## Kindergarten Buddies

We have been working hard coaching our Kindergarten Buddies to become great writers. We are teaching them to stretch words out, use capitals at the beginning of sentences, and periods at the end of each sentence. The buddies published their first book at the end of February. We had an Author's Celebration where they shared their stories. We have documented the Writing Process through pictures and videos. We are excited to unveil the video at the April Community Meeting.

### Tatem School-APR

Please join us as we show Tatem School our Video of Buddy Time and The Writing Process!

## TATEM'S OPEN HOUSE

Do you wonder what your children do during the day while at school? Tatem School is opening their doors for the entire family to see. Please join us, as everyone at Tatem, showcase all the hard work and learning that happens each and everyday! 3L will even have a virtual bulletin board displayed. A How-To Newsletter will be sent early next week to make sure your family can view our Auras. You can download Aurasma for free.

## Journey's Jargon

We are deep into Unit 4. We will actually finish this unit at the end of next week. We have worked on a variety of skills over the last few cycles. We have read a mix of nonfiction and fiction texts.

We have spent our time reviewing GRAPHIC AND TEXT FEATURES. We reminded ourselves that authors use many different ways to inform the reader. The use of these features are mostly seen in Nonfiction texts. We reexamined ASKING QUESTIONS and SUMMARIZING while reading.

Verbs, verbs, and more verbs have been reviewed and extended. We discussed BEING VERBS as well as IRREGULAR VERBS.

Our vocabulary strategies have included another look at PREFIXES and CATEGORIZE AND CLASSIFY.

## MATH MOMENTS

UNIT 7:

We extended our learning of multiplication. We learned how to multiply by 10s, 100s, 1,000s easily. We will use this knowledge when we dive into Unit 9 in the very near future. They did a very good job conceptually and continue to be strong during Mental Math. However, we are still in need of FACT POWER of the MULTIPLICATION FACTS. It's imperative they know the facts because will be moving into two digit by two digit multiplication at the end of next week.

UNIT 8:

We have reexamined our knowledge of fractions. The unit began will basic fraction concepts. This unit has allowed us to have a hands-on approach to investigate equivalent fractions. We have a strong understanding but will continue to review fractions the rest of the year. Please ask your child what a MIXED FRACTION is.

## CHEMICAL REACTIONS

We are well into our 3rd unit in Science. This one is, by far, the BEST science unit. We are investigating household white powdery products. The five products are a mystery to the children. We have investigated their different properties as an introduction to the unit. There were rumblings of what they thought the products were. We have completed two small experiments-one with water and the other with vinegar. We had some exciting reactions when we mixed one of the products with vinegar. We will continue to experiment with different liquids with finally making predictions what each product is at the end of the unit. Stay tuned to find out what these products are!

## Please note these upcoming events:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 -Community Meeting-10am

Bake Sale-3pm

Thursday, April 10, 2014-Tatem Open House-6:30-8:00

Monday, April 14, 2014-Snow Make Up Day-Day 1

Tuesday, April 15, 2014-Snow Make Up Day-Day 3

Wednesday, April 16, 2014-Snow Make Up Day-Day 1

Monday, April 21, 2014-Snow Make Up Day-Day 5

Tuesday, April 22, 2014-Dine Out for Tatem

Saturday, April 26, 2014-Tatem Fair

Tuesday, April 29, 2014-Dine Out for Tatem-SPECIAL NIGHT AT WHOLE HOG CAFE