This is just an insight to all the things we will learn! With your continued support I feel that WE CAN give our students the best education. I hope they enjoy their last year in elementary!
This year we will be devoting an additional 45 minutes of reading to assist our struggling readers. This will occur at a self-paced and small group environment. Through the use of literature, the student will determine word meaning through contextual and structured analysis. The student will develop and build their comprehension levels through compare/contrast, fluency, story elements, vocabulary, main idea, supporting facts and details, drawing conclusions, point of view, sequence, inquiry, and research.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THEIR 30 MINUTES OF READING A NIGHT!
During the first half of the year we will focus on number concepts, operations, and fractions/decimals. The second half of the year our focus will be measurement and geometry. Multiplication and division will continue to be a priority as they should be able to memorize and recall the facts quickly. We will continue with our math facts fast quizzes. The students will have either multiplication or division facts to solve within 4 minutes. Accuracy is very important. Also the students will be using the grid paper as a resource to help get all they can memorize onto it to assist them during a test.
PLEASE HELP YOUR CHILD RECALL THEIR MATH FACTS EVERY NIGHT!
Even though this year they students aren’t tested, writing will be a focus of this year. Through our district the students will be required to have their writing samples posted throughout the year. We will apply their writing skills from 4th grade to give to a foundation to better organize and articulate their thoughts onto paper. Punctuation, grammar, spelling, capitalization, and parts of speech will be emphasized throughout all contents.
From learning TEXAS HISTORY last year, we will take a trip through AMERICAN HISTORY this year. We will also capture geography and economics of the U.S. , as well. We will learn about places, people, and events starting with globalization, beginning in the 1950’s. We will learn about colonization of the Americas and the progression of American History ending in the 20th century.
This will be a BIG FOCUS this year. Along with Math and Reading, the students will also be tested in Science on the STAAR. The following units and concepts the students will learn are physical, life, earth, and space. The students will be expected to participate in the district Science Fair. There will be many hands on lessons to capture the scientist at heart.