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Reading/Language Arts

This week we continue with Author’s Purpose. The students created a “PIE” to go along with the acronym. Authors have a purpose for what they write: P for purpose, I for inform, and E for entertain. Our class will work more with suffixes this week.  Tuesday will be our end of week test carried over from last week. There will not be any spelling words this week.


Our focus this week will be on 5’s and 10’s. In small groups students will work on fluency, extensions with multiplication, problem solving, and assigned tasks on their laptops. I will work with small groups as well differentiating their learning.


We completed our soil unit today by reviewing what we have learned. Our “Quest” (not a quiz and not as long as a test will be so combined it is called a Quest) will be on Wednesday. Our next unit will be on matter!!

Extra Information This Week:

Thursday-Class party from 2:30-3:20.

Friday-Sing a long at 2:30.

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Reading/Language Arts

Essential question of the week is: How do people make the government work? Our comprehension strategy is reread. As they read, good readers reread when they do not understand and sometimes it needs to happen more than once.  Our comprehension skill is Author’s Point of View. To find Author’s point of view, look for details about what the author thinks. The genre of the week is Expository Text. This gives facts and information about a topic, has headings, and has text features such as graphs, diagrams, labels, captions, bold words, and titles.  With vocabulary we will work on prefixes. This is a word part added to the beginning of a word that determines the meaning of the word. The two we will focus on this week are Un-“not” and Re-“again.” The class will continue to write persuasive pieces.

How to Eat Fried Worms

In addition to the above skills, our class will be reading How to Eat Fried Worms!   What’s the story?

Billy Forrester’s always up for a dare, but this time he’s in for a real challenge. His friends, Alan and Joe, bet Billy fifty dollars that he can’t eat 15 worms in 15 days. Billy survives the first one, chokes down the second, and practically relishes the third.

When Joe and Alan realize that Billy’s going to stick to his goal — and even enjoy doing it — they try everything they can to keep Billy from reaching his goal. Billy, with the help of his family and his friend Tom, tries to stay one step ahead of their tricks. They even create new recipes — from Southern Fried Worm to Whizbang Worm Delight — to help Billy reach his goal.


The class is doing a wonderful job learning the concept of multiplication! Our focus has been on what it is and how to create an array the correct way. They are very fluent on the Commutative Property meaning 4×3=12   3×4=12. The class can recognize that the same answer is given but it means two different things.

4×3=12 Four groups of 3                     3×4=12  Three groups of 4

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We will have a short test on these concepts soon.


Our unit on soil is in full swing. Students are learning about the layers of soil and what is included in each. We are creating a soil scroll for a visual of this. The class will also be able to feel and explore the different components of soil this week.



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Reading/Language Arts

We begin Unit 2 Week 2 with the theme of Immigration. The essential question this week is: Why do people immigrate to new places?

Comprehension Strategy: Make Predictions-Good readers find clues from the text and pictures to make predictions and revise if necessary.

Comprehension Skill: Theme- Sequence is the order in which a story’s events happen. It is what happens in the beginning, middle, and end.

Genre: Historical Fiction- made up story that happened in the past. It has a beginning, middle, and end. It uses pictures to better understand.

Vocabulary Strategy: Similies- Compares two things that are different using like or as.  Similies don’ts mean exactly what they say.

Writing: Word Choice-We continue to write our persuasive essays this week titled, “Don’t Eat Me!” Good writers give descriptive details to help readers see and feel the story.

Spelling- Our spelling pattern is long e.


We begin our unit on multiplication! Students should be able to answer the question, “What does multiplication mean?” by the end of this chapter. Our main focus this week is to relate multiplication to addition and identify and make arrays. Students will begin to work on their banana split this week by completing zeros and ones. Students may work at their own pace as many will advance into higher digits when ready.


Our unit on rocks and minerals ends and we will test on Tuesday. A study packet and book came home last week. We also played a review jeopardy game so the class should be ready for the test. Our next unit is soil and we begin this unit with the study of the worm!

Thursday I will be at a science workshop learning all about matter which is a new unit added to our curriculum this year. I look forward to applying this information in the classroom!

Turkey Samples

Thanksgiving Family Project


Have you heard of turkey with dressing? This is your opportunity to use your imagination and creative thinking skills to “dress” your turkey in a disguise.

Give your turkey a personality and a name.  Transform this ordinary brown bag into a turkey character who is trying to escape being the main meal.

Use the patterns and colored paper inside the brown bag and follow the directions to make the basic turkey.

Then, add your own flair! Disguise it by making a costume. Add your own decorations, sequins, colored paper, fabric, props, etc.

Finished turkeys are due Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Your parents can even help you!

We will then do a writing activity in class based on your project. Be sure not to put your name on the front of your turkey. We’ll have a contest for overall best turkey, most creative and most artistic. Secret judges will vote!

Look on our blog to see some examples from previous years to give you an idea of how the finished product will look. Happy Thanksgiving!   Here are examples from previous years.

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Above is the back of the turkey.


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Great Lakes Theater this week!

