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  • Little House in the Big Woods Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 10/5/2015

    Smith/Rouser’s NEWS 10-5-15

    Reading: We are beginning Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Homework: Read assigned chapter (even if read aloud in class with the teacher)  Book in a bag should be done every single night. Read & complete assignment for Tues-Wed Ch 1 & 2, Thurs-Ch 3. (Not just once the day before it is due)

    Writing: We are working on our narrative writing pieces using information from two or more sources. Your children are growing so much as writers!


    Science: Electricity and Magnetism

    Students will learn how magnets can make electricity and how electromagnets are useful.


    Social Studies:    MS History: Adventures in Time and Place  

    Students will learn what’s special about the ten regions of the Mississippi. Scholastic News magazine will be used to learn about current events. Test Thurs (Study guide has been given)


     Math: Developing Multiplication Fluency/ Multiplying by 1-digit Numbers

    Topics or Chapters 5 & 6 In chapter 5, students will break apart two- and three- digit numbers in order to multiply. In chapter 6, arrays and expanded algorithms will be used. Students will also make the connection between expanded and standard algorithms.

    NO HOMEWORK FOR MRS. Rouser! Free Homework Week FROM Mrs. Rouser!

    HOMEWORK: This is our "No written homework" week. Please study for tests.

    Quizzes and Tests: 


    Tuesday- Chapter/Topic 4 math test

    Wednesday- Electricity/Magnetism science test

    Thursday-Chapter 2 history test (Radiators), Chapter 1 History Test (Smith’s Superkids),

                     Spelling Test

    Friday- Reading and Vocabulary test


    -->Per MAUE and the district handbooks, short and skirts are to be fingertip length or longer. Mrs. Hurst has instructed teachers to write up any student who does not follow the dress code.


    Little House in the Big Woods

    Ch. 1-3                 Week 1

    Spelling Only: churn, ramrod, avoid, disappoint, poison, broil

    Spelling & Vocabulary

    1. roam (pg. 2)- to go to different places without having a particular purpose or plan
    2. hollow (pg. 5)- having nothing inside : not solid
    3. smolder (pg. 7)- to burn slowly without flames but usually with smoke
    4. butcher (pg. 11)- to kill (an animal) and prepare its meat
    5. haste (pg. 11)- speed of motion or action : quickness that can result in mistakes
    6. cautious (pg. 13)- careful about avoiding danger or risk
    7. scald (pg. 14)- to put (something) in hot liquid or steam for a brief time
    8. brine (pg. 14) – salted water
    9. bladder (pg. 14)- the organ in the body that holds urine
    10. flannel (pg. 38)- a soft cloth made of wool or cotton
    11. churn (pg. 29)- a container in which cream is stirred or shaken to make butter
    12. kerosene (pg. 38)- a type of oil that is burned as a fuel
    13. hearth (pg. 45 & 46)- the floor in front of or inside a fireplace
    14. sleek (pg. 48)- smooth and shiny

    Vocabulary/Spelling/Greek-Latin Roots NEW- pater-father mater-mother



    Dates to Remember:

    October 5-9 Canned food drive

    October 6 – Bank Day also Deadline for Boosterthon money

    October 9 – MAUE Night at Madison Central’s football game

    October 7- Jag Store 4th Grade

    October 12- Fall Holiday (No School)


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  • Escaping the Giant Wave Week 2

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 9/11/2015


    Friendly Reminders:

    • Check your child’s work to be sure quality fourth grade sentences are being written. These need to include characters’ names, descriptive words, detailed sentences with 7-8 words, and correct punctuation. (PARENTS PLEASE carefully check signed paper corrections!)
    • ALL Library books need to be turned in this week to prepare for a new district library system. Thanks for your help and understanding.
    • Conferences are in progress! We are enjoying meeting with you! We will be conferencing for several weeks to allow time for each of you!


