Ms. Kane

November 25, 2013

WOW! November 25 & 26 at school – then it’s DECEMBER!

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Happy Thanksgiving Week. This is a first – getting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off. Who couldn’t use the time to clean-shop-cook-be busy? Why not rest and spend family time watching a good movie, playing games, reading stacks of books from the library? Just a thought!

In our two days of school we will practice MATH, continue our READING decoding instruction and WRITING skills practice.  Parents, please help your children take personal responsibility for their homework.  It’s as much about instilling good habits as getting the work done!  Thank you.

UPCOMING FUN EVENT — Tuesday evening 5:30, December 3 — LITERACY NIGHT AT RAY.  Many exciting activities including an appearance by children’s book illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist.

November 18, 2013

November 18 – 22

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It’s a FIVE-DAY week! With the first report card out, it should be the student’s goal to improve any grade less than an “A” and to work to keep any “A” they received. It doesn’t happen without their effort. Here’s a summary of our topics for this week.

In Math, we continue to master DIVISION. There will also be review of the cumulative math vocabulary from the beginning of the year.

In Writing we will continue practice of specific skills – sentence combining, subject/verbagreement and punctuation.

In Reading, we are enjoying the classic The Phantom Tollbooth and are on schedule to finish by Thanksgiving.

Parents – please check the homework folder every night and remember to jot any communication about unfinished work. Fifth graders should expect to spend up to an hour on homework – Mon. through Thur.

Thank you for all your support.

November 12, 2013

November 11-15

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Yes – another short week for students. But I am always impressed how well they work after they’ve had a break. There is a full week coming up and then we’re off for Thanksgiving!

As I’ve said during Parent Teacher Conferences, our WRITING focus will shift in the second quarter from students writing and rewriting their own ideas to a study and practice of grammar and mechanics. We will be editing sentences and paragraphs from a Writing Instruction Textbook. I hope that this will give the students confidence to be editors and use that skill in their own writing during the third quarter.

In MATH, Division is in! We will learn a couple of different methods (“algoithims”) and students can choose the one they prefer.

We’re still reading The Phantom Tollbooth aloud 20 minutes before lunch. It was published in 1961 and uses a lot of expressions the students haven’t heard before. “It goes without saying.” They really have to use their inferencing abilities to get the meaning.

LAST REMINDER – State of the School address on Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30.
As always, thank you for you support.

November 3, 2013

November 4 – 8, 2013

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Here’s an idea for how to spend the extra hour we received Sunday morning — Look outside and enjoy the beautiful colors of the season!
Ray teachers had a good day of inservice on Friday, November 1. Highlights included iPad help and a training for a great online Math program called ST MATH. The S stands for Spatial and the T stands for Temporal. Individualized learning and fun to boot!
Many 4th and 5th graders will be at Camp Duncan Monday and Tuesday for the Environmental Field Trip. Let’s hope for good weather.
Here’s a thumbnail look at our learning objectives for the week.
READ ALOUD – The Phantom Tollbooth
MATH – Angles – all the vocabulary and drawing and measuring.
WRITING – The basic task of editing and rewriting is always in progress.
For Social Studies, Civics and Science, visit the other teachers’ blogs. There is much useful information and their blogs are much prettier than mine.
As always, thank you for your support.

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