Jan 21, 2013

January 22-28

American War for Independence Week

The week of January, 22-28 is American Revolution week.  Students have been given an outline for creating a Revolutionary War time line which is due January 28.  Students will also be having a test on the American Revolution on Friday, January 25.  A study guide will be given out in class on Monday, January 22.  A thoughtfully completed study guide will earn a student extra credit points on her/his test score. The study guide and time line are considered homework, so students WILL NOT have a spelling book or fluency assignment this week; however, daily math homeworks will be given.

We the People

We have completed Unit 1 in our We the People constitutional studies. The mock Congressional Hearing, a culminating activity of our We the People studies, will be held on March 6, 6:15-8:00 pm. This is a very powerful learning opportunity for students.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend and watch and listen as your child "shows off" her/his constitutional knowledge and speaking skills to a panel of judges.

Mixtures and Solutions

In science we are continuing our investigation of Mixtures and Solutions.  We have completed the first investigation examining separating mixtures.  Our next investigation with focus on solutions and saturation.


Our area of concentrations is the wonderful world of fractions.  Students are using models to "see" fractions and then learning the  mathematical skills that apply to the models. Please ensure your child is working on their weekly IXL skills.


Reading has been incorporated into the content areas of social studies and science.  Students continue to work on locating details in text to support questions, as well as identifying  cause and effect and drawing conclusions. Students have been given new independent reading goals.  Please make sure your child is reading 20-30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week.  The more a student reads, the stronger and more fluent reader they will become.

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