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Fourth and fifth grade students will begin MCAS testing this week. Good luck, everybody!
Good Morning, Parents and Families!
I am excited for the new season, as are all of the students. We are currently working on expanding our vocabulary with what are called "Vocabulary Four Squares" (pictures attached). Our vocabulary is pulled directly from our read aloud books - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in fifth grade and The Land of Stories in fourth grade. We are still working on novels (which include Small As An Elephant, The Chocolate Touch, and City of Orphans, to name a few). Our next reading/writing project will be with biographies; I will send home more information after MCAS. And speaking of MCAS, it's coming up next week! Fifth grade will be taking their ELA MCAS on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 3-4, and fourth grade will be taking their ELA MCAS on Thursday and Friday, April 5-6.
The fifth graders are working on memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution; many of them are using this Schoolhouse Rock video to help. They are also starting the life science unit with Mrs. Marinone.
Fourth grade is learning about Ellis Island and immigration, as well as electromagnetism in science.
In math, the fifth graders are starting their unit on algebraic reasoning. This is a skill they have been practicing all throughout the year with estimation180.com and with our daily math journal questions, so I anticipate that this unit will be one of the easiest units for them. Fourth grade is working on operations with decimal numbers and fractions.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Have a wonderful day.
We are set to return from February break tomorrow, and boy do we have a lot of great work ahead of us in the LLD room! We will be doing yet another virtual reality lesson this week, as well as a mini-unit on spelling with advanced vowel patterns, continuing our work on fractions, and introducing new chapter books. Some of the books on the docket include Small As An Elephant, Gooseberry Park, and The Chocolate Touch. In fifth grade, we will begin our new read aloud of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (chosen unanimously the students). I will continue to do fourth grade read aloud in the classroom with the whole class; we are currently reading The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. I will provide updates for science and social studies this week by posting them on the website under the respective grade-level pages. As always, please let me know if you have any questions!
Good morning, parents and families!
Due to the snow day yesterday, some of our upcoming projects and activities have been pushed back by a day. We were scheduled to have a virtual reality language lesson on Wednesday, but that has been pushed to this Friday because of the snow day.
In writing, the fourth and fifth graders are practicing writing steps for direction using transition words. We have chosen something relatable and accessible, as well as practical - the students are writing recipes for their favorite sandwiches. We were scheduled to make the sandwiches using the directions on Friday, but that will now be pushed to Monday. Please note, I will be bringing in all of the supplies and this will not replace their regular lunch (although they are welcome to eat the sandwiches they make).
If you have any questions, please let me know!
Good Afternoon, Parents and Families!
We have been working hard in the LLD room on summarizing. This is a difficult skill, as it requires that students be able to prioritize information. We have been working on one-sentence summaries, in particular, to help build our sentence writing skills to include complex, compound sentences that use cohesive ties and show direct consequences. The students have all made huge progress over the last few weeks in this area.
The students are now reading their own, individualized books based on their particular strengths and weaknesses. The books we are reading in fourth and fifth grade include: There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, Magic Pickle, Amber Brown is Green with Envy, Mudshark, and City of Orphans. The students are working on taking active reading notes to help them make inferences and to determine character motivation throughout their books. We have also started a new read aloud in fifth grade, Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I chose this book because it has an unlikely protagonist and because the descriptive language used in the novel lends itself to improving visualization.
We will be reviewing our vocabulary words so far this year with games and multi-sensory activities in the next two weeks. After the start of the new year, I will be re-assessing student reading levels. I will also bring in the virtual reality headset again before the holiday break to do another language-based lesson.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email. Have a great weekend!
I have uploaded a PDF of the science weather journal for fifth grade, for those parents who would like to access it.
I have created a Jeopardy review game for the upcoming science test. I have emailed the link directly, but I will also post it here in case you lose the email. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Please note that there will be no school for students this Thursday and Friday. Thank you!
Good morning, families. I have to be out this afternoon because of a family injury, and possibly out on Tuesday. On a more positive note, we are still on track to use the VR headset for our reading classes on Wednesday, and we will be joined by the school superintendent and our new principal, Ms. Bostian.
This week we reviewed place value and expanded form in fourth grade math, operations and properties of multiplication in fifth grade math, idioms and vocabulary in word study and practiced our letter-writing to the people who were affected by Hurricane Irma. On Fridays, we will be doing a current events lesson that ties into a writing assignment, so don't be surprised if your child comes home talking about world events! Also, please remember that there is no school on Thursday, September 21 in observance of Rosh Hashanah.
I am the LLD teacher for grades 4 and 5 at Blueberry Hill School.