NCE 5th Grade Newsletter
September 4, 2015
Reading Round Up
From the Lab
Math in a Minute
T- Tell the writer something you liked
A- Ask the writer a question
G- Give a suggestion to the writer
The students did a fabulous job providing positive and constructive feedback to their friends. Looking forward, we will review and practice revising and editing our writing. It is important that the students are reflective with their writing. We will be discussing different ways to make our writing come ALIVE next week!
News from the Counselor
The fifth grade classes have started learning about empathy. Empathy mea ns identifying and understanding you r own and others' feelings i n order to get along better. Below is a list of skills your child will be learning at school, followed by examples of ways you can help your child remember and improve these skills. Students will be practicing empathy skills by:
- Identifying their own and others' feelings through looking at faces, recognizing body clues,listening to voices, and watching what is happening. (Help your child practice by noticing, “You're smiling," and asking, "Are you happy? Why?")
- Recognizing that people may react differently to different situations. (Help you r child practice by saying, "You like to play on the jungle gym, but it scares your friend. What ca n we do about that?")
- Predicting feelings. (Help your child practice by asking, 11How do you thin k your friend might feel if she asked you a question and you didn't answer?")
- Learning the difference between accidents and things done on purpose. (Help your child practice by asking, "Do you thin k he meant to knock over your bike?")
- Sharing feelings. (Help you r child practice by sharing you r own feelings: "I feel happy when you offer to help set the table."
- Understanding and accepting differences in othe.rs. (Help your child practice by saying, "It's okay for your friend to be different from you. You two are a like in some ways too. How?"
In general, simply listening and talking about feelings helps children be more understanding of others. It also helps create a more positive classroom environment.
Please contact me if you have any questions about empathy skills or the Second Step program.