Weekly Update

March 4, 2016

Weekly Update

This week, students celebrated Read Across America week by reading books by Dr. Seuss. They also learned about Dr. Seuss and completed a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) challenge. Students had to plan, design, and create a new hat for the Cat in the Hat. They also celebrated by participating in other fun activities like buddy reading with their 4th grade buddies and attending an assembly to celebrate Dr. Seuss. In writing, students began drafting their opinion reviews. Students have been working on reviews about their favorite Dr. Seuss books, movies, restaurants, places, and video games. In reading, students continued reading fairy tales. This week, students learned about point of view and perspective. They listened to classic versions of fairy tales and adapted versions of the same story. They compared and contrasted the stories and perspectives. In math, students began learning about geometry. Students learned about 2-d (plane figures) shapes. They learned about triangles, circles, quadrilaterals (any four-sided shape, rectangles, squares, trapezoids, rhombus), pentagons, hexagons, and octagons. They practiced identifying the shapes by the number of sides, vertices, and angles.
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Looking Ahead

Next week, students will continue to learn about famous Americans and famous symbols. They will learn about Sacagawea and Susan B. Anthony. They will also learn about the bald eagle and what it represents. In writing, students will continue to draft opinion reviews. They will learn about how they can use quotes from other people and data to support their opinions. They will also learn about adding interesting leads and strong endings. In reading, students will read examples of folktales and fables. They will learn about how these stories often include a moral, or lesson learned. Students will practice identifying the moral of the story and how it can be applied to their own lives. In math, students will learn about symmetry, 3D shapes, and begin to learn about fractions.

Ask your child about...

  • What are some facts you learned about Dr. Seuss?
  • What did your Dr. Seuss hat look like? Whose hat did you like best? Why?
  • What is you favorite Dr. Seuss book? Why do you like it best?
  • What is an opinion review you are writing?
  • What must you include when writing an opinion review?
  • What does point of view mean?
  • What was the difference between the books, Little Red Riding Hood, and Honestly Red Riding Hood was Rotten?
  • Draw three different quadrilaterals. What makes them quadrilaterals?
  • What is an 8-sided shape called? Can you think of a real-life example of one?

Reminders

  • PTO Skate Night 3/14
  • PTO – Scholastic Book Sale 3/16
  • 3/15-17 EARLY CLOSING –Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 3/21-25 SCHOOLS CLOSED-Spring Break 3/28 SCHOOLS CLOSED –Spring Break