We are off to a great start here in 306! Your fifth grade stingers are buzzing along and making great progress. They have created two flipgrids; one to introduce themselves to me and another for you to watch when you come to back to school night this Thursday! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
Please remember that Monday is a half day. If your child would like to buy a lunch or has a change in transportation, please make sure that they turn in the form tomorrow in order to allow time for the staff to make the necessary changes.
In math we have been working with Integers. Your child now knows what a negative number is. They also know how to compare negative numbers and that the farther you go to the left on a number line, the less a number is worth. The remainder of this week and part of next will be split between the two levels. Math 5/6 students will be working with square numbers and exponents, while Math 5 students will be reviewing decimal place value, rounding, and ordering. At the end of next week, we will all be coming back together to work with Order of Operations.
I have introduced a new website to your child called Prodigy. They were very excited about it in class! This is an excellent way for you to have them practice math at home in such a way that they may not even feel like they are doing it!
In reading, we are almost ready to start small group rotations. I have met with 2/3 of the class and have their reading levels ready to go. The students have been getting accustomed to working with Must Do/May Do activities while I have been doing the reading level testing. Every few days, they will get a new sheet that will list the activities that must be done and turned in for a grade (Must Do's) as well as activities that are related to things we are studying that they can do after they finish the Must Do's. They typically have 2 days to do these in class. If at the end of two class periods, they still aren't finished, they are asked to take the activities home to complete. They only need to do the top, the activities on the bottom are enrichment. Please ask your child about these to make sure that they are keeping up with their assignments and turning them in on time. Once they start having late assignments, it can easily snowball into an overwhelming amount of work that they need to complete.
Moody Middle School-
Mrs. Jones has given out information to each student about Moody Middle School. If your child is interested in applying, they need to go see her to pick up an application when they arrive at school. If you would like more information about this program, you can check out her blog.