4HA Weekly News
14th February 2014
I'd also like to thank you for the kind Valentine's Day gifts. They probably will not last long (Mr. Hammerberg also loves chocolate), but they are much appreciated!
This week, I cannot announce a Prince George Award winner. Because we were so busy with the Toy Fair on Friday afternoon, we had no time for our usual Friday afternoon routine. The winner for last week will be announced on Monday, so there will be two winner in next week's newsletter!
Next week, we will learn to make and interpret stem and leaf plots, and how to find the mean, median, mode and range from them. We will also discuss the probability of different outcomes in a range of situations, and start expressing probability as a fraction.
Next week, we will plan and write short informational texts, based on guided research. This will be linked with our new science unit: Energy. Within the next 3 weeks, we will launch independent Curiosity Projects (more information to follow), and the mini research this week will be great practice for their more substantial projects. The main standard we will be focusing on with this is:
4.4.3 Write informational pieces with multiple paragraphs that:
-provide an introductory paragraph.
-establish and support a central idea with a topic sentence at or near the beginning of the first paragraph.
-include supporting paragraphs with simple facts, details, and explanations.
-present important ideas or events in sequence or in chronological order.
-provide details and transitions to link paragraphs.
-conclude with a paragraph that summarizes the points.
-use correct indention at the beginning of paragraphs.
In reading, we will read some texts related to science. Children will demonstrate their understanding by reading for details, and making notes from these texts. The children will also have a lesson with Kathy Kersting, our library specialist, to introduce the children to the work of the US Children's Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt. We are excited that Mr. Nesbitt will actually visit SFS on March 13th! You can read some of Kenn Nesbitt's work here
Hearts to Serve
T-shirts and hoodies will be on sale from this week. T-shirts can be bought for 15,000 W and hoodies can be ordered for 30,000 W. T-shirt size samples are on display in the ES lobby. The money raised from these sales will help save lives!