Thursday, April 30, 2015

Big Ideas and Tests May 4-8

ELA – Reading Comprehension Test Friday –
 May 8th-  Students will begin learning how to write a research paper.  They will learn take notes and stay on topic. 

Writing:Hero/ Super Hero Report Due Friday, May 8th

How did he/ she become a hero? 

What are his/her strengths?

What are his/ her weaknesses?

What are ways he/ she demonstrates the five pillars of character?
*trustworthy
*citizenship
fairness
responsible
respectful

Math - Chapter 16 –Using the bar model to multiply and divide.   Students will solve word problems using a bar model to equally share or repeatedly add numbers.  

Listening and Learning – U.S. Civil War
Key Concepts: plantations, slavery, abolitionists, economy, confederacy, union, Civil War, Rebels, Emancipation Proclamation, Yankees, Value, expand, issue, advisors, defeat, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Robert E. Lee, drinking gourd, underground railroad
REVIEW using QUIZLET

Science – We have started talking about the Scientific Method and will begin a class project growing seeds. 

Social Studies – Unit 5 – TEST – Wednesday, May 6th – history, journey, explorer, transportation, technology, colonist, colony, settlement, Pilgrim, fact, opinion, hero, invention, independence, point of view, and communication.
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Big ideas and Tests April 27- May 1

ELA - Spelling Test Friday –
Spelling Test May 1st- general, mortar, ragtag, knotty, fired, peace, treaty, proud, soldiers, Mississippi, traders, streak, defend, river, goods, highways, drains, hickory, orphan, New Orleans.  Students will review grammar concepts – capitalization, punctuation, plural words, parts of speech, verb tense, incomplete vs. complete sentences and combining sentences to correct run on sentences. 

Writing –Fiction Book Report due Friday, May 1st

Math - Chapter 15 Multiplying by 3’s and 4’s - Students will skip count by 3’s and 4’s and use dot or graph paper to count by 3’s and 4’s. 
Chapter 15 Quiz Wednesday, April 29th 
Fantastic Five Quiz Thursday, April 30th
Chapter 15  (x 3’s and 4’s) Test Friday, May 1st.   

 Listening and Learning – U.S. Civil War
Key Concepts: plantations, slavery, abolitionists, economy, confederacy, union, Civil War, Rebels, Emancipation Proclamation, Yankees, Value, expand, issue, advisors, defeat, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Clara Barton, Harriet Tubman, Robert E. Lee, drinking gourd, underground railroad 

Social Studies – Unit 5 – History – Students will learn about how the world has changed over time – transportation, technology, inventions, etc….  Skills will include comparing fact and opinion, discovering point of view, and cause and effect. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Big Ideas and Tests April 20-24

Classroom NEEDS:  

We need erasers (the big pink ones as well as those that go on top of pencils.)  

We need prizes for the prize box.  

I'd love donations for the robots that we'd liked to build.  (PTO is also working on this.)  

I would also like for you to think about coming in to help the kids make a special snack or video taping you and your son making/ baking something at home and bringing in the food for the class to sample and see how you made it.  *Keep in mind -I do have a student with a nut allergy.  

ELA - Spelling Test Friday –
Spelling Test April  24th- anthem, bomb, brave, burned, commander, construct, dawn, fifteen, flag, giant, harbor, McHenry, poem, port, ransacked, rockets, ship, stitching, stripes, White House.  Students will learn to expand sentences by adding adjectives and prepositional phrases.  Students will be able to identify the Topic Sentence in a paragraph. 

Writing – Letter is due Friday, April 20th– Dear rising second grader.  Students will give advice or information to the 1st grade students who will be in my class next year.  


Math - Chapter 15 Multiplying by 3’s and 4’s - Students will skip count by 3’s and 4’s – use dot or graph paper to count by 3’s and 4’s. 

Listening and Learning - The War of 1812.  Domain Assessment - Tuesday, April 21st - Key concepts astonished, inspired, looming, role, represent, navigator, surrender, truce, privateers, navy, seize, treaty, merchant ships, impressment, port, "Old Ironsides", James Madison, George Washington, Francis Scott Key, Andrew Jackson, USS Constitution, Dolley Madison, and the White House.  We will begin our Domain on the U.S. Civil War (Harriet Tubman and the Controversy over Slavery)

Science – We have started talking about the Scientific Method and will begin a class project growing seeds

Social Studies – Unit 5 – History – Students will learn about the first Americans, early explorers, colonies, settlements, and Pilgrims. 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Big Ideas and Test April 13-17

MAP testing Monday - April 13th and Thursday - April 16th

ELA - Spelling Test April 17th - Madison, president, Congress, British, Washington, impressment, cannon, death, Dolley, merchants, paved, hawks, monarchy, navy, battle, march, support, troops, painting, Ironsides.  We will reading "The Attack on Washington, DC and The Attack on Baltimore."  

Writing - Spring Poem

Math - Students will begin learning about elapsed time.  Please practice by asking how long before.....or how long ago did we....  We will finish up our math chapter on time and have a quiz on Thursday and our Time Test on Friday, April 17th. 

Listening and Learning - We will continue learning about the War of 1812.  Key concepts - astonished, inspired, looming, role, represent, navigator, surrender, truce, privateers, navy, seize, treaty, merchant ships, impressment, port, "Old Ironsides", James Madison, George Washington, Francis Scott Key, Andrew Jackson, USS Constitution, Dolley Madison, and the White House.

Science - We will finish up our Weather Unit - Weather quiz on Tuesday - Weather Test on Wednesday.  Key concepts- temperature, weather, anemometer, precipitation, orbit, reason for the seasons, cumulus clouds, cirrus clouds, stratus clouds, and safety during a storm.