Friday, October 7, 2011

Newsletter October 7, 2011

Math – We are in the midst of multiplication practice and although the book says to use certain methods the students may use whichever method that works best for them. I cannot stress enough how they need to practice their math facts if they are not secure in them. It really slows down their math progress if they don’t know them. The unit test will be on Wednesday and Friday new groups will start.

Social Studies – I love how we are doing social studies/reading and so do the kids. The big strategy we are working on is compare/contrast and also reading with a purpose. There are many different projects happening all meant to challenge the students at their level. The groups will be reshuffled Monday October 17th.

Reading – The third week of the global read aloud meant skyping again with the 4th grade class in Virginia. This time we lead the discussion and students had created wonderful discussion questions. We love putting our teacher hats on and facilitating the discussion. We also worked on determining importance, which again is something we already do but just didn’t know it made us better readers. A reminder that students are expected to read 1,000 pages in the trimester, this gets shown via book talks, so they need to sign up for those.

Writing – We continue to journal focusing on setting our text up correctly and supporting our opinions. We are also working on how to properly discuss without raising our hands. Some of the topics discussed have been how old someone should be to get a cell phone and also whether students would want everything to live forever.

Science – We are working on planes and the variables that determine how far they fly. Super fun. We also put on our teacher hats and evaluated our own science responses and determined how one gets their point across effectively. The next lesson will be the flipsticks.

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 support regarding the contest. It certainly was exciting to have the camera crew in here and I am so proud of the way the kids were shown. We have gotten a lot of positive response from the community. I will know this weekend whether we made it into next week. The contest ends October 31st and I appreciate all of your votes.
* It was so fun to see all of you at the dance, Thea had such a wonderful time dancing with the students and I love catching up with all of you.
* Please make sure you get those Human Growth and Development permission slips in. the classes are November 30th, December 7th and December 14th.
* Swimming is coming! Permission slips go home today, please send them ASAP.
* Book fair is next week so I will not be sending home an October book order. I will be in a class on family night, I am sorry I have to miss it.
* There will be a half day sub next Friday as I will be in the assessment meeting. I do not know who this sub will be.
* Dates for your calendar: Scholastic Book Fair runs October 10th through the 13th with family night on the 11th, Picture Re-Take day is October 21st , CRT is Wednesday, October 26th and No School Thursday October 27th and Friday, October 28th.

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