Wow! I can’t believe it is already mid-March! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Read below to hear about our week! Thank you for your constant support!
Reading: We continued to look at cause and effect. We also learned about a new summarizing strategy called the two-word strategy where students listed two words that gave the best summary of that paragraph. Then, when they were done with the passage. they used the two words in the margin of each paragraph to retell what the passage was about. We just started this but they did an awesome job.
English: We continued to look at prepositions and prepositional phrases. Students LOVE this song. Feel free to listen at home. You can also check out the BRAINPOP video to help reinforce.
VA Studies: In Virginia Studies, we continued to learn about important battles and leaders of the Civil War. To help us dig a little deeper, groups picked an event from the war that they wanted to learn more about. These events included:
- The first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas) was the first major clash of the Civil War. Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson played a major role in this battle.
- General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, defeated Union troops at Fredericksburg, Virginia.
- Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy. It fell to General Ulysses S. Grant and was burned by the Confederacy near the end of the war. Fires were set by retreating Confederate forces to keep war supplies from approaching Union forces.
- President Abraham Lincoln used the Union navy to blockade southern ports. An important sea battle between the Monitor (Union) and the Merrimack (Confederate), two iron-clad ships, took place in Virginia waters near Norfolk and Hampton. The battle was fought to a draw.
- The Civil War ended at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in April, 1865.
Reading: We wrapped up our unit on figurative language. Students finished up their figurative language comic strips in which they had to include an example of each type of figurative language that we studied. See rubric for this project below!
Writing: Students continued working on revising and editing their work. We discussed the importance of revising your work to make it stronger versus editing your work to make it look better. For the remainder of the semester we will continue drafting and revising/editing our writing to make it the best it can be.
Social Studies: We began our unit on the Midwest region of the United States. We explored the states and capitals of the region as well as the climate, natural resources, and economic activities. Don’t forget projects are due Tuesday March 26!! Study states and capitals each night for quiz on March 27!
4th Reading: Making Inferences
4th Writing: Opinion Writing
4th VA Studies: Wrapping up Civil War, Starting Reconstruction
5th Reading: Cause and Effect
5th Writing: Editing and Revising; Opinion writing
5th SS: Midwest– projects due March 26th!!
- Parents are asked to submit their opinions on the 2019 Henrico Schools Survey at https://henricoschools.us/surveys/ between March 11-29. Fifth graders will also complete this survey at school unless you returned an opt-out form.
- MobyMax March Madness: All Trevvett students are challenged to focus on math fact fluency in the month of March! Fifth graders are tasked with mastering multiplication and division facts through 12 by the end of March. Students that earn 100% mastery in MobyMax OR practice for 1 hour a week in MobyMax will get the chance to decorate a rock garden to beautify our school grounds! Click here to see the flyer sent home last week.
- Camp Innovation: Check out this flyer for details about Camp Innovation summer offerings at the Math Science Innovation Center!
- To Order Field Day shirts, click here. 4th grade will be wearing orange.
- Reading Formative Assessment (5th): Tuesday March 19!
- VS7 CIVIL WAR Unit Test: Thursday, March 21st
- Reading Formative Assessment (4th): Friday, March 22nd
- 5th Grade Midwest State Projects due Tuesday March 26
- 5th Grade Midwest States and Capitals quiz Wednesday March 27
- Career Day Wednesday March 27 (8 am -10 am)
- Field Trip to the James River Experience Wednesday March 27 (10 am – 5 pm)
- 3rd Quarter Paw Achievement Party – Thursday, March 28th
- 3rd Quarter Ends – Friday, March 29th
- Student Half Day: Release at 11:00 AM – March 29th********
- Spring Break – Saturday, March 30th to Sunday, April 7th (Students return to school on Monday, April 8th)