Letter to the Parents:
An important thing you can do for your child is to model a love for learning at home. You as parents can think collectively with your child to improve their learning at home. You can start by making the most of your home for after school enrichment. Think like a teacher is the first step in making your home an enjoyable learning environment for your child.
Here are a few ideas: Put a hundred chart on the refrigerator, put letters, numbers, and sight words on the refrigerator, have the child make a grocery list, put the list in ABC order, practice spelling and math facts while eating dinner, and play scrabble to work on spelling in a fun way.
The more ways you help your child learn at home the better his/her understanding of new information will be.
Good luck and let me know how these things are helping you at home by dropping me a line via email. Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thanks for caring,
Mr. Washington/ Contact me at
Website of the week - http://www.softschools.com - Use this website to help you strengthen your reading and math skills.
Notes from the Teacher:
ENGLISH - For the week of January 2 thru 11, all three reading classes are working on completly different activities. I have provided highlights of each class activities for your review. Please feel free to call me or email me with questions.
2nd period reading class - students are intergrating social studies into their reading. Students are researching an Indian culture to create a flyer.
3rd period reading class - students are also intergrating social studies into their reading via learning about the early history of slavery. Students will complete their slavery project by creating a powerpoint presentation on the early history of slavery.
4th period readig class - students are learning how to identify the main idea and supporting details in a passage and using technology to increase vocabulary.
Spelling words also varies from class to class. Each student should a list of their spelling words for the next upcoming spelling test. I have increased the number of spelling words from 15 to 20 for the 3rd and 4th period reading class and from 20 to 25 for the second period reading class.
Reading logs are due every Monday and must be signed by the parent.
Math, For the week of September 4 thru 8, students will be working on dividing two digit number by a one digit number and multiplying two digit number by a two digit number. We will continue to take a pre-test and post test on each standard through our math program - Envision. The Envision Math Program is based on scientific research on how children learn mathematics. We will attempt to take all of our math tests on the computer for several reason(s): assess math skills, maintain accurate data, practice using the computer, and to prepare them to take tests using the computer. If you would like your child to further strengthen their math skills using Envision Math at home, please send me a note and I will send home the instructions as to how to access the program. Parents word problem Friday has been discontinued because some students have not been completing their assignments. Consequently, computation problems will be the sole activiity for homework.
dividend, divisor, remanider, quotient,
Save the Date:
January 10 and 11th "in-class AIMS progress monitoring"
January 18th Early Release Day
January 21st "Dr. King Holiday"
January 22 NO SCHOOL "work day"
January 30th "5th grade Field Trip and reports cards go home"
Janaruy 30th and 31st "in-class AIMS progress monitoring"