# Team 105 Friday Fill-In

### Habit Highlight: Habit 2 "Begin with the End in Mind"

"I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen."

## Upcoming Dates/Reminders

Holiday Sing Along - Dec. 17 @ 2:00, Classroom Party will follow!

Holiday Break - Dec. 21st - January 1st

## Holiday Party Info

Please send in a gift with your child, no more than \$5, for a gift exchange. We will be playing a game with the gifts at the party! Girls, please send in gifts that would appeal to girls and boys, please send in gifts that would appeal to boys! The gift can be a book, a piece of (peanut-free) candy or something little from the dollar bin! :)

### C.E. Gym/Cafe

Our classroom party will follow the Sing-Along!

We have moved into our Non-Fiction unit. Please check your student's folder next week for more information on the Non-Fiction Unit! So far, readers have shopped for non-fiction/informational books, got familiar with their new books by tapping into their prior knowledge about the topic of the book, discovered new text features and practiced paraphrasing the information they read.

## Writer's Workshop

Writer's are currently publishing their final piece of their Personal Narrative! Through this unit, student's have walked through the Writing Process; starting with pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and finally publishing!

Students are expected to use their neatest handwriting, best spelling and punctuation before turning in their final piece!

Next Unit: Informational Writing

## Math

Mathematicians are working hard at multiplication! We are getting stronger and stronger at using our strategies to represent multiplication. Now that students are gaining a strong understanding of what multiplication is, my hope is that some multiplication math facts will start coming to them in a "snap," especially 2s, 5s, and 10s. This week we talked about "skip counting" (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.) with 2s, 5s, and 10s. Obviously, math facts are not just going to magically come to your student. At home, it is wonderful to practice math facts with your son/daughter. However, stop every so often and ask your mathematician... "Can you show me what 4 x 6 looks like using one of your strategies?"

Next week we will start to bridge multiplication to division.

In the pictures below, you will see this week/next week's math menu.

Multiplication Strategies: 4 x 6

• Number line = 4 jumps of 6
• Equal Groups/Pictures = 4 groups of 6
• Arrays = 4 rows and 6 columns
• Repeated Addition = 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 (also representing 4 groups of 6)

If you click here, you can access the Math "Menu" Centers your son/daughter have been completing this week and will finish up next week!

I have attached the link to the "Refrigerator Packet" for our Mult/Division unit here. This contains the information of the standards we will be learning during this unit! This was provided during conferences.

## Science

Scientists have been diving into our "Balance and Motion" unit. This week scientists have been thinking about concepts that relate to force. The concepts include:

• A push or pull is a force
• The change in motion of an object is related to the strength of the force acting upon the object and to the mass of the object.
• When an object does not move in response to a force, it is because another force is acting on it.
• Friction
• Gravity

## The Hour of Code

Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13)

This week was Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). Our whole school learned about computer science, with a focus on coding. We as a school participated in an initiative that allows each student the opportunity to experience coding around the world for an hour this week. For more information here is the link: http://code.org/

If you would like to try coding with your kids, here are the tutorials that they can follow to code. You'll be amazed at what they are able to accomplish! :)