    What we are learning this week:

    Reading: Escaping the Giant Wave: Cause/effect, sequence events, analyzing characters motives, Making reading resolutions -Test Friday


    Writing: Developing believable characters, common writing mistakes- Test Friday


    Spelling & Vocabulary (underlined): evacuate, throb, guffaw, panic, ignite, sue, horizon, logic, hysterical, foolhardy, consume, theory, skirted, reassure, argue, truth, crew, amuse, rude, rescue Test Schedule: Thursday (Spelling) Friday (Vocabulary)




    Social Studies:   “The Geography of MS “   MS History: Landscapes





    Reading: Read Ch 4 Escaping the Giant Wave, share/prove using text evidence, discuss vocabulary, make flash cards

    Spelling: Study new words & give practice test on words tonight


    Tuesday Homework

    Reading: Read Ch 5 Escaping the Giant Wave, share/prove using text evidence, study vocabulary flash cards

    Spelling: Study words missed on last night’s practice test



    Thursday Homework:


    Reading- Read chapter 6, Review chapters 4-6, Study Vocabulary


    Vocabulary/Spelling/Greek-Latin Roots



    meter-measure                    phob-fear                   graph-write                          biblio-book

    sub-under                             mania-crazy             botan- plants                        brev- brief

     scribe-write                          dict-say                       rupt-burst


     Spelling-Escaping the Giant Wave-Week 2


    Spelling & Vocabulary:  evacuate, throb, guffaw, panic, ignite, sue, horizon, logic, hysterical, foolhardy, consume, theory, skirted, reassure


    Spelling ONLY argue, truth, amuse, rescue


    Vocabulary-Escaping the Giant Wave-Week 2   Chapters 4-6


    Skirted-to go around an issue or object

    Logic-careful, reasonable way of thinking

    Throb-to beat rapidly or strongly

    Foolhardy-recklessly irresponsible, foolishly daring

    Guffaw-a loud burst of laughter

    Theory-a group of ideas used to explain how or why something happens

    Ignite-to set or catch on fire

    Sue-to legally ask a court of law to solve a problem

    Evacuate-to move people from a place of danger

    Panic-of great terror or frightened, often affecting many people at once

    Horizon-a line where the earth or sea seem to meet the sky

    Hysterical-the person laughs or cries a lot because he or she is excited, frightened or angry

    Consume-to destroy, as if by fire/to use up quickly

    Reassure- to give fresh confidence to be free from fear

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  • Escaping the Giant Wave Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 9/4/2015

    Smith/Rouser News 9/8 -9/12

    Friendly Reminders:

           Read Escaping the Giant Wave nightly & discuss! We will cover chapters 1-3 this week.

           Study spelling and know the meanings of the 14 vocabulary words. Your child is using the context of the way the word is used in the story to know which definition to use.

           Short week- Spelling test Friday this week!

    What we are learning this week:

    Reading: Escaping the Giant Wave: Cause/effect, sequence events, analyzing characters motives, Making reading resolutions Test Schedule: Every Friday

    Writing: Developing believable characters, writing informative paragraphs

    Language: compound subjects,

    Spelling: tsunami, mischief, devious, ambition, brochure, frugal, accumulate, obnoxious, indent, confront, coast, locate, remote, boast, known, slope, shown, fellow, solve, shock

    Greek Root: phob-fear

    Latin Root: décor-ornament

    Vocabulary below



    Social Studies: Chapter 1- “The Geography of MS “   MS History- Chapter 1

    We will read about and discuss the different types of landscape in our state.


    Tuesday- Take a practice spelling test. Read Chapter 1 of Escaping the Giant Wave & discuss. Research Tsunamis and bring 5 facts to school to share with your classmates,

    Wednesday-. Read chapter 2 of Escaping the Giant Wave & discuss. Study words missed on your practice spelling test.

    Thursday- Read Chapter 3 of Escaping the Giant Wave and review, Discuss vocabulary and meanings with an adult. Correct signed papers in complete answer sentences following directions in folder


    Escaping the Giant Wave Vocabulary

    1. Tsunami (p. 0) is a series of destructive ocean waves, usually started by earthquakes. Tsunamis can also be caused by underwater landslides or volcanic eruptions.
    2. mischief (p. 2) playful behavior causing harm, damage, or trouble

    “I think Mrs. Hoke’s goal was to keep the class out of mischief without having a bunch of papers to grade.”

