Room 113 News November 13th

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Our class has been studying non-fiction. First, we focused on how nonfiction readers are always growing their knowledge around topics and practiced different strategies around how to do this. Next, we spent a week learning about the "lingo" of nonfiction books. Students practiced identifying keywords and using different approaches to figuring out their meanings. Our closing activity in our study of nonfiction lingo was a screen cast in which student identified new terms in a nonfiction text and then used them in context. This project should have been in your email inbox on Thursday. Today, we spent some time learning about and practicing the "cover and slide" decoding strategy. This helps nonfiction readers figure out tricky words while they are reading.


Our study of poetry will come to a close next week. Students have been writing multi-page odes to topics of their choice. Our class has learned about and practiced these poetic devices:







Students have incorporated many of these strategies along with illustration strategies into their books. We will have several lessons about how poets read their work before students record their final projects. Look for them in your inbox next week!


We have concluded our study of solids and liquids. On Tuesday, our class visited Mr. Gowdy's 9th grade science classroom where high school students prepared demonstrations to answer questions 2nd graders asked about solids and liquids during our last visit.

1. Why do bubbles come out of Coke, but not tap water?

2. Why can’t we see gases in the air? Are there some gases we can see? Is smoke a gas?

3. Does the same thing always happen when two liquids are mixed?

4. What liquids are used in the lava lamp and how does it work?

5. How come sometimes when water falls from the sky it is rain, or hail, or snow?

6. Is it possible to make a solid turn right into a gas?


In math, we have brought unit 3 to a close by sharing our use of strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems. Student were allowed to choose which problems they wanted to solve and were also allowed to choose which strategy. We spent one day on addition and one day on subtraction. You should have received both of your child's projects in your inbox. These projects are very telling in terms of where you child is in his/her use of strategies and level of sophistication. Our class has practiced more advanced strategies requiring quick fact recall and deep understanding of place value. We will be starting a new unit of study next week. Please read the information below if you are interested.
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Thank you Mr. McRobbie for coming and reading a story to our class! If you would like to read to the class, please contact Mr. Hagen.

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Ms. Kersey Visits Room 113

This week, Ms. Kate visited our class to talk about a new poster we get to hang in our classroom to remind us about our right to feel safe. This poster reminds us that if we feel unsafe or uncomfortable, we must say stop, get away, and tell an adult.

Ms. Kate taught us about safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches. We looked at pictures to learn the difference between these kinds of touches. We learned that we should never keep secrets about touching problems, especially touching problems that involve our private body parts. We learned that these parts are the parts that are covered by our bathing suits and they are called breasts, vagina and bottom for girls, and penis and bottom for boys.

We discussed what we would do if someone was touching us in a way that we didn’t want or was unsafe. We talked about many safe people we could tell about a touching problem.

If you have questions about this lesson, please do feel free to contact Ms. Kate for more information. You can email her at katek@ or you can call her at 02 963 5800
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