# Parent News

The next weeks leading up to break, we will be focusing on nonfiction reading skills. Our focus will be on understanding nonfiction and how it is a different reading skill than fiction books. The kids will be taught three main questions that help them stop and think as they read nonfiction text. The three questions are, "What Surprises me?", "What did that author think I already knew?", and "What challenged, changed, or confirmed what I knew?" These questions will help students as they move deeper into nonfiction 2nd semester.

Book Reports: Your student may have told you that they are going to be completing a book report. I am assigning it now for them to read and start thinking about what they want to do for the book report. I am leaving the actual way the students present up to them. I have several choices, including: Book in A Box, Timeline Book Project, Shoebox Diorama, Movie Poster, Graphic Chapter book, Collage Book project. I will send home copies of these so that you and your child can make a choice. The book report is do the week of December 14th. If you have questions please let me know.

## Upcoming Week: Writer's Workshop

Students writing will go hand in hand with their reader's workshop work. They will be diving into nonfiction writing. They will choose a topic that they are an 'expert' on and start creating a book with text features. They will become the teachers of this topic. We will work through this for the next three weeks. We will have a celebration of their accomplishments the last week before break. Students will share their stories with each other as well as their 1st grade buddies.

Word study: This week we will focus on words that have the vowel sound of oy as in toy and oi as in coin.

## Upcoming Week: Math Workshop

We are starting our unit of multiplication and division. We will begin with some problem solving to see what the students know and their thought process through multiplication. Students will be introduced to many different strategies to help them solve and understand multiplication, including arrays, repeated addition, equal grouping, number lines, and skip counting. Getting a solid understanding of what multiplication is from the very beginning is important to the process. We will spend time talking, exploring, and practicing with manipulatives as well as with hands on problem solving.

Find online multiplication games. I will be introducing students to a few online resources in the very near future. This is a good one: http://www.hoodamath.com/games/multiplication.html

## Specials Next Week:

M - Music

T - PE

W - Tech (Early Release)

Th - Art

Fri - Music

## Weather

Parents, please note that kids need to bring a jacket to school for outdoor recess. Please remind them to wear their coats, hats, and gloves as our weather continues to get cooler. Thank you.

## Have an amazing week!!

I look forward to a great week of learning together!

## Reaching Mrs. Fitz

Don't forget to ask to follow our class account on Twitter. I post several pictures a week!