I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas break! It is hard to believe that we are already heading into the 2nd semester of 5th grade, isn't it? It has been a fantastic year so far, and I am looking forward to the next two quarters. Here is a brief look at what we will be working on during January:
Both classes will be returning to the Journeys textbook this month. We will be following the same weekly schedule as we did during much of 1st quarter. The story will be introduced on Monday, with review and discussion on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday there will be an open book comprehension test and a closed book vocabulary quiz. On Friday there will be a Spelling test over the 10 Spelling&Vocabulary words from the weekly story. Fridays will also be our review day during 3rd quarter. I will be choosing different topics to review with in class activities to help prepare for the State Assessments.
This month we begin the Verbs unit. Expect daily assignments and an open book test at the conclusion of the unit. I anticipate that this unit will last through most of January, but please watch the agenda for notice about upcoming tests.
Unfortunately, Christmas Break fell right in the middle of our Colonies Unit. We will pick back up where we left off (after plenty of review) with the Southern Colonies. The students were given notes at the beginning of the unit that outlined the major points about each colony that they would be expected to know come the unit test. These notes also had all of the unit vocabulary (with definitions) that students will be tested over at the end of the unit. The Colony Map Quizzes will return in January. On the first map quiz taken in December, students were expected to have correct colony placement, but did not have to spell the colonies correctly. For the remainder of the quizzes, students will be expected to have both correct placement and spelling of the colonies. Map Quiz #2 is tentatively scheduled for Monday January 12th.