This week in Language Arts, we are continuing to work on writing. Students have been doing very well citing sources to provide evidence of their thinking, but are having difficulty making connections to what they are reading to their own lives. We will revisit our last writing prompt, 'Switching Classes' and finish our opinion paper on whether NASA deep space programs should continue to be funded. We will also be reading 2 articles about artists, and making comparisons between them.
In Social Studies, we have learned about regional Native American groups. Students worked in collaborative groups, and created posters for a given region. This week we will be taking the unit test.
*Students will need to complete Reading Logs this week. They need to be reading for 20 minutes nightly to reach their AR goals. Please sign your child's AR goal sheets weekly, so that you can help him/her stay on track.
Students will continue to write their weekly homework in their agenda. We have resumed Reading Logs. Students need four, twenty minute entries in their Weekly Reading Record, by each Monday. These interactive logs will help your child to synthesize their ideas about the text, as well as deepen their understanding of it. Please sign the log, and the student will get the credit. If your student loses his/her form, you can find a copy in the documents section. Students who are doing their 20 minute reading homework will be able to successfully meet their goals.
Students are also using an AR goal tracking form. It should be updated weekly, and after taking an AR test. In order to help your child keep track of his/her progress, a parent signature is required weekly on this form as well.
Thank you for your wonderful support,
I highly encourage you to take advantage of the A.R. resources that are available to you online. A detailed letter went home giving you both user instructions as well as your child's password for AR Home Connect. Please make sure to sign up! It only takes a few minutes. It will alert you through your personal email every time your child has taken an AR test, and will inform you what they scored on that test. Your personal account also lets you know what books your child has read since they've been involved with AR. Check it out by clicking on the link below!
You can find VCS Grade5's Vocabulary and Spelling Online Resources by visiting the website Spelling City. Here, you will find all of our spelling list for the school year. On the web, students select a list by clicking on the list name. They can then complete the Spelling TeachMe activity by clicking each word on the list, select the Play A Game button to practice their words using any of VocabularySpellingCity’s free activities, or select the Spelling Test button to quiz themselves on their words and help them prepare for any upcoming tests. Check it out by clicking on the link below!