Week of November 16-20

Good morning and happy week before Thanksgiving!!

This week we have several events…

Monday 11/16- Character Ed Assembly

Tuesday 11/17- Kona Ice

Wednesday 11/18- Chaperone meeting for Camp McDowell (7:15 am in the library) This meeting is optional.

Reading: We are studying nonfiction text structures and the author’s purpose. We are working in reading stations to practice these skills. Students are also continuing to work on a Thanksgiving Tic Tac Toe project board. This provides research and enrichment opportunities for students when they have completed station work.

Writing: We are beginning an informational Alphabet book.

Social Studies: The students are working on Colonies projects. The students will complete 1 project for each of the 3 colony regions (New England, Middle, Southern). We have been working on these assignments in class, and they are also listed on the homework board.

Project Due Dates and Test Dates:

New England Colonies Project: 11/17

Middle Colonies Project: 11/19

Ch. 5 Multiple Choice Test: 11/19

Southern Colonies Project: 11/20

Week of Oct. 26-30

Events for the week:

Book Fair Preview- October 29 (1-1:30)

Book Fair Shop- Nov. 5 (1-1:30)  Parents, grandparents, and relatives are welcome to attend with us at that time. :0)

  • In addition, adults may come shop with their children from 7:15—7:45 a.m. on Friday, October 30, Tuesday, November 3, and Wednesday, November 4. Those are the only days the Book Fair will be open before school. Students are not permitted to enter the Book Fair without an adult.
  • If you would prefer to shop online or would like to share your child’s wish list with relatives, shop online at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/oakmtnintermediateschool
  • Students may return to shop on Nov. 6th for items they may have missed or forgotten about.

Reading: We are reading The Borrowers. We are discussing the fantasy genre and reviewing story elements. We are also studying The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and performing reader’s theater scripts.

Writing: We are finishing our Monster informational article this week.

Social Studies: We have a Social Studies test on Friday on Chapter 4.

 

 

 

Week of October 13-16

Happy Monday! This Thursday is Parenting Day. You are invited to join your child for breakfast (7:05- 7:50), our class activity (10:40-11:10), and/or for lunch (11:12-11:38).

Please be reminded that when you come eat breakfast or lunch with your child on Thursday (Parenting Day), you will need to charge your meal to your child’s lunch account. Due to the volume of parents we will have, the lunchroom staff will not be able to accept cash and/or checks that day. If you would prefer to pay cash, please send in your money before Thursday in a sealed envelope to Mrs. Rich. Mrs. Rich will have marked which parents paid ahead of time in cash, and will have a ticket for you to use at the register. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Rich at erich@shelbyed.k12.al.us.

We hope to see you on Thursday!

This week…

Reading: We are closely reading The Little Match Girl and looking at what the text says, how the author says it, and why the author says it.

Writing: We are sharing our imaginative narratives and beginning informational writing pieces.

Social Studies: We are beginning Chapter 4 and working on an Explorer project.

Week of Sept. 28- Oct. 2

Good morning! The events for the week are as follows…

  • Field trip permission slip and $80 deposit due Friday, October 2. (Students and Chaperones)
  • OMIS Coin Drive- “Power of Change” begins next week. The pep rally will be held on Thursday at 1:30. Start saving up that change!
  • Homecoming Parade- Friday
  • Hat Day and Pajama Day- Friday (Each costs $1)

In Reading, we will complete our study of literature with a focus on comparing and contrasting stories of similar genres and/or topics. We will also begin discussing figurative language. Reading Response Journal entries and Extend and Enrich activities will be continued this week. We will continue adding quotes to our writing as text-based evidence for our opinions and our answers to literature questions. This week, the students are required to add direct quotes from their books to their reading responses.

In Writing, we are working on imaginative narratives.

In Social Studies, we will test on Chapter 2 on Tuesday. We will then begin Chapter 3, which is a study of explorers.

Week of September 14-18

I hope everyone has had a marvelous Monday!! The events for this week are as follows…

  • PTO Board Meeting on Tuesday, 9/15, at 6:00 in the cafeteria
  • Kona Ice, Thursday, 9/17 (Since this is a new year, students may purchase either a small, disposable cup for $3 or a plastic, stadium cup for $5. Stadium cups can be reused the rest of the year for a $3 refill. Stadium cups purchased last year will not be accepted.)

In Reading, we will continue our study of literature with a focus on theme. We began to discuss theme last week, and by the end of this week we will practice the skill of summarizing texts that are read or read aloud. Reading Response Journal entries and Extend and Enrich activities will be continued this week. Today we introduced adding quotes to our writing as text-based evidence for our opinions and our answers to literature questions. This week, the students are required to add direct quotes from their books to their reading responses.

In Writing, we will are completing our personal narratives and will begin imaginative narratives.

In Social Studies, we will test on Chapter 1 on Wednesday. We will begin Chapter 2, which is a study of Native American tribes.

Week of August 31-Sept. 4

Happy Sunday! The events for this week are as follows…

  • Hat Day on Friday, 9/4
  • Labor Day, No School, 9/7

In Reading, we will continue our study of literature with a focus on characterization, in particular the relationships between characters and the similarities and differences between characters in a single story. Reading Response Journal entries and Extend and Enrich activities will be continued this week.

In Writing, we will continue writing personal narratives.

In Social Studies, we will be reading Ch. 1, which focuses on Early Civilization.

Week of Aug. 24-28

Good afternoon! This upcoming week we have a few events going on.

  • Picture Day is Thursday, Aug. 27 (This is the picture that will go in the yearbook.)
  • Parent Night is Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5:30-7:00 (We will discuss classroom expectations and procedures for the year.)
  • We will hold a Field Trip Information Meeting for 5th grade parents only August 27th at 5:00 in the cafeteria. Representatives from Camp McDowell will be here to give you an overview into our field trip. We are thrilled to expose this  learning opportunity to your child. We are looking forward to a great trip!

In Reading, we will begin our study of literature with a focus on the author, Chris Van Allsburg. We will be analyzing story elements, particularly character motive. Reading Response Journal entries and Extend and Enrich activities will also be introduced this week.

In Writing, we will begin writing personal narratives.

In Social Studies, we will continue studying geography.

Start of the Year

Happy Sunday!!

I hope that everyone has had a relaxing and enjoyable weekend! This week we have several things scheduled. We will have our first guidance lesson on Monday. We will have a chance to visit the library on Thursday, and GRC classes begin this week. On Friday, the students will also have an assembly with Dr. L and our new assistant principal, Mrs. Junkin. OMIS expectations will be discussed at this assembly.

In Reading, we are going to be reviewing reading comprehension skills, such as actively thinking about what we read and tracking this thinking. In Writing, we will continue to build our writing endurance through journaling. We will also review the parts of speech. Weekly vocabulary and spelling words will be introduced this week. Each week, ten vocabulary/spelling words will be introduced on Monday and quizzed on Friday. This week, our focus is words with closed syllables.

I am looking forward to a fantastic week!