What’s going on in 2014?

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break!
Here’s some of what will be happening as we head into 2014!
January Research project
As we start learning about matter in Science, you will select a random element from the periodic table, research it, and create a 3D model of it.  While most of the research will be done at school, the 3D model must be completed at home.  You will have two class periods to research your element. You can use your binder, the books available at the media center, and the Internet to do your research.
January Reading discussion
Everyone in class will be reading “The Pinballs” by Betsy Byars. You will have an activity packet to complete as you read, and a job discussion sheet to take notes on throughout their reading. At the end of the month, we will form groups to discuss the book like we’ve done in the past.
We are going to be reviewing the steps of multi-digit multiplication and division. We then will take a look at measurement, both customary and metric.
Word Study
Word Study work continues every week.  On Monday, you receive your words and discuss the rules to which they are sorted by. Then, you copy these into your notebooks so that they have the words with them for homework all week.  Then you select and complete a homework activity EVERY NIGHT, so that when you turn your notebook in on Friday, you have completed 5 assignments: your classwork, and homework from Monday-Thursday nights.
We are going to shift from expository writing (writing to explain) to narrative writing (writing to entertain/tell a story.)
Matter matters!  We finally get to take a closer look at the periodic table of the elements!  You will research an element, learn about protons, neutrons, and electrons, and compounds and mixtures.
Social Studies
We will be learning about the colonies of Plymouth, Jamestown, Roanoke, Massachusetts Bay, Pennsylvania, and Georgia – reasons for establishment, goods and services the colonies specialized in, and location and climate.

Type To Learn
You will be able to practice Type To Learn at home! Information is being sent home in Friday folders.  You should already have your username and password – the program just needs to be downloaded at home.


2014 is going to be very busy, and the end of the school year will be here before you know it! You need to stay organized, stay on top of your assignments, and stay focused!


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