    1. devious (p. 4) crafty, dishonest, or sneaky

    “He never hurt me enough that I had to go to the school nurse- he was much too devious for that.”

    1. indentation (p.4) a notch , deep hole, or act of indenting

    His punches stung but didn’t bruise me; his pokes left an indentation but never broke the skin.”

    1. confrontation (p. 4)to face boldly in a challenge

    “I dislike confrontations of any kind and avoid physical conflict most of all.”

    1. compromise (p. 4) to agree to accept something that is not exactly what you wanted

    “When I’m dealing with reasonable people I can settle any discussion with discussion and compromise.”

    1. brawn (p. 5) strong muscles, strength

    “I used to tell myself that brains are more important than brawn and that avoiding a fight I was outsmarting Daren.”

    1. ambitions (p. 5) strong desire to succeed or achieve a goal

    “Good luck with achieving your ambitions.”

    1. accumulation (p. 5) gathering things over time

    “That afternoon I took home an accumulation of items from my locker.”

    1. brochure (p. 11) a pamphlet containing advertising or information about a topic.

    “I had been contributing my major babysitting skills to the good of the family for about a month when dad brought home a handful of travel brochures.”

    1. frugality (p. 18) careful with money, thrifty

    “I appreciate your frugality in wanting to save money.”

    1. nonchalant (p.17) acting cool or unconcerned

    ” I tried to look nonchalant at the airport, as if I flew somewhere every week.”

    1.  maimed (p. 21) to badly injure or violently cripple

    I should be able to talk back to Daren without getting maimed.

    1. obnoxious (p. 24) annoying, offensive

    A few get obnoxious and insist that they are going to stay at the new hotel whether rooms are ready or not.”


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  • Frindle Week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/28/2015

    Smith/Rouser News 8/31/15

    What we are learning this week:

    Reading: We are excited to be finishing the book Frindle this week. Frindle was a fun, easy book to start the year! Our omprehension test on the book will be Friday. Next week, we will begin a fabulous story, Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret.

    Language: Writing narratives

    Chapters 13-15 FRINDLE Vocabulary

     1.  down-feeling sad or depressed

    2.  consumers-someone who buys and uses a product or service

    3.  leafed-to turn pages and glance at them

    4. legally-lawful or allowed by law

    5.  imported-to bring into a place or country from somewhere else

    6.  commotion-a lot of noisy, excited activity


    GREEk Root Word- botan-plant

    Latin Root Word- brev-brief, short time


    Spelling: down, consumer, leafed, legally, imported, commotion, advice, rigid, ignorant, recognize, remind, witness, tonight, decide, crime, flight, district, build, fright, blind


    Social Studies: Globes & Maps will be used to locate places on Earth. Different types of maps will be discussed- climate, landform, transportation, physical, political, and historical.

     Homework; Read at least 30 minutes each day.(Not optional!)

    Monday: Read Frindle chapter 13 & discuss

    Tuesday- Read chapter 14 Frindle and discuss.

    Wednesday- Read chapter 15 of Frindle and discuss. review spelling

    Thursday- Review story for test, review vocabulary words


    If you have not had a chance to sign up for remind101, please do so.

    • Enter the following number in your phone: 81010
    • Smith’s homeroom text: @smithsmo
    • Rouser’s homeroom text @smithrou


    You only need to be on your homeroom site unless you have twins/siblings in the switch class.


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  • Frindle Week 3

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/21/2015

     Smith/Rouser News 8/24/15

    Happy Monday! We are looking forward to seeing all of you tonight for 4thGrade open house at 6:00. There will be a 5 minute meeting in the gym then you will come to both classes for about 15 minutes each as we see your children equally. We will keep it brief but very informative.


    It is MANDATORY for all parents to attend. (Sports/soccer is NOT an excuse) Homework passes will be given to all parents who attend both classes.



    Thank you for assisting your child with homework and helping him/her review multiplication facts. Please sign homework each evening.