Using an interactive, hands on approach, a team of two specially trained actor-teachers will visit our classroom for five consecutive days. The actors bring scripts, props, and costumes to turn the students into an acting troupe, exploring classic literature from an actor’s point of view. This was designed to meet state education standards. This program is hands on, creative, and interactive. Each day the lessons will include three components: acting, discussion, and theater exercises. There are days when the students do all the acting and the actor-teachers serve as their directions. There are days when the actors perform for the students and they are the audience. There are also other days when the actor-teachers and students rehearse then perform side by side with one another. The topics this week are: The Snowy Day, Where the Wild Things Are, Anansi the Spider, The Sneetches, The North Wind and the Sun, and the Giving Tree.  Ask your child each night to share with you what we have been doing!

Reading/Language Arts

There will not be a spelling test this week. Students will use the same words from last week in a sentence dictation test on Friday. We will continue to work on making predictions, theme, folktales, and antonyms this week. As for writing, we will begin writing a persuasive piece. Our first piece will be titled “Don’t Eat Me!” Students are to writing a persuasive essay from the turkey’s point-of-view to persuade readers not to eat them for Thanksgiving dinner. Students will also disguise their own turkey!


Our class will take a pretest on subtraction Monday and will have our test on Tuesday. Next topic we move onto is multiplication!


We complete our unit on rocks and minerals and will have our science test next Tuesday.

Social Studies

In social studies we will continue to work on our maps as well as relative location.


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Reading/Language Arts –Cooperation Unit 2 Week 1

Essential Question:

Why is working together a good way to solve a problem?

Comprehension Strategy: Make Predictions

Good Readers find clues from the text & pictures to make predictions and revise if necessary.

Comprehension Skill: Theme

Often authors have a message for the reader, main idea. Look for key details in the actions and words of characters to find the theme.

 Genre: Folktale

*Made up story

*Explains nature

*Has a problem & Solution with a moral

*Figurative language

 Vocabulary Strategy: Antonyms-

To find sentence clues, look for opposite words or phrases near the unfamiliar word to give you a clue to what the unfamiliar word.

Writing: Word Choice

Good Writers give descriptive details to help readers see and feel the story.


Students will work on subtraction with regrouping this week along with subtracting with zeros. We will work in various math centers to reinforce this concept.


We plan to finish our mineral testing this week with light and luster testing.

Social Studies

We will continue to work on our own island maps based on the book Weslandia this week, combining all map skills we have learned about this year!


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Reading/Language Arts

This week our class will be presenting their “How to” reports to the class! We have had some presentations so far and all are doing a fantastic job! In addition to this, we will be learning a new comprehension skill. This skill is called schema. Schema is when you use what you already know, background knowledge and experiences, and connect it with new information to boost their chances for meaningful interaction with text. Students will learn about our “own” world wide web and connect it to our experiences about spiders and how their webs are like thinking. Analogy:  Flies stick to spider webs as memories stick to brains. Another connection will be made with a lint roller. This is a visual that demonstrates that a lint roller is also like our brain. Our brain sticks to whatever it comes in contact with. Along with this topic, students will apply schema to things they know and then add to their schema by researching new items.

**There will not be spelling words this week due to Halloween Party and Gumball Party Day on Friday for earning 100 gumballs! We have some great citizens here at Highland Drive!


We begin our next chapter on subtraction. Students will learn strategies to subtract mentally with large numbers. They will also learn to estimate differences. Key vocabulary words for this unit are: estimate, regroup, inverse operations, subtraction, and number sentence. An explanation of these terms will come home in a letter today along with some home activities you may try.


The class continues to work on their mineral testing this week. Our focus will be to determine hardness of a mineral, discover which ones are magnetic, and do light testing.

Social Studies

n SOCIAL STUDIES, we listened to a book called Weslandia.   “Weslandia is a story about a boy named Wesley who is just very different from everyone else. He does not like pizza or soda like normal kids and adults think he is silly. He doesn’t have any friends. Every afternoon when Wesley comes home from school his mother asks him what he learned. On the last day of school, he was told that he should find a good summer project. He decided that he would use what he learned in school that week about sees and civilizations go create the best summer project. Throughout the summer Wesley created his own civilization in his backyard that included unknown plants and fruits. Everyone became interested in what Wesley was doing, and now the people want to help him. At the end, he created his own alphabet to record what he did that summer. When he went back to school in September, many kids want to be his friend.”  Students will be creating their own community, including what makes their community different from others, what they would have there to eat and use as tools.  Students will make a map and include a map key with symbols, compass rose, landmarks and place it all on an alphanumeric grid.

Halloween Party

Our Halloween Party will begin at 2:00 and the parade will start at 2:45 this Thursday. Students may bring their costumes in to school and will put them on prior to the party.

Gumball Day

Our class reached their 100 gumballs! On Friday, we will celebrate this special day! Students are allowed to bring in sleeping bags, pillows, stuffed animals, games, books, and snacks to share if they would like. They are also allowed to wear their pajamas. This is all optional and not mandatory. =)

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Reading/Language Arts

The skills we will focus on the next two weeks will be:

Essential Question: How do landmarks help us understand our country’s story?

Comprehension strategy: Ask and Answer Questions-As they read, good readers ask questions about the story and look for answers in the text.

