It is hard to believe we have finished the first quarter already. I am looking forward to speaking with all of my parents at conferences. Conference dates are November 6th and 7th.
We have started our study of multiplication. Your student is responsible for memorizing all of the facts through twelve. I would suggest studying one fact family at a time until mastery. You can purchase flashcards for a dollar at The Dollar Store or make them out of construction paper. Learning the multiplication facts is a foundation building block for the remaining math objectives.
November is also our Sherman Lake Camping adventure. Students will be going to camp on November 11, and returning on the 13th. This is a great experience for our fourth and fifth grade, and I know everyone is excited to go.
Thanksgiving vacation starts after school dismisses on Wednesday, November 27th. Students return from break on Monday, December 2, 2013. Hopefully, everyone will have a great break with their families.
We are presently studying the Midwest Region of the USA. Students will be responsible for learning all of the 50 states by the end of the year.
In science we have finished up the Life Sciences and are now studying Earth Science. The students will be learning all about the make- up of the earth and what causes changes to its surface. We will also be studying the rock cycle and the forces of erosion.
Please make sure your student has a plan for homework. We have weekly homework, as well as the need to study for our weekly tests. By having a time and place for homework your student will be setting up a great way to get ready for the older grades.