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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.

Essential Classroom Rules

This year we have been inspired by colleagues and teacher/author, Ron Clark.  He has a book on 55 essential rules for a school classroom. We wish to have a giving and safe classroom family this year. Below you will find our essential 13 classroom rules this year.

  • Say Yes Ma’am, No Sir
  • Maintain eye contact with the person speaking.
  • Respect other students’ comments, opinions, and ideas.
  • Do not show disrespect with gestures.
  • Always say thank you when given something.
  • Answer all written and spoken questions with a complete sentence.
  • You must complete your homework everyday.
  • You may bring a bottle of water to class.
  • If someone bumps into you, say, “excuse me,” even if it was not your fault.
  • When walking in line, keep your arms at your sides and move quickly.
  • If anyone is bullying you, let me know.
  • Be positive and enjoy life!
  • No matter the circumstances, always be honest.

Weekly Homework August 21st

Here is the homework for the week of August 21st.

  • 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.

Matters in Math

Our first math GPS (Growth Per Student) test will be August 31st.  It will include many of the concepts that we have reviewed or learned since the beginning of the school year.  Here is what your child will need to know.

  • Place Value – where is the number/digit located?
  • Value – what is the number/digit worth?
  • Standard form – written in numbers     112, 345, 256
  • Word form – written in words     One hundred twelve million three hundred forty five thousand two hundred fifty six
  • Expanded form –      100,000,000 +10,000,000+2,000,000+ 300,000+40,000+5,000+200+50+6
  • Can you compare and put numbers in order from largest to smallest or least to greatest?
  • Can you round to any given place value?

Virginia Studies Brief

This year we will be learning about Virginia’s history, starting with the three branches of government. From there we will go into the geography of Virginia and into the beginnings of our great state.

Beginning on Monday, August 21st students should bring home their Virginia Studies notebook home daily. Review 2-5 facts or definitions a night.  This will develop study skills, prepare for future tests and quizzes long term, and aid in review over the course of the year.

Eclipse Countdown!

Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Please take note of the solar eclipse information papers that went home in your child’s Thursday folder on August 17th.  You will find an opt out form as well as notification in procedure changes in the school day Monday, August 21st.  This has not happened for a century and we are certainly looking forward to this experience.

Truly, Ms. Lander

Decorations Wanted

Parents, Students, and Guardians,

BGE will be subscribing to the Lucy Caulkins writing program.  It promotes composition by way of keeping a writer’s notebook.  We wish to promote a sense of ownership over their writing by decorating their writing notebooks.  We would like to decorate them on Friday, August 17th.  Please send:

  • Magazine clippings of what interests you (ex: sports, animals, music)
  • Stickers
  • Decorative tape (the kind you use for scrap booking)

These items will be shared with our classroom family.  Thank you for your generosity and support.