Weekly Preview (1/15-1/19)

Note: Ms. Kim will be absent for a half day on Thursday (1/18) and a full day on Friday (1/19).

Writing and Reading – We have been reading historical fiction books and noticing the details that reveal the time period in which our books take place. These details can include differences in the clothing, food, technology, and transportation between then and now. This week students will begin researching a chosen time period and think of a story arc in preparation for creating a Green Screen video which will be the final project for this unit. Once finished with their story arcs, students will begin creating their scripts and storyboards.

Math – Students are learning about different division methods. Last week we reviewed the concept of division using counters and learned the array and area model methods of division. This week students are learning partial quotients and the standard algorithm methods of division. We are also practicing word problems and how to interpret remainders. Students who have not yet mastered their basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) should continue to practice daily using a math app or flashcards.

Social Studies – We will complete our unit on Migration with our SIS Immigration Checkpoint activity on Level 5 this Friday. Students have been placed in mixed class groups, each of which will be a “family” that is trying to migrate to a mythical, perfect country called Utopia. In preparation, students will need to be ready to answer some questions and to develop a backstory for their characters regarding their country of origin, occupation, health, and income.

Word Study – We are utilizing our knowledge of subjects and predicates to help us identify sentence fragments and run-on sentences.

 

Weekly Preview (1/8-1/12)

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and welcome back! We have an exciting program of learning to share with your children this week!


Writing – We are beginning by having the students review the writing process by writing about their Winter Break. They will go through the steps of brainstorming, drafting, revising, and editing in their Writing notebooks before typing and publishing their writing on Seesaw with photos! We are also thinking about the resolutions we have planned for 2018!

Reading – We are beginning with a review of the reading genres and then focusing on our new unit of Historical Fiction. Historical Fiction is a genre in which the setting and historical events are real whereas the main characters are fictional. Students will learn about the importance of researching the setting of the books that they read in order to have a complete understanding of the text.

Math – Prior to the break we finished up our unit on Multiplication and we are now diving into Division. Students review the meaning of keywords such as dividend, divisor, and quotient and show their understanding through the use of manipulatives and other hands-on methods. Students who have not yet mastered their basic math facts (particularly addition, subtraction, and multiplication) should continue to practice daily using a math app or flashcards.

Social Studies – We are continuing our unit on Migration. This week we will focus on migrations in current events, particularly those featured heavily in the news. An example of this is the movement of refugees from Syria towards Europe. Students are expanding their knowledge of the world around them as well as building their empathy towards the plight of others.

Word Study – We are reviewing the eight parts of speech and moving into identifying the parts of a sentences, primarily the subject and predicate.

 

Learning Comes Alive – Thursday, January 25th

International Parade – Friday, December 1st (8:30-9:15)

Boxes of Hope – Due on December 2nd

Dear Parents,

PSA is happy to take part in this great organization, Box of Hope, that will get our kids involved in a great cause!

Box of Hope is an annual charity project aimed at providing useful and educational gifts to underprivileged children in Asia.

It is very simple and will give joy to many children who have never received a gift.

To participate in this wonderful project, follow these 3 steps:

1.Pick up an empty NEW shoe box from school. We will have them at Mountainside, Parkside, and Bayside entrance on Tuesday – Friday,  November 21-24.

2. Pick up a sticker (from the same place) with the age and gender you choose to fill the box for. Place the sticker on the top of your finished packed wrapped box.

3. Return the completed box to school at the Winter Bazaar on December 2nd. If you cannot return the box on this day, please bring it to school on December 4th and 5th.

Follow these easy steps and together we can make many children happy!

Thank you very much ,
PSA

Pirates 2 – Wednesday, November 22nd and Thursday, November 23rd

Weekly Wrap Up (October 23-27)

  • Writing – Students are internalizing the structure of the 5 paragraph essay. Most of them have finished writing their first personal essay and are beginning to create a graphic organizer for their second essay. We learned about writing powerful leads and final thoughts to begin and finish our essays.
  • Reading – Besides reading their independent books, students have been working on presenting their Character Bags using iMovie. Our next reading unit will focus on nonfiction texts.
  • Math – We are finishing up Module 2. We have been learning about the measurement of length, mass, volume, and time. Students have been learning how to convert into greater and lesser units (Example: kilograms into grams) using the metric system.
  • Word Study – We have been practicing  the 100 “No Excuse” words in our Spelling Bees. This is referred to as the Dolch List and it is expected that students are able to spell all of these words correctly by the end of the year. Students have also been asked to look for new or unfamiliar words in their reading.
  • Science – We are finishing up our unit on “Energy”. Students have been learning about energy transfer and we will be learning about the nature of waves this week.

Weekly Wrap Up (10/16-10/20)

  • Writing – We have begun our “Boxes and Bullets” essay writing unit. Students are drawing upon what they learned in third grade about opinion writing and building upon that prior knowledge in order to learn how to write a structured 5 paragraph essay!
  • Reading – We continue to focus on choosing Just Right books both in class and on our visits to the Library. Students are finishing up their Character Bags, and will be creating an iMovie to present their projects. Our next reading unit will focus on nonfiction texts.
  • Math – We have begun our Module 2, which focuses on measurement. This will be a shorter module which focuses on the measurement of length, mass, volume, and time. Students are learning how to convert into greater and lesser units (Example: kilograms into grams) using the metric system.
  • Word Study – We have been practicing  the 100 “No Excuse” words in our Spelling Bees. This is referred to as the Dolch List and it is expected that students are able to spell all of these words correctly by the end of the year. Students have also been asked to look for new or unfamiliar words in their reading.
  • Science – Thank you parents for attending Learning Comes Alive last week! We think that last week’s science lesson was especially successful due to the collaboration between students and parents! Last week we completed our investigation into electromagnets. We will be studying the concept of energy transfer this week.

Classical Music Recital – November 1st

Disco Day – Tuesday, October 31st

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