Thursday, October 29, 2009

Paws Team Update

Remember the fieldtrip is Monday. Make sure to bring a sack lunch, drink (not soda), and a light snack. Dress appropriately for Monday—pants, tennis shoes, long sleeves, and jacket. It looks to be a beautiful day on Monday.

In Social Studies, we are beginning our study of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Kush/Nubia. Students will not have homework for the next few weeks. However, students need to be completing their Ancient Egypt or Ancient Kush/Nubia projects that they will be presenting to the class on Monday, 11-16-09 for Gold classes and on Tuesday, 11-17-09 for Blue classes. Students have received information about the projects.

In Mathematics, we will begin testing chapter 3 next week. Please remember to study vocabulary words for the test! We will also test multiplication again for those that need to improve their score. The students have done a great job on division in chapter 3!

In Communication Arts, Mrs. McFarland's classes will be working from the novel, Trouble River by Betsy Byars. The main character, Dewey Martin, meets many challenges in this book in which the setting is back in the wild frontier pioneer days. He is forced to escape with his grandmother and travel to safety down the muddy and dangerous Trouble River. The novel will be read in class with activities and writing assignments. For those students who don't get finish during the class period, they will be allowed to finish their work at home and they may check out a book if needed one night at a time. Encourage your child to tell you the story of Dewey Martin from Trouble River and ask him/her to tell you what they would do in that same situation. This book will take about four weeks to complete.

In Science, the student took their first rock cycle quiz. Some did really well and others need to study. They will have the same quiz again. We are exploring how mining is related to minerals and how minerals are used in our daily lives.

In Reading Exploratory, please make sure that your student is reading 100 minutes per week, writing three complete summaries, and having you sign the Reading Log. Please have students proofread and edit their summaries if it is not their best work. Reading logs will be due every Friday except Log 10 will be due on next Thursday (11-5-09) there is no school on next Friday (11-6-09).