will also be reading aloud an interactive adventure book set in this time period that will allow classes to choose one of three different character perspectives to follow throughout the story.  This means that each class may end up with different events and endings than the others!

Wednesday 
All Classes - Students will participate in a Nonfiction Text Feature Scavenger Hunt activity that will require them to identify the text features we have been learning about this week in various nonfiction texts.  We will begin learning about the Oregon Trail and what settlers traveling on the trail needed to make the journey and what traveling conditions were like for them.  We will continue to read aloud from our Westward Expansion interactive adventure book to find out what choices each character makes based on each class' choices.  

Thursday 
All Classes - Students will participate in a Nonfiction Bingo activity to review for the quiz they will take on Friday based on the Nonfiction Text Features we have learned about this week.  We will continue our read aloud of the interactive adventure book on Westward Expansion. Students will have some class time to study and practice their Vocabulary words for this week using Quizlet and the Ipad cart. 

Friday 
All Classes - Students will take their Vocabulary Lesson 9 Test and a quiz on Nonfiction Text Features.  We will continue, and/or, finish our read aloud of the Westward Expansion interactive adventure book.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 15 - 19

Important Dates
Dec 18 - NC Art Museum Field Trip
Dec 19 - Christmas Party 9:30am - 11:30am
Dec 19 - Early Release 11:45am

Important Reminders
·                     Scholastic Orders due December 11th.  
·                     We still need volunteers to send in items or to help out with the Christmas Party on Dec 19th. Here is the link to sign up. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044eaba82da64-christmas

Homework
NONE

Tests/Quizzes
NONE

This Week...

Monday 
All Classes - Over the next three days, students will read about the holiday traditions of different countries around the world and complete a foldable activity that will be included in a booklet showing what they learned about each country's traditions.  Today, they will learn about traditions in Australia and Germany.

Tuesday
All Classes - Students will read about holiday traditions in Israel and Italy and complete a foldable for each that they will include their holiday traditions booklet. 

Wednesday 
All Classes - Students will read about holiday traditions of Kwanzaa and Mexico and complete a foldable for each that they will include their holiday traditions booklet. 

Thursday 
All Classes - North Carolina Art Museum Field Trip

Friday 
All Classes - Christmas Party and Early Release at 11:45AM. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8 - 12

Important Dates
Dec 11 - Winter Concert 6PM
Dec 12 - Progress Reports
Dec 18 - NC Art Museum Field Trip
Dec 19 - Christmas Party 9:00am - 11:30am
Dec 19 - Early Release 11:45am

Important Reminders
·                     Scholastic Orders due December 11th.  
·                     We still need volunteers to send in items or to help out with the Christmas Party on Dec 19th. Here is the link to sign up. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044eaba82da64-christmas

Homework
Monday - Read 30 mins with summary & Vocab page 56
Tuesday - Read 30 mins with summary & Vocab page 57
Wednesday - Read 30 mins with summary & Vocab page 58
Thursday - Read 30 mins with summary & Vocab page 60

Tests/Quizzes
Friday - Vocabulary Lesson 8 Test

This Week...

Monday 
All Classes - Students will continue a unit on Biographies and character traits. We will learn about two famous Americans, Alexander Graham Bell and Neil Armstrong.  We will also work on a Vocabulary activity with this week’s words.

Tuesday
All Classes - Students will move on to learn about two famous African Americans, George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman. We will also discuss the following character traits: Integrity and Patriotism.  Students will also have class time to complete a Vocabulary activity with this week’s words. 

Wednesday 
All Classes - Students will learn about two famous American women, Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride. We will start working on our in-class Fold-a-Person project.  Students will also have class time to practice and study their Vocabulary words for this week using the laptop cart. 

Thursday 
All Classes - Students will work on their in-class Fold-a-Person projects. They will also practice and study for their Vocabulary test tomorrow using the laptop cart. 

Friday 

All Classes - Students will finish their in-class Fold-a-Person projects.  They will also take their Vocabulary Lesson 8 test. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December 1 - 5

Important Dates
Dec 5 - 6 - Booster Bazaar
Dec 11 - Winter Concert 6PM
Dec 12 - Progress Reports
Dec 18 - NC Art Museum Field Trip
Dec 19 - Christmas Party 9:00am - 11:30am
Dec 19 - Early Release 11:45am

Important Reminders

Homework
Monday - Read 30 mins with summary & Vocab page 49 - 50
Tuesday - Read 30 mins with summary & Vocab page 51
Wednesday - Read 30 mins with summary & Vocab page 52
Thursday - Read 30 mins with summary & Vocab page 53

Tests/Quizzes
Friday - Vocabulary Lesson 7 Test

This Week...

Monday 
All Classes - Students will begin a unit on Biographies and character traits.  We will discuss what elements make up a biography and introduce the in-class project that students will complete at the end of the Biography unit. Students will learn about two famous Americans each day and learn about a selection of character traits.  Everything they will learn during the next two weeks will be put together into their in-class Biography Character Trait project. We will learn about our first two famous Americans, Benjamin Franklin and Paul Revere, on this day as well. 

Tuesday
All Classes - Students will move on to learn about two famous Americans from the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant and Stonewall Jackson. We will also discuss the following character traits: Self-Discipline, Compassion, Courage, Respect and Dependability.  Students will also have class time to use the Ipads to practice and study their Vocabulary words for this week. 

Wednesday 
All Classes - Students will learn about two famous Americans during the Westward Expansion  of the United States, Davy Crockett and Sacagawea.  We will discuss the following character traits: Honesty, Perseverance, Fairness, Loyalty and Responsibility.  Students will also have class time to practice and study their Vocabulary words for this week using the Ipads. 

Thursday 
All Classes - Students will learn about two famous American presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt. They will also work on a variety of Vocabulary practice activities to prepare for their Vocabulary test tomorrow. 

Friday 
All Classes - Students will learn about two famous Americans during the Civil Rights movement, Jackie Robinson and Ruby Bridges.  They will also take their Vocabulary Lesson 7 test.