Class News

Snow Days 2018

posted Dec 7, 2018, 9:36 AM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 9:41 AM ]

Well, it looks inevitable.  Snow is on its way.  To keep students academically engaged over the snow days I will be sending home some review math work and a special Flipgrid Video Challenge.  I'm excited about the Video Challenge.  It can be really fun if everyone participates.  I will be posting videos also.  

The link to the Flipgrid Video Challenge is:

Below are links to the review math work:

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Week of November 13th

posted Nov 13, 2018, 4:49 AM by Ella Frazier

    I hope everyone had a great long weekend.  I just want to say "Thank You" to any veterans or active military family members.  I truly appreciate your service and sacrifice.  
    This week in fourth grade students will continue to practice long division and will move to larger numbers, but with only a single digit divisor.  I'm teaching students a few different methods, so if they show you something "funky", it's just a different algorithm.  I will be teaching them the traditional method also.  In science we will continue with energy.  Right now they are learning about thermal energy and will move to sound energy.  Because of the short week student will not have daily word problems for homework.  They have a multiplication and division practice.
    In fifth grade students will continue to practice adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions.  I hope to introduce dividing fractions by the end of the week.  In science we will continue with weather.  Our topic this week is air pressure.  If possible, please allow students to bring a small, glass jar to school tomorrow.  We will be making barometers. Because of the short week student will not have daily word problems for homework.  They have division practice sheet.
Upcoming Important Dates:
No School - November 21, 22, or 23 for Thanksgiving Holiday
All Nature's Vision Fundraiser Order Due - November 26th
If you choose not to participate in the fundraiser, a $20 deposit is due November 30th
Second Quarter Progress Reports - December 7th
Early Dismissal - December 21st
No school - December 24th - January 1st for Holiday Break 

Week of October 29th

posted Oct 29, 2018, 2:06 PM by Ella Frazier

    Well, the first quarter is in the books.  This week begins the second quarter.  Don't forget this Wednesday is an early dismissal day.  Student will get out at 11:30.  Students do not attend Thursday.  Parent/Teacher conference will be held this week.  If you have not signed up for a conference time, please CLICK HERE to sign up.
    Students received a fundraising packet for Nature's Vision in their Friday folder.  Remember any profit you earn goes toward your child's cost for the overnight fieldtrip.  Students earn 40% of all sales.  All orders are due by November 26th.  Also remember customers can order online and have items shipped directly to them.  CLICK HERE for a copy of the fundraiser letter.  
    If you choose not to participate in the fundraiser we will need a $20.00 deposit by November 30th.  Money from the fundraiser and deposits will be used to pay deposits for the charter bus and Fort Caswell in January.
    To start the second quarter fourth grade will begin learning multi-digit division.  In science they will be finishing up the phases of the moon and moving on to different types of energy.  Fifth grade will begin with adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  In science we will continue with the water cycle and move into a huge science topic for fifth grade - weather.    
    I look forward to seeing you this week.


Week of October 15th

posted Oct 15, 2018, 2:34 PM by Ella Frazier

This Thursday is our Title 1/Open House night from starting at 6:00 pm.  You are welcome to come learn about some curriculum and to ask any question.
The next week is the last week of the first quarter - can you believe it?  Time has flown.  We will have fall parent/teacher conferences the week of October 29th.  Mrs. Joyce and I have a few openings on Tuesday afternoon after school and Wednesday afternoon, which is an early release day.  The bulk of the time slots are on Thursday from 12:00 to 6:30.  I sent out a remind with a link to sign up for a conference time.  If you didn't get a chance to check it out or sign up CLICK HERE to sign up for a conference time.  
As you know, October 31st is Halloween.  Students may dress up as a book character that day.  No masks please.
As we finish up the quarter, fourth grade will be learning about area and perimeter and fifth grade will be learning about volume.  In science fourth grade will continue with the Earth, sun and moon and fifth grade will continue with thermal energy and the water cycle.

