our first reading unit, we reviewed the elements of a story: setting, characters,
conflict, and plot. We then discussed
plot structure (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and
resolution). Students also learned about
the various types of conflict, both internal and external. We then spent time learning about
characterization and the methods for how an author presents a character’s
traits, both directly and indirectly. This week we started reading our first trade
book, Ghost by Jason
Reynolds. We will be using this text to
further our understanding of story elements, plot structure, conflict, and
The first chapter in math focused on
ratios and rates. We reviewed how to
find the greatest common factor and least common multiple of a set of numbers
using an organized list. We then looked
at how prime factorization can be used to find GCF and LCM of larger numbers. We also learned how to represent a ratio in
various forms as well as how to calculate a unit rate. Additionally, students learned how to create,
analyze, and graph ratio tables. We
ended the unit looking at the various ways to determine if ratios are
equivalent and how to solve word problems involving ratios and rates.
2 focused on fractions, decimals, and percents.
Students learned how to convert from one form to another, as well as how
to compare and order. They also learned
how to calculate percent of a number as well as how to find a reasonable
estimate. We ended the chapter learning
how to solve percent problems using proportions.
week we will begin Chapter 3, which focuses on decimals.
child will receive math homework most nights.
Please take time to briefly look over each assignment to make sure your
child has completed it to the best of his/her ability.
reminder that there are online math materials that correspond with the math
curriculum. Your child was made aware of
these resources and shown how to access them using their username and password.
For your convenience, on our Blog homepage under ‘parent resources’, we have
included links to these resources. We
encourage you and your child to take advantage of these online supports.
the math text contains numerous step-by-step examples related to each lesson
concept and should serve as an excellent resource for you and your child when
completing daily homework assignments as well as when preparing for
end-of-chapter assessments. An
electronic version of the math text can also be accessed through our Blog
notice your child struggling to grasp any particular concept, encourage them to
seek help. The concepts in our math
curriculum build on previously taught concepts so it’s important that your child
understand what was taught in math class each day in order to be able to grasp
what will be taught in future lessons.
If you have any questions or concerns,
please do not hesitate to contact your child’s math teacher.
Our first unit in science focuses on
meteorology. Students have learned about
the types of information/data that are included in a weather forecast as well
as how forecasts benefit people. They
also were briefly introduced to the numerous instruments meteorologists use to
collect weather data.
We are now learning about the
various types of weather data needed to make a weather forecast. First, we
talked about relative humidity.
The students had an opportunity to use a sling psychrometer to collect
wet-bulb and dry-bulb readings, and then used this data to calculate the
percent of relative humidity. Currently,
we are learning about air pressure and how air pressure can have an impact on
the current and future weather conditions.
your child to explain to you the difference between a High pressure system and a Low
pressure system and what kind of weather you can expect with each. There will be a science quiz next week. Please encourage your child to review their
study guide in preparation for this assessment.
During our first unit, students will learn
about the Civil War. They have learned
about slavery, the Underground Railroad, and about some of the causes of the
war. We also learned a fun song about
the Compromise of 1850. Ask your child
to sing it to you. Beware, after hearing
it, you will be singing it the rest of the day!
Mr. Rohm will be visiting to teach the students about Gettysburg,
Abraham Lincoln, Lee’s surrender at Appomattox courthouse, as well as for a few
In Mrs. Mitchell’s class, students wrote a short story about a picture from Chris Van Allsburg book, The Mysteries of Harris Burrdick. Students completed a story map, similar to the one used in reading, as a graphic organizer, write a rough draft, revised it, and are in the process of publishing a final draft. During the revising process, students focused on adding vivid verbs and the five senses to their writing. We also are working through the first grammar unit which focuses on sentence structure. We have also been working on Daily Language Review to practice grammar skills.
Johnson’s class, we are working through unit 1 in the
grammar text, which focuses on sentence structure. Students
learned about the four different types of sentences. We then discussed how to locate the complete
and simple subject and predicate in a sentence. We have also been working on Daily Language
Review to practice grammar skills.