May 5th- May Madness Math 8th- Math STAAR May 9th- Reading STAAR May 11th- Reunion Ranch May 12th- No Homework Night May 14th- Mother's Day :) May 15th- Holiday.....No School May 25th- Early Release.....Last Day of School!!!!!
Quarter 3 Synopsis of all Subjects!!
Math- Math- students were introduced to understanding patterns and equations through the use of balancing number sentences to show equality. Another skill practiced was analyzing patterns and tables to find a common rule. Students also learned how to decompose, reduce, and add/subtract fractions through the use of number lines and strip diagrams. The most current topic covered was geometry including differentiating between different types of lines, measuring angles, naming different types of triangles and quadrilaterals, as well as identifying lines of symmetry within shapes. As always, it is highly recommended that students continue to practice multiplication and division fast facts for fluency purposes.
Language Arts- In Reading this quarter, students determined fact vs. opinion in a passage, discovered cause & effect relationships in the context of a story, made inferences using clues from the text and background knowledge, and used their knowledge of sequencing to put events in sequential order to help comprehend a text.
In Writing this quarter, students practiced their editing and revising skills to improve a passage. We focused on combining sentences, proper punctuation, specific spelling and usage rules, and general rules of mechanics. Students began a new spelling program called “Words Their Way” to deepen their understanding of spelling rules and patterns. Students wrote a feature article on a topic of their choice, bringing the piece through the writing process from brainstorming to final copy. We narrowed our focus on expository writing in order to address a prompt and explain our ideas, which also led to essays taken through the complete writing process.
Social Studies- In Social Studies this quarter, our study of Texas History focused on the fascinating 19th century. We started by learning about the system of Empresario Land Grants in the early 1800s which brought many Anglo-American settlers to Texas. Next, we examined the events which led to the Texas Revolution, with emphasis on important battles such as the Alamo and San Jacinto. Famous historical figures, including Santa Anna, Sam Houston, William Travis, and Davy Crockett, were highlights of our studies. Our most recent units were on the Civil War and the Reconstruction period in Texas. We are all looking forward to exploring the 1900's in the final quarter and seeing how our past has shaped our present in Texas.
Science- Students started quarter three learning about electricity and thermal energy. They learned that energy exists in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems. Students learned the difference between conductors and insulators. They also learned that electricity travels in a closed path, how to create an electrical circuit, and explored an electromagnet field. In our next unit, students learned that the Sun is the major source of energy for the water cycle and that there is continuous movement of water on the surface of the Earth. Students also learned about the weather and how to make predictions using weather maps, weather symbols, and a map key. Our final unit focused on how the slow changes on the surface of the Earth are caused by weathering, erosion, and deposition from water, wind, and ice.
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7:45-8:00 Morning Assembly 8:05-8:50 FIT 8:55-9:45 Specials 9:50-11:15 Block 1: Math 11:15-12:10 Fitness/Trail/Lunch 12:10--1:30 Block 2: LA 1:30-2:50 Block 3: Sci/SS 2:55 Dismissal
Library: Tuesdays (every other) 12:45-1:15
A Day: Art (Mrs. Lee) B Day: Music (Mrs. Jones) C Day: PE (Mrs. Pate)