Week of December 3rd

Thursday 12/6 – 4.4 Computation Unit Test

Thursday 12/13 – KES Music Fest at 6:30

Tuesday 12/18 – Winter Party

Wednesday 12/19 – Last Day of School before Winter Break

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  We will be reviewing this week.  A unit test will be administered Thursday.
    • addition and subtraction of numbers to the millions place,
    • multiplying 3 digit x 2 digit numbers,
    • long division with 3 digit dividends and quotients with remainders (not decimals),
    • estimation
    • word problems
  • Enrichment – Order of Operations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use infinitesimal  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  astron and stella (star),  terra and geo (earth)
    •  Fab Five words – arduous, effortless, exhilarated, orderly, parched.  (words are received on Wednesday and quizzed the following Wednesday)
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 9.  Quiz on Friday 12/7
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Making Inferences
    • Comprehension strategies – Compare/Contrast and Inference
  • Writing –
    • Friendly Letters
    • Editing

SCIENCE – 4.7  Solar System and 4.8 Earth/Sun/Moon

We will finish our Solar System unit on Tuesday.   On Wednesday we will begin SOL 4.8 the Earth, Sun, and Moon relationships.  This unit studies the cause and effect relationships between the three .    During this unit the students will understand what causes night/day, the 4 seasons, the phases of the moon, and eclipses.   The students will also learn about 4 famous astronomers who studied these relationships.  A combined 4.7 and 4.8 test will be given Tuesday 12/18.

FIRE SAFETY –

Fires Safety Quiz on Wednesday 12/5.    On Friday December 7,  students will practice escaping from the “Safety House”.

 

Items of Interest

Celebrate the holidays and upcoming winter break by attending the KES Winter Music Fest, Thursday, December 13th @ 6:30pm in our gym! Enjoy an evening of song and merriment as our talented musicians, singers and dancers perform songs from the great American holiday songs collection, which you can be certain will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. That’s Thursday, December 13th @ 6:30pm in our gym and dress for the party!

 

Week of November 26th

Calendar Events

Thursday 11/29 – Reading MAPS test

Friday 11/30 – Math MAPS test

Thursday 12/6 – 4.4 Computation Unit Test

Monday 12/3 – PTA fundraiser at Ashland Skateland

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  We have mastered long division.  We will spend the beginning of next week reviewing all computation  in preparation for the Computation unit test the following week.  The students will be testing on
    • addition and subtraction of numbers to the millions place,
    • multiplying 3 digit x 2 digit numbers,
    • long division with 3 digit dividends and quotients with remainders (not decimals),
    • estimation
    • word problems
  • Enrichment – Order of Operations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use infinitesimal  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:  sol and helios (sun); and luna (moon)
    •  Fab Five words – arduous, effortless, exhilarated, orderly, parched.  (words are received on Wednesday and quizzed the following Wednesday)
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 8.  Quiz on Friday 11/30
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Making Inferences
    • Comprehension strategies – Cause and Effect
  • Writing –
    • Alien Stories
    • Editing

SCIENCE – 4.7  Solar System

We began our unit on the Solar System on Monday.  Students are required to know the planets in order of the distance from the sun (My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos) as well the the order of planets in size.  They will need to identify the 4 Terrestrial Planets, the 4 Giant Gas Planets and the asteroid belts that separates them.   This unit will last 1 week.  Next week we will begin SOL 4.8 the Earth, Sun, and Moon relationships.  A combined 4.7 and 4.8 test will be given in mid-December

FIRE SAFETY –

We have finished the in-class lessons.   Next week, on Tuesday 12/4, there will be a quiz on the information learned in class.  On Friday December 7,  students will practice escaping from the “Safety House”.

 

Week of November 12th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 11/14 – VS3 Jamestown Unit Test

Friday 11/16 – Computation Quiz including long division

Thursday 11/20 – Greek/Latin stems quiz (1-20)

Tuesday 11/20 – SCA Spirit Day – wear your favorite team jersey

– Report Cards go home

Wednesday 11/21 – Thanksgiving Break Begin

Monday 12/3 – PTA fundraiser at Ashland Skateland

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  Does McDonald’s Serve Cheese Burgers??  We have started long division with remainders.  Ask your child to explain this mnemonic to you.   Please review long division with your child.
  • In addition we will learn about the Order of Operations
  • Enrichment – pre-Algebra with Hands On Equations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use zany  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems:
    •  Fab Five words
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 7.  Quiz on Friday 11/16
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Making Inferences
    • Comprehension strategies (highlighting answers within the passage)
  • Writing –
    • Mentor Sentences
    • Editing

SOCIAL STUDIES –

VS3 Jamestown – This unit will conclude with a test Wednesday 11/14/18

VS4 Colonial Life – This 4 day unit begins this week and will be finished before Thanksgiving Holiday.  It covers life in the colonial between 1643 and 1776.  Virginia became dependent on agriculture and slave labor.  Vocabulary words such as barter, credit, capital, capitol, consumer, producer, enslaved, etc.   During this time period, the capital of Virginia changed from Jamestown to Williamsburg.