Comprehension Skill: Main Idea & Detail- Main idea is the most important point the author makes. Details are used to find the main idea by finding what’s in common.

Genre: Expository Text-Gives true fact and info about a topic and often includes photographs, captions, sidebars and maps to help the reader understand.

Vocabulary Strategy: Context Clues-To find a sentence clues, look for words or phrases that have multiple meanings. Use them to help you figure out its meaning.

Writing: Sentence Fluency-Good writers use different types of sentences to make writing more interesting.

Spelling-The words and contract will come home Monday and the test will be next Monday along with the packet due then.

**The week 5 assessment will be given next Tuesday and the entire Unit 1 test will be given next Thursday.


The class will work on adding three digit plus three digit and four digit plus four digit with and without regrouping. The class is doing a marvelous job working on addition fluency each day! Many are almost moving on to subtraction.


We began exploring three minerals last week and will move into twelve minerals this week. Soon we will begin testing each of these twelve minerals.

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Ohio Achievement Assessment

  • Friday a letter came home regarding the OAA in reading that will be given to your child this Tuesday.  We will have a snack for your child on the day of the test.  If you are wondering what you can do at home to help prepare your child for this assessment, a few helpful items are listed below.
  • Help children get plenty of sleep, especially the nights before their test.
  • Provide a healthy breakfast on the morning of each test.  This will help your child concentrate and provide the proper energy to function at their best.
  • Make sure your child arrives at school on time.  If a student arrives late and testing has already begun, we are not permitted to allow him/her to enter a testing room.
  • Encourage your child to do their best.  Most importantly, let your child know that you believe in them.

Thank you as always for your support.

Reading/Language Arts

We will continue to work on cause and effect this week in reading.  Students will be able to identify cause and effect relationships in fiction and nonfiction texts.  When we teach cause and effect, we ask students to go back into the reading to find words and phrases that help identify these relationships.  An effect in one relationship will as a cause in another.  You can help your child at home by asking them to identify cause and effect relationships as you read together. Another skill we will introduce is Metaphors. The class will work on subjects and predicates as well this week.

Spelling-There will not be a spelling test this week due to OAA and no homework on Monday and Tuesday.


We will work on estimating sums using rounding and adding three and four digit numbers.

Please encourage your child to work at home on addition and subtraction fact fluency.  Students need to quickly recall their facts so they can apply them in the above concepts.  Thank you for your support at home!


We will begin working with minerals this week! The exploration process is the first step and then the class will perform various tests on these minerals.

Social Studies

Map skills continue as students investigate and compare and contrast political and physical maps.  Students will also practice finding absolute location using an alphanumeric grid on a map of their local community.


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Dear Parents,

* Picture Day is on Friday. If you are ordering pictures, please have

your child return the envelope to school by Friday. You may also

purchase photos online.

* Thanks for all your support in daily reading at home. Reading logs

should be returned every Monday.

* Please assist your child in stapling or paper clipping all assignments

for the spelling contract that is due on Friday. The spelling

contract should be on top.

* Last week your child brought home usernames and passwords for

getting on the Wonders and My Math sites. Your child may use

these sites for review and practice skills taught each week.

*Students will be tracking their own progress in the different

subject areas by using a data folder. This will allow your child to gain

ownership and a sense of urgency in their own learning. Papers will

go home once data is entered in their folders.

This week:

Reading- We will be reading the biography, Mary Anderson’s Great

Invention. We will be learning how to identify a biography and when

it might be useful to read this genre. The students will once again be

using the ask and answer strategy to check comprehension. We will

also be learning about the cause and effect relationship within text

and how it can help us when comprehending.

We will be learning about metaphors this week. A metaphor is a

group of words that compare two things that are different. For

example: “The sky was a grey curtain.” We will be discussing how

authors use metaphors to “paint a picture in our minds” and make

their writing more descriptive. Students will be encouraged to use

metaphors in their own writing.

Writing- Last week we learned that sequence words can help us to

organize our paragraphs. This week, the students will go through the

writing process as we work on our “How to Make Popcorn”

paragraphs. We will be learning how to revise and edit our written

work. We will then finish by writing and sharing our final copy.

We will be review the 4 types of sentences: statements,

commands, questions, and exclamations. We will have a quiz on

Friday. In addition we will begin to learn how to identify the subject

in a sentence.

Math- We are starting chapter 2 on addition. This week we will be

learning the properties of addition which include the identity

property ( the sum or any number plus 0 is the same number,

Example 4+0=4 ), commutative property (The order of the numbers

does not change the sum. For example 3+4= 7 , 4+3= 7), and

associative property (The way in which the addend are grouped does

not change the sum. For example 2+(3+7)= (2+3) +7) .

In addition we will be looking at addition patterns, how numbers

change when you add to each place value, and ways to add mentally.

Science- We will be learning about the 3 types of rocks and the rock

cycle. Last week we took time to make observations and categorize

rocks according to different properties. This week we will try to

identify if the rocks are igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic. We

will be making notecards with our science vocabulary words this

week. Please have your child review the definitions nightly. We will

be taking a Rock quiz next week.