Week of 4/10/17-4/14/17

Welcome back!!!! It's hard to believe that we only have 7 weeks of school left. Let's finish strong!!!

Reading - We are working on the prefix, 'sub' and the chameleon prefixes that go along with it. Please have your child continue to review the root cards nightly.

5th grade math - We have been practicing dividing fractions and will take a quiz on Thursday. Fractions project (given out before spring break) is due on Wednesday, April 26. Only one project from the choice sheet is required.

6th grade math - We are finding the area of irregular shapes and by the end of the week, we will be finding the surface area of 3D shapes.

REMINDER for Art class- Bring your Mondrain box filled with found objects to school tomorrow (Tuesday 4/11).

Week of 2/27/17-3/3/17

Reading - This week we are working on the roots: cept, ceit, ceiv, andject. The students have their root cards and a passage to review each night in addition to reading 30 minutes.

5th grade math - Monday is review of word problems where the students are writing their own based on some given criteria. They presented the word problem to the class, who had to solve it. Tuesday and Wednesday they will be taking the assessment on adding and subtracting fractions. They will have access to their notes for the test, but they will be most successful if they are fluent in their steps as well as multiplication and division facts. Please continue to work with your child in this area. The IXL challenge is still in effect.  Starting Thursday, we will be multiplying fractions. I initially show them how to solve pictorially so the students understand why multiplying two fractions gives you a smaller number. If you ever have a question about how something is being taught or the notes don't make sense, please let me know.

6th grade math - This week we are working on inequalities and functions. We will be taking an assessment on Friday. Great job on the equations assessment last week!!!!!

Week of 2/20/17-2/24/17

Happy President's Day! Short week this week, but we are still moving forward.

Reading - We are working on the prefix in- which includes chameleon prefixes. Ask your child about this after school on Wednesday. Please continue to review previous root cards as well as reading the passage.

5th grade math - We are continuing to practice adding and subtracting fractions. This week, we will be practicing with a partner in a game and working through word problems. The assessment on adding and subtracting fractions will start next Tuesday and will be broken up over 2 days.

6th grade math - We are finishing up our unit on equations. The students will be partnering up to do a practice test. Friday will be the unit test.

Have a blessed week!

Week of 2/13/17-2/17/17

Short week this week! Reminder that we don't have school on Friday of this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week for our Winter Break. Enjoy!

Reading - This week, we are learning about "struct", "form", and "migr/migra". Here are some Quizlet practice pages if you child would like some extra practice. They are made up by other users and shouldn't require a log in, but if it does, you can sign-up for a free account. 

https://quizlet.com/4908197/struct-root-words-flash-cards/

https://quizlet.com/7013306/words-using-root-form-flash-cards/

https://quizlet.com/7866055/migra-root-word-flash-cards/

The basic reading homework is to review the root cards and read the passage nightly.  Let me know if you have any questions.

5th grade math - We are continuing with adding and subtracting fractions. The students are becoming much more comfortable with this skill as we are spending a lot of time in class practicing at our own pace. Please encourage your child to use their notebook to help them with any questions/struggles he/she has on the homework. If they still are having trouble, please have them come to see me when they arrive for help. On Wednesday, they will have an opportunity to explain what we use LCM and GCF for (try #2). Refer to last week's blog for the websites to help. On Thursday, we will be taking a short quiz over adding and subtracting fractions to see what areas we still need to work on before the unit test. HOMEWORK: Thursday's homework will be due the Wednesday we return from break.

6th grade math - The students are showing great progress on equations with variables. We will be looking at inequalities on Wednesday with practice throughout the rest of the week. Please remind your child to show the steps even if they can solve the problem in their head. My goal to to teach them the correct habits now while the skill is easier.  HOMEWORK: Thursday's homework will be due the Wednesday we return from break.

Have a blessed week!

Week of 2/6/17 - 2/10/17

Reading - This week, we are learning about puls/pel, mit/mis, and fer. Have your child show off all the roots and prefixes we have already learned in just under two weeks!

