- Monday, January 20- No School
- Tuesday, January 21- All School Mass
- Wednesday, January 22- January Birthday Celebration
- Sunday, January 26- Catholic Schools Week Begins; Mass & Open House
We have been learning about Decimals. Topics in this Chapter 4 include: understanding tenths, understanding hundredths, comparing decimals, ordering decimals, and decimals as fractions. We have also been reviewing basic multiplication facts and multi-digit multiplication problems. This week, we will be reviewing basic division facts and long division.
LOOKING AHEAD: Chapter 4 Math Test will be Thursday, January 30th.
We have completed winter reading benchmark testing and have started our new reading unit: Non-fiction and Informational Texts; Reading the Weather, Reading the World. Students have been practicing finding personal connections to different nonfiction topics to give them relevance and meaning. We’ve looked at the world around us to discover how nonfictional writing is present in our everyday lives. We’ve also reviewed how text features help authors and readers organize and understand nonfictional texts. Thank you to Mrs. Sawyer for using weekly library time to enhance and support our learning by teaching a lesson on nonfiction and by helping us check out relevant materials. This week, we will look closely at the different text structures authors use to present information in nonfiction.
We have started having a weekly spelling list of 10-15 high frequency and tricky to use words. Students receive their list on Mondays, complete 2 Spelling Choice Board activities independently throughout the week, and take a spelling test on Fridays. Students are also completing weekly leveled word work in the Words Their Way workbooks. Finally, in Grammar we will continue basic usage topics, and our current focus is verbs.
We had a wonderful field trip to the Adler Planetarium this past week. It was a great way to wrap up our Solar System Unit. Please stop by our classroom during the Catholic Schools Week Open House to see students finished binder projects. Next on the calendar: Social Studies and the great Midwest. Every chapter in S.S. is read aloud in class. I also assign pages for students to reread as homework. In class, students complete a regional map, vocabulary flashcards, and a companion packet as we go through the chapter.
The students did a fantastic job serving mass last week. I told them their willing hearts and cheerful worship made God smile. We have been learning about receiving God’s mercy through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We have also been talking a lot about how we are responsible for making good choices by using an examination of conscience. Ask your student how his or her thoughts lead to actions which are pleasing and honoring to God. Coming up: a focus on the Ten Commandments.
See you Sunday at Mass.