January 15, 2016
What's Happening This Week?
· Writer's Workshop: Persuasive Writing - Students will be writing a letter to you trying to persuade you in some way. We will begin by exploring different topics, looking at persuasive word choice, and then begin building compelling arguments with supporting evidence.
· Reader's Workshop: We will be looking at different nonfiction text to find author's opinion and the different arguments they use and how they support those arguments with evidence.
Word Study: We will continue our grammar study of adverbs looking at what the adverbs mean and how they modify verbs. We will continue to add to our class list of adverbs. The following week, we will use the adverbs we've found as a base for creating our spelling lists.
· Math Workshop: We begin learning about area and reviewing perimeter this week.
· Science: Students will continue exploring the 6 different simple machines - wedge, inclined plane, wheel and axle, lever, pulley, and screw.
Questions for Reading
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 Going on Here at Cumberland Road Elementary School?
Upcoming CRES Events
January 18th - Martin Luther King Day - No school
February 3rd - Global Play Day - details coming soon
February 5th - Author Kevin Kammeraad visits
February 5th - Early Release Day
February 8-12th - Kindness Week
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.
Lunch Visits and Background Checks
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