Tuesday, October 24, 2017

November Update

Scholastic Order:
Our next Scholastic order is due November 9th.  This will likely be the last order before the holidays.  You can place an order by clicking here and using the class code: MBNGY.  If you would like to place an order as a gift for the holidays, please email me so that I know to contact you when it arrives instead of giving it to your child. Our class was very excited to get new books for our class last month.  Thank you to everyone that placed an order and helped us get new books. 

During math workshop, students have been exploring the concept of volume.  They worked to create boxes, using linking cubes, to help them determine how many cubes were in a rectangular prism.  Since then, they have been able to use the formula V= l x w x h to find the volume of rectangular prisms.  It is extremely important that students are practicing their basic multiplication facts. 
We started working on opinion writing when we returned from fall break.  Currently, students are researching the pros and cons of having chocolate milk served in our school cafeteria.  Once we  walk through the process of creating a solid argument, students will have the opportunity to select their own topic.  We are also conferencing about our published narratives.  Students will have an opportunity discuss their strengths and areas of growth one-on-one as we review their work together. 

Students spent a few days evaluating how authors use sensory images to create visuals for their readers.  We practice visualizing and determined how it helped us better understand the text.  We are now working on questioning.  Students are learning the difference between thick and thin questions.  They are also finding ways to push their thinking by asking questions that require more thought.  I encourage you to ask your student what questions they have about the text they are reading.  This can start a conversation about the story they are reading and encourage them to think critically about their book. Please make sure that your child is reading for at least 20 minutes a day!

During our co-teach technology lessons, students used what they learned about questioning to create an info-graphic.  You are able to view your student's info-graphic in Google Classroom.

We kicked off our body system unit by determining what living things need to survive.  Over the next few weeks, students will focus on  different body systems and determine how they are interdependent.  Our field trip to the Denver Museum to dissect a  lamb lung is scheduled for November 29th.  More information will be sent home in November.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Halloween Party Sign-up

Please click here to sign-up for our Halloween party. Our party will take place October 31st from roughly 8:40-9:20, followed by the annual GRE Halloween parade. I will confirm the exact times when we get a little closer.  Please keep in mind that this is a breakfast party so we are trying to balance sugar with food that will help the kids learn throughout the day.

Thank you in advance for helping make this a great party!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Our next Scholastic order is due this Friday, October 6th. You may order online at Scholastic.com using our class code: MBNGY.

This is our last week before fall break! When we return to school, I will send out information regarding the Halloween party and a sign-up sheet for donations.  Below you will find a summary of what we are finishing in class before our break.

Reading: Students have been working on making meaningful connections to the text they are reading. They have differentiated between connections and coincidences and are learning how to explain how the connections are helping them better understand the text. I encourage you to read with your child and ask them to make connections as they read. Please remember that students should read for 20 minutes each day at home.  I highly recommend that you continue this expectation through fall break.

Writing: Students are finishing their narrative writing this week.  Published pieces will be available in the Google Drive and submitted through our Google Classroom.  When we return from break, I will conference with each student to review their work so we can celebrate their successes and discuss next steps. When we return from break, we will transition into opinion writing.  

Social Studies:  After researching different regions, students have been working in collaborative groups to determine where the next NFL team should be placed.  Students will present their work this Friday.  When we return from break, we will begin working with body systems as we prepare for our lamb lung dissection lab that will take place toward the end of November.  

Math:  We have been busy finding new strategies to solve multiplication and division problems.  I am happy to report that many students are less afraid of division than they were at the beginning of the year.  Please know that many kids are still working on finding strategies that work for them and it is okay if they still need a little practice.  Hopefully you will see a huge increase in their confidence in the next few weeks.  When we return from break, we will move into finding the volume of 3D shapes. 

I hope everyone has a great fall break and I look forward to hearing all of the fun stories when we return October 16th.