News & Notes:
Weekly Progress Reports - As a way to facilitate communication between home and school, a simple weekly progress report went home today. Look for this each Friday. At the end of the month, you'll receive a more detailed breakdown of the academics.
Math Practice - We have been focusing on subtraction with regrouping to the hundred thousands place. Your child is bringing home a math sheet with the problems we completed together. Students who have not yet mastered the concept (0 or 1 out of 3) could benefit from extra practice at home. The remaining problems on the sheet can be used for optional homework.
Missing Assignments - Book Club groups have weekly assignments. They are intended to be completed in class. Students may take them home to finish if extra time is needed. If an assignment is incomplete, a missing assignment sheet will go home. All assignments can be re-submitted.
Scholastic Book Orders - For those that ordered, I wanted to let you know Scholastic has informed me that the orders may be a bit delayed (seems to be the norm these days!). As soon as they arrive, I'll send the books home.
- C3 Club on Wednesday after school
- Friday, October 29 - 1/2 day for students, dismissal at 11:30am
What We're Learning:
- Writing - We have been talking about interesting words in the books we read. This week we'll have a focus on the use of adjectives in our writing.
- Reading - Our reading focus this week will be understanding character motivation and inferring.
- Social Studies - We are studying geography.
- Science - We'll be wrapping up our life science unit with a project using our imaginations to "create" a monster plant and explain how it uses it's structures to grow and survive.
- Math - In our math workshop, we often play math games with a partner to build our understanding of and fluency with numbers. Check out some of the math games we've played this year already and try a few at home. I will send home "game boards" from time to time to encourage at home math practice. This week's featured game was "How Close to 100?"
- Social Emotional Learning - We have been writing each day writing in our "gratitude journal". This week will will also be talking about how our the parts of our brain work.
- Word Study Words - All six word study groups are in full swing. Each day your child should be writing in their planner what day they are on. "Day 1" they get new words. "Day 5" is the day they will test. Students get two sets of words on Day 1 - one for home and one for school.
Math - watch this video on the Importance of Struggle in mathematics. Ask your child to talk about how we grow our brains in math.
Our Very Merry Unbirthday party last week was a huge hit! The kids really enjoyed celebrating our "unbirthdays" as a whole class! Ask your child what their favorite part of the afternoon was.