## WHAT'S NEW? (February 5th, 2016)

Hi Families,

The students had an exciting and fun-filled week. They learned their parts for the musical, enjoyed the PTO sponsored Pizza Day, experimented with gravity, and welcomed Mrs. M back today. We also did some learning. :)

Parent/Teacher Conferences are next week. If you have not had a chance to fill out the Parent/Teacher Conference survey, please take a minute to do that before our conference. This will help get some of the "housekeeping" items out of the way so that we can maximize our time together. The link is below. I look forward to seeing all of you next week.

Since next week is very short, there will be NO new Spelling and Vocabulary words.

Have a nice weekend,
Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Mirza

Read below to see what has been going on in Room 201.

## Math

This week in Math, the students applied adding and subtracting decimals to real world problems. They ordered food off a menu, and then calculated the tax and tip. If you are out to eat with your child, ask him/her to figure out the tip for your bill. If the receipt is brought to school, I will give them extra credit. (That's a good excuse to go out to eat!)

They also learned about conversions in the customary system and the metric system. They played a match up game on conversions and once they became proficient, they played a memory game. If you have not had a chance to play this game with your child, go ahead and test your knowledge of measurements.

The students watched a few BrainPop videos (below) to help them understand the different systems.

Next week: Chapter8B test on Tuesday.

## Writer's Workshop

This week in Writer's Workshop, the students learned about standard proofreading marks and their meaning. They practiced using them by proofreading a paragraph to find errors and correct the marks.
The mentor sentence this week was, "The first drops plop down big, making dust dance all round us." The students identified the part of speech for each word, the type of sentence, and independent clauses.

This week in Reader's Workshop, the students practiced identifying the different text structures. They read passages on bubble gum and also on presidents (in honor of President's Day coming up soon) to help them determine which structure the author used to create the piece of writing.

Next Friday the students will vote for a favorite Rebecca Caudill nominee. There were encouraged to read three or more before the vote. The winner will be announced next month.

## Science

This week in Science, the students looked at pictures on Instagram from the various space sites that we follow. They watched a video about gravity on the moon and seeing which would fall faster, a hammer or a feather. Watch the video to find out.
Feather & Hammer Drop on Moon

## Science Lab

This week in Science Lab, the students used a pendulum to discover how gravity affects the speed and motion of falling objects. They worked to find if adding weight to the pendulum would effect how fast it swings and does a longer pendulum swing faster. Want to know the answers? Then be sure to ask your child.

They also learned about launching a satellite into orbit around the Earth. In order to stay in orbit, a satellite has to be launched with just the right amount of energy. They used a ramp and marbles to practice this by balancing the forces of launch energy versus gravity. They recorded and graphed their results. They learned that several trials were needed to find the most accurate distance.

## Second Step (Social Emotional Lessons)

This week's topic in our SEL progam was "Resisting Revenge". Revenge-seeking behaviors are likely to escalate peer conflicts. Students discussed identifying and thinking through the negative consequences of revenge. They practiced applying the strategies from our learning how to calm down lessons. The goal is to reduce peer conflicts.

Mrs. Mowrey came in to talk with the students about effective communication. She discussed that there are two types of communication that we do each day: verbal and non-verbal. The students played a game of "telephone" to show how words can be misconstrued and often lost in translation. They also played Charades to practice nonverbal communication.

## Upcoming Events/Reminders

• Tuesday, February 9th
• Valentine's Day Party (2:45)

• Wednesday, February 10th
• Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:30-7:30)

• Thursday, February 11th
• 12:00 Dismissal
• Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00-8:00)

• Friday, February 12th
• NO SCHOOL

• Sunday, February 14th
• Valentine's Day

• Monday, February 15th
• NO SCHOOL - President's Day

* Our new read aloud, The One and Only Ivan
* The Food Network in Spanish
* Our "Pencil Challenge"
* Mrs. M talking about Pakistan
* Musical parts
* "Line em up, up, up!"
* Pizza Day

## WEEKLY VOCABULARY

NO vocabulary next week.