~ Today we discussed Veteran's Day and the importance of honoring those who have fought for our freedom. Our class would like to thank all of our veterans, from the Revolutionary War to those who are currently serving our country around the world.
~ Unit 4 math tests will be coming home on Friday. Please take a few minutes to review the test with your child, sign it, and return it.
~ If you have not returned your child's signed conference form, please do so as soon as possible.
The bulk of reading this week will be spent mixed with writing- as students collected evidence from their books to support their thesis in their literary essay. However, while they read, I will continue pulling students individually to read to me. So far, I am THRILLED with the progress that they've made in their reading since the beginning of the year. Continue to promote reading at home. Reading many texts at their independent level is single-handedly the most important way to get them to be stronger readers. Next, we're starting a unit in nonfiction!
This week, we are finishing up our literary essays. We will be learning how to add quotes from our books to strengthen our supporting paragraphs. In conjunction with that, our grammar focus will continue to be on writing complex sentences. As in reading, our next unit will be on nonfiction.
The main purpose of unit 5 is to review the meanings of fraction, decimal, and percent notations for rational numbers. We will also be concentrating on conversions between these notations, often emphasizing the fact that embedded in every fraction is a division problem. The ability to convert between these notations is important in solving problems in everyday life.
This week, we will be continuing to focus on the acts passed by the British and the colonist’s reaction to them. We will also be learning new vocabulary terms such as; firebrand, consent, and repeal.
~ Reading Comprehension: "A Different Kind of Legend"
~ Writing: Read the two provided articles from Storyworks, complete the accompanying packets, and writing the paragraphs described in the "What's the Connection?" at the end of the second article.