Fall Festival Game Volunteers--Mrs. Stradling and I are doing ladder ball for our game at Fall Festival and need volunteers to help run it from 4:00-7:00. We need volunteers to take a 30 min time slot (even 15 minutes if you can't commit to 30) so we'd need SIX people total. It's a super easy game, you'd just supervise the two two-man teams who are playing at a time. Please let me know if you can help and what time slot you'd like. THANK YOU! 

Unfinished Math Work--From Mrs. Stradling: In the last couple weeks, I have found that I have a great variety of students at varying levels. In order for me to cover all the material I need to over the course of the year, some students will need to start bringing home unfinished classwork assignments to finish at home. These students can greatly benefit from some one-on-one help. Please go over the assignment with your child to see where they need help. If you are unsure of how to help them, send me an email of the question; I will do my best to send you a visual of what is expected. Please know, I will not send math work home with your child for the sake of sending work home. Math work they bring home will be work they did not complete in class or work they missed due to an absence. 

Scholastic Book Orders--I've sent out the first Scholastic book order form and some of you have already ordered books, yay! I will submit our class order as a whole on September 28th, you can easily order and pay online at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs and use my code JBVRJ.

Fall Festival Basket--Thank you so much to those that have donated to our "camp out" themed basket, I will take the items off the list that have been donated already; let's keep the donations coming! :)
Here's a list of ideas for donations: 
*food items for camping
*s'mores ingredients (chocolate, marshmallows, graham crackers) 
*bug repellent 
*sleeping bag
*camping chairs
*gift cards (Sportsman's Warehouse, Cabela's, REI)

Upcoming Events:
No School Teacher in-service--Friday, September 28th
Fall Festival--Saturday, September 29th
Homework: Due Friday, September 21st
Reading Log-Students need to read a minimum of 100 minutes from this Friday to Thursday evening. For each 20-30 minute time period they read per day they need to write a 2-3 sentence reflection or summary of what they read. Students can have one "freebie" reading entry of a book/magazine/graphic novel that's below their reading level, but we'd prefer they read at grade level to strengthen their vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills. 

What We're Doing in Class:
Spelling: Same as last week, the Greek/Latin root word we'll be learning is cred which means believe. The prefixes we'll be learning are de- and dis- and meaning opposite or against. The spelling test will be Friday, September 21st. These are the words that students will be tested on: 
1.credential– n. a quality, skill, or experience that makes a person suited to do a job. 
2.credible – adj. able to be believed; reasonable to trust or believe. 
3.creditor – n. a person, bank, or company that lends money to someone. 
4.creed – n. a statement of the basic beliefs of a religion; an idea or set of beliefs that
guides the actions of a person or group. 
5.incredulous – adj. not able or willing to believe something; feeling or showing a lack of belief. 
6.displace – v. to take the job or position of someone or something; to force people or animals to leave the area where they live; to move something so that it is no longer in its original or regular location. 
7.disgrace – v. to cause someone to feel ashamed; to cause someone or something to lose or become unworthy of respect or approval. 
8.decode – v. to find or understand the true or hidden meaning of something; to change (secret messages, documents) from a set of letters, numbers, and/or symbols you cannot understand into words you can understand. 
9.deprive – v. to take something away from someone or something; to not allow to have or keep something. 
10.decline – v. to become lower in amount or less in number; to become worse in condition or quality; to say that you will not or cannot do something.

Language Arts: The big concept we are working on is tackling complex ideas using text structure to help us.  We are learning how to annotate text and use different graphic organizers to help us comprehend and analyze what we've read. Students will start researching for their science project in the next couple weeks and they need the skills to gain information from the text they are reading and organize it so they can use it!

Math: From Mrs. Stradling: So far we have covered the following:

*Representing fractions on a visual model

*Finding equivalent fractions both with a model and symbolically (equations)

*Comparing fractions / Ordering fractions from least to greatest

*Adding/subtracting fractions with common denominators

*Adding/subtracting fractions with unlike denominators


We will be finishing adding and subtracting fractions next week and will have a quiz on the material covered mid-week. After our quiz, we will be spending a few days on a diagnostic test that will help me to give students some of the differentiated instruction they may need.

Social Studies: We will continue to analyze Native American life and look specifically at different cultural regions in North America. Students will analyze historical artifacts from different American Indian groups and then compare and contrast life in the various regions.

Science: Next week we'll be learning about the role of producers in an ecosystem. Students will create a diagram of a plant, describing its role as a producer to use energy from the sun to make food and transfer energy.