Mrs. Waterstredt's weekly newsletter
Week of September 26, 2016
Math- This week we will begin adding large numbers and using estimation. We will then begin subtracting large numbers and learning about the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. Many students need reminders about "borrowing" when they are subtracting. Be on the look out for this when you check your child's homework!
Writing - We are continuing working on drafting Personal Narratives. This week we will use a story mountain to create a clear sequence in our writing. We will learn about using transitional word in our writing (i.e. Next, Suddenly, Finally, etc.). We will end the week by working on the internal parts of our stories (thoughts and feelings).
Science - In our first unit in science we will be learning about ecosystems. This week we will construct our classroom aquariums as we begin to learn how living things depend on each other and non-living things.
Social Studies - This week we will be continue to learn about physical features in the United States. Thank you for sending in your pictures! In the next couple of weeks we will start learning about human characteristics of the U.S., so please send in pictures from trips to the Mackinac Bridge, St. Louis Arch, Mt. Rushmore, The White House, etc.)
Reading- I spent some time last week and will spend some time this week working with students to determine their independent reading level (DRA testing). We will have a guest teacher in our classroom on Tuesday, as I continue to do this. I hope to finish this by Tuesday, and then get right back to our lessons. Our focus for this week will be working on comprehension strategies such as s stopping to re-read to clear up confusion, and figuring out unfamiliar words.
Has your son/daughter talked to you about Morning Meeting? Every morning (except Late Start days) we start the day with a class meeting. We start with a greeting, currently students are learning how to greet each other (eye contact, firm hand shake, smile). Then we have time to share. This week we are talking about positive behaviors in the building and bullying. Finally, we end with an activity. The students love the activities, and I love how they are learning to cooperate, pay fair, and be good sports.
Northwood NightHawk Fun Run
Our PTA is having a Fun Run fundraiser (NightHawk Fun Run) and hopes to raise $18,000. Your child should have received information about it this week in PE class, and brought home information in their green folder. Thank you for supporting our school!
Scholastic Book Orders
The following is a link to our Scholastic Book Club page. This is where you can order books for your child, and help our class earn points to get free books for the classroom!
Service Squad Reminder
As a reminder, members of the service squad and safety patrol need to maintain
a ”3” or “4” in all behavior areas and work habits in order to keep their posts.
Members who earn a “2” or “1” will be placed on probation for the following marking period, as stated in the contract. Please be sure to monitor your child’s planner for missing assignments as well as daily color standing from the class clip charts. Many missing assignments, yellows, oranges, and reds are indicators that the student has areas in need of improvement.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Please click on the link below to sign up for a time.
Math Homework and Remembering Pages
Save this Link! This is a PDF of all of the "Homework and Remembering" Pages. If Fido eats your child's homework, just print off a new page!
Shhhhh... don't tell the students kids, here is a link to the answer key too. This is a great resource to help you check their work each night.
4th Grade Rec Night (1st Semester Service Squad Kids Only)
Parent Teacher Conferences
Nov. 17, 21, 29