FIRE SAFETY –

We will have our 2nd and 3rd lessons with Firefighter Roger this week.  Students are to discuss a family meeting place in the event of a fire and to create an escape plan from each floor of your house.  In December they will practice escaping from the “Safety House”.

Week of November 5th

Calendar Events

Friday 11/9 – Veteran’s Day Assembly at 9:00 am.  Remember to wear Red, White and Blue

Wednesday 11/14 – VS3 Jamestown Unit Test

Tuesday 11/20 – Report Cards go home

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  This week will review division facts and how they relate to multiplication.  Next week we will begin long division with remainders.
  • In addition we will do several extensions including Pascal’s Triangle and Order of Operations
  • Enrichment – pre-Algebra with Hands On Equations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use Congregate and industrious  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems: ad (toward) as in advance; prae/pro (before)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences: luminous, murky, peruse, congregate, dread.  Quiz on Friday 11/9
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 6.  Quiz on Thursday 11/8
  • Reading –
    • Skill – Making Inferences
    • Comprehension strategies (highlighting answers within the passage)
  • Writing –
    • Friendly letters to a Veteran
    • Pen Pals from Tuckahoe
    • Finish writing our own Harris Burdick story
    • Editing

SOCIAL STUDIES –

VS3 Jamestown – This 2 week unit covers Royal Charters, the reasons for settling in the New World, reasons for choosing Jamestown site, hardships & successes and how the American Indians helped the colony to survive.  This week we will learn about government which includes the official Charters from King James and  the first democratic government in the United States.  We will finish this Friday 11/9 and review for a few minutes each day next week.  This unit concludes with a test on Wednesday 11/14.

VS4 Colonial Life – This 4 day unit begins next Tuesday and will be finished before Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

Week of October 22

Calendar Events

Friday  10/26 – Weather Unit Test

Tuesday 10/30 – Weather Project Due

Friday 10/26 – Technology Lesson with Mr. C on chromebooks

Friday 11/9 – Veteran’s Day Assembly

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –This week we begin multiplication. After reviewing basic strategies students will learn to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers and 3 digit by 2 digit numbers.
  • Enrichment – Pre-Algebra with Hands On Equations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use lollygag  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems: Phone and Sonus
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences: impede, advance, perilous, divulge, glisten   Quiz on Wednesday 10/34
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 5.  Quiz on Friday 10/26
  • Reading – Author’s Purpose
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Main Idea/Detail and Sequence
    • Understanding unfamiliar words by using the clues withing the passage
  • Writing –
    • Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • Daily Dazzle
    • students will practice writing 2 paragraph essays.

SCIENCE –

4.6. WEATHER – During this unit, students will learn about conditions that affect temperature; air mass; front systems, weather instruments (including reading a weather map), and storms.  We had a great visit with the Young Scientists today.  This unit will conclude with unit test on 10/26.

Week of October 15th

Calendar Events

Friday  10/19 – Fall Pictures

Tuesday 10/23 – Weather Unit Test

Friday 10/26 – Technology Lesson with Mr. C on chromebooks

Friday 11/9 – Veteran’s Day Assembly

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  This week we will finish subtracting large numbers, including estimating and multi-step word problems.  Multiplying 3 digits by 2 digits will be introduced by the end of the week.  We will continue multiplication next week.
  • Enrichment – Pre-Algebra with Hands On Equations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use allege  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems quiz on all 10 stems will be given on Wednesday 10/17.   The next stems will be phone and sonus (sound); nomen (name) and verbum (word)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences:
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 4.  Quiz on Friday 10/19
  • Reading – Context Clues this week;  Author’s Purpose next week
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Main Idea/Detail and Sequence
    • Understanding unfamiliar words by using the clues withing the passage
  • Writing –
    • Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • Daily Dazzle
    • students will practice writing 2 paragraph essays.

SCIENCE –

4.6. WEATHER – During this unit, students will learn about conditions that affect temperature; air mass; front systems, weather instruments (including reading a weather map), and storms.  We had a great visit with the Young Scientists today.  This unit will conclude with unit test on 10/30.

Week of October 8th

Calendar Events

Book Fair

Friday 10/12 – Young Scientist  in the classroom AND Fall Festival – 4:30 – 7 pm

Friday  10/19 – Fall Pictures 

MATH –

  • 4.2 Computation –  This week we will be working on adding, subtracting, and estimating with large numbers.  Students will also work on multi-step word problems.
  • Enrichment – Pre-Algebra with Hands On Equations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use CLARIFY  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems with Thesis (put,place) and Kinesis (movement)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences  Quiz on Thursday 10/11
    • No Wordly Wise this week
  • Reading – Context Clues
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Main Idea/Detail
    • Understanding unfamiliar words by using the clues withing the passage
  • Writing –
    • Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • Daily Dazzle
    • students will practice writing 2 paragraph essays.

