Room 17 Newsletter

Read to find out what's happening in Ms. Guerra's Class

Happy February! Your child should have brought home their report card last week. Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions or concerns at this time. We are now officially in our 2nd semester! Make sure you read through the newsletter to see what we are doing in the classroom.

Just a reminder that our Michigan Play will be Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria, all family members are welcome! The students have been doing an outstanding job learning their parts, I can't wait for you to see all of their hard work in action!

What's happening in theclassroom?

MATH: We just finished our basic multiplication and division unit on factors 0-10. We will now be working on the next unit, multiplying 2 and 3 digit numbers with and without regrouping. This will be a short introductory unit, however, students will still be assessed at the end. Please continue to help your child towards learning and mastering their math facts at home.

WRITING: We are in the middle of our Personal Narrative Unit. Students have been brainstorming about big topics that are important to them and expressing their opinions through writing. They have focused on gathering evidence for their opinion. This evidence can include a survey, interview, something they read about, or a story from their own lives. Students have also been practicing paragraph spacing. Their opinion writing should include: an introduction which states the big idea and gets the reader interested, a body with their 2 pieces of evidence (one paragraph for each), and a conclusion that brings their writing to and end and restates their opinion.

READING: Our class read aloud is The Birchbark House. This goes along great with our Social Studies unit as it tells the story of a young Native American girl and her way of living. Have your child retell some of the events that have taken place so far, and ask them to discuss the characters and their traits. Students will also be independently reading several folktales and fables as this also fits into our study of Michigan. They will be meeting in small groups to discuss theme, lessons, characters, etc.

SOCIAL STUDIES: In this unit we will be learning about the early history of Michigan. Students will be thinking like historians as they read about the people who lived on this land long ago. Last week Mr. Ghareeb visited our school and brought with him many artifacts and hand made items like the ones that were used from long ago. This is always a favorite part of the curriculum and the Michigan play helps reinforce what we are learning throughout this unit! Students will also be creating a historical journal using writing prompts that go along with topics we are reading about.

Important Dates:

Thursday, February 11th: Scholastic Book Orders due

Friday, February 12th: Pajama Day, Read-In, Valentine Party

Monday, February 15th: No School

Friday, February 19th: Popcorn Day

Wednesday, February 23rd: AR shopping Day

Wednesday, February 24th: Michigan Play, 6:00 p.m.