GPS Week

GPS Stands For Growth Per Student

It will count toward 30% or your child’s grade when their reports cards go home in a few weeks time.  Here is what will be tested on each of the following exams.

Reading – context clues (figuring out a new word meaning without the dictionary), synonyms, antonyms, homophones, sensory words, predictions, problem and solution.

Math – This is  a cumulative test.  It will cover place value, standard form, expanded form, word form, rounding, multi – step and multi – operational word problems, adding, subtracting, associative property of addition, equivalencies, and patterns.  WOW, that is a lot!

netoppew . . . ?

Ms. Lander, what is netoppew?  Well according  to John Smith’s translation, it means friends in the the Algonquian language.  That’s correct my friends, we are going to meet the tribes and language groups in Virginia.  What was their tribe? What language did they speak?  Where in Virginia did they settle?

  • Powhatan Tribe     Algonquian Language     Coastal Plain Region
  • Monacan Tribe      Siouan Language                 Piedmont Region
  • Cherokee Tribe     Iroquoian Language         Southwestern Virginia

 

Weekly Homework September 25th

Here is the homework for the week of September 25th.

  • Reading Log – It will come home on Monday, so 80 minutes this week.
  • Math homework – It will be handed out Monday and checked daily in class.
  • Virginia Studies – Read over your class notes nightly.
  • Reading – 1 four question worksheet will be given out Mon – Thurs.
  • Spelling – Study for you spelling test on Friday

This breaks down to 20 minutes of reading, 5 math questions + 4 reading questions = 9 homework questions per night.  Manage your time and you can do this.

Weekly Homework Sept. 18th

Here is the homework for the week of September 18th.

  • Reading Log – It will come home on Tuesday, so 60 minutes this week.
  • Math homework – It will be handed out Monday and checked daily in class.
  • Virginia Studies – Read over your class notes nightly.
  • Reading – 1 four question worksheet will be given out Mon – Thurs.
  • Spelling – Study for you spelling test on Friday

This breaks down to 20 minutes of reading, 5 math questions + 4 reading questions = 9 homework questions per night.  Manage your time and you can do this.

VA Studies Update

This Thursday, September 21st students will be taking their VA Studies test on the topics we have covered so far.  This includes:

  • 3 branches of government and what they do
  • The 5 bordering states of VA and how to find them using a compass and a blank map.
  • The four rivers and the major cities that are on them
  • The 5 regions of VA
    • with their products
    • with their industries
    • describe the geography

Beginning next week students will be introduced the the First American tribes and their languages.

Math Update

In math class we are beginning the associative property of addition.  It sounds more complicated than it is.  Looking at the expression below.

6 + (9 + 1) = (6 + 9) + 1

The numbers in equation are in the exact same order on both sides. That is important.  Notice the parentheses are around different groups of buddies.  To summarize, when we are identifying the associative property we are looking for the same order but different number buddies.

Students are also working on patterns and rules.  Look below.

1,  4, 7, 10, 13, 16   This number pattern always follows the rule of add 3 to get to the next number.

Testing Alerts in Room E103

This week students will be taking our regularly scheduled reading and math GPS.  Each GPS will be weighted for 30% of your child’s grade.

  • Reading GPS – It will cover context clues, problem and solution, and prediction.
  • Math GPS – It will cover rounding, estimating sums/differences, and word problems featuring addition and subtraction.

Next Tuesday there will be science test. It will cover adaptations, ecosystems, niches, and animal habitats.  Please look for a study packet to come home this week.

Next Wednesday there will be a test in Virginia Studies.  It will include information on the bordering states, rivers, and the regions of VA.  For each of the regions students will need to describe the land features, products and industries.  Read those notes each night.

Weekly Homework September 11th

Here is the homework for the week of September 11th.

  • Reading Log – It will come home on Monday and be due on Friday.
  • Math homework – It will be handed out Monday and checked daily in class.
  • Virginia Studies – Read over your class notes nightly.
  • Reading – 1 four question worksheet will be given out Mon – Thurs.
  • Spelling – Study for you spelling test on Friday

This breaks down to 20 minutes of reading, 5 math questions + 4 reading questions = 9 homework questions per night.  Manage your time and you can do this.

JOIN US!

Please join us this year while we “Shape Up For Success!” Our Back to School Night is Thursday, September 7th from 6 -7:30.                We hope to see you there! 

Phone: (804) 596-2391 Email: clander@ccps.us