Jenny's Weekly Update 2-10-14

posted Feb 10, 2014, 10:57 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Hello again! We are having a very busy, short week! 

This week we are finishing up Exploring Plate Tectonics on the Web, where students were introduced to the many pieces that make up plate tectonics through a guided internet exploration.   

In addition, students needed to choose a method and idea to research on the topic of plate tectonics. There were 15 choices from researching the volcanic history of Oregon to making a children's book. I am excited to see all their hard work completed by February 21.  

This week we started new reading groups. Each group voted on a selection of 4-5 books. Here is what they chose: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells,Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit, Lionboy by Zizou Corder and Say What? by Jane Yolen. Some of these titles I had to check out from the Eugene Public Library, and I can only have them out for 3 weeks. Therefore, we are on a bit of a time crunch to complete them. I have faith that our students are vivacious readers and are up for the challenge. Each week, in addition to meeting and discussing the books, students are required to complete a Reading Response in the form of a letter. The letter will include two paragraphs, one will summarize what they have read and the other will be their own reflection. 

We are continuing with Editing Rules. This week we are practicing four rules that focus on ending punctuation.   

4th graders are studying Factors and Multiples.
5th graders are reviewing multiplication word problems and then moving onto decimals.
6th graders are focusing on multiplying fractions. 

We are now all on the same page. Every Monday morning the entire class is given a spelling test with words that range in difficulty. Students will choose words to practice that they misspelled. They need to have a total of 10 words to practice for the week. If they only missed 7 words then they will choose 3 more words from the list that they think they will use frequently. They will then practice these words Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with a follow up test Friday morning. 

In other news:
Wondering About Ridgeline’s Middle School? – 5th and 6th grade parents and students are invited to a Middle School information session with Middle School teacher Jon Labrousse. Learn all about what Ridgeline’s Middle School has to offer, Thursday, February 27, 7-7:45pm in the Middle School classroom. 

Thank you, Jenny, Adriene & Room 7