I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Here are some announcements for the upcoming weeks and some highlights of the learning that's been going on in our classroom:
Our field trip to the Jason Russell House is this Wednesday, May 2nd. Please make sure all permission slips are signed and returned to school by Tuesday!
In place of our typical reading log, students should now be picking a prompt from our list of fiction and nonfiction reading response prompts and writing a response. Students are still required to read at least 30 minutes per night as well as ask a parent or guardian for a signature to verify that they have read. Math homework this week will consist of a double-sided workbook page. Optional word study homework will be sent home as well.
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This week, our class will begin using a math enrichment app called DreamBox. I've been playing around on it myself and I know the kids will love it! In order for them to play successfully, they need to be able to listen to the audible directions given. Please send your child with a pair of earbuds or headphones to keep in their desk for DreamBox use for the remainder of the year.
Our speech writing unit is continuing with a focus on writing petitions. The students have been doing great work with generating big, bold thesis statements, creating relevant reasons, and finding great evidence to support their thesis statements. This week, we will work to organize our petitions and challenge ourselves to say a lot about our supporting reasons. Stay tuned for an invitation to our upcoming writer's celebration!
We will be finishing up our unit on fractions early this week, and begin some review in preparation for MCAS, which will take place on May 9th and 11th. Some concepts to review with your child include: attributes of quadrilaterals and triangles, multiplication facts and word problems, telling time, elapsed time word problems, addition and subtraction fluency, and analyzing data (line plots, bar graphs, and pictographs). I will attach links for additional MCAS practice on our Important Information page!
The class has really been enjoying learning about poetic devices using our classroom poetry anthology. We have been using several mentor poems in order to create our own poems! Ask your child about how they have used alliteration, assonance, rhyme, repetition, similes, or metaphors to enhance the lyrical quality of their writing.
We had a blast visiting the homes of Pilgrims and Wampanoags at Plimoth Plantation on Monday. The students were tasked with completing a scavenger hunt in which they had to interact with the Pilgrims and Wampanoags to find the answers. Everyone seemed to enjoy these interactions and had a great time exploring in the beautiful weather we had! Check out some photos from our day below! Advancing our studies in the history of the United States, we will be beginning to learn about the events leading up to the American Revolution, starting with our visit to the Jason Russell House right here in Arlington!
Have a wonderful week!