Monday, December 4, 2017

December Curriculum Updates

MATH:  We will be reviewing Multiplication and Division Strategies to solve larger digit problems. Please encourage your child to practice their facts to improve their fluency! We will also be working on Factors, Multiples, Prime, and Composite Numbers .  Students will also be looking at number patterns in input and output tables.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are learning the events leading to the American Revolution! Students will trace the events that shaped the revolutionary movement in America, including the French and Indian War, British Imperial Policy that led to the 1765 Stamp Act, the slogan “no taxation without representation,” the activities of the Sons of Liberty, and the Boston Tea Party.  


ELA:  Students will continue to correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., totootwotheretheir).  We will also work on using common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraphphotographautograph). 

READING: We are reading informational text on animal defenses. Students will choose an animal to research and write about. 

WRITING:  We will continue to work on our writing stamina with opinion topics.  We will also continue working on summarizing information and using text evidence to support our opinion.  

Warmth for Winter


Warmth for Winter

December 4-15th

·    We will be collecting NEW hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, socks,

bed sheets & blankets.

·    Please bring the new items to Keheley’s front atrium.

·    These warm items will be donated to local families.Thank you for helping our community!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving Food Drive
November 6-14

We will be collecting nonperishable food items to benefit local families. Please support this very special project. All items should be dropped off on the cafĂ©’ stage. Some of the items needed for the families are as follows:

*Grocery Store Gift Certificates (drop off in the front office)
Cereal                                            Canned Vegetables
Cranberry Sauce                          Canned Yams                              
Boxed Stuffing                             Boxed Mashed Potatoes
Canned soup                                Canned fruit          
Canned beans                              Rice         Pasta     Gravy
                  

Thank you for your support! J

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Curriculum Updates

Math~ We are continuing to work on multiplication of large digit numbers (5,842 x 9 , 87 x 39) by using area models, partial product,  distributive model, and the chart method. These are all very different than the standard algorithm everyone used to learn but it helps students to understand the 'why' behind numbers. We will be following the same strategies as we begin our division unit of large digit numbers next week. Please encourage your child to practice their division facts on the blog... it is a fun way to increase their fact fluency!


ELA~We will continue reading novels on your child's reading level. We will also read informational texts. In writing, we are currently working on writing to persuade or to convince. We will be reviewing figurative language such as similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, etc. and then implement those into our persuasive writing piece.  They will be bringing home a piece to share with you for Thanksgiving:)


Science~ We will have 2 STEM days in November... one focusing on light and the other one on sound.  We will be exploring with mirrors, concave lens, convex lens, and prisms. We will also explore how vibrations create sound and how the volume and pitch can change.



Social Studies~ We are currently working on our Colonization unit! We are learning all about how the first settlers survived the hardships of the New World and how they made it their own. Then we will focus on how life differed between the Southern, Middle, and New England colonies. Towards the end of the month we will start learning about the events that led up to the Revolutionary War. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

October Curriculum Updates

We are looking forward to meeting with all of you during conference week, October 16th-20th! Thank you so much for your support at home! Please remember to use this site as a tool to help your child have fun learning our standards! Check out the Kid's Cave links above for websites on each of our standards!


Math~ We are starting multiplication basics and then we will move into multi digit multiplication (example: 53 x 9, 896 x 4,  79 x 31). These higher level problems can be difficult for children if they don't know their facts.  Encourage them to practice those math facts in a fun way by going to multiplication.com ! Also, kids always learn better by doing something relevant... find examples of how they can help you around the house but they are practicing their math skills (add up your grocery list, figure out how much 3 boxes of cereal will cost, etc.)

Science~ We started our unit on Force and Motion. We will be learning about Newton's laws and then tie in Simple Machines to show how they make 'work' easier.
Towards the end of the month we will be learning about Light and Sound! We will be exploring with mirrors, concave lens, convex lens, and prisms. We will also explore how vibrations create sound and how the volume and pitch can change.

Social Studies~ We will be starting our Colonization unit! We will learn all about how the first settlers survived the hardships of the New World and how they made it their own. Then we will focus on how life differed between the Southern, Middle, and New England colonies.

ELA~ In reading, we will continue to read for information in nonfiction text as well as read an extended novel.   Our focus for writing in the 2nd nine weeks will be opinion writing. We will use the OREO format to defend their positions: state OPINION, give REASONS, site EXAMPLES that support that reason, and then conclude with stating OPINION again. We will also write another short research style paper and two narrative pieces. Remember, through all of that, we are focusing on proper sentence format, grammar, and style.