Our first big activity will be Science Fair Week Jan. 11-15. Students' completed boards are due Jan. 11. Students should be sure to practice their oral reports, as well. Students will give their reports in the classroom on Jan. 11-12. We will also have an opportunity to examine projects throughout the school. Families and the community are invited to view projects on Jan. 14 from 3-5 p.m.
Mills also will be showcasing our district's Coordinated Approach to Child Health program that same afternoon. Visit Mills from 4:30-6 for ideas to enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle.
In the classroom, we're working on:
Reading: We'll take an extended look at text structures, revisit genres, and begin our next book project. We'll also begin another novel study in class. That novel, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, is set in Denmark during World War II and centers on a school-age girl and her family as they help a Jewish friend escape capture by the Nazis. The book generates much discussion in class, and students are encourage to discuss it at home. I have extra copies of the novel, if you'd like to also read it.
Writing: We're doing a more in-depth examination of expository text as well as continuing to work on grammar skills and homing our revising and editing skills.
Science: We'll revisit the water cycle, explore weather, and then look at the moon, Earth, and our Solar System
Social studies: We're about to revolt against Mexico and fight for Texas to become its own country.
Math: We're going deep on long division, mastering the standards algorithm (divide, multiply, subtract, and bring down) as well as learning to figure out what to do with the remainder. Students will also begin using the district-provided Think Through Math online program for independent skills practice. Students still struggling with basic multiplication skills should continue to work on those, as well.
Social Emotional: We're beginning our study of managing emotions.