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Why Student-Led Conferences?
This is an important time of the year to check-in with your child about his/her work, identify strengths and areas of need, and set goals for next quarter. Please be sure to arrive on time so you have the full 30 minutes to discuss your child's work. I will send confirmation letters home with your child about your scheduled conference time. If there is a conflict, please let me know as soon as possible so we can reschedule.
My hope for you is that you see how this is one of the most powerful days in our school year for your child. This conference empowers students to take ownership, responsibility, and accountability for their education progress and goals. Personally, it is one of my favorite days of the school year! If you want to read more about the power of student-led conferences, please read this blog. Also, be sure to watch the video below.
Try This At Home ...
Reflect on a time you, your child, and/or your family has used teamwork, and discuss your thoughts. What makes a successful team? What makes an unsuccessful team? What skills do you have that your team needs? How can you be sure to make your contribution to your team?
Next week, we begin book clubs in our classroom! The students are VERY excited about this. The novels they can choose from have similar character development and/or themes to them as Hatchet, so we will spend time comparing ideas across texts.
Mounds State Park
Visit Mounds State Park's Archaeology Day on Saturday September 26, 2015 from 12pm to 3pm. Archaeologist from Ball State University will be conducting an active dig that you can observe, bring artifacts for identification and enjoy family oriented activities. But you can celebrate all month long. Check out the webpage for activities happening across the state. This is an AWESOME way to connect authentic learning to our Unit 2 Social Studies unit.
Mounds State Park
Next Week's Set List (September 21-25)
Week at a Glance/Skills for the Week:
LITERACY – We finished Hatchet, and the overall class rating was 4.5 stars! Wow! Many of them have chosen to read Brian's Winter already. In the last two weeks before Fall Break, we continue to explore characters in stories, and will transfer our understanding about fictional characters by writing blog posts that connect to our personal lives. How can understanding characters help us understand people? How can we use our character analysis skills to improve personal relationships?
WRITING – We will wrap up our writing unit on narratives, focusing on developing realistic, believable characters who overcome authentic struggles. We have been improving our ability to use descriptive language to describe the setting and characters. We have also been taking risks by including literary devices in our writing, by mimicking mentor authors such as Gary Paulsen.
MATH – We finis up Unit 3, focusing on geometry and data. Students are practicing interpreting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from different forms of data. The test is scheduled for Thursday, October 1st.
SPELLING – No spelling again until after Fall Break! :)
SCIENCE – No Science this week.
SOCIAL STUDIES – We continue unit 2 in Social Studies, which investigates Indiana's early natives. Essential Questions to explore: How did the Native Americans adapt and use land features? How do people handle conflict? How do different groups influence others?
TIPS - We will use Time for Kids magazines to explore nonfiction text features.
September 30th: Early Release Day, 2:55pm Dismissal
October 1st and 6th: Early Release for Conferences, 12:40pm Dismissal
October 2nd: Field Trip money and permission slips due
October 10th-25th: Fall Break