Sunday, October 23, 2016

News Oct. 17-21

I hope you all were able to access your child's report card through Infinite Campus.  If you weren't able to, please contact the school office for assistance.

It's been a few weeks since I have given you a curriculum update.

In Communication Arts, we have started learning about Non-fiction texts.  Students are using text features such as table of contents, index, headings, captions, and diagrams to help them navigate through NF texts.  Many times students get stuck on reading fiction chapter books and overlook the value and discovery of NF books. We have been practicing strategies for determining unknown words, responding to our reading through quick jots, and marking spots that speak to us with annotating marks.  This unit ties in perfectly with our 2nd quarter writing focus: Informational writing.  Students are each choosing a topic to research and write an informational book about.  Many students have already chosen their topic. Most students chose an animal, there are a few students who chose other topics. I have put some books on hold at the public library that students can use for research.  But they can also pick out their own books to use at the public library or our school library.  We will use some data bases to research online as well.

In Math, we started our multiplication unit.  The first unit was just getting an understanding that multiplication is combining equal groups.  We used repeated addition, arrays, story problems to represent multiplication sentences.  As we move on in multiplication, students will learn different facts, such as 0,1, 2, 5, 10's.  As we move through these lessons, students will be taking timed tests to "earn" toppings for an ice cream sundae party.  So, now would be the time to start practicing flash cards at home.  I will be sending home information about the multiplication incentive (ice cream sundae party) this week along with a list of websites that can be used to help your child as they learn their facts.

​In Social Studies, we have been working on our Government Unit.  For the past two weeks we have focused on the Declaration of Independence and the National Anthem.  We learned when and why these two documents came to be important in the foundation of America.  This week we will start learning about the Constitution.  Students will learn the duties of the three branches of government. 

Our Fall Party is coming up on Monday, October 31.  If you want to attend, the costume parade will be from 1:45-2:00 in the gym, and the party will be from 2:00-3:00 in the classroom.  There are a few supplies that still haven't been signed up for if you are interested in donating.​  Please note, we now have 21 STUDENTS if you are sending in snack. Students should bring their costume in their backpack to change into in the afternoon.  Remember, no masks, scary makeup, or pretend weapons are allowed.  If your child should not participate in the class party for any reason, we will have an alternate celebration they can attend with the specials teachers.  Just let me know if that is the case.

I look forward to seeing you at Parent Conferences on Wednesday or Thursday.  I sent home reminder notes with your child last Monday, along with a short form if you would like to talk to me about specific issues.  This will help me be better prepared for our conference.