Jan. 7, 2014
Chapters 4, 5, and 6
Multiplication and Division
We are solving multiplication problems using mental math, creating visual models, the algorithm, and calculators. We are making visual models using equal groupings, arrays, place value models, and tape diagrams such as bar models and number lines.
We have been thinking a lot about the properties of multiplication and how they can help us solve problems efficiently and accurately. Multi-digit by multi-digit is up next. We will be focusing on the use of partial products before going on to master the algorithm. Division follows.
Slow recall of the facts is holding some of the students back at this point. JiJi to the rescue. We have recently purchased (thanks to a PTO grant) ST Fluency. Every night, 10 minutes. Only 10 minutes. It's a great program. Maintenance of the facts they know. Conceptual instruction and rate practice for those they don't. Thank goodness. Please be sure to follow up and make sure your child commits to this daily task.
Field Trip to Seattle Children's Theater to see "James and the Giant Peach"
Friday, Jan. 10th, 10am
201 Thomas Street
Every child is being asked to bring both their lunch and their snack in paper sacks. Both should be labeled with the student's name. No backpacks please. Students are not allowed to take anything into the play so we will be storing the food in a class box.
The play lasts for 2 hours so lunch will be late. On the ferry on the way home.
TWO MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. Please call if you are available. 780-2062
We are also actively discussing and practicing 4 strategies that improve comprehension. They are Questioning, Predicting, Clarifying, and Summarizing.
Students should have finished Book 14 for their reading log - Luvtareed Reading Log. Only about 2 students took AR tests on their return from vacation. That was a little alarming. Please be sure that your child is reading daily - 20 minutes. I can not repeat often enough that at this point in your child's reading development the amount of daily practice and the consistency of the practice determines his/her progress.
Now we have been discussing how to choose a good topic when a prompt is not provided. Some thesis statements from today's discussion:
I should have the same bedtime as my older sister.
Dinner should always include dessert.
Afternoon recess should be longer.
Every person in the world should work to make the Earth less polluted.
Later in the week, everyone will write a persuasive essay on his/her topic of choice. The students will also be writing a personal narrative later in the month.