Dear Families, Yesterday was very exciting for CRES fourth graders. Each student was able to begin their paper mache globes with the help of a large crew of adults on hand to assist. Thanks to all of you who were able to help with this project we have 20 globes hanging and dripping in the classroom with plans to add continents and oceans before Open House next week. These will be a part of our first social studies unit on geography.
In reading we have been working to establish routines for our afternoon reading workshop. We’ve talked about how the classroom library is set up, how we choose books, how quiet reading should look and books shopping. I have had the chance to conference with students about their reading and have been impressed the enthusiac manner students particiapte in daily quiet read. Students are expected to read a total of 140 minutes a week at home. Each night students need to record their reading on their reading log and have an adult intial the log. Thank you for your help in making nightly reading an enjoyable time for your child. Our first reading unit will focus on realistic fiction. Students will be examining how characters are developed in the books they are reading. We will be using Tiger Rising as a mentor text during this unit. I will also be sharing Wonder as a class read aloud.
In math students have taken the preassessment and we have begun working on unit 1. This unit focuses on reading and writing large numbers and reviewing addition and subtraction algorithms. Each night students will be bringing home a Home Link as part of their homework. These provide an opportunity for students to review the skills we have worked on during class that day. In October I will be begin offering a Math Club on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 - 8:30. I will keep you posted on the exact date this will be starting.
In writing students have been working on I Am poems and writing their hopes and dreams. Our first writing unit focuses on writing realistic fiction stories. We will begin brainstorming for these stories next week. Students will also be decorating Writer’s Notebooks next week as well. If your child has pictures they will like to use as they create these collage covers please have your child bring them in. Students have been doing a wonderful job with their homework books. Each afternoon we take time to review homework and fill out homework books. I appreciate your help in checking homework and signing your child’s homework books each night. If you have questions regarding homework expectatios please refer to our classroom website.
Over the next few weeks students will be taking the STAR assessments. These are computerized tests of students reading and math skills. I will also be meeting with students individually to assess reading skills with the BAS test.
Important Dates: September 19 Book Orders Due September 20 Open House 6:30 - 7:30 September 21 Decorate Writer’s Notebooks September 26 Early Release at 12:30
What an amazing first two weeks of school! I am enjoying getting to know your children. I look forward to seeing all of you next week for Open House. Please let me know of any questions you have.
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