Curriculum Update:

In math we are finishing our fraction/decimal unit and the test is Wednesday, December 4. We will begin our Data unit (my favorite!) and have the test before the holiday break--looking at December 19--provided that the weather cooperates. I always put the study guide for the unit tests on my web page under "Files and Documents".  IXL and correcting Friday Folder papers are always good resources for any extra practice. Any questions?? Please email me at 

In writing we are just beginning to learn about persuasive writing and character traits. We will be writing a very creative persuasive essay this month utilizing character traits. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ross at

In social studies we are learning about the southeast. Students completed a booklet featuring a person of their choice from the southeast. We will be heading to the midwest soon! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ross at

In reading we have moved on to nonfiction text structures: cause/effect, problem/solution, order & sequence, description, and compare/ contrast.  This is generally how authors organize their nonfiction writing.  Understanding these patterns makes nonfiction a little easier to understand.  We are finishing up taking notes on all these structures and we will then begin practicing identifying the structures in written passages.  Although not directly stated, it is always a good idea to have your child bring home his/her reading notebooks occasionally to study what we put in them.  The notebook will serve as a study guide for the Reading SOL.  After Winter break, we will be starting character traits (Mrs. Ross has already started this).  This is something that’s easy to review in every day life with your child.  Just ask your child to describe to you how he/she sees other people acting using adjectives. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lint at

In science we are working on SOl 5.3 Light Energy. We have discussed the parts of a transverse wave, learned about the visible light spectrum, done work with opaque, translucent and transparent materials and even did a color chromatography lab separating black water soluble markers into the different colors that compose it. I am planning to give the light unit test on December 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rhodes at