     Homework;   Ongoing- Review math facts. Read at least 15 minutes each day. Study vocabulary and spelling for mastery nightly.

    Monday- chapter 9 Frindle, Discuss Points of view

    Tuesday- Read chapters 10-11 Frindle, Discuss

    Wednesday- Study vocab and spelling

    Thursday- Frindle review 9-12 for test, Signed papers sent home for correction

    Friday- Corrected signed papers due

    Quizzes and Tests: 

    Thursday: Spelling Test

    Friday: 9-12 Frindle Comprehension & vocabulary tests


     What we’re doing in school this week:

    Reading: We are enjoying reading Frindle chapters 9-12. We are learning about the consequences of Nick’s “Big idea.” We are setting a stage for becoming excellent readers who enjoy reading and value spending time enjoying books. We are discussing characters’ point of view and comparing these views to our own.

    Writing: We are imagining stories from ordinary events.

    Social Studies:   Globes and Maps maps will be used to reinforce latitude and longitude. Different types of maps will be discussed- climate, landform, transportation, physical, political, and historical.


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  • Frindle Week 2 2015

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/17/2015

    SmithNews 8/17/15

              Remember to join us for Parent Open House night next Monday night August 24th. Every parent MUST attend. We will review all important information about our class and our year together. Homework passes will be given to each child who has a parent attend both Rouser and Smith meetings!

              We are reviewing how to write complete answer sentences. For example: “How are Nick and Griffin alike?” would be answered… “Nick and Griffin are alike because both of them like to make plans.” Notice that I used a capital letter to begin the sentence and wrote both of the characters names in my answer instead of “They.” Please also notice that the underlined portion of the question is used in the answer to make in complete and detailed. Please review this orally with your child by asking questions aloud and having him/her answer in complete answer sentences.

    Reading/Language Homework: Please study nightly by reading each chapter assigned, “Catching & throwing reading ideas” from the story, and using vocabulary words in context nightly. Study spelling & vocabulary until you can’t get them wrong!

    Monday: Read chapter 4, & catch and throw ideas. (discuss) Study vocab & spelling, read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)

    Tuesday: Read chapters 5 & 6, & discuss, Study vocab & spelling, read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)

    Wednesday: Read chapter 7 & discuss, Study vocab & spelling, correct signed papers in complete sentences. Read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)

    Thursday: Read, & catch and throw ideas, discuss, Study vocab, finish correcting signed                papers, read independently for thirty minutes nightly. (SET A TIMER!)

    Spelling tests are always on Thursdays Vocabulary and comprehension tests are on Friday each week.

    Chapters 4-8 Vocabulary Frindle

    Abrupt p 47- sudden

    Absorb p 35 - to take in or hold

    Badge p. 43 - a mark or sign to show that a person belongs to a group

    Blurt p. 39- to say suddenly without thinking

    Clatter p. 35-to make or cause a rattling sound

    Concentration p25, 33- to focus thoughts and attention on something

    Crumple p 23 - to crush out of shape

    disrupt p. 44-to cause disorder or confusion, disturb

    embodies p. 27- brings together to form a body or system

    emphasize p. 40 -to stress as being important

    furious p. 43- very angry

    gulp p. 40- large swallow                      

    harsh p. 22- causing discomfort, severe

    imaginative p. 27- creative

    maximum p. 22- highest amount, most

    oath p. 38- a solemn promise

    Quill p. 45- a stout feather

    stoop p. 35- to bend over

    Latin Roots: Dict-say   Scribe-write

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  • Frindle week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 8/7/2015

    Weekly News

    We are learning about each other this week. We are working on creating a loving, safe environment where our children can come home everyday saying, “Today I had a great day with all of my best friends.”
    We will begin reading the book Frindle this week. Frindle is an awesome story about the power of words and the power we have to change our world. We will be reading the book in class. The students will be asked to reread assigned chapters at home. Please discuss the story with your child nightly. I love this story and I hope you do too!

    Our spelling and vocabulary words are located on the back of this newsletter and on our website each week. The words are taken from the story Frindle. Encourage your child to look for these words while reading Frindle and discuss their meanings in context.

