The Raddatz Record
February 1, 2016
Many of your children have been given a birthday book certificate from me in honor of birthdays. If your child received one so far this year (we have celebrated his or her birthday or 1/2 birthday), please make sure he or she uses it on one of the book orders. If your child did not receive one yet, the will on their birthday or around the half birthday date.
The students will bring home today directions about a mailbox to make at home for the party and the list of names for Valentines. Valentines can be hand made or store purchased. The students can include a treat or small gift like a pencil with the valentine but it is not required. If you need help with this, please let me know.
A new reading log comes home again today as well. Reading at home is very important. Thanks for your support with this! This pink reading log will be due on February 29th.
These elements include:
- many details
- a small moment, focused story (often less than 1/2 hour in "real life")
- grabber leads
- strong endings
- correct punctuation
After, we will begin to work on opinion writing like a persuasive essay. If you happen to come across a magazine or newspaper article that is written to persuade the audience, please let me know. A copy of the article would be great!
Time is our new focus for a short amount of time. Many students came into the class already having many skills to tell time. This year, students will need to tell the time correctly to the nearest minute. They will also need to answer questions about elapsed time where either the start time, end time, or the elapsed time needs to be found.
Many students are successful with the concept of elapsed time when it is shown on a number line. Please see the example below.