Mrs. Carlson's Weekly Newsletter

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Just a little Sunday shopping! Emma is on the left and Molly is on the right :)

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Reminders and Annoucements

Scholastic book orders are placed the last Friday of each month. Please click on the link below to place an online order. The next order will be placed Friday February 26th.

Reading Log: Students should be logging 30 minutes of reading at least 4 days per week. After reading is complete students should fill out the reading log and have you initial.

*February Reading Log due: Friday February 26th


  • February 2nd- PTA Talent Show Auditions
  • February 5th- Girls Sports Night
  • February 8th- PTA Meeting
  • February 10th- RIF Field Trip
  • February 12th- Daddy/Daughter Dance
  • February 15th-17th-Mid-winter Break
  • February 19th- Boys Sports Night 6:30-8:15
  • March 4th- Talent Show
  • March 25th- No School

Odds and Ends

  • Spelling Test and Homework: New words coming home on Monday. The test will be Thursday

Late Start Dates:

February 3rd

February 10th

February 24th

March 2nd

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • What challenges or struggles is your character currently facing? Show me your KidBlog to see your Reader's Response. Did you comment on two other blog posts?
  • What is the process to long division? Show me how to solve 85/3, 734/5. How do you know if there is a remainder? How do you write the remainder in your quotient?
  • Did you book shop this week? What books are you currently reading in Reader's Workshop?
  • Did you check any books out of Mrs. Carlson's library this week? If not, try to find a book and bring it home this week!

  • Did you bring home your Friday Folder?
  • Can you share your planner with me?

This Week

  • In Math we continued our unit on division
  • Students learned the process of long division and have practiced applying that to 2, 3 and 4 digit dividends divided by 1 digit divisors.
  • Students also began apply their knowledge while completing story problems.
  • Students recalled the process of breaking down a story problem using the word CUBES.

C- Circle important numbers
U- Underline the question
B- Box the key words including the unit
E- Evaluate the problem and create the equation.
S- Solve the problem by showing your work and write the answer including the units

  • Please look below for a refresher on long division and division vocabulary.

  • In Reading we continued our adventure survival unit.
  • Students have worked on noticing and re-reading descriptive passages in their story. It is within these passages that we learn about our characters. We can use character webs to keep track of what we've learned about our characters.

  • In science we started our new unit on ecosystems.
  • Students began creating our eco columns.

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Long division with 2 digit dividends
Long division with 3 digit dividends
Long division with 4 digit dividends

Next Week

READING: Unit 3- Adventure/Survival

Students will...

  • keep track of events and time using a timeline.

  • prepare for discussions with 5 star jots.

  • envision descriptive passages in their stories, reflect on how these descriptive passages help you learn information about your character.

  • build important ideas from small details in a story.

  • turn important ideas into claims that apply to other stories.

  • experience a story through the perspective of secondary characters.

  • analyze the critical choices that characters make.

MATH: Unit 3 Division

Students will...

  • practice division problems with zeros
  • start practicing long division in story problems
  • take a quick quiz to assess learning
  • how to deal with remainders based on the story problem.

SCIENCE: Unit 4- Ecosystems

Students will...

  • continue thinking about ecosystems
  • continue putting together their aquarium and terrarium in preparation for the arrival of our land and water animals :)