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Week of October 19, 2015


Math- This week we begin multiplying two digit by one digit numbers using several methods. The methods that I will be teaching this unit are: Place Value Sections Method, Expanded Notation Method, Algebraic Notation Method, and the Shortcut (or Traditional) Method. I know that it can be frustrating to help your child at home when you are unfamiliar with these methods. Please take a look at the bottom of this newsletter as I have made several videos that walk you through each method. I have also included a "Multiplication Methods" cheat sheet. Hopefully these resources will be helpful to you when working with your child at home.

Writing - This week we will begin typing our final drafts. We are going to use Google Classroom and Google Docs to do this. This means that you can access your child's work at home! Have your son/daughter log into their Google accounts at home to see their progress this week.

Science - This week we continue to study common pollutants to our ecosystems. Students have been placed into partnerships and each partnership will be teaching the class about the pollutant that they researched. I send science notebooks home this week so that students can review their notes for the Ecosystems test on Friday.

Social Studies - This week we will learn about the levels of government (local, state, federal), branches of government, and our Core Democratic Values.

Reading- The kids are doing a great job determining the traits of their characters in their character study novels. This week we will work on connecting and empathizing with our characters, we will also look at how characters change through the novel, and make predictions.

Teacher Notes

Fall Conference Sign-Up

Here is the link to the sign-up genius. Thank you to all those who have already signed up!

Math Homework and Remembering Pages

Save this Link! This is a PDF of all of the "Homework and Remembering" Pages. If Fido eats your child's homework, just print off a new page!

Shhhhh... don't tell the students kids, here is a link to the answer key too. This is a great resource to help you check their work each night.