5th grade math - We have been working very hard to get comfortable with equivalent fractions, adding fractions with unlike denominators, and simplifying fractions. Here is a website we watched today in class to help us remember the steps including dance moves! http://bit.ly/pTWd3U On Tuesday, your child will be explaining the difference between LCM and GCF. We have notes on both topics and here is a link to a video http://bit.ly/1hvLNmO  that helps explain them as well. For the remainder of the week, we will be practicing these skills. By the end of the week, we should be subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.

6th grade math - We are continuing to work on equations this week. Today we added notes on solving equations with fractions and decimals. We will be applying these skills for the remainder of the week. We watched a video https://youtu.be/OeLtGI34oXw to help us remember to do the inverse operation on both sides of the equation. There is more to the video than your child needs to know, but the "Repeat it" part is what I want them to remember :)

Have a blessed week!

Week of 1/30/17 - 2/3/17

It's hard to believe that January is almost over! Blessings to all for a fabulous week!

Reading - We are starting Greek and Latin instruction this week!!!! I'm super excited and I know the students are too! Please continue to review the red words from the list I sent home with progress reports. If you need a new list, please let me know. We will be adding the roots and prefixes for our current skills to their rings. Please have them review those nightly as well in addition to the story.

5th grade math - Last week I introduced equivalent fractions and we did a mingle activity to find a friend with a common denominator so we could add our fractions together. We will continue adding fractions with common denominators this week as well as learning about Greatest Common Factor (simplifying fractions) and Least Common Multiple (finding common denominators). By the end of the week, I plan to have the students adding fractions with unlike denominators.

6th grade math - On Monday, we will be playing Kahoot IT! to review for our test on Expressions which will take place on Tuesday. Wednesday, we will start our unit on Equations.  Please encourage your child to use a calculator to check their homework (after doing the calculations manually), when possible. My goal is for the students to take more responsibility for learning by finding their own mistakes. If you have any questions, please let me know.

1/23/17-1/27/17

I'm looking forward to our first full week of instruction for the month! Have a blessed week!

Reading - Please continue to have your child review red words they have not mastered and read for 30 minutes each night.

5th grade math - Monday we will continue practicing dividing decimals. Tuesday will be our quiz. For the remainder of the week, we will start with fractions including equivalent fractions and adding fractions. One way you can help your child is to review their notes with them daily.

6th grade math - We are continuing with expressions and equations. We will be completing interactive activities to explore expressions and become more comfortable with their functions. Please have your child review the vocabulary in their notes to increase their understanding.

Week of 12/5/16-12/9/16

This week will be exciting as we will be starting our Special Olympics partnership on Friday. I am looking forward to seeing your children interact with new friends.

Reading - This week we will continue working on accenting rules and the 2-1-1 rule. Please continue to work daily on reading and spelling the red words as well as reading the passage sent home.

5th grade math - The students did a great job learning about exponents last week. Now, we are applying them to the order of operations (PEMDAS). We will be seeing how the order of operations applies to a real life situation and finishing up the week with a quiz.

6th grade math - The students worked hard last week with percents, decimals, and fractions. We will continue to practice and take a test on Wednesday. At the end of the week, we will start on algebraic expressions.

Week of 11/28 - 12/2/16

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Holiday with family and friends! I also hope everyone is ready to get a lot done in the next three weeks.

Reading - We are learning or as in doctor early in the week and then moving on to accenting rules. Please continue to review the passages sent home daily and have your child read and spell the "red words."

5th grade math - We will be doing model drawing for division problems this week. At the end of the week, we will learn about exponents and start the order of operations in solving equations.

6th grade math - This week we will be diving into percents and how they relate to fractions and decimals as well as percents of a quantity.

Week of 11/14/16 - 11/18/16

It's hard to believe that November is half way through! Here is a look at this coming week.

