Cook Chronicles

Welcome Back

I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL break! While I really enjoyed my break, I am so ready to be back at school. We will be setting goals for the remainder of the year and reviewing expectations and procedures when we return.

Fluency Maintenance

Mastering and maintaining the basic addition, multiplication, subtraction and division facts is extremely important. Therefore all teachers are being asked to change how they progress monitor fact mastery. Starting this semester, rather than taking 5 minute fact tests, students will be meeting with me periodically for fact interviews. During these interviews they will be asked to answer different facts as well as periodically tell me how they thought through an answer. Those they are unable to answer correctly or take too long to answer will be added to their practice rings. Each day, students will spend a little time practicing these 5 to 10 facts with a partner. When they feel they've mastered the facts I will meet with them to interview again. The benefits of this are reduced stress/anxiety from the timed tests and I gain stronger knowledge of your child as a mathematical thinker. Students will be meeting with me every 1 - 2 weeks for an interview.

What's Happening This Week

· Writer's Workshop:

The students will be writing about their Winter Break. We will also be reviewing the parts of a friendly letter and will be writing back to our pen pals.

We will begin our Narrative Nonfiction read aloud, Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again. While I am reading we will identify facts heard during the read aloud. We will also generate questions about dolphins based on a picture that is shown to them. We will compare the features of an Informational Text and a Narrative Nonfiction.

· Math Workshop:

We will be discussing perimeter. We will find the perimeter of various polygons. We will also find the length of a missing side when we know the perimeter and length on one side.

· Social Studies:

We will be sharing our Woodland Indians posters to the class.

Homework:

Specials Classes this Week

Monday: Teacher Work Day

Tuesday: Computer

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Music

Friday: PE

Library Check Out is on Tuesday!

Upcoming CRES Events

January 5th - 7:00 PTO Meeting - Focus on HSE21 with Dr. Combs.

January 15th - Early release day for staff development

January 18th - Martin Luther King Day - No school

February 15th - President's Day - No school

February 16th - Flex Day - Weather permitting

ISTEP and IREAD dates to be determined. I'll pass those dates along as soon as I know.