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We are currently working on Unit 6 of Math Steps!
We have already completed Unit 1,2,3,4 and 5.!
We are continuing to use our math books in class each day, and there are daily assignments that are done in class. If work is not completed in class, then it should be taken home for homework.
Please make sure that your student has their STEPS booklet in class each day.
We are wrapping up our study of the California missions in class over the next two weeks, and will present our mission projects, and reports- this is a fun day for all! Next stop in Califonria will be the Gold Fields!
Kids Got Shmoop?
Here's a great web site for information on the areas that we study this year! Check it out! We'll start using this website next week, so make sure that you ask your kids about it: Shmoop history
Students should also continue to study their California Facts. These are given out each Monday, and there is a test the following Monday. Please help your child study for this test! There will be an end of the Trimester test, based on all of the California Facts studied so far.
Do not begin missions until they are assigned in class!
Missions will be assigned before Thanksgiving break so that you will have an opportunity to visit with your family!
You will have the choice of many different mission projects this year. Please wait for the list to be distributed so that you can make your choices.
One change to the project requirements is that you may use a kit. I have recently found that all 21 missions are now available in kit form. In the past, we never allowed kits due to the fact that all missions were not available.
The students and I have discussed what is expected of a mission that uses a kit. We have discussed how no Styrofoam will be visible, and that just painting the Styrofoam is not acceptable. By using the kit, the size and scale of the mission is already done for you, and then you are free to add to the mission. Please view kits as the bare bones of a mission. Remember though: Homemade missions are still your best bet, as you and your child can use many different options and are only limited by your imagination!
Our reading buddies are from Mrs. Borrego's class — and we absolutely love to read with our buddies! We meet every Friday.
We are using our Open Court books, and are currently in Unit 3.
Remember that spelling is due each Monday, and is immediately followed by a spelling test. Spelling tests are given in conjunction with the California Facts tests.
If you have lost your spelling/vocabulary worksheets you can download the ones that you need right here!
Remember that each week there are four pages to the spelling content. Three of them are here, the fourth page is not available on line: Spelling Work Book
Here's a Web site that lets you hear a word and then spell it. Students can practice their words on a computer! Type and Spell
We are starting our study of geology and will be studying rocks and rock formations of Califonria. From volcanoes and strip mining to the different types of formations made in caves, my students will become experts in geology!
Students memorize poetry and do oral presentations to help fulfill the State requirements for public speaking.
Please help your child practice their poem. Remind them to stand up straight and to practice projecting their voice.
The poems we will memorize this year are available here:
|The Ways of Living Things||completed|
|Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers||completed|
|The Four Seasons||completed|
|MLK Poem||Jan 18|
|The Rock Cycle Shouldn't be Allowed!|
|Try, Try, Again|