# News From the Nest

## THIS WEEK IN REVIEW

I was so pleased to meet with so many parents to discuss your child's progress! If I did not get the opportunity to see you during conferences, I will send home the assessments in next week's Friday Folders.

I would like to apologize for not sending out a S'more newsletter last Friday. I was struggling with inserting pictures, and then ended up never hitting the "send" button!

Next week we will be starting our reading unit on Communities Past and Present. This is a great chance for us to discuss some important Social Studies topics, while practicing both fiction and non-fiction reading skills. We will be learning about various communities, as well as how and why communities change over time. We have several fiction and nonfiction books to read together as we prepare to eventually write an informational piece about our own community's history.

## WRITING

Young Authors stories are due on Tuesday. Students should be working on these at home and thinking of ways to create a book form. I look forward to seeing all of the creative projects next week!

We have also been continuing our unit on opinion writing. Hopefully students will be able to present a short speech to small groups next week and tell others about what they passionate about.

## MATH

We've been working on identifying and building fractions. We also starting looking at using a number line to generate fractions. Students created fractional self-portraits that have been on display in the classroom.

Next week we will continue working with number lines and equivalent fractions. We will be introduced to line plots.

I will continue to quiz the student on their basic facts several times during the week. They should be continuing to practice them at home as well. Students can practice facts on xtramath.org.

Students can practice facts on xtramath.org.

IXL topics:

Line Plots: T.7, T.8, T.9, T.10

Fractions on a number line: W.17, W.18

Multiplying by 10s: H.1, H.2

Memorizing multiplication facts is crucial at this age. All mathematical concepts from now on will most likely rely on knowing these facts automatically, as well as being able to determine patterns on the multiplication chart. While we will focus on these skills daily, any additional assistance at home in helping your child practice these facts will be extremely beneficial.

## A Few Reminders...

• Signed Friday Folders due Tuesday, February 16th
• Reading Logs due Tuesday, February 16th
• No School Monday, February 15th
• PTO Glow Dance - Thursday, February 18th from 6-8pm

## Woodridge 68 Mission Statement

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.