Mrs. Bitz and Miss. Meisner's News

April 29th, 2016

Reading

In reading this week we wrapped up our book clubs and began our connections to assessments unit. In this unit we are reviewing our strategies for test taking. In a couple of weeks we will have our 2 day, 4 passage, 25 question Reading DPM test. This is the first test of this caliber for these kiddos and it can be overwhelming. PLEASE don't stress about it, because if YOU stress they will too. I certainly will not be stressing, I am doing my best to prepare them and that is all that can be done. They aren't 3rd graders, this isn't the STAAR, it will be OKAY! Please trust me when I say that it will be okay, I have faith in these kiddos that they will do THEIR best and honestly that is all that I ask.

Language Arts

We PUBLISHED! Our small moment stories are officially done and we also wrote for our end of the year writing DPM. We are going to be moving into poetry next week. During the poetry unit students will be working on how to see the world through a poets eyes and writing poems. I am excited to see what these students are passionate about :)

Homework

Due 5.6.16
Spelling Week 4

DMH #28

Science HW pg 42-44


Upcoming DPM Tests

Revising and Editing 5.3.16

Reading 5.9.16 AND 5.10.16

Math 5.16.16 AND 5.17.16

Science 5.24.16

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Math

In Math this week, we worked on multiplication.In the last newsletter, I provided information about how we teach 2nd grade multiplication. Next week we will start division. In 2nd grade students need to understand that division is:

total ÷ groups = # in each group

Science

In Science this week, we started discussing the Sun. Students were able to read about the Sun and write facts about the Sun. Next week we will be introducing basic astronomy concepts. Students will be investigating objects that can be observed in the day and night sky. Students will begin to notice that objects in the sky may change in appearance, and they will also recognize noticeable patterns of the changes observed. We will NOT discuss or cover the different planets in our Solar System.

Next week, we will also talk about the Moon. It's important for students to know that the Moon does not give off its own light. The Moon gets it light from the reflection of the Sun.