Monday, October 5, 2015

REMINDERS and Other News:

Thursday, October 8th we will be creating a California's Four Regions Map in class.  Students need materials from home to put on the map.  Materials must be very small in size.  Items like rice, dried spit peas, dried black beans, popcorn, etc., will work very well.  The items must be dry and odorless.  Please send in four different products.  California's four regions are desert, valley, coast and mountains.  You and your child may want to select materials that are color coordinated to match the region.

Graded work envelopes are due back. The Module 1 Math test will go home with students on Tuesday, October 6.  Please sign and return immediately. 

Interim Progress Reports go home on Wednesday, October 7th.  The date changed again!  Remember that a “2” means partially proficient and is a grade that can be improved.

Thank you to all of our classroom volunteers!

CURRICULUM NEWS FOR THE WEEK

English Language Arts 
  
We will begin reading Island of the Blue Dolphins (hereinafter known as “IBD”) on Tuesday, 10/6.  This book has a Lexile level of 1100 and could be difficult for some students.  Please read the book with your child if you find that he/she is having trouble with comprehension. 

Students will begin vocabulary work called “Wordly Wise” (“WW”). WW is a systematic academic approach to vocabulary development.  During week one students will write the part of speech and the definition to the word.  During week 2, students will work to know the meaning of the word at a higher level.  Students will learn word parts, how to find word meanings and learn strategies to figure out the meanings of words. 

Grammar - Relative Pronouns – to be completed this week. 

Final version of figurative language book can be created when all work is complete.

Writing Narratives

Developing characters and plotting a story line.

Eureka Math

Module 2.  Metric Measurement.  Quiz on Friday, October 9. 

 Life Science with Mrs. Kearns: Monday and Wednesday rotations.  

Social Studies
California's 4 Regions:

California Location Assignment.  Due in two weeks on October 19th.

Mapping Project.  Thursday, October 8.  Students will map the four different regions of California using inexpensive materials like sand, rice, loose tea, dry split peas, etc.  Look for materials at home and bring them in to school.



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