(Updated: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014)
Happy October! We have some great new things happening in our classroom. We've worked on tweaking our schedule so that it works a little better. We hope all of you are enjoying this Fall weather.
Miss Hill has begun taking over most aspects of the classroom routines, etc. She has pretty much taken over all aspects of your child's day. She's excited and ready to go. I look forward to continue coaching her so that she's ready to go out and be successful in her own classroom. She has a lot of really wonderful ideas and I look forward to her continuing to work with our students.
In Math three days a week we will split into 3 groups. Mrs. H. has a group, Miss Hill has a group, and I will have a group. On Tuesday's, which is our Futura day, we will continue with whole group Hands-on-equations lessons. Miss Hill will be taking this over very soon. On Wednesday's we will be doing a whole group review/reinforce lesson focusing on multi-step word problems along with some logic work as well. Miss Hill will be planning and implementing these plans while she is here.
In Language Arts we are working on Unit 3 in Spelling. I will post the lists and contracts just in case your child leaves their resources here at school. We have started the book "The River." It's our Tuesday book as that's Futura day. We are working on Daily 5 and will begin small reading groups soon. DRA testing is finished, so we will be finishing up our practicing all aspects of Daily 5 and begin small reading groups next week. Miss Hill will also be starting some grammar/structure mini-lessons as well as taking over reading groups once we have them up and running.
In Social Studies we have split the class into two groups. Mrs. Hawthorne has perfected the skills needed for our students to ace their Virginia Studies SOL, so she's running that side of things. I'm working with the fifth graders on their social studies. We are studying the regions of the U.S. We are a super team and we plan together.
In Science we have now split into two groups as well. In fourth grade their science right now is tying directly into their Virginia Studies. In fifth grade we've moved into plate tectonics and then we will be onto the rock cycle.
I'm looking forward to "pushing" my students out of their comfort zone. I'm incredibly excited about a class that I took this summer that emphasizes STEAM. We will trying to devote a few times a month where we focus on lessons of this nature. We've already a few of these challenges. Ask your child about about them. I'm working on getting pictures loaded. I'm hoping to create a separate STEM/STEAM page to load all the pictures on.
Keep your eyes peeled for Wednesday Folders and any important information that comes home. We are also using the Red Folders as daily communication back and forth. There may be some days that they don't come home as there isn't anything to put in them.
Continue to encourage your child to read every night for at least 20 minutes.
Here are some dates to put on your calendar:
Friday, October 24th, 2014: Spirit Day: College Dress Day
Friday, October 24th, 2014: Fall Festival
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014: PTA Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 31st, 2014: End of First Marking Period
Monday, November 3rd, 2014: Teacher Work Day and Conference Day (No Students)
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014: Teacher Work Day (No Students)
Monday, November 10th, 2014: Fifth Grade to Inner Quest: Extended Day trip!
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014: Fourth Grade to Jamestown: Extended Day trip!
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014: Fifth Grade to STEM Day at Heritage High School with Lincoln Fifth Graders.