A Note From Miss Boron
Yikes! I had forgotten how much time standardized testing, and all of the steps involved with it, take. As I shared with you in last week’s newsletter, the 5th and 6th grade students were spending Tuesday and Thursday doing map testing for Reading and Language. Next week, Science and Math will be tested, again on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The students work at differing speeds, so the average amount of work time has taken us closer to eleven-ish on those two mornings. I am thinking that history might repeat itself next week during our testing, so my plans will seem very similar to last weeks because many of them did not get accomplished. Additionally, our special classes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons absorb almost the whole afternoon, from 1:00 to 3:00. Thankfully, we will be done with testing by the first week of February, and our instructional schedules will go back to our routine.
Fifth Grade Next Week
Religion. Before we begin our unit on morality, the class will engage in activities about the life of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. I especially like the timing of this saint study, because it correlates with our reading of Shiloh. We will learn some interesting things about his life (he is believed to have begun the tradition of nativity scenes), and his living a life of poverty though he came from a very wealthy family.
Reading. Though it may not seem like we are, we are making progress in our novel reading. We are halfway through the book, so I am hopeful that we will be done by the end of February. It is such a fine read–all of the themes presented like love of family, friendship, animal abuse and rescue, and appreciation of diversity are gently woven in to this award-winning book. So, perhaps slow and steady is not such a bad thing…
English. The students wrote down the next test date in their agendas. It is January 16th; it will be on lessons 3.5-3.8. The only new topic that needs to be covered before our review begins is adjectives that compare.
Spelling. Because of two shorter weeks coming up soon, I am not going to give a new word list out on Monday. As you know, your students do not have school on January 18th or January 21st.
Sixth Grade Next Week
Religion. We will begin our session that teaches about Ordinary Time in the Liturgical year. It is not to be considered as common time, but 33 to 34 weeks of counted time before the Lent season begins.
Reading. We did not do what I had planned for this week, so next week we will do those reading skills that prepare us for a new anthology of stories on those in history that are famous for taking a stand. With Black History month on the horizon, a very good person to begin with is the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Because the 6th grade students will only be in my classroom for two days next week, I anticipate that we will primarily build background and share what we already know about him and the civil rights movement.
English. If we finish up our lesson on linking verbs Monday, I would like to have a written assessment on Wednesday. However, I am not certain that they will be ready, so that may happen the following week.
According to the news, our weather is going to be rainy and very chilly this weekend. Whatever you do with your children, please do it safely and comfortably.