Week of October 30, 2017

Important reminders:

Monday:  Vocabulary Quiz

Tuesday:  Dress Like Your Favorite Literary Character Day – Please ensure that you have turned in your request.  If a student attends school in an unapproved costume, they may be required to call home for a change of clothes.  Reminder, costumes should be literary in nature and pop culture is not allowed.

Wednesday:  Early release – normal clubs and Athanaeum.

Thursday:  Normal day

Friday:  Early release – no clubs only Athanaeum.  Teachers will be attending an In-Service training.

Language arts:  In ELA we will continue working on the Wind in the Willows, Little House on the Prairie, and will focus on writing complete sentences with an emphasis on parts of speech.

Vocabulary will be tested every Monday. Please study the words and definitions daily. On Thursday’s we will have specific vocabulary homework in regard to taking apart the vocabulary for specific context.

Math:  In Math, we continue to review math facts and relate multiplication to division.  We are also exploring one step and two step problems.

Science:  This week in Science we will continue our study of body systems with the muscular system.

History:  This week in History we will be exploring pre-Christian Roman religion.  We will be looking at how the daily lives of the Ancient Romans was shaped by their belief systems.

Week of October 23rd, 2017

We enter our first full week of Quarter 2 ready to learn about:

  • Ancient Rome in History.
  • The human body in Science.
  • Multiplication and Division (facts only) in Math.
  • Little House on the Prairie, The Wind in the Willows, writing summaries and learning new vocabulary words in Literature.

Coming up:

  • The Tree poem recitation will be on October 31st. Please ensure your scholar is practicing reciting the poem.
  • Dress Like Your Favorite Literary Character Day on October 31st. The goal is for the students to dress up like a character from literature.  No pop culture (Harry Potter, Star Wars) is permitted.  We will be sending home those approved permission slips beginning Monday.

Recess:

We still have two recess breaks for the hard working scholars.  The only change that has occurred is that now two days a week, each class (in their 2 class groups) have access to the playground equipment after lunch.  This means that the morning recess for 3C and 3D has changed times.  3A and 3B remain the same.  All classes have recess together on Wednesdays on the field.

Participation:

Our team is now grading participation using the SLANT rubric.  These evaluations will go home every two weeks in the Black Graded Work folder.

CATEGORY 5 4 3 2 1
Sit up Student consistently sits in the scholarly position,  demonstrating all four requirements. (Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands folded)

 

Student sits in the scholarly position, demonstrating at least three of the four parts. (Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded) Student sits in the scholarly position, but only demonstrates two of the four requirements.  (Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded) Student inconsistently sits in the scholarly position.

(Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded)

Student does not sit in the scholarly position.

(Head High, Feet Flat, Back Straight, Hands Folded)

Listen Politely Student listens carefully to others, waits patiently for a turn to speak, and is respectful of other points of view. Student listens to others, does not interrupt and generally accepts other points of view. Student listens to others, rarely interrupts, but does not indicate if they agree or disagree with a point of view. Student typically does not listen to others, interrupts frequently and/or is rude and intolerant of other points of view. Student is off task when others are speaking, including drawing, playing in desk.
Ask and Answer Questions Student takes an active role, (without prompting), in classroom discussions, contributing relevant and insightful comments as well as posing thoughtful questions. Student willingly participates in classroom discussions, offering useful and relevant comments. Student responds to teacher prompts during classroom discussions, but seldom volunteers. Comments are sometimes not relevant to the discussion. Student comments indicate little understanding of the topic being discussed. Student may or may not willingly respond to teacher prompts during classroom discussions, and never volunteers. Comments are seldom relevant to the discussion.
Nods for Understanding Student consistently demonstrates understanding (nodding, agreement signals) Student sometimes demonstrates understanding (nodding, agreement signals) Student is inconsistent about demonstrating understanding. Student demonstrates understanding only a fraction of the time. Student does not demonstrate understanding during class.
Track the Speaker Student maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student mostly maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student sometimes maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student rarely maintains eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations. Student does not maintain eye contact with whomever is speaking during classroom conversations.