Pleasant Grove AIG Updates!

October 2018

How can you help your child with developing a growth mindset?

One way that you as a parent can really help your children is by carefully choosing the words that you use when you praise them. Every word you say and action you take tells your children how to think about themselves. Instead of only praising your child's accomplishments, think about praising their effort. See below for some examples.


Do Not Say... You are really athletic! Do Say... You really work hard and pay attention on the field.

Do Not Say... You are so smart! Do Say... You work hard in school and it shows!

Do Not Say... You are a great artist! Do Say... You are really putting great effort in your drawing.

Do Not Say... You are a great athlete! You could be the next Pele! Do Say... Keep practicing and you will see great results!

Do Not Say... You always get good grades. Do Say... When you put forth effort, it shows in your grades. You should be so proud of yourself. We are proud of you.

Do Not Say... You aren't good at math, just like I wasn't. Do Say... Math can be challenging but don't give up, keep putting forth effort into understanding it.


So the next time you are getting ready to praise your child, think about how you can praise his or her effort toward the accomplishment instead of just the accomplishment.


To learn more check out the videos below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWv1VdDeoRY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4uKCZTmyy4

4th Grade

Language Arts

During September, the fourth graders have worked hard to examine their mindsets and create class norms that will produce a positive, collaborative learning environment. I am proud of the thought and respect they have put into these agreed upon ideas! We have begun our first novel study of Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. Using this novel, students will dig deeper into character development and use details from the text to identify theme. We will analyze the decisions characters make and their responses to other characters and events. We will also examine how human rights play an important part of this novel. Could events from this novel take place in your neighborhood? I think it's important for our students to consider the actions and responses of characters to learn more about our world. We will wrap up our study by creating a book poster focusing on a specific Wake County character trait that allows students to apply their knowledge of analyzing characters and identifying themes that match a chosen trait.


I hope that your student has shared his/her reading journal and novel (checked out from the public library by me) with you. Weekly reading assignments are posted on my website under the 4th grade ELA tab and can be completed at school and/or at home. Please encourage your student to complete the reading so we can all get the most out of our discussions and learning together.

Math

In math, students have considered their mindsets and how our words can affect our learning. We took on the Four 4's challenge which involves using only four 4's and any operation to create the numbers 1 through 20. Make sure to ask you student to share this fun challenge with you!


We have explored multiplicative comparison problem solving and students have applied their knowledge of multi-digit multiplication to solve real-world problems. Our next unit involves the study of factor pairs, identifying the greatest common factor, determining if a number is prime or composite, and using models to solve problems with area and perimeter. We will end the month with a creepy STEM challenge that integrates students' science study of animal adaptations with engineering concepts!

5th grade

language arts

The fifth graders have begun a novel study using the books Refugee by Alan Gratz and Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai. Both novels share the amazing stories of refugees struggling to survive. As the students read, we are analyzing characters, themes, and learning to quote text to support their thinking. The novels will lead us to define human rights, to study the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights document, and to discuss how human rights have been threatened throughout history and still today. Both novels tell such important stories that I hope will inspire our students to take action. At the end of our study, students will write letters to our government leaders in support of current refugees who need a safe place to start a new life.


I hope that your student has shared his/her reading journal and novel (checked out from the public library by me) with you. Weekly reading assignments are posted on my website under the 5th grade ELA tab and can be completed at school and/or at home. Please encourage your student to complete the reading so we can all get the most out of our discussions and learning together.

math

We began our year in math with group challenges to encourage collaborative thinking and creativity. The students have built structures and completed computation challenges to strengthen communication skills and perseverance. They have had lots of fun working together and overcoming these thinking obstacles! I am really proud of their hard work and positive mindset with these activities! Our first unit will involve digging deeper into calculating volume by creating models and applying their knowledge of multiplication by using the formula for volume. Students will become familiar with the Order of Operations and the Associative, Distributive, and Commutative Properties. Students will also create their own cubes and rectangular prisms and calculate the volumes of composite solids by decomposing figures into non-overlapping prisms. We will end the month with a STEM challenge that incorporates their study of physics and simple machines with a Halloween flair!

How to Contact Me

I enjoyed meeting and getting to know those that came by on Parent Night! Thank you!! Fall testing will take place on October 15 - 19, 2018. If you are interested in adding an identification area or having a student tested, please email me as soon as possible. It takes a couple of weeks to get testing materials ready.