Staying In-the-Know

with Mrs. Drayton

Dutch Fork Elementary

The Academy of Environmental Sciences, Title I



Thanks so much for all of the support we have received in the past few weeks! It has been such a busy time as we completed environmental fair projects and prepared to showcase our work! Please know that your partnership and commitment is not overlooked. Also, it was great to see so many families at Tag of Honor. We appreciate ALL of the time you make space for to support the learning that happens at school in your homes.


We are beginning our book clubs on Monday. This involves LOTS of tracking our thinking. If possible, could you send some sticky notes for us to use.

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Since the break, we have had a focus on supporting our knowledge with information from our notes, texts, or experiences in writing. For some this is natural, for others this is a skill that has not yet become habit. We spent a day reviewing our own responses and noticing patterns, strengths and weaknesses. As we move forward, I am excited about the growth your children will make as they continue to develop ways to justify their thinking. At times we are having to remind ourselves to embrace the challenges we face. It is only by facing the difficulties that we will learn and grow. If your child shows interest in redoing an assignment, please encourage them to do so and to submit the revised work to me as soon as possible.

Also, we have begun a new unit of writing: Argumentative/Persuasive Writing. This has been very exciting for us! This unit began with a 50 minute pre-assessment addressing a prompt. It was wonderful to see that your children already have a strong foundation at what makes a piece of writing an opinion. At this point, we have already addressed how to move further to make the piece argumentative. We crafted a Top 10 Topics to Argue list...which is always fun!! From there, we have moved to view commercials. Commercials have proven to be an extremely exciting method of looking at persuasive tactics. We used our analysis of persuasive techniques in commercials to think about how we can also be persuasive as writers. Don't be surprised if you start seeing some persuasive letters coming your way or hear your child making some strong arguments ;-).

U.S. History

Our World War I unit continues to bring a lot of excitement. We spent time sharing what we THINK we know and continue to read and discuss to address misconceptions and confirm understandings. Parents, we would love for YOU to share any information that you have. Feel free to email me anything that you would like shared with the class or send information through your child. It is so important for us to hear multiple perspectives of accounts in history. Thanks in advance!

Also, your child has been taking his or her own notes. We are coming back together to jot down class notes at the end of the day. Please check your child's SS notebook. If it seems that something is missing feel free to send me an email.

Extra credit opportunities continue throughout the nine weeks. If your child is interested, he or she can email the scores from Brainpop quizzes that connect to our unit of study.

Congrats District Science Fair Winners! 1st Place!!

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District Fair Participants

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Focused on Our Writing

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