December 4th, 2015
"Multiplication Table" Wall
We got a great start on our Multiplication Wall!! We are going up to 12x12 so that's 144 spaces to fill with representations of arrays. We are doing pretty good on some of the smaller numbers, but we need to keep our eyes open for larger numbers and larger arrays.
We will show different representations of multiplication on our wall: the area model, arrays, number lines, equal groups, and repeated addition. If your student sees any representations of multiplication around your house or around town take a picture of it, or have them draw a representation of the multiplication they found and we can add it to our multiplication wall.
1-12 x 1-4
We are doing pretty good on factors from 1-8
1-12 x 5 - 9
We are still looking for some of the bigger factors
1 - 12 x 8 - 12
And the largest factors can be hard to find around. . . keep looking!
Writer's and Reader's Workshop: Most students were able to complete a rough draft of their Hippo and Tortoise reports this week. I will be looking at rough draft this weekend and we will do revisions next week during writer's workshop. In Reader's workshop we will be focusing on our Opinion Unit for the remainder of the semester.
Math Workshop: We will be moving from our strategy of using patterns to learn multiplication facts to using known facts to learn multiples.
Social Studies: We will wrap up our Unit on How our Communities change over time.
We will complete our classroom timeline this week.
Winter Program: Mark you calendar!
Students should read for 30 minutes each night.
10-15 minutes of math:
Please continue to have students bring in or email me examples of arrays they find in their world. To avoid misconceptions make sure the examples you are discussing have EQUAL GROUPS with EQUAL SIZES in each group.
The MobyMax website is a good supplement to student studying as well https://www.mobymax.com/signin
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If there is ever a transportation change for your child please send your child into school with a note, or contact the office by 2:00 pm. I must have a note from you or the office stating a transpiration change. If I do not receive a note I will send your child home the usual way.
Snacks and Lunch
Snack: Students will be allowed to bring a snack in the morning since our lunch time is later in the day. Snacks need to be healthy and nutritious. Please refrain from bringing items with tree nuts due to allergies. Students can also bring a bottle of water to school each day.
Lunch: We will eat lunch each day from 1:05-1:35 in the cafeteria. Your child may eat school lunch or bring his or her lunch from home. Lunch options this year are hot lunch, turkey sandwich, peanut butter & jelly, chef salad, or pizza pack.
Lunch Visits and Background Checks
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