Class Notes for Sep. 22-26, 2014

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It was great seeing such a great turnout at Back-to-School Night last Tuesday! I enjoyed chatting with new and former parents.

We start two new units of study this week; one on U.S. geography and another on the solar system. I will introduce the units on Monday and Tuesday and we’ll be off and running with projects for the next couple of weeks.

Spelling and math homework went home on Friday afternoon again. I’ve heard from more than a few parents that this is a good system that gives families the option of doing the homework over the weekend or waiting until Monday. The only drawbacks are that occasionally the math homework relies on a lesson I have not taught yet and that the spelling words might not be fresh by the following Friday. A practice test or review at home on Thursday night might help with that.

In math we will be reviewing, and in some cases, relearning, multiplication tables. If they were not mastered last year in 4th grade, this is the year to do it. Middle school math teachers expect fluency in basic facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. It’s not exciting, but it’s got to be done.

If you have not signed up for conferences on SignUp Genius, please do that as soon as you are able. If you have trouble getting onto the system, let me know and I can help. So far it’s working pretty well.

Science Camp is in May, but the fifth-grade team is planning ahead. We need to get a little bit of information about tuition from parents at the link above.

A minimum of a half hour of reading a day at home will really add up, so keep it up. Turn off the screens (unless you’re reading on a device), take out the earbuds (unless you’re listening to a book-on-tape version), and enjoy the power of the printed word. Many of the students in our class are voracious readers who think nothing of reading three and four times that amount.



About Mr. Colvin

I'm a retired elementary teacher (classroom and music) who taught at Lewis and Woodmere elementary schools in SE Portland. I like to teach, play guitar, take photos, and ride my bike.
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