Room 44 News September 26, 2010 Mrs. Ceko Please help: A parent volunteer has taken on the responsibility of creating the annual scarecrow with the students. We are in need of small donations of Michael’s gift cards so that materials can be purchased. Hopefully we can get something together by Wednesday, September 28. Also, the theme of our room basket for the carnival auction will be “Wine Tasting”. I will send more information in the Wednesday envelope, but start thinking of something you may possibly be able to donate. Examples include: wine, wine glasses wine glass charms, wine bottle chiller, cocktail napkins, etc. I will need an estimated value of what you send in for the inventory list. “Splash Lab” is visiting LCM because of a grant I wrote through Vallecitos Water District. They will service all fifth grade classes. The focus is “Water on Earth” and hits many of our science standards. I need ONE more volunteer to help with our class on Monday, September 26 from 9:50 – 11:00am. ***Those of you who offered to help “on occasion,” please check your calendar and consider this please. [email protected] 760-290-2121 ext: 3144 LEARNING GOAL Language Arts: Many students still need to master writing responses to comprehension questions using a 3 point response. This includes: 1.Using words from the question to start our answer. 2. Using evidence from the story to support our answer. 3. Writing a complete thought using proper Skills of the week: Sequencing will be the focus of our new story, “Volcanoes.” We will also focus on the root words, “struct” meaning to build, and “rupt” meaning to break. Categorize and classify are also focus sills for this story. There will be a spelling list for the week. Math: We will begin the most difficult chapter of the entire year, on Monday. I have pre-assessed many advanced students who tested out of specific lessons, but none who were 80% or higher for the entire chapter. Please do a quick check in with them for clarification. Our main objectives are to turn decimals into fractions and mixed numbers, and vice-versa, and to order them (skill to be taught on Monday). Examples would include turning these into fractions/mixed numbers: 0.67 , 0.3 , and 2.89 or turn these fractions into decimals: 4 ½ , 3/8 , and 2 ¾ . Students will also have to order fractions and decimals from least to greatest, or greatest to least. Social Studies: We are currently learning about more Native American groups that were living in North America prior to European explorers. . We have learned about the Hopi, Navajo, groups in the Pacific Northwest, the Eastern Woodlands, and will finish up with the Artic People tomorrow. It is important to learn how each group was able to use their natural resources to survive in their regions. Science: We completed out “Weather” chapter and will test on Thursday. We will take some more time and learn about weather maps, and create our own. Main objectives are: air pressure is greater closer to the earth’s surface because of gravity. We also learned about the many “tools” used to measure and predict weather.