## HI PARENTS,

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the nice, long break. We are back into the swing of things, and had a busy week! On Tuesday, Mrs. Able showed a video in the auditorium to remind us of our hallway expectations. The students enjoyed watching many of our teachers act out "What NOT to do" and "What TO do." It was a fun video and great reminder for the new year!

Before break we had a wonderful holiday party. The students enjoyed making holiday cards, eating cookies, and playing BINGO. A special thank you to Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Kenny, and Mrs. Jang for planning the party and making it such a success. Be sure to check out the photos below.

Thanks,

Mrs. Green and Ms. Ruiz

## MATH

This week, we reviewed multiplying fractions by fractions as well as multiplying fractions by whole numbers. Students also worked on stretching their brains to solve more complex word problems. Next week, we will continue in Chapter 4 with dividing fractions by whole numbers and more practice with word problems. We plan to take our Chapter 4 test on Thursday.

This week in Reader's Workshop, we talked about how asking questions while we read can help improve our comprehension. The students differentiated between pop-up questions and questions that can lead to good discussion while listening to two different read alouds, The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg and The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco.

## Writing

We are taking a short break from our persuasive unit study to do a creative writing project. This week we read the story The Snow Globe Family and talked about different writing techniques. Students then brainstormed their own stories about being trapped in a snow globe. They created a story map and began writing their stories.

## Social Studies

In Social Studies, we started learning about Westward Expansion. We read about the Louisiana Purchase and learned why it was the greatest land deal in U.S. history. We also watched a video on Lewis and Clark. Students were then assigned an event that contributed to the expansion of the United States. They are researching their event in groups and creating a slideshow presentation to share with the class.

Government tests came home in Friday Folders. They do not need to be returned, but please take a minute to review it with your child.

• Westward Expansion Project
• Snow Globe writing
• Hallway Expectations Video
• What independent book he/she is currently reading

## THINGS TO COME:

• Tuesday, January 12
• PTO meeting 8:45 am

• Monday, January 18
• NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

• Wednesday, January 20
• Field trip to the Grove

• Friday, January 22
• School Spirit Wear Day
• GB Family Event 6:00 pm