# The Mustang Stampede

## Math

We have finished up our study of data collection, organization, and graphing with pictographs and bar graphs. We are now working on measurement. Students must be able to measure objects to the nearest inch, half-inch, and centimeter using a standard ruler. They will also have to find the perimeter of an object or shape.

We will be beginning fractions soon. Students must be able to identify fractions of a set, fractional parts of a whole object, equivalent fractions (with a model), and compare/order fractions given a model. We will be doing some fun, hands-on activities with fractions, including Pizza Fractions, which will require some parent help (Nov. 25, 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). If you're interested in helping with that activity, please let me know as soon as possible.

Fluency: We are completing our review of subtraction facts and will begin multiplication soon. We will begin with 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.

## Science

We have been learning about forces and types of energy, such as light energy, heat energy, and magnetism. We will continue our physical science study Thursday with a visit from the TAMU Chemistry Road Show.

## Reading / Language Arts / Spelling

Reading: We are moving into the non-fiction genre study. Within this context, we will be focusing on deeper thinking strategies such as main idea, summary, and drawing conclusions to name a few. We appreciate all the work you do at home with them, as reading out of school is hugely important. To help comprehension, try asking your child some questions about their books during or after reading.

Writing: We have broken apart the sentence and are now focusing on composing complete and meaningful paragraphs. We will set our sights on being specific, adding meaningful details, and staying within the topic.

Spelling: We are continuing the word study program. It seems the students are improving with the new curriculum. You will be seeing more cluster patterns now that we completed basic vowel sounds.

## Social Studies

Social Studies often coincides with the reading program. Therefore, our focus project will be non-fiction biographies on famous people in our world community. Details on the project will be sent out in a parent letter soon.

## Dates to Remember

Nov. 7 Enrichment Day - Chemistry Road Show

Nov. 8 End of Grading Period

Nov. 12 GP Spirit Night @ Potato Shack 5-8 p.m.

Nov. 13 Sing-A-Long, Early Release 12:45 , November Birthday Celebrations

Nov. 14 Class Celebrations / Awards Assembly 2:00 p.m.

Nov. 25 Spelling Bee

Nov. 27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 13 Mustang Market 2nd-4th