Week of October 1st

posted Oct 1, 2018, 12:27 PM by Ella Frazier

    Wow, we actually came to school on a Monday!  This week 4th grade will continue with multiplication and possibly move to division.  We will also sprinkle in some area and perimeter practice.  In science they will finish ecosystems.
    Fifth grade will continue with division and then move into operations with decimals.  In science we will finish ecosystems this week.  
Important October Dates:
9th- 5th Grade field trip to Ag by the Slice
18th - Open House 6:00 - 7:00 pm
23rd - Reading benchmark
24th - Math benchmark
25th - Science benchmark
26th - end of the first quarter
31st - Early Dismissal
Nov. 1st. - Parent Conferences

Week of September 24th

posted Sep 20, 2018, 5:13 PM by Ella Frazier

    September has flown by and this final week is busy.  Monday, September 24th is a teacher workday, so student do not have school.  Tuesday, September 25th is fall picture day.  Students may wear SMOD or dress clothes.  No jeans please.  
    In math 4th grade will begin multiplication.  Our first topic is multiplicative comparisons.  This means students must be fluent in describing equations.  For example - 24 is 4 times as much as 6.  This will review multiplication and division facts.  It is VERY IMPORTANT students know their multiplication facts fluently.  They shouldn't have to stop to count fingers or draw pictures to solve simple facts such as 6 x 7.  Please practice these at home.  In science we will try to finish ecosystems.  The NC Division of Water Resources is coming Thursday to present a water conservation program for the 4th graders.
    Fifth grade will begin long division.  Problems will have up to a four-digit dividend and up to a two-digit divisor.  We will be doing lots of practice.  In science we hope to also finish with ecosystems.  Fifth grade will have a presentation from Lexington Electric and Gas on Friday.
A huge Thank You to the families that came out to family night at Bojangles.  You helped us win a free breakfast and treats.

Other upcoming dates and events:
Progress reports will be sent home either Friday the 28th or Monday the 1st 
5th grade field trip to the fairgrounds for the AG by the Slice program - October 9th
Pickett Open House - October 18th 

Florence Reeks Havoc

posted Sep 13, 2018, 8:26 AM by Ella Frazier

Florence is on the way.  In an effort to not get too far behind with the missed days, I sent home some science work with both 5th and 4th grades.  Please have them work on it.  They should also have a book or books to read (great activity if the power goes out :).  If you have power and internet service both grades can work on Prodigy Math.  We will check homework Monday.
I did give 5th grade their Friday folders.  There is some information about a recent dental screening.  Please look for that.  Be safe and hopefully I'll see you Monday!!

Week of September 10th

posted Sep 9, 2018, 3:11 PM by Ella Frazier

Wow, the first two weeks have flown by.  This upcoming week 5th grade will continue to practice multiplying and dividing decimals by powers of 10.  We will also move on to multiplying larger numbers.  In science we will continue with ecosystems.  Vocabulary will be a focus.  Fourth grade will finish up whole number place value and will begin adding and subtracting larger numbers.  They may even starting learning about factors and multiples.  In science 4th grade will also continue ecosystems.  They are learning the roles of organisms in an ecosystems and how different factors effect survival.  
A shout out to these genius mathematicians who solved the Mangoes problem this week:  Julian, John, Jose, Kaedyn, Andre, Jasius, Naliyah, T'Leeya, Megan, Zyanna, Sarah, Genesis, Victor, Anthony, Benny, Fredix, Wes, Andrew, and Michaela.  Great job!

Wonderful First Week

posted Aug 30, 2018, 5:36 PM by Ella Frazier

    The first week has been great!  The 5th graders got right back into the routine and the 4th graders are learning quickly.  It looks like we are going to have two great groups (although I can tell just about all of them LOVE to talk :).
    Fifth graders will get a Friday folder tomorrow, but there is no work to send home yet.  Some have papers to have signed. All have a weekly report.  Please sign the report and return it with the Friday folder on Tuesday.  
    Fifth grade began math with our place value system.  Students will be learning how to read, write and compare whole numbers and decimals.  They must also use the powers of 10 to multiply and divide whole numbers and decimals.  In science we began with ecosystems.  Students will be learning about the different types of ecosystems and the factors that affect changes in them.
    Fourth grade also began math with our place value system.  They will be learning to read and write whole numbers in different ways based on their knowledge of our base-10 system.  They will learn how the different placement of numerals within a number effects the value of the numeral and the whole number.  In science they began with ecosystems also.  They will be learning how animals adapt to survive in various ecosystems.
    Don't forget there is no school Monday.  It is a holiday.  Have a great long weekend!


posted Aug 8, 2018, 12:54 PM by Ella Frazier   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 5:45 PM by Ella Frazier ]

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