News from the Nest

Week of 1/4-1/8


Students were able to participate in the global Hour of Code in the LRC with Mrs. Sayre this week. Coding is the language of computers. Students learned how to code a game and how coding helps computers know what to do.

Please see Mrs. Sayre's blog on the benefits of learning to code (pictures too!)


When we return from break we will begin our nonfiction unit in reading. We will begin with how and why nonfiction is written and then we will identify the three types of nonfiction: literary nonfiction, biography, and reference. We will also focus on nonfiction text features and how they help us gain information while reading.


We will begin our unit on opinion writing. You can find an informational letter about the unit in your child's Friday Folder.

During this unit students will be choosing topics they feel strongly about and giving reasons to convince others to support their opinion. The first week will be spent developing strategies to think of an opinion to write about such as thinking of problems and solutions or noteworthy people and places.


The beginning of the week will be spent reviewing finding the area of a rectangle. We will take the part B portion of the unit 2 test on Wednesday. The remainder of the week will be spent working on our unit 2 real world task.

I will begin testing students on a regular basis in January to help develop their automaticity in knowing their facts. Any practice of multiplication facts over break will be helpful!

Math practice ideas for break:

-Fact Triangles

-Greg Tang Math Challenge (see Friday Folder)

-IXL categories F, G, J, K


The children really enjoyed our holiday party today! Thanks again to the parents that organized such a fun event!


  • School resumes on Monday, January 4th. I hope everyone has a wonderful break! Happy Holidays!

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