October 15, 2013

I hope everyone has an incredible Fall Break!  If you have a tablet or smartphone you’re allowed to use, check out the free app, Duolingo!  I discovered it this weekend, and I’m so excited to be refreshing my Spanish!  🙂

Homework
1) Homework Project: Start thinking about Week 6 homework project, though it won’t be due until Fri., Oct. 25 due to Fall Break!
2) READ & log your days read on the Ken Garff program. ($20 bonus!) 
3) Spelling: Study every day!
4) MISSING WORK!  Please close the “rift,” especially with our reading and writing workshop assignments.  In case you have a few of those on your list, here are the assignments:
ResearchBe sure to fill out your research notes as you finish!
Ideas, People, & Events Graphic Organizer: Fill out this graphic or
Relationship among Ideas, People, & Events: Write a paragraph describing the relationship between 2 or more ideas, people or events.  Then explain why that relationship is so important for your focus question/research
Context Clues in Research: Look at one of your sources, find a tricky word, and write it down.  Then write down which context clue strategy you used to figure out its meaning (Synonym, antonym, explanation, example, word within word, graphic aids on page, read sentences before and after, Use glossary/dictionary/online tool)
4 Introduction Ideas: Try out each of the 4 introduction types for your topic (Generalization–“Everyone knows…”; Question–“Did you know…”; What If/If–“What if we all…”; Quotation–“One expert said…”)
*Blogging Extras/Missing work
*“3 Branches of Government”:  Write about the 3 branches of government!  Tag: social studies
*“How We Organize Ourselves Assessment”:  Write about how we are wrapping up our How We Organize Ourselves IB unit, and that you are demonstrating your understanding of the central idea, “Order drives the systems of our world.”  Include your demonstration.  Tag: ib
*BizTown Reflection: Write about what you learned and enjoyed at BizTown!  Tag: field trip

Upcoming Events
*Oct. 14: Picture Day!
*Oct. 16-18: Fall Break, no school!
*Oct. 22: Boxtops due!
*Oct. 25: Scarecrow Scramble.  Boxtop Dress-down!
*Week of Oct. 28: Red Ribbon Week
*Oct 31: Halloween parade at 9 am.  Halloween party at 12:45pm!  Click here to sign up to volunteer or donate!
*Oct. 31: End of Term 1!  All pizza reading books for term 1 must be completed by this day!
*Nov 1: Informational Text Publishing Party!
*Nov. 3-5: Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences


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