    Reading/Language Homework

    EVERY night read for thirty minutes SET a timer!
    Review vocabulary & spelling nightly.

    Monday: Read chapter 1 Frindle & discuss with an adult
    Tuesday: Read chapter 2 Frindle and compare Mrs. Granger and Mrs. Smith using a venn diagram
    Wednesday: Read chapter 3 Frindle, Study for spelling Test
    Thursday: Review chapters 1-3 for Friday’s comprehension test.
    Weekly Testing schedule: Thursdays-Spelling test, Fridays- Reading and vocabulary tests

    Frindle Spelling & Vocabulary

    Thursday SPELLING test
    Friday Vocabulary Test

    Week 1 Chapters 1-3
    1. Crimson p. 4- deep red in color
    2. hesitate p. 15- to pause
    3. procedure p. 13- a method of doing something
    4. essential p.11- necessary or fundamental
    5. acquire p. 11- to gain or get as one’s own
    6. delight p. 2- to be highly pleased, rejoice
    7. liven p. 3- cheer
    8. jumble p.- mix of jump & tumble, to mix in a confused heap
    9. frantically p. 12-wild with excitement
    10. Glance p. 3, 15 – to take a quick look
    11. profound - deeply felt
    12. complex - two or more parts, complicated
    13. innocently - knowing no evil, not guilty
    14. properly p11- in the appropriate or correct manner
    15. unfortunate p. 15- unlucky
    16. monopoly. 6- exclusive control
    17. acquainted p. 13-to make familiar
    18. promptly p 4- punctual, on time
    Greek Roots
    19. graph- write
    20. biblio- book

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  • Homer week 3

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 5/4/2015

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 5/5/15

    Notes: We only have 11 ½ days left of Fourth Grade. We are so proud of our smart, creative, beautiful students this year. We have learned so much. The children have each touched our hearts in different ways. We are looking forward to our last days of learning together and will be focused on learning as much as possible in these last days so that our students will be the most prepared for 5th. Thank you for all of your support this year!


    Reading: Homer Chapters 19-27

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Tuesday night- chapters 19-23, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 24-27. It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test Friday

    Homer Vocabulary Words Chapters 19-27 pages 104-154

    Doffs-to tip a hat (Ch 19)                                                            Grudgingly-unwillingly, reluctantly (Ch 20)

    Proximity-nearness in location, nearness in place (Ch 20)     Endeavor-to make an effort; to strive (Ch 20)

    Pungent-unpleasantly strong in smell (Ch 20)                          Exudes-radiates; obviously projects (Ch 20)

    Abide-put up with, endure (Ch 21)                                             Odiferous-strong smelling (Ch 22)

    Parasols-a lightweight umbrella used for sunshade (Ch 22)      Aeronautics-the science of flight (Ch 27)                       

    Dandified-excessively concerned about appearance (Ch27)    Suffice-enough (Ch 26)

    Indignity-disgraceful condition or action (Ch24)                       Tethered-to fasten or confine (Ch27)

    Emanations-feelings that are sent forth from a person (Ch 24)Dexterity-skill (Ch 24)

    Forbade-to command a person not to do something (Ch 25)    Fetid –stinky, bad smelling, stinking (Ch24)

    Trundles-moves in a wheeled vehicle such as a cart or wagon (Ch26)

    skeptics-people who doubt something or do not believe in it (Ch24)

    Discretion-careful in behavior, in a way that is not showy (Ch 23)


    Math:  Geometry/ Cumulative Review- Chapter 16, Geometry, will be reviewed. Skills taught during the year will be reviewed and practiced.

    ScienceMatter-Students will learn how heating and cooling cause physical changes and how rusting, tarnishing and burning are chemical changes. Friday- Science Matter Test

     Social Studies: Chapter 6- Civil War Unit -Students will learn why the Civil War started, how it ended, and how MS rejoined the United States. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be discussed.



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  • Homer Week 1

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/13/2015

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4/13/15


    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 1-9 of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.  

