Friday, October 14, 2011

Newsletter October 14, 2011

Math – We started unit 3 today which is back to geometry and angles. The students therefore switched groups today and their math tests went home today. Please sign the test and send it back for Monday. Students are able to get a secure, developing, or beginning on skills. If a student has a beginning they may receive a 2 week extra does of this skill during resource time. Today a blanket permission slip went home to cover this. This is so we can ensure that all students are secure by the end of the year. Please sign and send back in.

Social Studies – We start our next chapter on Monday, The Early People. I am excited to dig into the early history of the United States and have some fun projects planned to go along with the reading skill of compare and contrast. We are also reading with a purpose, gather details to support our topic sentences and main ideas.

Science – We are done with planes and moving on to flipsticks. This has given us a wonderful opportunity to put on our teacher hats and evaluate ourselves and our work. This is much more helpful for the kids than me just handing them a score. The kids will be creating their own variable experiment in school as their final assessment.

Reading – This was the final week of the Global Read Aloud and we finished the book yesterday. The kids were surprised at the ending. We now get to watch the movie to compare and contrast it to the story (it is quite different!). We are also working on summarizing and synthesizing, which led the students to act out the 3 Little Pigs told with a different lens. I will be videotaping these performances and putting them on our website for you to see.

Writing – This week we started writing boot camp. In the next few months we will be working on the basics of writing such as paragraphs, topic sentences, details, how to write introductions and conclusions and more. I am excited to get the kids writing even better.

Special Notes –
* You can reach me by calling my voicemail at 829.9374. Please don’t hesitate to call me with any questions and/or concerns. Communication between us is REALLY important to the success of your child. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me!
* Thank you so much for all of the book fair presents, almost all of the books have been snatched up by the kids. The kids have also started recommending more books to each other and it is fun for me to see which books are the must reads.
* When we watch Tuck Everlasting, the students will be allowed to bring already popped popcorn in. I will send home more details once I have the movie.
* If you have not signed up for a conference please contact me to make sure you do.
* Our video from NBC 15 is on our website along with other goodies from our classroom.
* Finally, a huge thank you to all of you for supporting this classroom and me. I have the best job in the world and I am thrilled to be the teacher of these incredible children.
* Dates for your calendar: Picture Re-Take day is October 21st , CRT is Wednesday, October 26th and No School Thursday October 27th and Friday, October 28th, Swimming is November 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, and 18th. Conferences Tuesday, November 8th through Friday, November 11th

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