Language Arts

Our first unit will cover interesting characters and traits. We will be identifying a trait and supporting with evidence from the text. We began the school year reading short passages and answering a question with evidence. We utilized highlighters to locate the evidence and then we wrote a complete answer responding to a question. 

Help at home includes asking your child questions about the book he/she is reading. When your child responds, you can ask for evidence about why he/she feels that way. 


Size, shape and symmetry is our next unit in math. Students will:

*estimate and measure length in US standard and metric standard

*review perimeter

*investigate the attributes of polygons

*categorize polygons by side length, angle size and parallel sides

*identify, construct, and measure angles of varying degrees


We started our year reviewing multiplication and division facts and now we have moved into our second unit. The unit starts out with multiplication problems and  moves onto division problems. We are not introducing the algorithm for multiplication and division. We are using the break apart strategy for the multiplication. For example, 24x4. We can break the 24 up to 10, 10 and 4 or we can break it up to 20 and 4.

Next we will solve. 10x4=40  10x4= 40  4x4=16  40+40+16=96 or 20x4=80  4x4=16   80+16=96

The students can break up one number in the way that is easiest for them. 

With division, we are using multiplication to solve it. For example, 48/3= 

We know that 3x10=30 so there is 18 left over. I also know that 3x6=18.  So 10+6=16 



The students are expected to have clear and concise work and their final answer should be circled. Help at home includes checking over the homework for clear and concise notation and labeling word problems. Please help your child study the multiplication facts. It is extremely important that your child knows the facts. Knowing the facts will help build a strong foundation for the work ahead this year.  


Our first unit in science is Energy and Waves. We will be making observations and conducting experiments. The students will make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from  place to place by sound, light, heat and electric currents. 

We watched a Rube Goldberg video and the students were so excited to see the way energy was transferred. They are designing their own simple machines in class in small groups. They have been bringing in items from home and their designs are extremely creative. 


The Paragraph of the Week will be given as homework. The tasks of the paragraph are broken down nightly. The packet is due on Friday. The children are expected to write in complete sentences. The topic is given to them and is written on the packet. We worked on a packet last week together so they will know how to complete this independently. Help at home includes checking over their packet and looking for complete sentences and punctuation.

In class we are working on our first writing piece. The topic is a favorite memory. We are currently brainstorming many ideas to choose from and from there we will work on a catchy beginning. The sloppy copy will follow along with many revisions and editing. 


 Please remember that Live Oaks is a nut free school. Please make sure you send in a nut free snack as we have a student who has a nut allergy. No food or candy is to be sent to school to be shared.  No food or candy is to be sent in for Halloween, Valentine's Day, birthdays, etc. to be sent home with students. Lunches that contain nuts may be consumed in the cafeteria at any table except the "nut free"/allergy safe table.

Lunch Money- When you send in lunch money, please put your child's name, grade and room number on the envelope. We are room 17.

Band Days are on Wednesday.

Strings is on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11:15-11:45

Monday is viola. Tuesday is violin. Thursday is cello and bass.

Strings will start the week of 10/2/17.

 Important Dates

11/7- Election Day- no school for students

11/13- Book Fair

11/16- Eli Whitney class trip

11/20 Energize CT class trip



 Scholastic Book Order- Our class code is Q9HJ9.

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