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class) Monday night- chapters 1-2, Tuesday night –Ch 3-6, Wednesday & Thursday night chapters 7-9.  It is important to read this book aloud with your child because it has vocabulary and dialect we do not use in today’s society. Discuss each chapter as you enjoy the book together. Comp. & Vocab. Test Friday

    Vocabulary Words

    scalawag- (page 1) rascal

    perish-to die or be destroyed

    inflicted- (page 4) to cause suffering

    abide-(page 4)  put up with, endure, stand, tolerate

    magistrate- officer of the state or judge ch2

    prodigious- (page 8) an extraordinary amount, much of something, extremely large or great in size, amount, strength, extent, or the like;  enormous

    conscription-(page 10) enrollment of person into the military

    superiors- higher in rank

    valise-traveling bag ch3

    spindle-(page 17) a long stick that is tapered at the ends

    oblige-(page 21, 44)  to be accommodating , to do something out of kindness, to do a favor for

    boughs-branches of trees ch5

    trussed-secured tightly ch 6

    amply-(page 27) greatly; a lot; fully; generous in size

    bounty-a reward, ch7

    ails-to be unwell, ch 8

    subtle-difficult to understand; mysterious, ch8

    fugitive-a run away, ch9

    elixir- a magical liquid medicine


    Science: MATTER Students will learn what matter is and how it can be measured. Tuesday- Science Test-Ecosystems


    Social Studies:    From Territory to Statehood   Students will learn about MS statehood. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed.


    Math: Solving Measurement and Data Problems Topic or Chapter 16

    Wednesday- Math Test- Chapter 15

    Lines, angles and shapes will be explored. Homework: Monday- Math review sheet, Tuesday- Math Chapter 15 review sheet, Thursday- Math workbook pages P16-1 and P 16-2



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  • CHarlie Week 4

    Posted by Michelle Smith at 4/7/2015

    Smith/Rouser’s Monday Memos 4/7/15

    Notes: We hope your Easter Break was wonderful! Let’s stay focused! We have a lot to learn this last nine weeks!

    Dates to Remember:

    April 8- Class pictures

    April 8- March of Dimes T-shirt order form and money are due.

    April 10- Spring Games at MAUE (5-7pm)

    April 16- Progress reports go home.

    April 17-Offense only Electronic Party

    April 23- Earth Day activities for Fourth grade

    April 24- Silly Socks!

    April 28-30 - Fourth grade End of Year PARCC tests

    Reading: This week we are reading chapters 22- 30 of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We are excited to complete our literature journey with Charlie & the Chocolate Factory this week!
    Please send a bag of your child’s favorite chocolate or candy, we are going to have a taste of each this Friday! (No Nuts due to allergies) Next week, we will begin Homer P. Figg.

    Homework: Read assigned chapters (even if read aloud in class)
     Tuesday night- chapters 22-24 pages 102-117,
    Wednesday night –Ch 25-27 pages 117-141, &
    night chapters 28-30 pages 142-155. Comprehension and Vocabulary Test Friday

    Spelling & Vocabulary Words-

    gallantly- brave, spirited, or noble-minded
    rubbish- trash
    intently- showing great determination or attention
    - to move unsteadily
    tantrum-an outburst of bad temper
     violently- showing very strong force
    disturb- to interfere with
    hovering- to hang fluttering in the air
    hollow- having space inside
    petrified- to frighten or scare

    Writing: We will be writing descriptive writing pieces including fiction and non-fiction. We will be analyzing our writing and look for ways to improve our writing and make it more descriptive.

    Science: Ecosystems- Students will learn what food chains and food webs are. They will discuss some causes of change in food webs.

    Social Studies: From Territory to Statehood

    Students will study the events that lead to Mississippi becoming a state. Current events in the Scholastic News magazine will be read and discussed.

    Math: Solving Measurement and Data Problems

    Topic or Chapter 15- Students will solve problems involving line plots, perimeter and area. Problems involving measurement and money will also be solved. Homework: Tuesday- Math workbook page P15-3, Thursday- Math workbook page P15-5

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