Thursday, September 15, 2011

Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation. ~ Kin Hubbard

Good evening everybody--

What a difference a day makes. . . Today's (much) cooler temperatures were certainly a surprise! I guess I'd do well to check the weather link on my own blog a little more often!

Today's assignments:

Grade 6
  • Spelling/DOL: Packets should be done by now. Spelling tests tomorrow!
  • Language Arts: We're still doing prep work for writing our Personal Mission Statements. Self-portrait worksheets should be ready to turn in by tomorrow morning.
  • No Social Studies today, although "Which Way, USA?" worksheets are due tomorrow.
  • I've given class time every day for independent reading, and books should be nearing completion. Students will complete an in-class book project on September 20. Is your child reading every night? Please help them by providing time fort it in their nightly schedule.
Grade 5

  • Social Studies: We worked together to practice cardinal and ordinal (intermediate) compass directions through a series of group activities. There should be no homework, unless work wasn't completed in class.
  • Language Arts: Building on yesterday's sentence development activity, we used a cool photographic prompt to help us construct a class story. The idea was to work together to write sentences that would draw the reader in, to sequence events most effectively, and to use sensory detail to paint a vivid picture. Even the more hesitant students were drawn in, and everyone was excited about the finished product, gathering over chart papers scattered across the floor to review what they had helped create.
Please take a few minutes to talk to your child about their day and to support them in their learning whenever possible. Our combined effort will go a long way toward ensuring a meaningful learning experience for our children.