Reading - We are starting the vowel team "eu" this week. The students are working hard and having fun too! I hope you enjoyed the picture I sent on Friday :)

5th grade math - We have been working hard at learning long division. It involves many steps, but we all did a great job on our first quiz. Ask your child about the song we are singing to help us remember the steps. Here is a link to the song. https://youtu.be/JCq1XFDVZA4 Monday and Tuesday will be days of more practice on dividing by a double digit divisor. Wednesday will be a review game and Thursday will be a quiz on double digit divisors.

6th grade math - We are rounding out our Ratios and Unit Rates Unit this week. We will be practicing our skills Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (review). Our unit test will be on Thursday.

This Friday will be our Thanksgiving Feast. I look forward to seeing everyone!

Happy October!!!

Conferences are right around the corner (October 24th and 25th). Be looking for information in the Thursday Folder tomorrow. I look forward to meeting with each family!

Reading - We are working very hard on our vowel teams. Not many left to go! Please be sure to have your child read their stories and red words each night. It is also a great idea to have them do some of the suggested activities from the beginning of the year to help the red words really "stick". Your children should also be reading 30 minutes per night for 5th - 8th grade and 20 minutes for lower school. Please let me know if you have any questions about Learning Ally or how to choose a book.

5th grade math - We have jumped in with multi-digit multiplication this week. We have learned a dance to help us remember the flow of the algorithm. Ask your child about our silly dance :)

6th grade math - Your children are embracing the world of negative and positive numbers! We are graphing ordered pairs on coordinate planes and relating this skill to a map of Atlanta.

The Swing of School

It is hard to believe that we are already into September!

The 5th graders are adjusting well to remembering all their materials (notebook and agenda) as well as their homework. This week in math, we are adding and subtracting decimals. Ask your child about the song we sing to remind them to line up the decimal points.

The 6th grade math class is plugging along with multiplying and dividing fractions. You can ask your students about KFC and how it relates to our skill.

In reading we have already covered quite a few skills and will continue on this steady pace. We have been learning a lot of new vocabulary and having fun in the process. Reading is FUN!

6th Grade ELA -Idioms

Due Thursday: 1/28/16

6th grade is working on understanding idioms. Their task is to draw 2 different idioms showing the literal meaning. They will be graded on the following: heading (the idiom), explanation or meaning of the idiom, written in cursive, using color on the drawing, and accuracy of the explanation and spelling. These small posters (each student was given two 8.5 by 11 inch papers) will be on display. Make yours better than my example 😀[IMG_313870FC158B-89F8-4823-B78C-632E4A8738FA]

Math Song Lyrics

I guess the file didn't attach. Here they are :)

Cheerleader (6's): VERSE1: when you use multiplication and count by 6 don't get confused, and lose your patience no no see those 6's can be tricky but if you just sing it with me you'll be counting up to 60 know your 6's in a jiffy they say

PRECHORUS: cmon try it sing it it, don't be quiet i wanna hear it from the highest top of mountains, to the sky they're singing CHORUS: oh I think that I found a way to count by 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 4-2, 48, 54 and then 60 get up out of your seat and sing it with me!

VERSE2: 6 x 2, you just double you get 12, and 6 x 3 is no trouble 18 6 X 4, count one more 6, 12, 18, 24 6 x 5, you gotta try you get that 3-oh my! they say PRECHORUS: cmon try it sing it it, don't be quiet i wanna hear it from the highest top of mountains, to the sky they're singing

CHORUS: oh I think that I found a way to count by 6 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 4-2, 48, 54 and then 60 get up out of your seat and sing it with me!

VERSE3: so if you try 6 x 6 well the answers 36 did I mention 6 x 7 gets you 42 and next is... 8 x 6, gets you 48 and if... you try to multiply a 6 and 9 then 5-4's what you're gonna find

CHORUS: oh I think that I found a way to count by 6 12, 18, 24, 30 and 36 4-2, 48, 54 and then 60 get up out of your seat and sing it with me!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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November is definitely a month for being thankful! I have seen all your children make great progress AND have fun in the process. Thank you for all your support at home.

