News from Mrs. Gaston

November 17, 2014

Dates to remember:

Thursday, November 20th : P.I.E Day (See Reading plans for explanation)

Tuesday, November 25th: Thanksgiving Celebration in class. Sign up below on our google docs.

November 26-28 :No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 17th: Grinch Day (Wear your Grinchiest Green)

December 19th: Last day of school before Christmas Break

December 22-Jan 2 No School-Christmas Break

This week we are learning about:


In reading, we are learning all about author's purpose.

A cute reminder for the kids is to think about P.I.E. when they are determining the author's purpose.




We are reading a variety of books and articles to determine the author's purpose. We will be reviewing on Thursday and enjoying a P.I.E made in class :)

Our standard focus this week:

Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.

The test will be: Friday, November 21st.


In math we are still working on missing unknowns. The unknown may be in the start or middle of the problem.

For example,

Mrs. Gaston bought some cards at Wal-Mart on Monday. Asher gave her 45 more cards on Thursday. If Mrs. Gaston now was 67 cards, how many did she buy at Wal-Mart?

(The start is unknown. Some students will look at this and say X+45=67 others may think 67 is the whole and I know if I take away the part I know this will give me what I don't know, 67-45=____. )

An example of the unknown in the middle.

Jarvion went to Toys R Us to do some Christmas shopping. He had 35 dollars in his wallet when he walked into the store. If he has 12 dollars left after shopping, how much money did he spend? (Again, some students will think 35-X=12, they may start at 35 and see how many jumps it will take to get back to 12. Others may think 35 take away what he has left will tell me what he spent 35-12=____. It doesn't matter which way they think about the problem as long as they choose a strategy that they are consistent with and that helps them get to the right answer.

Our standard focus for this week:

OA1- One step word problems with unknowns in all positions.

Our test will be on Friday, November 21st.

Science & Writing

Informational writing continued

This week we are creating our own experiments and writing lab reports about them.

We will have a gallery walk Friday, November 21st to display our experiments.

We would love for you to come in. Our gallery will be from 12:20-1 on Friday.

Thanksgiving Feast

We will be having a classroom Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday, November 25th. We are really excited about getting to sit and eat together as a class for our own celebration.

If you are able to send in any items to help make this possible, we would greatly appreciate it. If you can volunteer to help that would be wonderful as well.

Click the link below to sign up to send in an item:

Feel free to add to the list anything special you would like to send and/or indicate if you would like to volunteer to help.