Wow, I can’t believe it is already December; time sure has flown by! I will be emailing in the near future about our winter celebration. I need to talk with the kids first, which I will be doing this week. Please look for that email by Friday at the latest. Thanks!
We began our second round of book clubs last week. Students are well on their way to meeting new friends and going on some great adventures. Make sure to ask them what book they are reading and what they like about it. One way to help them further their understanding in their books is to have them give you a quick summary about what they have just read (not the whole book). You can use the format: Somebody...Wanted....But...So....Then.... We have been using this format to help us summarize the reading assignments and the whole book. Please see the picture below and the example to further help your student.
(Somebody) Auggie, an 11 year old boy who was home schooled because he was born with a facial deformity, wanted to attend regular school, be treated just like other students, and wanted to have friends. But, he discovered at school that even though he did make a few friends, others still would not accept him for who he was. So Auggie proved that he could be a leader in a tough situation and surprised many people, including himself. Then, the other students realized that even though Auggie looked different, he was just like them on the inside.
We have been working on understanding how imagery, in conjunction with our reading strategies, can help us understand the books we are reading. Students have been working on paying attention to keywords to help them visualize and understand poetry and books. For the rest of the week, we will be working on using visualization to help us infer, draw conclusions, and retell/summarize a text.
We have just finished up our Chocolate Milk research based argument essay. Our next step is to pick our own topic, research it, and then write a research-based argument. We will be brainstorming topics in class and then students will begin researching their topic. Students will also continue to write reading responses every Friday. Students will be assigned their reading response on Wednesday and it will be due Friday. I provide time in class to work on their paragraphs, but if they do not finish in that time provided, it will be homework. However, please note that the homework is only ONE paragraph per night, not the entire response. Students can consult the blog for which paragraph is assigned per night beginning on Wednesday.
We are underway in our fraction unit. I have expressed to students that the week back from break was an investigation for me. I am trying to figure out what they know and remember about fractions so that I can teach them at their knowledge level. Students will be working with equivalent fractions, ordering fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. Please see the information from Dr. Brown’s Principal’s Blog for more information on how you can help your child in math.
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH HOMEWORK
Math homework can often be a frustrating experience for children and parents. Parents were often taught traditional algorithms and do not know the strategies students are learning today. While these strategies promote a deeper conceptual understanding of key math concepts, it is difficult for parents to see the benefits when they are unaware of them themselves.
We have a great resource that will help! The Math Words and Ideas site from the Investigations Math Series has links to math videos that explain how all concepts are taught at each grade level.
Click here to access this site.
Simply click on your child's grade level at the left-hand side of the screen. When you click on a math concept additional subtopics appear. Each subtopic includes a short video explaining strategies taught at school. In the example below, third grade was selected on left and arrays was chosen under the concept of multiplication.
Watching these short videos are a great way to review how and why concepts were taught a certain way. You may even consider watching with your child. The presentation below provides a few additional tips to promote a love of math at home.
Click here for the presentation.
|Nico's all gloved up and ready to go!|
Wow! What an experience we had on November 28th! The lung lab at the Denver Science and Nature Museum was a success! In 17 years of teaching, I have never experienced such a field trip and I think the kids had a blast. Please see your kids in action below. We will continue our study of human body systems until the end of the semester. Students will learn about the circulatory, respiratory, and digestive system. We will briefly touch on the endocrine, muscle, nervous, excretory, and skeletal systems as well.
|Riley and Ashley digging in|
|Alyssa & Rylie looking at the lobes of the lung|
|Omid & Myles getting ready to cut|
|Jovan & Cooper getting a little help from our lung lab instuctor|
|Bella & Ava trying to figure out where to cut next|