SCIENCE –

4.6. WEATHER – During this unit, students will learn about conditions that affect temperature; air mass; front systems, weather instruments (including reading a weather map), and storms

Week of October 1st

Calendar Events

Friday 10/5 – Mr. Kaechele Day

Friday 10/5 – VS2 Virginia Regions Test

Friday 10/12 – Fall Festival

Friday  10/19 – Fall Pictures

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.16 Equality and Properties of Addition – Students will learn about equality and inequalities.  They will understand an equal sign is like a balance scale and both sides of an equation have to be equal.  example: 5+15 = 5×4.  In addition they will review commutative property and learn associative properties of addition.  (25 + 55) + 33 = 25 + (55 + 33)
  • Enrichment – pre-Algebra with Hands On Equations

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use ARDUOUS  in written and spoken word.
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 3 – quiz Friday 10/5
    • Greek/Latin stems with Phobos (fear) and Syn, Sym (with/together)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences:   Quiz on Thursday 10/4
  • Reading – Non-Fiction
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Non-fiction Text Features
    • Non-Fiction features
  • Writing –
    • Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • We introduced Wake Up Brain.  This is an editing program and we will alternate this with Daily Dazzle twice a month.
    • students will practice writing 2 paragraph essays.

Virginia Studies –

4.2 Regions – We finished this unit with the adaptations of American Indians to Virginia regions.  This unit concludes on Friday 10/5  with a unit test.

During this unit students will locate on a map the following: border states, major waterways, the 5 Regions of Virginia and the products/industries in each region.  Students will learn mnemonic devices to help:

Borders: Never Trust Kangaroos With Mac And Cheese

Rivers: Please Remember Your Jacket

Cities on the fall line: Alex likes Potatoes; Fred likes to Rap; King James was Rich

Regions: Always Vacuum Before People Find Crumbs

Week of September 24th

Calendar Events

Tuesday 9/25 – Watch Dog Picnic 5-7

Wednesday 9/16 – Reading MAPS

Thursday 9/27 – Math MAPS

Tuesday 10/2 – Number Sense Math Test

Friday 10/12 – Fall Festival

Friday  10/19 – Fall Pictures

Curriculum:  

MATH –

  • 4.1 Number Sense – This unit concludes at the end of this week.  Students can read, write, round, order, and compare numbers through the hundred millions place.   They understand the difference between value and place value.   A unit test will be administered next Tuesday 10/2.
  • Enrichment – we have been learning about ancient number systems that do not use the base 10 system.  This week we have focused on Roman Numerals

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use PUNCTUAL  in written and spoken word.
    • Wordly Wise Lesson 2 – quiz Friday 9/28
    • Greek/Latin stems with TROPOS (turn) and PHILIA (love)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences: blissful, melancholoy, preposterous, demolish, bewilder.   
  • Reading –
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Main Idea and Sequencing
    • Main Idea and Supporting Details
  • Writing –
    • Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • students will practice a writing a structurally correct paragraph

Virginia Studies –

4.2 Regions – This week we are focusing on the 5 regions of Virginia.  Students will be able to locate each region on a map as well as describe the characteristics of the land and the products and industries found there.

During this unit students will locate on a map the following: border states, major waterways, the 5 Regions of Virginia and the products/industries in each region.  Students will learn mnemonic devices to help:

Borders: Never Trust Kangaroos With Mac And Cheese

Rivers: Please Remember Your Jacket

Cities on the fall line: Alex likes Potatoes; Fred likes to Rap; King James was Rich

Regions: Always Vacuum Before People Find Crumbs

Week of September 17th

Calendar Events

Wednesday 9/19 – Half-Day Dismissal 11:00

Thursday 9/20 – Back to School Night

Friday 9/21 – Peace Day

Friday 9/21 Wordly Wise and Social Studies Quizzes

Wednesday 9/26 – Reading MAPS

Thursday 9/27 – Math MAPS

Friday 10/12 – Fall Festival

Friday  10/19 – Fall Pictures

MATH –

  • 4.1 Number Sense – In this unit students will read and write numbers to 100 millions place.  They will also be expected to write those numbers in expanded and word form.  Next week we will be rounding, ordering, and comparing numbers to millions place.

Language Arts – 

  • Vocabulary – we will build vocabulary several ways.
    • Word of the Week:  Students are asked to use RAVENOUS  in written and spoken word.
    • Greek/Latin stems with PHOTOS (light) and TELE (distant)
    •  Fab Five words that will include synonyms and antonyms study.  Students will use these 5 words in sentences: sluggish, rapid, brace, meek, sassy
  • Reading –
    • Comprehension Strategies:  Monitoring Comprehension
    • Main Idea and Supporting Details
    • Summarizing
  • Writing –
    • This week we introduced a program called Mentoring Sentences in which students dissect a well written sentence.
    • We will continue  Daily Dazzle.  This weekly program includes questions on plurals, possessives, sentence type, synonyms, capitalization, editing,  grammar, simple/compound sentences, etc.
    • students will practice writing 2 paragraph essays.

Virginia Studies –

4.2 Regions – During this unit students will locate on a map the following: border states, major waterways, the 5 Regions of Virginia and the products/industries in each region.  Students will learn mnemonic devices to help:

Borders: Never Trust Kangaroos With Mac And Cheese

Rivers: Please Remember Your Jacket

Cities on the fall line: Alex likes Potatoes; Fred likes to Rap; King James with Rich

Regions: Always Vacuum Before People Find Crumbs