Jan. 6-10th

News from Mrs. C's Room

Tidbits From the Teacher

Welcome to 2014!

The class was so happy to see each other this morning when we started our day. I believe everyone looks just a bit older or taller than they did when they left me two weeks ago! It felt good to hug everyone and start our day off with some dessert reading this morning. It's good to be back!

Things to Do/Remember:

1. Remind your child to wear our class shirt on Fridays!!

2. Homework and XtraMath fact fluency starts back up today.

Class Wish List

-any books (picture or chapter) that you are no longer reading at home

Dates to Remember

Jan. 15th: Mrs. C is absent all day

Jan. 20th: MLK Jr. Holiday- no school

What We'll Be Learning...

Math: This week we will begin our review and exploration of fractions. This unit will be three weeks long and we’ll start by deciding fair shares then focus on halves, fourths, and eighths using a variety of models. While this seems quite simple, students are sometimes unsure of how to create the most efficient model of a fraction when asked.

Reading & Writing: Get ready to dive into some serious culture study! For the next few weeks, our students will be researching through Culture Grams (online resource), different cultural traditions from around the world. Each day, our class will focus on one country’s customs, fill out anchor charts, read various fiction and non-fiction books and develop an All About book on a favorite culture of study.

Science: Students will be observing and describing rocks by size, texture and color. During this lesson students will be grouped into teams where they will be describing a unique rock selected by the group in a Rock Report. Using describing characteristics in a Rock Report the other students will match the rock with the written descriptions in the report. Finally the groups will reveal the written descriptions with the unique rocks. Students may bring in a favorite rock or a rock collection this week!!

Grammar: We'll be learning about nouns this week!