From the Classrooms of 23B and 24B

For the Week of Oct. 17th

In this Issue...


Math/Science

Reading/Writing

Google Apps in the Classroom- GoTahoma

Home - School Connection

Calendar of Events

Math/Science - Mrs. Younce

Math last week:
  • We started Unit 2 - this unit is all about multiplication, I can't wait for you to learn all of the fascinating ways we can multiply numbers
This week:

  • We will learn the area model for multiplication and we will start using computers during our math time to explain our thinking

Science focus for this week and last week:

  • we have been learning about structures that animals have for digestion and circulation. See what your child can tell you about these structures.

Reading/Writing - Mrs. Johnson

Reading

Last week:

  • Summarizing a narrative using one of two strategies: Beginning-Middle-End or Problem/Solution
  • Main Idea and theme of a narrative

This week:

  • Identifying the main idea of a non-fiction text
  • Answering questions about an article using evidence from the text
  • Using details from a video (companion to our text) to answer questions about the video

Writing

Last week:

  • Developing the setting of a narrative
  • “Showing” vs. “Telling”” a story – using details including sensory language to paint a picture in the reader’s mind
  • Using precise, descriptive language in our narrative including transitional phrases, vivid verbs, and interesting adjectives

This week:

  • Continuing to write scenes of narratives
  • Insert figurative language into story: similes, metaphors, alliteration, onomatopoeia

Google Apps in the Classroom- GoTahoma

Dear Parents,

As you may know, the district started providing GoTahoma email and apps for education accounts to all students in grades 6 through 12 several years ago. We now roll out GoTahoma in 5th grade. In addition, 3rd and 4th grade teachers can request to use these tools with their students. We're excited to start using the apps with our students in the next couple of weeks. We will be using the Google tools mainly for work in writing and math.

As part of our planning to use these tools with our students, we will be partnering closely with our instructional technology coach to ensure that students learn the important digital citizenship expectations and responsibilities that come with the use of these tools. The GoTahoma Information for Elementary Parents may help you understand the GoTahoma Apps and what they will provide students in our classroom.


If you would like to find out more information about the GoTahoma Apps and their capabilities in a K-12 education environment, please visit http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/k12.html Finally, if you have any questions about how we will be using the tools in our classroom, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Younce

Home- School Connection

New Attendance Incentives

We have two new incentives to help promote regular attendance. Be Here Bucks will be awarded each week for perfect attendance the previous week. This includes arriving on time and staying the whole day. There will be a school-wide drawing each week with a small prize awarded to each student whose name is drawn.

The second incentive will be awarded at the end of each grading period for perfect attendance through the whole trimester. Students will be given a medal for this honor at an assembly.

Calendar of Events

10/17 - Parent Construction Update - Gym B - 6:00pm

10/18 - Parent Meet the Principal night at each elementary school - 6:30-7:30pm

10/18 - Farelli's Fundraiser Night - 5:00-8:00pm

10/20 - ELL/RAP night - Gym B - 6:30-7:30pm