Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Week at a glance

Below are some announcements and reminders for the upcoming week.

January 30
Day 6
Thank you for your book orders! The order has been placed and the books should arrive in the next 10 days.

P.E., Music
*Country Report and IXL Math Homework
January 24
Day 1

C.A.R.E. lesson, Art, ½ Spanish
*Math and Country Report Homework
January 25
Day 2
Wear C.A.R.E. t-shirts (non-uniform)
 Music, P.E.
*Country Report Homework
January 26
Day 3

P.E., ½ Spanish
*Math and Country Report Homework
January 27
Day 4

Spanish, Music

This Week’s Learning Focus:

Reading: We are continuing to learn more about researching skills while learning about different countries. The students are also busy synthesizing and organizing information to present in their accordion books. They are enjoying the creativity of creating the books.

Writing: This week, we are reflecting on our work, setting new goals as scientific writers, and will be conducting new experiments in class. We are learning that the experiments are fun to conduct, but going back to revise our work takes more determination and a growth mindset. Revision can be a challenging skill, but the students are showing great effort. I am proud of them. We will continue to practice this throughout our writing unit.

Spelling: We will review spelling patterns and vowel teams. I will not be sending home a new sort. This should give the children more time to work on their country reports.

Science: In science, we are observing our bean plants and watching them grow. These bean plants were given to us by our visitor from the Arboretum. We also divided up into teams to try out our own bean experiments. Some teams planted Lima beans in milk cartons, some in clear baggies, some in a shoe box, some in clear cups, and some chose to plant other seeds. They came up with a big idea, a hypothesis, gathered materials, and are predicting results. It is amazing to see if beans can grow in water, or without air, or what they do with limited light source. Ask your child about their experiment and what they know about other experiments of their classmates. It is fun to see the excitement on the students faces each day when they come in to see if anything has changed!

Math:  In math this week, we are working on multiplication facts with 2s, 5s, and 10s. We are making things easier by seeing that those facts have a simple pattern to them. We can practice skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s and make a connection to those multiplication fact combinations. We also are learning about multiplication tables and seeing patterns when using facts of 2s, 5s, and 10s. Finally, we are using dot paper (dot arrays, but the paper looks like the old paper dot sugar candy) which helps us to visualize multiplication combinations of 2s, 5s, and 10s. The stretch is like algebra....and that is if 2x5=10 then 2x5=2x4+2 or 2x5=2x6-2 etc. The = sign isn't always looking for an answer. Sometimes it just wants one side of the = to balance with the other, practicing that equal means is the same as!

Upcoming Reminders:
* “Math in Focus Boot Camp for Parents” on Monday, February 6th at 6:30pm.

*Please send a shoe box to school with a rectangular slit cut in the top of it by Tuesday, February 7th.
* Colonial Acres visit on February 8th.
*Country Report boards are due on Monday, February 13th.

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