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    Welcome to our class webpage families and students! It has been a thrilling year, full of new learning and adventures in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies.  Your children have impressed me with their curiosity, strong work ethic, eagerness to learn, and empathy.  It is these exact attributes that will carry us through this journey of remote learning in this challenging time.  Please know that this is unchartered territory for us all.  There will sure to be mishaps and miscommunication, however, knowing that everyone is working towards a common goal is key.  Your children's safety and well-being is paramount right now.  How you choose to support your child's learning at home is at your discretion. What works for some families will not work for others.  For this reason, I will include our daily suggested class schedule on this webpage as well as in Google classroom.  Google classroom is set up very differently, however, it is very user friendly and quite fun to navigate as you learn about its features.  I will also be sending home family emails every Monday and Friday to touch base with you about any common issues that you are facing and just to reiterate that I am here for your child and will support them in every way possible. 


    As you navigate Google classroom, you will now see assignments listed under daily topic areas (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). I have also kept topic categories such as REACH/Reading, math, reading of our Holes book, science, social studies, art, fun/inspirational, digital resources, and General Specialists.  I will create assignments and you will see these listed on the Google calendar in Google classroom.  Please note that due dates listed are suggested.  The reason for giving due dates is so that the assignment pops up on the calendar and you can see it clearly.  I have randomly assigned most due dates to be on Monday. For this extended break, I will review work that is submitted and provide student feedback.  I will not, however, be assigning any grades.  I recognize that as families, you will be choosing your own educational/learning opportunities that are equally as important as completing all assigned work through Google classroom.  Having your child learn organizational skills by sorting their clothes or toys is a great skill.  Teaching your child to prepare a dish for dinner or learn how to bake would be fantastic too.  Maybe this is the time to try to learn how to play that piano that is in your basement or try journaling.  Yoga, dance, art, and science; these are all super learning opportunities.  We will continue to provide learning opportunities that review and enhance your child's learning this year.  My goal is to include fun links and some art and science activities.  Please enhance your child's learning in any way possible during this time. 


    I am super excited to see all 22 students engaged in learning through Google Classroom.  Please check the Classroom daily for assignments and student feedback.  Please remember that although there is now a daily suggesed classwork schedule, you and your student can decide when to complete the work.  All work that is past the due date can and still should be completed/submitted as your time and schedule allows. 

    Week of 3/30-4/3 Classwork/Suggested Learning Activities:

    Math:  I-Ready, 45 minutes per week in lessons.  Learning games are great and a special incentive if your child needs a break or gets all of their minutes.  Your child was given math packets for measurement and geometry.  To be clear, this is a preview for what will come upon their return in April.  Students can get a jump start on this learning by completing topic 14.  Please be sure your child has completed Topic 14, Lessons 1-10. You can log into Pearson to access the math content or use the math book to review the lessons.  Use the math packet reteaching side of the worksheets for practice and then complete the practice side of the worksheet. For general review, see Monday's math link for daily math assignments.  Monday, we are working on estimating mass, watching videos, and completing practice questions.  Tuesday, we are working on the lesson of estimating volume.  We are watching videos, and completing practice questions.  Wednesday, we are estimating length.  We will watch videos, complete practice questions, and complete Quiz #1.  Thursday, we are doing a lesson on time.  We are watching more videos, completing practice questions, and taking Quiz #2.  Friday, we are converting units of mass, watching videos, and completing practice questions. 
    Reading:  Continue AR reading at home, 125 minutes per week of a "just right" book.  In addition, make sure to complete 45 minutes of I-Ready in reading as well.  Please do not do close reads, just the main lessons. In the REACH take home packet, complete the vocabulary lesson (dated 3/19), read the article, "Extreme Earth" in REACH, and anwer the comprehension questions in the packet.  
    Holes Reading: Read to page 88 or Chapter 20.  Refer to the Holes packet that was taken home and answer the questions in the packet for chapters 11-19 (one question per chapter).  Write the answers in your ELA notebook.
    Social Studies:  Make sure to have finished the Research for the WA State City project that was done with Mrs. Slaven.  She has assigned a Postcard activity in Google classroom under General Specialists.  Continue working on your personal narrative/account of your experience during this extended break.  Also, complete the Google slide presentation of the WA state article/video.
    Science: Watch the National Geographic video, "The Effect of Plastic in our Oceans" and respond to the prompt. There is another video as well, "Lava-Liquid Rock."  Please watch this short video and post a response to the prompt. Be sure that you have completed and submitted the Ice Cube Melting Experiment under science assigments.  There is a Google document linked to the assigment. Complete experiment, recording your scientific observations, and answer all questions.
    Art:  I have assigned a new art project which is a pencil drawing of the eye.  See link in Google classroom for instructions and example.  Or, complete Pop Art Portrait.  See instructions and example in Google classroom.  You will be creating a Classic Pop masterpiece using popular icons (Some images to choose from in the link include Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, and many more).  
    Helpful websites:  Check out my Interesting Web Resources page for many fun and engaging sites involving art, social studies, science, and health. Also, remember to practice your typing with the typing club resource.  There are so many amazing learning resources now available for free!  

    Thank you for your continued patience and support.  It is truly wonderful to know that our class community is supportive of one another.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me during this time.  I welcome all emails, day or night. I will be checking my email approximately three or four times each day and will get back to you within 24 hours.  There are likely to be technical issues that arise so please remember that this is a suggested learning schedule and I am confident that you will do the most amazing job in knowing what your child needs during this time.  We will get through this together and come out stronger.  Stay healthy and safe!

    Best Regards,

    Laurel Fortney


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