CAP CONNECTIONS

Class Mission Statement

We, the SHIELDS CAPtains, will participate in advanced learning, continuously grow, and move on to the next grade level, by being responsible, doing our best, working together, and learning from our mistakes.

The Secret Garden

We re-read Chapters 1-2 in class and have created Story Maps and Literature Webs together. This week students received a discussion organizer to help them gather ideas to bring to class in order to participate in a rich conversation about the book. We will be using Socratic Seminars to discuss the book. Last week we created some Discussion Norms to help us during this time. You can check our norms out in the picture above.

Factors, Multiples, and Leftovers

We are still plugging along with our factors and multiples unit and this week we switched from finding factors to finding multiples of numbers. We are working on building strategies to use to ensure we have found all the factors of numbers. We created some divisibility rules and student should begin using these to help them determine factors. Next week, we will move on to solving multiplication of large numbers with arrays.

Begin with the End in Mind!

Habit #2 is all about setting goals and making a plan to get where you want to go. We have talked about setting goals a lot during this start of the school year and we will share some of those goals with you during our conferences.

HOMEWORK

I hope that everybody is settling into a homework routine. I know I had a few questions about homework from families this week. I realize that the homework has been building since, but what came home this week will pretty much be the cap for the regular weekly homework. I am trying to not assign more than 2 Must Do's for each subject area. The CAP program is an accelerated program, therefore will move at a faster pace than a regular 4th or 5th grade classroom. The only way for this to occur is if everybody is working hard, staying focused, using their time wisely and completing their assignments on time. We have a lot to cover this year and homework is another way I can ensure that your child is learning and understanding what is being covered in class. I know every child in the CAP program is capable of meeting homework expectations!

World Day of Bullying Prevention

Monday, October 5th is World Day of Bullying Prevention. The CAP students are creating campaigns to share with Shields students on how they can help to stop bullying in our school community. They are going to teach the difference between bullying and teasing and the create some type of project to share. Some of the projects they have discussed are songs, skits, and poems. We will be posting these on our youtube class page to share. They will also be creating posters to display through the school.

Fish in a Tree

We will be participating in Global Read Aloud, which kicks off on Monday. PTO was amazing and bought each CAP student their own copy of the book, "Fish in a Tree" and we will be reading this book together with other students around the globe. We will be connecting with other classes through Skype, Twitter, Blogs, and WriteAbout.com. As we read this book we will still be participating in Socratic Seminars, but will also be learning about signposts. Stay tuned to find out what those are!! Feel free to buy your own copy of the book and read along with us!

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Lewes, DE

We will be conducting student led conferences this year. Letters will be coming home next week with more explanation and giving directions for how you can sign up on Volunteerspot for a time. I'm excited about this new format and know the students are going to be thrilled to share their work with you.