(Updated: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014)
Welcome back to school! I'm so excited to with all of you this year. It's hard to believe that I'm starting my 26th year in the classroom. Wow! Time sure flies! I'm looking forward to a successful and challenging year. We have our student teacher, Miss Hill until December. We're so excited to have her.
In Math we're working on multi-step word problems, Hands-on-Equations, and we'll be moving into Elapsed Time. These are both fourth and fifth grade SOL's.
In Language Arts I just started Spelling evaluations this week. I'm hoping to begin spelling groups next week. Miss Hill has begun a whole class literature study utilizing Because of Winn Dixie. The students are really enjoying this.
In Social Studies we're reviewing maps and globes together as a whole group. We will be dividing into grade level groups in a couple of weeks.
In Science we're reviewing basic scientific investigation and scientific method.
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 tackled one challenge. Ask your child about our Spaghetti Tower Challenge. I'm working on getting pictures and videos loaded.
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:
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014: Back to School Night @ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 12th, 2014: Field Trip to Rust Nature Center
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014: Constitution Day
Friday, September 19th, 2014: PTA Picnic
Friday, September 26th, 2014: Number Day and Grandparents Day