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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! 

Happenings in E103

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

This week, students will refocus on our prediction skills.  It was one of our weaker areas in reading last week.  Predictions need to be what a reasonable person would think coupled with clues and evidence from the story.  This week we will begin to hone our knowledge and appropriate use of synonyms and antonyms.  In addition, students will need to be able to map out the problem and solution in a fictional story.

Wow! we were exceptionally proud of our math results last week.  Our students demonstrated their strategies and work ethic leading to success on their first GPS.  This week, we will begin rounding to a given place value.  Then, we will swiftly move on to estimating sums and differences.  All of these skills will be wrapped within word problems.

Now that we have a sense of where to locate Virginia on a map, we will move to examine Virginia’s 5 regions closely.  In addition to naming and locating the regions on a map, students will need to describe their geographic characteristics, industries, and products.  For example, the Coastal Plains Region borders the Chesapeake Bay and is comprised of flat sandy soil.  It is best known for tourism, military bases, as well as producing peanuts.

In science class children are learning how structural and behavior adaptations can aid in survival within ecosystems.  Next we will be examining the flow of energy throughout the food chain and the greater food web at large.

Weekly Homework September 5th

Here is the homework for the week of September 5th.

  • 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.

Happenings in Room E103

Reading

This week in reading students will be taking their first GPS on Tuesday, August 29th.  This stands for growth per student. It is graded and counts for 30%.  Students will be tested on the context clues and prediction skills we’ve been practicing.  In addition we will continue to practice building our reading stamina. Lastly, we’ve fallen into a steady writing routine capturing small moments and really living with our characters.

Math

Students will also be completing their first math GPS on Friday, September 1st. This stands for growth per student.  We are continuing to develop our number sense skills.  Students are working on standard form, word form, expanded form, comparing numbers, ordering numbers and rounding numbers. This is expected of any number from the ones place to the hundred millions place.

VA Studies

It is important to read over the Virginia Studies notebook each night.  Yes, this could count toward your 20 minute reading log! This is a great deal of information for the year, and the material constantly builds on one another.  Right now students are working on their map skills naming and locating the 5 bordering states of Virginia, including the 2 bodies of water.

 

 

Weekly Homework August 28th

Here is the homework for the week of August 28th.

  • 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.