Ms. Kane

May 28, 2013

The End of May!

Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 7:43 am

Memorial Day is behind us. Next up – Fourth of July! Wow. It seems to go fast.
With the few weeks we have left, there is work to do. ( My students know I hate to waste time.) Full reading lessons with charting continue.

New Math topics include EQUIVALENT FRACTIONS, FINDING VOLUME, and NEGATIVE NUMBERS.

We will begin a RESEARCH PROJECT which should be straight forward. Students choose a state, do the research, and complete a written report with an original artistic cover . This topic is not so Internet dependent. I want the students to read about their state from books first.

Parents – please remember that students cannot have cell phones in the classroom. No toys, trading cards, electronic devices, PLEASE.
And finally, a reminder that water bottles (ONLY WATER) are allowed as long as the students don’t play with them. If they become a distraction, students will have to wait for the drinking fountains at designated times.

THANK YOU for all your support.

May 20, 2013

May 20 – 24

Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 11:20 am

Can you believe it? We are almost at Memorial Day! We have one important testing requirement to finish – the third MAPS (Measures of Academic Progress) Math Test. It is taken on the computer and students may have the entire test read to them so it is given individually.

This is a full week, then a short week with the 27th off. Look at the PTA and/or Ray School website for information about upcoming performances and special events such as Ray Olympics. Even after school hours, Ray is the place to be – Hyde Park Art Fair happens June 1 and 2.

My students have enjoyed the book The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going. It’s about two friends during the summer between their 4th and 5th grade school years and  takes place in rural Georgia in 1976. Check it out at the library and see what you think.

All of our academic subjects will be going strong until the end of the school year. We may be approaching lessons in a fun way but it’s still serious business! Right? Homework can be lighter or heavier depending on the effort put forth during the school day.

All for now. Thanks for your support.

May 12, 2013

May 13 – 17

Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 9:45 pm

As you may have heard, I was absent most of last week. (For knee surgery.) The class was in wonderful hands with Ms. Lemberis who has been a long term substitute since last year at Ray.  Thank you.

I look forward to getting back to work on our Wilson Reading lessons. The students have made such good progress.

 This is the time of year for the students to really take ownership of all they have learned in the past nine months. I see in sinking in!  We’ll write. We’ll research. We’ll write more. Science and Social Studies keep moving ahead. Spanish is coming along.
This week Math will include calculations with large numbers – especially with meaningful story problems. Calculators are useful when available but it’s good to know how to compute with our brains too!

Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday.

Have a great week.

May 6, 2013

May 6 – 10

Filed under: Uncategorized — mpkane @ 7:51 am

TWO BIG reminders first — Scholastic Book Fair is at Ray this week and,
Early dismissal at 12:15 on Wednesday, May 8 for teacher meetings.

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