Reading: We have been "shooting" to make words and playing games to learn vowel teams (ue, oi, oy, au, aw, ou, ow). Some of these vowel teams have different sounds, but the students are processing the differences and making great choices as to which vowel team is correct. I'm so pleased with everyone's effort!

5th grade math: We have had a great time learning the order of operations through a rap (to remember the steps in order), a Kahoot It!, and a real-life application in fighting fires (see earlier post). Keep working on the math facts everyday!

5th grade ELA: This week, we finished Steal Away Home's culminating project, writing about which parenting style the students preferred between two different characters. Your children showed great perseverance in completing this task and I'll be sending the papers home after Thanksgiving break. Please encourage your child to complete the Book Review of this book to go into the fish bowl. Once the bowl is full, we will have a celebration! This needs to be turned in before the Thanksgiving break. We just started our new book today, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. The students are already excited about why a boy named Dwight wears a paper Yoda on his finger. Please make sure you child is reading 30 minutes each night and at least one night over the weekend for a total of 180 minutes for the week due Monday morning. The only homework over the Thanksgiving break will be to complete the reading log...keep up the super reading! DUE TOMORROW: Creative project on The Lightning Thief.

6th grade ELA: Now that we have finished Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and written an opinion piece about why this is a book you will never finish, we have started our new novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The students are finding Tom to be quite an interesting character and we have had some good laughs. Please encourage your child to complete a Book Review on Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul to go into the fish bowl. Once the bowl is full, we will have celebration! This needs to be turned in before the Thanksgiving break. Please make sure you child is reading 30 minutes each night and at least one night over the weekend for a total of 180 minutes for the week due Monday morning. The only homework over the Thanksgiving break will be to complete the reading log...keep up the super reading! DUE TOMORROW: Creative project on The Lightning Thief.

Have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends!

Exciting Week!!!

What an exciting week for the last week of October!

  • Tuesday - The Lightning Thief performance at the Cobb Energy Center.

  • Friday - Grandparents' Day - I'm looking forwarding to meeting grandparents or special friends! Dismissal at 12:30 for Middle School students.

  • Saturday - Trick or Treat! Be safe!

Reading - We are continuing to work on our vowel teams. Please have your child read their "red" words daily.

5th ELA - Since we are going to see The Lightning Thief, I want the students to listen to chapter 2 of the book on Learning Ally so they have a better understanding of the play. This can count toward their 30 minutes of reading for the night. I've also sent home a word search so they can become a little more familiar with the characters. I have only asked they to do the word search for 10 minutes. This is a great exercise to help the students learn how to scan. On Wednesday, the students will be giving details about the project they will complete on The Lightning Thief. There will be an element of choice such as write a letter, design Lightning Thief trading cards, or create your own Camp Half-Blood, to name a few. There will be some at home components of this project. More details to come on Wednesday.

6th ELA - Since we are going to see The Lightning Thief, I want the students to listen to chapter 2 of the book on Learning Ally so they have a better understanding of the play. This can count toward their 30 minutes of reading for the night. I've also sent home a word search so they can become a little more familiar with the characters. I have only asked they to do the word search for 10 minutes. This is a great exercise to help the students learn how to scan. On Wednesday, the students will be giving details about the project they will complete on The Lightning Thief. There will be an element of choice such as write a letter, design Lightning Thief trading cards, or create your own Camp Half-Blood, to name a few. There will be some at home components of this project. The projects are similar to what 5th grade is doing, but I expect a higher level of completion and attention to details. More details to come on Wednesday.

5th grade Math - We have been having fun learning to divide with double digit divisors. I think the students know the song by heart now! We will be having a quiz on Thursday. This week we are fine tuning our skills through long division war. Not only are they practicing division, but reviewing multiplication, too!

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