The Classroom Connection
Mrs. Jefferson & Miss Sumpter
September 10, 2015
VIP Folders & Newsletters
Today's VIP Folder should include:
- Scholastic Order Forms - Please make checks payable to "Scholastic" or use our class online code: DVFVH by Friday, 9/18/2015.
- Progress Reports - Please sign and return on tomorrow.
- Graded papers - Please keep at home.
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:
- Read the text once to get an understanding of how it flows.
- Reread and identify unknown words. Use strategies to figure out their meanings.
- Reread; build meaning with what you do know; annotate your thoughts and questions, and underline key vocabulary.
- 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!
READING AT HOME - PLEASE WATCH : )
INVESTIGATING THE RECONSTRUCTION AMENDMENTS
Math and Science w/ Miss Sumpter
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.
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.
Scientists are about to conduct a pendulum test
Scientists are measuring so they can build the standard pendulum
Scientists are setting up their pendulum
Grandparents & Grandfriends Day - 9/11 & 9/14
Friday, Sep. 11th, 12pm
Thursday, Sep. 17th, 6pm
7900 Broad River Road
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