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The Week of November 16-20

Reading and Writing

This week we read about the Science of Kindness for our Kindness project. Your child created a "Pay It Forward" note to tell others to pay kindness forward. I used this note to look at their comprehension skills. Be sure to ask your child about why showing kindness makes us feel so well.

During our focus on Native Americas we will continue to identify main ideas and details.

This tends to be a little trickier for kids that I anticipated. As you read with your child at home, please have them tell you the main idea and details of what they are reading or what you read aloud to them.

We will also be reading and writing folktales since these were a large part of Native American culture. Do you and your child have a favorite folk tale? We would love to have you share it with us!

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Readers captivated by the science of kindness.

Context Clues (this past week)

We wanted to give you a glimpse of how we teach a reading strategy and how your children are learning to use the strategies authentically. As opposed to a test, your child writes about the strategy and how it helped them to read and understand what they read.

This week as we focused on context clues, it was great to see learners use those clues or hints to help them read.

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Questions about spelling...

Many of you have asked about spelling.

As you look at the journal entries above you will notice that each misspelled word is not marked as incorrect.

We want there to be a good balance in feeling successful as a writer as well as noticing mistakes and making changes.

Next week, I am going to conference with your child about their commonly misspelled words. We will look for a pattern that will most likely be unique to your child. With time, your child will begin to notice their patterns and begin to make changes.

As opposed to a spelling list, this is an authentic way to identify spelling needs individually. Your child will not need to practice these words at home. Again, this will not be a list. I am using this to bring to their attention while writing at school.


We will work on word problems with division. These are authentic, real world examples that we need to use division to solve. You can easily work with your child at home to point out division in the real world.

For example, if there are 12 cookies and three friends-how many cookies does each friend get?

We will also begin working on perimeter next week.

Finishing up....

Measurement introduction with Hooks Project (1/4, 1/2, whole inch)

Analyzing graphs that we created from Can Project data.

Math Review

  • The Commutative Property - If I know that 4 x 3 = 12, then I also know that 3 x 4 = 12. The order of the factors does not matter.
  • The Associative Property - If I have to multiply 2 x 4 x 3 = _____, then I know that I can first multiply 2 x 4 = 8 and then 8 x 3 = 24. Or, I can first multiply 4 x 3 = 12, and then 12 x 2 and I will still get 24. The way that I group the factors does not matter.
  • The Distributive Property - I can use this property to figure out multiplication problems that may be too difficult or that I haven't committed to memory yet. When I use this property I can "break apart" one of the factors into small parts and then "distribute" the first factor. For example, if I don't know 6 x 9, then I can break the 9 into 5 + 4. Then I can figure out 6 x 5 (which is 30) and 6 X 4 (which is 24) and add the two products together to get the answer. 30 + 24 = 54, so 6 X 9 = 54. Once students understand this process, they can figure out problems such as 7 x 15 = ____ before learning the traditional algorithm. Most often, students will use this property to figure out an unknown math fact by thinking of the fact that is one less and adding on another group. For example, I don't know 6 x 5, but I know 5 x 5 is 25 so I simply need to add on another 5.

The Hook Project

Some of our learners are working with learners from Community 5 and 6 to determine the appropriate height and placement for backpack hooks throughout the school.

This year, learners will learn how to measure to the nearest 1/4, 1/2, and whole inch.

The hooks project has been an authentic way to practice measuring.

We have been impressed with our learners' problem solving skills. Many of their yardsticks and measuring tapes were not long enough to measure some of the learners from the older communities. See the pictures and notes below to see how learners solved the problem.

We are beginning to see more resilience in problem solving. Learners are becoming aware of the need to push through when things are tough and look towards a solution.

We will send a paper copy (Smore) home until January. In January, we will only send digital copies. Look for the link to the digital copy in FreshGrade announcements and through e-mail.

The Can Project

We completed a mini project out of Community Two's project, "Socktober".

Learners have been creating bar graphs and pictographs from raw data.

Learners will use their own graphs to analyze and draw conclusions from the data.

We want learners to be able to see a graph and answer questions based on the information in the graph.

We can use the information to know how much we contributed as a community. We can also analyze what type of food was the most popular and least popular. Learners are beginning to understand why analyzing data is important. We can't stop at the answer-we need to draw conclusions.

The Kindness Project

Today is World Kindness Day!

We have been on the announcements this week to let PRS know we need to act kindly TODAY and EVERYDAY!

We created quotes about kindness to post around PRS as well as a video to show kindness.

We are also asking other communities to send pictures of learners acting kindly--we want to make a video of all of kindness around PRS! We are proud of our Patriots!

PART OF OUR KINDNESS PROJECT: reading comprehension, working together and sharing opinions with others (choosing quote and working in groups)

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The Native American Project

Our next project will focus on the early people of Alabama. Learners will study the prehistoric and historic Native American cultures, governments, and economics. With this project, we want learners to examine the Native Americans of Alabama, describe their way of life, and learn from the mark they left on history.

This topic will also allow us to look some "bigger ideas" in history such as, why we study the past, "how" we learn about the past, and how a history is passed from generation to generation. These ideas will drive our project as we ask students to, first, study these early people and then design a project to communicate this knowledge with others. Stay tuned to see where this takes us!

Raptor Center

We enjoyed the Raptor Center from Auburn University this past Monday. They taught us about the raptors in our very own "neck of the woods".
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The birds that were brought from the Raptor Center have been rescued and treated by the Raptor Center. We were very impressed by this!

Veteran's Day

We all enjoyed speakers for Veteran's day. Some of us wrote letters to Veterans and sent them to Veteran's Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Cobb offered to take letters to the Veterans, and we jumped at the opportunity. What a simple way to give back to those who have done SO MUCH for us!

Huge thanks to Major Baggett (Mrs. Baggett's husband) and Technical Sergeant Jackson (Abigail Jackson's dad) for speaking to our classes. They were phenomenal.

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Come Support Our Patriots!

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Lunch and Breakfast Menus

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