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1/17/2019 - HOMEWORK
Language Arts:
Spelling Bee words. 
Rewrite your paragraph to hand in with your two previous paragraphs on Friday afternoon. 
Social Studies:
None.
Religion:
Grade level Prayers (5 & 6).

5th Grade Science: 

None.

6th/7th/8th Science:

Read pages 68 - 79.  Answer questions on pages 68,70, 72, 73, and 76 - 79 due Tuesday, 1/23.


1/16/2019 - HOMEWORK
Language Arts:
Spelling Bee words.  
Edit your descriptive paragraph on the first scene of The Sound of Music and rewrite it.   
Social Studies:
One paragraph on four things you need to know before you can read a map.  Use complets sentences and proper punctuation.
5th Math: 
Mathletics +
6th Math:
Math Packet. 
Religion:
Grade level Prayers (5 & 6).

5th Grade Science: 

Variables sheet.

6th/7th/8th Science:

Variables sheet due Tuesday, Jan. 22..


1/15/2019 - HOMEWORK
Language Arts:
Spelling Bee words.  One descriptive paragraph on the first scene of The Sound of Music.   
Social Studies:
Your ideas on why it took the Europeans so long to "discover" the New World.
5th Math: 
Mathletics +
6th Math:
Math Packet. 
Religion:
Grade level Prayers (5 & 6).

5th Grade Science: 

Variables sheet.

6th/7th/8th Science:

Variables worksheet.


5th/6th Grade Homeroom News       January 14, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

MAPS testing NEXT week!  This will give us an idea of how much your student has learned so far this year.  I expect some improvement for most.  We will expect an even greater improvement in the Spring.  Please do not be too concerned if your young scholar shows only slight improvement.  It is typical for this time of year to see only marginal improvement. 

 

In Language Arts, we viewed The Sound of Music.  I am going to use this film to illustrate how a report on a movie is very similar to a book report.  I wish our students to experience how easy it is to create topic sentences that will grab a reader’s attention right from the start.  They will be encouraged to create interest immediately from the beginning of a paragraph and then follow up that sentence with pertinent information relevant to that one topic sentence.  Simply focusing on the plot may take us most of the week although I will also be attempting to integrate some reading into the classroom with a small amount of homework.

 

Your student may have related to you that I am implementing a new procedure into the classroom designed to increase my instruction time.  As this class of 5th and 6th Grade students is rather “boisterous,” they can often take up to five minutes of my instruction time simply to return to a respectful voice level.  What I have done in the past is ask all of the students to write on a piece of lined paper why they should not talk in class.  I am moving to a more targeted approach.  Only the individual who is taking instruction time from the class will be given the form to fill out as homework, but they need to get a signature from a parent before they can turn the sheet in to me.  It is possible your student could have two, three, or more sheets to fill out in one night.  All sheets will require your signature and must be returned the following school day.  If they do not return the form, they will be given an additional form to fill out.

 

These forms should state what they did, why they did it, and what they should have done instead.  It is necessary they fill out the entire page and get your signature so you know what happened.  This process will not affect those students who are doing their work and acting accordingly in class.  I believe this targeted approach will be more effective in changing how the students act in the classroom.   

 

Regards,

John Downing

j.downing@smpschool.org