Coach BLeggett

Coach BLeggett

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Curriculum Update September 16-20

It was another beautiful weekend! I hope everyone had a chance to relax and spend quality time with family.

If your child is available, please remember to have them come back to school at 5:30 pm on Tuesday so we can Skype with the classroom in Australia. The students will be learning about natural disasters that occur there and about their community.

Writing: The students are typing their natural disaster survival guides in technology class. They have written their narrative natural disaster draft. This week, we are going to take it through writer's workshop, having discussions about their writing and taking it through each of the six-traits of writing.

Grammar: We are going to build on our grammar each week. Now, we are focusing on using adjectives in our writing for it to come more alive and using adverbs. We will continue to work on identifying nouns to help our sentences have a subject and using correct capitalization and ending punctuation.

Math: We are continuing our number sense focusing on addition and subtraction. We will be balancing equations, analyzing the reasonableness of an answer and taking the topic 2 performance assessment. We will also begin a math project to apply what we have learned in topic 2.

Spelling/Vocabulary: The spelling and vocabulary tests will be on Friday. We will continue practicing in class. Please remember for vocabulary, the students will need to choose at least 8 of their words to use in their writing. They aren't writing sentences, but instead writing a creative story with the words. For spelling, they will need to spell all 15 words correctly.

Here is the link to all the games to practice.
Spelling Practice:
Vocabulary Practice:

tornado: Begins as a funnel cloud with spinning columns of air that drops down from a severe thunderstorm, forming a tornado when touching the ground.
earthquake : The shaking or movement of a portion of the Earth’s surface.
blizzard: An intense winter storm with winds of 35 m.p.h. or higher with falling and/or blowing snow
tsunami: An unusually large ocean wave caused by undersea earthquake, landslide or volcanic eruption.
flood: A great flowing or overflowing of water, especially over land not usually submerged.
volcano: A vent in the earth’s crust through which lava, steam, ashes are expelled
avalanche: A large body of snow, ice or rock and debris sliding down a mountain
drought: A period when a region has a lack of rainfall
erosion: The wearing away of the Earth’s surface by the action of the sea, running water, moving ice, precipitation or wind.
thunder: The explosive sound of air expanding as it is heated by lightning
snow: Precipitation that is composed of white ice crystals that fall from clouds.
squall line: A line of thunderstorms sometimes several hundred miles long that can produce strong thunderstorms and sometimes severe weather.
humidity: The amount of water vapor in the air
lightning: An enormous and very hot spark of electricity produced by thunderstorms
climate: It describes the average weather conditions in a certain place or during a certain season.

Have a wonderful week!

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