In morning meetings this week we are going to review our classroom rules and routines as well as expectations. We want to start 2016 off right! We will also be learning about what to do when things aren't fair. We will also do some reading goal setting to prepare for taking our SRI reading test on Wednesday morning.
In reading this week we will start Unit 4 where we will research under the theme question: What is the story of Earth? This week we will focus on the skills of making connections, distinguishing fact from opinion, using a dictionary, and prefixes telling number. In writing we will start the week thinking about our goals for the new year. Then later in the week we will start writing persuasive advertisements. We will be talking about the ways in which many different ads persuade you to purchase something and try to apply that to our writing. You can see the kids unit 3 inquiry project presentations under the "Student Work" tab.
In math we are starting chapter 6. During this chapter we will learn division. We will start with division by sharing, then division by repeated subtraction, then thinking about the multiplication opposite (or missing number). Division is much easier if we have our multiplication memorized. This week we will really start working on memorizing our multiplication facts. Over the next 6 weeks I will send home 6 facts to memorize each week. Everyday we will take a quick practice quiz on them and on Friday we will take a short test. You should practice the fact in both directions for example: 4x3=12 and 3x4=12. Please help your kiddos practice their facts at home!!
Homework: multiplying by multiples of 10, reading log, January poem, multiplication memorization.
Happy birthday to Scarlett on January 2nd! I hope you had a great day and we can celebrate when we get back to school!
Coming up next week we will be taking our winter NWEA tests. We only test reading and math in the winter to see a mid-year growth. We will take our reading test next Monday the 11th and our math on Tuesday the 12th, both will be in the morning. Please try not to schedule any appointments during those times. Thanks so much!!
Code Word: Happy New Year!