NEWS FROM ROOM 201October 22, 2016 Dear Families, I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful weekend filled with lots of family adventures. I had the opportunity to attend a conference at Teaher’s College in New York featuring Kate DiCamillo, one of my favorite authors as keynote speaker. It was exciting and I’m looking forward to sharing the things I learned with students over the next few weeks. We’ve been busy in the classroom. On Tuesday mornings at 8:00 I continue to offer a math club for children who wish to come and get some extra support with any math concepts or other assignments that they are finding challenging. Children are welcome to come as often as they wish and do not need to let me know in advance. Students do need to check in at the office however prior to coming up to the classroom. Student ledconferences will be held in mid November just prior to Thanksgiving. I look forward to meeting with each of you and your child at that time to discuss accomplishments and goals. I sent a sign up genius yesterday with conference times available. Please take a minute to consider what time will work best for you. If you are interested in volunteering and haven’t had the opportunity to sign up yet please be in touch via an email. The children really enjoy having different adults assist them with their learning. Besides regular classroom volunteers I hope that a team of two people will work to plan a craft and/or game for each holiday party. If this is something you would be willing to do please send me an email. Students have been working on Unit 2 in math. The unit focuses on multiplication and geometry. The lessons so far have focused on multiplcation and the use of multiplication for word problems and area of rectangles. This week we will consider different types of triangles and quandragles. The Everyday Math site offers additional practice and game options for each lesson. Your child has login information in their homework book. In reading students have been working on choosing Just Right books. Thank you for your support in encouraging your child to read at least 140 minutes each week. We have been working on a fiction unit regarding characters. Students are developing theories about characters which can be supported with evidence from their books. In writing, students have been generating ideas for their first writing pieces. Our focus will be Realistic Fiction. Students have spent time brainstorming and made decisions about their story ideas. Students have developed their characters and their story arcs. They will begin drafting stories this week. As part of the Sitton Spelling Program students have begun to practice spelling strategies and common spelling patterns within the English language. Students have been creating a words to learn list every other week. They have also been practicing their proofreading skills. On Wednesday, October 31st, Coastal Ridge will be celebrating Halloween. Activities are being planned for the late morning. This is our next eartly release day. If your child would like to participate in a costume parade please have him/her bring a costume to school in a bag so that it can be put on just prior to the parade. In considering costumes for school, please refrain from sending any type of weapons or costumes that might be considered gory. Also please do not send hair spray/coloring or makeup. The parade will begin at12:00. If you would like to come to view the parade you are welcome to watch from the gym. Thank you in advance for your help with making this a very exciting celebration for your children. As questions, concerns and comments arise for you I hope you will be in touch through a note in the homework book, an email or a phone call.
Conversation starters: Ask your child about the math games we have been playing like Factor Captor and Spin and Round, how they are showing, not telling in their realistic fiction stories and the book Tiger Rising we are reading as part of our reading workshop lessons.
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