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Friday, January 17, 2014

Classroom Summary for January 13 - 17

Here's what we did this week...

In Miss Varrell's reading group this week we began learning a new comprehension skill that we can add to our 'comprehension tool box.' We began looking at characters' actions as a way to understand what the author is trying to tell us (without stating it directly). We will learn more about inferential thinking over the next few months.

In writing workshop/social studies we completed our persuasive writing group project. We are so proud of all the hard work we put into researching, writing and revising our amazing Boston travel brochure. Miss Varrell will laminate the project so that it will keep better and then we can take turns bringing it home to share. Next week we will take our learning a step further and we will independently research, write and produce our own version of a brochure, but this time we will use our social studies learning about world cultures to do so! Mrs. D'Elia and Mr. Callahan will be helping us learn some new researching techniques and tips that will make our research even better.

In math this week we completed Topic 8 on adding two-digit numbers. We now know how to add using mental math (adding two-digit numbers where one addend is a multiple of ten) and using paper and pencil (for regrouping). Next week we will begin Unit 9: subtracting two-digit numbers! If you want to get a head start on subtracting double digit numbers over the weekend, check out the book Shark Swimathon by Stuart J. Murphy from a public library.

In social studies we listened to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous "I Have A Dream" speech while we worked independently on some activities about MLK's life. It was funny to hear the parts of the speech that we had seen in one of our worksheets! Here is the speech we listened to this afternoon:

Weekend Challenge Activity: Practice your memory skills with a partner (parent, sibling, friend) with this game.

Memory Game: On the left-hand side of a piece of paper, write the numbers 1-10 in a list form. Next to each number, have your partner write a command/action for you to do (e.g. walk to the fridge, turn on a light, open a closet door, hop on two feet, etc.). After your partner has written down ten actions (no peeking!), have him/her tell you the first command. When you have done it, have your partner repeat the first command but ADD on the second command. Now you need to do BOTH commands in the order they were given. Your partner keeps giving you more and more commands until you miss one. Once you miss a command, your turn stops and it is now your partner's turn. You make a list of ten commands and the play continues until your partner misses a command. (The list is used to check whether each person is following the commands in the order they were given.) The winner is the one who remembered the most commands in the order they were given.

Alternate/Variation: Instead of ten actions, use ten words or ten numbers that your partner has to remember!

  • Lately I have observed that the children have been demonstrating a decreased sense of responsibility toward the care of their personal and community school supplies (i.e. scissors being left on the floor, Chromebooks not being put away properly, pencils not being kept track of). If you could speak with your child over the weekend about being responsible and respectful of school materials and supplies I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!
  • Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed, no school for students
  • Book orders were placed Friday, January 17. They should arrive in 2-3 weeks. 

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