Vasek's Vision

News for the Week of November 4-8, 2013

WHAT WE ARE LEARNING THIS COMING WEEK...

Math: This week we the students will be describing how cent, dollar and decimal symbols describe money. Students will describing a collection of coins up to a dollar, and beyond in some cases. This week students will be working on a money menu to meet all of their needs depending on their level of knowledge. Students will use partner facts (7-4 and 7-3) as well as turnaround facts (4+3 and 3+4) to help increase their mental math fluency. Students will be problem solving daily to connect math to everyday experiences, while they communicate, and use logical reasoning to justify thinking. *Daily: warm up in math - this covers a variety of skills that the students will spiral through. The goal is that the constant exposure will keep all the skills fresh.

Social Studies/Writing: Can you believe this is the last week we will be working on our PBL project?? That means students will be putting the finishing touches on their projects, practice their public speaking skills, and wrap-up all loose ends. Please see the invitation below for more information about our big exhibit!

Reading: The focus in reading will be distinguishing fiction from nonfiction. Students will be answering the question: how do readers know when a book is fiction versus nonfiction? Students will determine their purpose for reading a nonfiction book as well as the author's purpose for writing the book, known as TAP (Topic Audience Purpose). Later in the week, students will generate questions. Asking questions helps the reader gain new information or thinking. Friday we will focus on the poem of the week.

Writing: The big idea in writing this week will be researching to gain information and All About Books. Students will continue to add to their All About book, which is a topic they know a lot about.


YOU ARE INVITED...

To attend our first ever PBL exhibit! Our exhibit will take place Friday, Nov. 8 from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. Students will be prepared to educate and share what they have learned about a local Round Rock landmark. We hope to see you there!


SPOTLIGHT STALLION

Congratulations to Allie, our classroom Spotlight Stallion! Allie has demonstrated good citizenship and enjoys doing her best on all of her classroom assignments!!


TECH SAVY!!

Students learned how to access their email accounts for school! During our technology lesson Ms. Freeman also showed the class how to make files, create documents, and share documents using Chrome!! Ask your child all about it!!


HALLOWEEN CANDY

Don't forget to bring in your extra/left over Halloween candy! We will be donating the candy to the TBCH (Texas Baptist Children's Home). Through our landmark research we have learned that the TBCH takes candy donations to distribute to the families and students. Our class thought this would be a great way to give back to the community. I will be dropping off the donated candy after-school on Friday, Nov. 8.


Also, many thanks for donating to the Coins for Coats program. Our school raised over $1,300.00!!



ON THE CALENDAR...

Wednesday, Nov. 6 - Check out new library books


Thursday, Nov. 7 - Picture Retakes

Friday, Nov. 8 - PBL 2nd Grade Exhibit Showcase: 9:00-10:00

Monday, Nov. 11 - Happy Birthday Varsha!

E-BACKPACK

Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!

https://drive.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/folderview?id=0B6MTD-CnFpCYQVcxcGlnQmpOSXc&usp=sharing#