Mrs. Carlson's Weekly Newsletter

A Peek Into Our Week

The Life of Mrs. Carlson

This weekend I continued to recover from my surgery. Thankful to have my stitches out! This extra time gave me an opportunity to update some technology we've been using this year. Please see click on the Twitter Bird to follow our class on Twitter! Click on the link below to access our grade level website!

The purpose of my website page is to provide at home resources. Please check periodically for updated resources.

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Reminders and Annoucements

Scholastic book orders will be placed the last Friday of each month. Online ordering is the fastest and easiest way to place book orders. Our next book order will be placed Friday November 20th. Scroll below for a link to the online ordering.

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. October reading log was sent home in Friday Folders.

*November Reading Log due: Friday November 20th


  • Report Cards are being sent home Monday November 16th
  • Picture Retake Day Wednesday November 18th 1:00-3:00
  • November 20th- Boys Sports Night 6:30-8:15
  • November 25th-28th Thanksgiving Break No School

Odds and Ends

  • Spelling Test and Homework due: this Friday November 20th
  • There will be a guest teacher on Thursday November 19th. I will be attending a Conference dedicated to teaching science.

Late Start Dates:

November 18th

December 2nd

December 9th

December 16th

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • 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!
  • What is the Place Value Sections method for multiplying? Can you show me an example with 56 X 6?
  • What is the Expanded Notation Method for multiplying? Can you show me an example with 23 X 5?
  • What free book did you get from the RIF field trip? What book do you think you will get on your next trip?
  • What book club partnership book did you get? What do you think this story will be about?
  • Tell me about character webs. Why are they important to use during your reading?
  • You are starting a unit next week in science on Magnetism and Electricity. What do you think you will learn about? What are you hoping to learn?

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

This Week

  • In Math we started a new unit on multiplying larger numbers
  • Students learned several strategies to help them solve larger numbers: Place Value Sections, Expanded Notation, and Using Tens/Factor Tens.
  • Please see the pictures below to locate examples of each strategy.

Vocabulary to review:

  1. Arrays
  2. Area Model
  3. place value sections method
  4. tens/factor method
  5. expanded notation method

  • In Reading we continued learning about story elements. We have zoomed in our focus on Characters.
  • Students learned how to construct a character web which organizes character traits, feelings, and actions and the evidence the reader has for those character traits
  • Creating a web will help us better connect with our characters, step into their world and empathize with them. This gives us as reader a deeper connection to the story and the characters within them.

Next Week

READING: Unit 2- Character study/Diving into Story Elements with a focus on characters.

Students will...

  • begin partnership books and work on transferring skills from our mini-lesson into partnership books.

  • students will practice skills using guided practice from our new read aloud: The Tiger Rising.

MATH: Unit 2 Multiplication Strategies

Students will...

  • continue to learn strategies for multiplying larger numbers
  • students will practice each strategy and then choose which strategy works best for them and why

SCIENCE: Unit 3- Magnetism and Electricity

Students will...

  • Begin thinking about magnetism by constructing a KWL chart. Students will begin thinking about what they already know about Magnets, and then begin to brainstorm their wonderings.
  • Students will use everyday objects and test to see which is affected by a magnet, thus creating a working definition for magnets and magnetism.