May 2017

Hello,

As we finish up the school year, we will continue working on a Chemistry Unit in Science. We are exploring matter, states or matter, the periodic tables, elements, compounds, atoms, etc. In Math, we are continuing to use money in real world situations such as purchases and making change. Some students are exploring adding tax onto purchases. I'm listing the upcoming events below. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES----MARK YOUR CALENDARS
     
Wednesday-Monday May 3-8 Buy one get one free book fair
     
Thursday-Sunday May 4-7 Disney Trip
     
Friday May 5 Sparkles Field Trip--8th grade
     
Monday May 8 Chorus Concert
     
Tuesday May 9 Band Concert
     
Wednesday May 10 Orchestra Concert
     
Tuesday May 16 Field Trip to Swift Cantrell
     
Wednesday May 17 Field Day--more info to follow
     
Thursday May 18 7th grade awards 9:30
     
Friday May 19 8th grade awards 9:30
Friday May 19 Year book signing after lunch (for those who purchased)
     
Monday May 22 6th grade awards 9:30
Monday May 22 8th grade blow out 11:00-1:30
Monday May 22 all grades blow out 2:00-4:15
     
Tuesday May 23 early release 1:30
     
Wednesday May 23 early release 1:30

January 19, 2017
Important Dates:
1. Awards is January 24th. Students receiving an award brought home an invitation. If you have any questions, please let me know.
2. We have a Dance on February 13th at Kennesaw Mountain High School. Permission slips went home. If you didn't receive one, please let me know asap. The dance is free and we are providing pizza/drinks when we return to Barber.
3. Mark your calendars for Winter Break. It's Feb. 20-24.

January 2017

Hello Parents,

Just a few updates for the  new semester. In Science, we will be working on the Desert Biome for the next couple of weeks. After studying the ten largest deserts in the world, each student will create a power point presentation of a desert of his/her choosing. Then each student will present to the class. In Math, we will be working with money for the next couple of months. The money unit will look different for different students. It will consist of one and two step word problems for some students and working on counting money with others. We will work to increase each students proficiency with real world money applications. In Language Arts, we are continuing with writing solid sentences and paragraphs using correct subject/verb/predicate. In addition, we will be starting a novel study by the end of the month. I will let you know which book in the near future. 


November 28, 2016
In math, we are finishing up dot plots tomorrow and will begin a short unit on expressions. After the break, we will begin a long unit on money. In science, we are beginning simple machines and it will last up to the break.

October 11, 2016

Friendly reminder that conference week is next week. Students will be dismissed at 2:15 each day. I'm sending conference forms home today. I sent an email with additional information. 

We are now in the beginning stages of the Georgia Alternative Assessment. In Science, we are studying potential and kinetic energy. We will follow up with a unit on Solar Energy. In Math, we are working on a geometry unit involving shapes that are congruent and similar. In addition, students will learn about rotations, translations, reflections (turns, slides, flips). We will then work on a unit using algebraic expressions. With this unit, we will be doing some cooking and preparing in the FACS room! For Language Arts, we are adding details to sentences through short paragraphs. We will continue that for a few weeks. 

Here are some websites for congruence. We've used some of them in class. 

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/geometry/shapeshoot/TranslateShapesShoot.htm

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/icy_slides_flips_turns/

http://www.eduplace.com/kids/mw/swfs/robopacker_grade4.html

https://www.studyladder.com/games/activity/slide-flip-or-turn-activity-2-22910

http://www.smashmaths.com.au/index.php/m-g/location-and-transformation/flip-slide-and-turn

 

Here are a couple for potential and kinetic energy

http://www.sparticl.org/topic/kinetic-and-potential-energy/

http://pbskids.org/fetch/games/coaster/

http://primarygamesarena.com/Play/Different-types-of-Energy-266

 


September 20, 2016

SCIENCE---As we end our oceans unit, I want to brag on how well the students performed!! As a reward, Friday during Science class, we will have a Beach Themed Movie. Please send in a beach towel with your child. We are making an ocean fun food on Wednesday that we will eat on Friday. If you want to send in a beach food such as goldfish, swedish fish or gummy sharks, please send in enough for 8 students. Up next we will begin a unit on potential and kinetic energy. That is a GAA unit and I'm very excited that Coach Parker will be working with us on this unit. 

MATH---We are finishing up reading graphs this week. The students have really improved on problem solving vocabulary to know which numerical operation to perform. We will begin an algebra unit which is also a GAA unit. I love this one because we get to cook and make different foods and drinks to help us show our knowledge. Please continue to use Moby Max at home. It's an individual program and is tailored for each student's specific needs. 

LANGUAGE ARTS---We finished up with nouns and are now working on the components of writing. Topic sentences will be our main focus for the next two weeks. We will then work up to adding details, then of course, a closing sentence. For some students, the focus will be on writing complete sentences with proper capitalization and punctuation. 

HAVE AN AWESOME FALL BREAK!!!!!!!!!!


August 29, 2016

Science: The next couple of weeks, we will be studying the Ocean Biome. Students will learn to identify/locate the five oceans and the seven continents. Students will also learn theories about how the oceans were created. We will look at tidal zones, tides, sand, pollution and sea life. There will be a quiz on Friday (Sept. 2)  locating/identifying the oceans and continents. Study guide will come home on Tuesday. 

Math: This week we will be concentrating on bar graphs and being able to read the data from the graph to answer real world questions. Students will be focusing on the vocabulary within the questions to determine if he/she should add/subtract or multiply/divide. In addition, students will be introduced to a technology program called Moby Max. We will begin using the program weekly to focus on individual skills that each student needs to improve upon. 

I hope everyone has a safe Labor Day Weekend and please enjoy the day off with your child/children. 


8/3/16

Thanks to everyone who has turned in the "back to school" paperwork. Your child will not be able to access technology until that Technology Sheet has been signed and returned. Also, the health card is super important along with the green information sheet. The easiest mode of communication is email. I've already heard from some of you. Please don't hesitate to contact me anytime. 

Science: We will be focusing on the Olympics for the next few weeks. Some of the topics will be fitness, steroids, zika virus, water pollution, and  the science of individual events (ie: Cycling, Swimming). Standards covered are energy and  life sciences.  Homework will include watching the Olympics so that we may discuss the events in class. I'll send home a schedule of events as it becomes available. 

Math: Again, we are focusing on the Olympics for the next few weeks. In addition, each student will be working on a Brigance Pre-Test to assess Math skills. We will be gathering data from the Olympics and using it to create a variety of tables, graphs and charts. We will use the data and charts to answer basic questions along with one and two step word problems  depending on each student's success rate. We will use an interactive notebook as much as possible. 

Language Arts: Continuing with the Olympics theme, we will introduce some new vocabulary, write narratives using a couple of different graphic organizers, learn some basic Spanish, cook some Brazilian cuisine, and finally, work on some capitalization of proper nouns. 

Parents, please note that many of the assignments have to be kept at school for your child's portfolio and the upcoming Georgia Alternate Assessment. Grades are taken weekly and posted to ParentVUE. If at anytime, you want to discuss your child's progress, please don't hesitate to contact me. Typically, a folder is sent home on Monday's with graded assignments, practice sheets and anything else important. 


Monday 8/1/16 Welcome Back!

Hello Parents and Students,

Welcome to the first day of the new school year. Please note that several items will be sent home with your child today. Many need to be filled out and returned to the school. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me. I look forward to a great year with your child.