NEWS FROM ROOM 201 January 14, 2019 Dear Families, I hope you are enjoying all of the various weather this winter has been bringing our way.It sounds like a bit more snow is on the way.I’m writing to let you know about what we have been doing in the classroom. In math students are working on Unit 4, which covers multiplication and includes work with metric measure.I’ve been impressed as students work with the various multiplication algorithms and their ability to apply this knowledge to word problems.Students are feeling comfortable with partitioned rectangles and partial products.We will be working with lattice multiplication before we complete this unit. Your ongoing support in helping your child to master the multiplication facts is very evident.Students can go onto their Reflex account at any time.This is a great way for them to practice facts in a fun way.I will continue to offer Math Club on Tuesday mornings at 8:00 for students who would like a bit of extra time working on key math concepts. During our reading period students have been reading nonfiction texts in addition to their independent books.Since the holiday break students have been working in research teams on specific extreme weather topics: tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, droughts, and earthquakes.As teams, students have identified subtopics to investigate.Research continues with students planning for a way to share their research with the rest of the class. In writing students have begun working on persuasive writing pieces.Some students will write persuasive essays and others will plan and record a CRES Chat.This is a decision students will be making over the next week as they choose their topics.Check in with your child regarding their choice. In science we have been working on an energy unit. Last Friday students had the chance to experiment with electrical circuits.There was a lot of enthusiasm as students figured out how to light a small light bulb.Many students went on to explore further with the materials provided during the inside recess. We will continue this unit for several more weeks with students creating roller coasters as a culminating activity. You may have heard from your child that they have been completing several different midyear assessments.Over the next two weeks students will take the STAR reading and math assessments, a cumulative math test, and a midyear spelling assessment.Several students will also be taking the NAEEP test at the end of the month.Children were randomly selected to take this test.If you have questions about this please be in touch. You will receive your child’s report card on Friday, February 8th.I hope you take time to review it with your child.If you or your child have questions please be in touch with me so that we can set up a time to talk.
Stay warm and dry, Sue
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