CAP CHAT

Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Love Creek Elementary School

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What's Happening??

  • 2/28 - Presentations in the CAP room 11-11:45

  • 3/7 - PTO Meeting with Referendum Presentation 6:30pm

  • 3/9 - NO SCHOOL

  • 3/15 - Community Referendum Presentation 6:30pm

  • 3/20 - Referendum Voting

THURSDAY NOTE

It's hard to believe we are almost halfway through the 3rd marking period for this school year! This has been one of my favorite years of teaching though, which may explain why it feels like it is really flying by!


In case you haven't heard, Cape Henlopen will be holding a referendum on 3/20/18 for much needed additional space in our schools and a new middle school to be constructed. Mr. Fulton and Mr. Bassett will be presenting information about the referendum at a PTO meeting here at Love Creek on 3/7 at 6:30. It would be great if you could attend. It is very exciting to be part of a growing district and I hope you all will come out to support our kids!


Evening conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 6th. This conference night is by request only. I will touch base with you if I believe a conference is needed. You may also request a conference by completing the Google Doc below. Of course, if you need anything before conference night, I'm an email or phone call away.


Just a reminder you are invited to come check out all the students' Secret Garden Projects and read their latest writing pieces on Wednesday from 11-11:45am. We hope to see you!


Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Melissa Tuttle

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Socratic Seminars

This week was our first small group Socratic Seminar. Socratic Seminars are similar to book talks where students come together to talk about a book they are reading together. Students chose books and formed small groups based upon their book selection. The group is responsible for deciding how much to read and then throughout the week they individually read and annotate the text to prepare for the Seminar. We are working on engaging in deeper conversations about text so students are practicing asking and answering deeper questions such as those that begin with "why" and "how."


I was really impressed with how well the students did this week! Be sure to ask your child about the book he/she is reading and their thoughts of Socratic Seminar.

Writing

During our presentation day next week, you will be able to read the students latest writing pieces on the topic of Great Presidents and African Americans. In honor of President's Day and Black History Month, students were able to choose a person in one of the two categories and write an opinion piece sharing why they think they should be recognized. Students completed research from books and the internet to add text evidence to support their opinion.


During the last marking period, we completed an opinion writing unit so this is a final piece for them to show off what they have learned.

Math


Remember to think before you do!


4th Grade

Fraction fun is what the 4th graders have been having lately. They have learned how to find equivalent fractions as well as compare and order fractions. We have discussed a variety of strategies to compare fractions such as common numerators, common denominators, and benchmarks. They have learned that sometimes you can use a variety of strategies to make it easier to compare and order fractions rather than just relying on one. Next week, we move into adding and subtracting fractions!


5th Grade

It's all about decimals! We have added, subtracted, multiplied, and are currently dividing decimals! The math talks the students have participated in have been amazing. They challenge me to look at numbers in new ways! While the long division algorithm is not a 5th grade standard we have been dabbling with it, but also taking the time to think about where the decimal would go in quotients based on what makes sense. The 5th graders will be participating in a Decimal Project next week where they will have to apply all they have learned about decimals.

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