# Sanchez Class Newsletter

## WHAT'S NEW? (October 9, 2015)

Hi Parents,

It's been a great week full of many accomplishments. We completed our unit on The Revolutionary War and will switch to our Science unit on Ecology starting next week.

Student Council is sponsoring a Halloween Costume Drive to donate used costumes to "Donations for Dress Up" in Illinois. If you have any old costumes sitting in your attic or garage, please consider donating them to children of need. There are boxes set up in the atrium for drop off. They will be collecting costumes from October 13-16.

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for Parent Teacher Conferences. I look forward to talking to you about your child and his/her progress.

Enjoy your long weekend,
Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Mirza

## Math

This week in math, the students worked on the following concepts:
* Multi-digit multiplication.
* Looking for patterns when dividing by 10, 100, 1,000.
* Finding compatible numbers to estimate a quotient.
* Break apart divisors that are multiples of 100 or 1,000. (Associative Property)
* Review of dividing using the conventional algorithm .

While reviewing the steps to long division, the students used the mnemonic device, "Does McDonald's Serve Cheeseburgers" to help them navigate through the process. It stands for Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Check, Bring down. We will continue to practice this next week.

Math Antics Multi-Digit Multiplication (Part 2)

Next week: Continue Chapter 2 - Order of Operations and applying multiplication and division to real-world problems.

## Social Studies

After about a year of fighting in the Revolutionary War, the Second Continental Congress decided it was time to officially declare their independence from Britain. The students learned about the purpose of Declaration of Independence and it's meaning. They recognized some of the signatures on the document, especially John Hancock's. They became familiar with the famous words, "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Did you know that two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, later became U.S. presidents?

## Writer's Workshop

In Writer's Workshop this week, the students continued to read picture books to try to read like a writer. They listened carefully to try to identify what good authors add to their writing to make it interesting. This week we read the books, Dream Weaver, Grandfather's Journey, and Saturday and Teacakes. The crafts identified in these books were, long and short sentences, reflection at the end, and the how they can write about any memory by adding specific details to make it interesting.

Next week: Writing their own Memoir.

This week in Reader's Workshop, the students reviewed the Sign Posts that they learned so far and worked on identifying them in their reading.

We spent time in the library learning about a research project on Ecology. The students learned how to evaluate a website by identifying the ABC's.
A = Authority. Is the author a well-regarded name you recognize? Does the website contain a biography and/or a contact address? What type of site is it? (.edu, .gov, .org, .com)

B = Bias. Is the site trying to sway your opinion? Sell something?

C = Currency. How up to date is the information on the site? Do the links attached work?

## Second Step Learning (SEL)

This week in the Second Step program, the students worked on predicting feelings. We want to be able to predict how people might feel in different situations, so that we can be respectful and have empathy towards them. The students worked with a partner and practiced predicting each others feelings by participating in several different activities.

Next week: Taking Others' Perspective

## Upcoming Events/Reminders

• Wednesday, October 21st
• Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:30-7:30)

• Thursday, October 22nd
• Half Day of School- Noon Dismissal
• Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00-8:00)

• Friday, October 23rd
• NO SCHOOL