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Mrs. Cox

Mrs. Cox's Classroom

Week of Jan 22, 2018

Announcements

  • If anyone has any markers they no longer use or want, please send them in! We'd love some in our classroom. All I have are a few left by last year's teacher. 
  • If you happen to have any extra pillows or bean bag type chairs that you no longer use, I'd love your cast-offs.
  • If you have any plastic shoe boxes that you no longer need, I'd love those too.
  • Please make sure your child has a CHAPTER BOOK to read at school. 
  • If your child is done reading a book and wants to get rid of it, feel free to donate it to our class library!

Specials (We go in order that spells "CAMP")

Tuesdays - Library

Fridays -  Social Skills and Latin rotation 

Reading

Check your student's reading teacher's website for info.

Cox reading class-  We are traveling our way through Gulliver's Travels. This week we will be participating in literature groups discussing the novel in a variety of roles.

Writing

Culminating projects on the book King Arthur are due Jan 22.

https://avacademy-my.sharepoint.com/personal/tcox_aspenviewacademy_org/_layouts/15/guestaccess.aspx?docid=1a6aa584906714857964010868f0c3cda&authkey=AYWwIKyQkVu7IalfTjAH4WQ&expiration=2018-02-07T19%3A58%3A52.000Z&e=tJc7Au

We will begin working on our biography research papers this week. It will be in a similar form as our last essay which was the infamous 5 paragraph essay. Most students excelled at those, so I'll be uping the challenge a little with this next one. They are becoming brilliant writers!

Math

See your child's math teacher's website for info on math.

Cox math class - After reviewing and testing on fractions, we will proceed to our next unit on decimals.

PRACTICE MATH FACTS!!!! I am seeing that many students don't know their math facts. Please take some time on a regular basis to practice. There are gobs of sites out there to facilitate this, but my favorite is simply to use flash cards. Another great resource I've discovered is the car. When I'm in the car, I sometimes test my kids on math facts. I know if I did this more often, they would benefit. Maybe challenge yourself as a parent to do this once a day? Simply ask, "What's 7x3, 4x8.....etc." Do addition and subtraction as well. Each student has a calendar and is required to practice 5-10 min 5 times a week. I will be collecting the calendars, signed by a parent, for an easy participation grade once a month.

Spelling

Spelling has been moved into our Language Arts grade category. As a homeroom class, we will review with a game called "Sparkle", and take the test on Fri. 

We are on week 17.

Here's a link for Spelling City in order to practice spelling words: Spelling City 

***Reasearch has shown that practicing spelling words ORALLY is the best practice.  This leads to optimal memory retention which transfers into an increase in of spelling words correctly in everyday writing.***

Click on the link and scroll down to the appropriate week.

http://atassbres.sharpschool.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_970943/File/5th%20EM%20Weekly%20Spelling.pdf

Grammar

We are learning about inverted sentences this week. I also started supplimenting Shurley Grammar lessons with some from Easy Grammar to help solidify the pieces of the puzzle of the English language.

Grammar flash cards / "cheat sheet"

https://quizlet.com/114909924/shurley-english-flash-cards/

Here's a helpful parent booklet for Shurley Grammar:

https://www.shurley.com/pdf/parent_help/Parent%20Help%20Booklet-L4w.pdf

Memorize the prepositions!!!! Here's the list:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sVFFZ-R-nx8/UIVyoM-yxBI/AAAAAAAAVB4/SNuxTha-iSk/s1600/c1%2Bw%2B1%2Bto%2B12%2Bpreposition%2Blist%2BCC%2Bpreview.JPG

Here's a fun song with motions studetns can use to learn the prepositions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP4BVdA9zYg

Here is a motion guide in slower version for the above song: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj08_kRNOuY

Here's a printable bookmark for prepositons:

file:///C:/Users/tcox/Downloads/PrepositionsBookMark.pdf

To learn or review the jingles, click the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqoYtqf5Wp-GVfVgBGtMse3iW4grs3A_u

 History

Taking a leave from our Core Knowledge sequence, we are entering into our Colorado History unit. Students should be working on their at-home Colorado History project (yellow packet). This is due Feb 3. If they do a page each night, they should be right on track to have the whole project completed on time.

Science

Mrs. Davis is your child's science teacher. Please check her website for science information.

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