Here's a peak into some of the awesome learning that's been going on in our classroom lately:
We have explored using different measurement tools such as rulers, yardsticks, and meter sticks to help us measure different objects in our classroom. We even applied our new measuring skills to finding the area and perimeter of various shapes. Now, we are shifting our focus to geometry. We investigated the characteristics of triangles and this week, we will extend our investigation to a new type of 2D shape: quadrilaterals! Ask your child to tell you about some things that all triangles and all quadrilaterals have in common!
I am also planning to begin offering optional weekly multiplication assessments to help build up our fact knowledge. Please help your child study their multiplication facts from 0-10 at home! The games attached to our "extra practice" page are a great resource!
Our book clubs have been buzzing with many different new-to-us books! In their groups, students have been working on getting to know their main characters and documenting their journeys up and down story mountains. At home, you can help to support this work by reminding your child to keep up with their book club assignments and by asking questions such as:
- What are some things the main character does or says over and over? What do these patterns tell you about this character?
- Can you think of a big theory about your character? (_______ is the kind of person who ______ because_____).
- What are some big problems your main character has been facing? How does the character react to these problems? What does that tell you about the character?
Students have been working hard to publish their information pieces on Chromebooks. We are hoping to have our writer's celebration next Wednesday, 2/13. Your child may decide to bring home their writing to be sure that they are finished by our celebration. Please let me know if you cannot make our celebration or if you have any concerns about publishing at home.
After learning about magnetism and patterns of motion, we put on our engineering hats to find the best design to build some cars! Students have been working in groups to plan, test, and redesign their cars to make them go the farthest they possibly can. This week, students will be coming up with their own investigation using their cars and will be using magnets to make their cars do tricks!
This week, students will be logging into Dreambox for some extra math practice (I will send home instructions tomorrow). I will also be sending home an OPTIONAL word study practice with "their, there, and they're"! Students should continue reading for 30 minutes at home and logging their data. Book club reading can count as these 30 minutes!
Finally, thank you to all who donated to our Flexible Seating Project! It was funded last week and we received our awesome new seats! The kids have been LOVING them!
That's all for now! Go Pats!