# What's up in Room 505?!

## Don't Forget...

December 22nd:

• Orchestra & Band Winter Concert for Their Parents Only - 2:00 PM

December 23rd:

• Winter Parties - 2:00 PM
• Parent Volunteers can enter the classrooms at 1:30 PM

December 24th - January 3rd:

• Winter Recess

December 25th:

• Christmas

January 1st:

• Happy 2016!!!

January 4th:

• School Resumes

## In School This Week... 12/14-12/18

Math:
The students are working hard in Everyday Math Unit 4!

Unit 4 has three main areas of focus:

1. To model and solve multiplication number stories & practice multiplication facts
2. To model and solve division number stories and practice division facts
3. To explore the links between multiplication and division.

Unit 4 focuses on the most common uses of multiplication and division- those involving multiples of equal groups, equal sharing, and equal grouping. In second grade, children worked with multiplication and division number stories and were introduced to the basic multiplication and division facts. This work is continued in third grade with the expectation that children will use arrays, mental arithmetic, paper-and-pencil algorithms and calculators to solve problems using the multiplication of 2- and 3-digit whole numbers by 1-digit whole numbers and describe the strategies used by the end of the school year. They are also expected to demonstrate understanding with multiplication facts through 10 x 10.

Try this at home:

Timed Multiplication Facts
Math Playground-Flashcards
• Space Racer Multiplication Game
• Classroom Capers
• Jungle Jim
• Multiplication Home
• Multiplication-Many Games
• Multiplication Jeopardy
• Demolition Division
• Croc Doc Division

• Writing:

The students have just began their Opinion Writing. During this unit, the students read and write essays defending particular opinions as they explore elements of opinion writing. They learn to identify an audience for their essay, state and support their opinions with reasons, and use linking words to connect ideas. They explore writing clear, direct openings and conclusions. The students will also confer in pairs and revise their essays based on partner feedback. Socially, they learn to express their own opinions while respecting and considering the opinions of others.

This week we will be writing our opinion about our favorite pet.

We are continuing to read and find answers to our Theme Question: How does science help us have fun? Each week of the unit covers a different Focus Question that will help your child answer the overarching Theme Question.

We are in our fourth week in Unit 2! During the course of this week, the students will have the opportunity to work in groups to answer an inquiry question. Each day the children will be researching to find answers to their question. By the end of the week, every group will present their answer to their inquiry question by using PowerPoint Presentations.

Science:
The Motion Unit introduces physics through activities that engage children's bodies and minds.

During the Motion Unit, the children will:
- Figure out different ways to make a toy car start moving and a ball change direction.
- Compare the effects of big forces and small forces (pushes and pulls) on the motion of toy cars.
- Experiment with collisions between marbles on ramps.
-Experience the force of friction as they slide coins, shoes, and themselves.
- Drop marbles and other objects to explore the effect of gravity, another important force.

Through these and other activities, they discover that all changes in motion are caused by pushes or pulls, also causes forces.