September 24, 2015
Sept. 25 (Fri) - Interims go home
Sept. 28 (Mon) - Dr. Doug Science Session
Sept. 30 (Wed) - Picture Day; Beta Club Induction & Reception 1:45
Oct. 2 (Fri) - Moms Make a Difference
Oct. 8 (Thurs) - Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct. 12 (Mon) - Parent Teacher Conferences
Oct. 22 (Thurs) - End of 1st 9 weeks; Early Release
Oct. 23 (Fri) - Hero Hustle Fund Raiser
Oct. 27 (Tues) - PBIS Ice Cream Social (30 hands)
Oct. 29 (Thurs) - Report cards go home
Oct. 30 (Fri) - Pumpkin Investigations in our classroom (more info coming...4-5 adults & several supplies needed)
Social Studies: We will begin our Native American unit next week. Please keep an eye out for the Native American research project information packet soon.
Reading: We had our first Socratic Seminar of the school year on Wednesday. I was impressed with your children! I actually had goosebumps at one point. We used our TFK magazines as the text. Speaking of TFK, I had three children this week that needed to borrow a magazine. I realized today that I need to make sure that you, the parents, understand the policy that I have about this. The children were informed on the day that I handed out the first magazine.
Your child may borrow a magazine one time in the school year, because I realize that everybody has a bad day/week at some point. However, I need your child to learn to be responsible for keeping up with and bringing the appropriate materials to class. Because of this, if they come to class on quiz day without their magazine beyond the first time, they will take the quiz without a magazine. This doesn't usually happen, but when it does it is a good teaching time. This one bad grade alone will not mean a bad 9 weeks grade. Most children are still grieved over seeing that bad grade in their Thursday folder. It tends to be a tough love sort of moment. :-(
In Writing, we've worked hard this week on tweaking topics, finding books for resources, and some children have moved on to looking for information from a website. We've also worked on the organization of the information book so that their note-taking can be more intentional.
In Science, this week we have worked on observations using our senses and discussed qualitative versus quantitative observations. Tomorrow, we will wrap up our observations with some qualitative observations and predictions. We are working our way to being able to work through the entire Scientific Method in a fun classroom experiment.
In Math, this week have worked on identifying numbers based on certain clues or attributes. We are also trying to solidify the different between factors and multiples. Some words that you can use at home to help with this are, "Factors are few, Multiplies are Many". Factors are the number itself or smaller. Multiples are the number itself or greater.