The Classroom Connection

September 10, 2015

Today's VIP Folder should include:

1. Scholastic Order Forms - Please make checks payable to "Scholastic" or use our class online code: DVFVH by Friday, 9/18/2015.
2. Progress Reports - Please sign and return on tomorrow.

Literacy & Social Studies w/ Mrs. Jefferson

For the first few weeks of school, reading instruction mainly focused on reading for meaning and revisiting the various strategies readers can use to figure out unknown words they encounter when reading independently. This week, our historians began trying out the "close reading" strategy with informational texts about Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the Reconstruction time period. Here are the steps I modeled and they began to try out:

1. Read the text once to get an understanding of how it flows.
2. Reread and identify unknown words. Use strategies to figure out their meanings.
3. Reread; build meaning with what you do know; annotate your thoughts and questions, and underline key vocabulary.
4. Determine the gist or the main idea of the text.

Reading closely is a very effective way to achieve deep comprehension, and it will help your child gain more meaning when reading informational texts. We will continue to practice this as they continue to encounter more complex texts.

During Writer's Workshop, we are living as poets. First, we immersed ourselves with reading "I Am From" poems. Next, we noticed and named the characteristics of this type of poem. Then, the students worked together to create a rubric for how they wanted their poems to sound and look. Throughout the week, we've been drafting our poems and giving each other constructive feedback. Today, students will share their poems with the class and use their rubrics to self assess. I must say working with your children as they created their poems has been a delightful experience! This process has given us an opportunity to uncover a lot more about each other while celebrating our differences!

Scholastic: It's an Idea Space!

Math and Science w/ Miss Sumpter

Math

As Mathematicians we are currently getting ready to end Chapter 1 in our math book. The question we explored throughout this chapter was, how does the position of a digit in a number relate to its value? Chapter 1 was filled with lots of information about Place Value. During Math Workshop we learned how to use place value to compare decimals, write decimals in expanded form, and solve problems. We also started a new math ritual, called the Number of the Day. Please ask your mathematician what we do with our Number of the Day. Next week we will start Chapter 5 in our math book. Chapter 5 is centered on Adding and Subtracting Decimals. Our first Test in Math will be next Tuesday, September 15.

Science

Variables, Variables, and Variables! As Scientists we have been investigating variables and how they affect a scientific test. We started off our investigation by building pendulums. While building our pendulums, we tested how we could use variables to change the number of swings a pendulum made in 15 seconds. We used independent and dependent variables to perform a scientific investigation. Within our investigation scientists also learned the importance of collecting and charting data. Our next unit of study in Science is landforms and oceans.

DFES Cafeteria

Grandparents and Grandfriends are invited to enjoy lunch with their favorite Fox Cub! Please complete the form that was sent home to let us know if a guest will be attending in order to have enough lunch for everyone! Adult lunches are \$3.65. To make things easier on our guests the day of the event, advance payment is encouraged. If you have misplaced your reservation form, you can find one under the In The News Section of our webpage. Visit www.lexrich5.org/dutchfork.cfm to see the menu for each day and check exactly what time each class goes to lunch. In conjunction with Grandparents and Grandfriends Day, we are having a donation drive for the Lowman Home retirement community. We will be collecting toiletries and socks in addition to items made by students. Residents especially love hand-made items! Handmade items may include, but are not limited to, small painted flower pots, picture frames and beaded bracelets. Items may be turned in to homeroom teachers. Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 6pm

Irmo, SC

We invite families to join us on Curriculum Night to witness firsthand from your children how they are learning as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists and historians. 3rd – 5th grade Curriculum Night will be held Thursday, September 17, from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Curriculum Night Agenda:

6:00 – 6:15: Welcome - Mini Theater

6:15-7:15: Your child will be your guide in his or her classrooms