# Ms. Mary's Class

## Weeks 31: April 23rd, 2015

Dear Parents,

By now you will have made your appointment for your child's Student-led Conference; this is your child's opportunity to show off what they have learned through the year. Expect to be in the classroom with up to three other students with parents, and myself. Your child will lead the conference at 4 different stations in the room. At one station your child will share his/her Portfolio with you. At another station we will decide on a goal for your child to achieve before the end of the year (7 more weeks!).

We begin no less than three new units this coming weeks, in Writing, in Maths and in Social Studies. - parent letters and other information on these units below. We continue to read book series in Book Clubs unit in Reading.

The new Social Studies unit is 'Qatar Then & Now' and we welcome anyone, foreign or local, who feels they have a good knowledge of Qatar in that context, to come in and share with our students.

Kind Regards,

Mary Mulqueen

## New Maths Unit: Repeated Addition - Vocabulary

Array (an arrangement of objects in rows and columns)

Columns (the vertical groups in a rectangular array)

Repeated addition (e.g., 2 + 2 + 2)

Rows (the horizontal groups in a rectangular array)

Tessellation (tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes with no overlaps and no gaps)

Equation (number sentence)

Number path

Skip-counting (counting by a number other than one)

Tape diagram

To obtain a “3” (proficiency) in Reading on their report cards in June, students must be able to independently read a level 28 (M) nonfiction text and answer questions on it, in writing, using their own words. This assessment can be quite challenging. We are working with many of the children 1:1 or in small groups to practice explicit skills that are mentioned below. We encourage all students to read nonfiction texts in class and at home. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

Here are some of the skills assessed during the reading assessment:

1. Look at a Table of Contents and ask 3 questions about the chapter titles. Example—a book called “SNOW” and a chapter called “Snowflakes.” Students should turn that chapter title into a question that they wonder about such as: “How are snowflakes formed?” or “Are all snowflakes really different?”

2. Understanding what headings are used for, at the top of a page. (“Why is this heading here? Why do authors use headings?”)

3. Understanding a chart/map/graph (“What does it show you?”)

4. Be able to look at the headings of a NF text after reading and write two facts they have learned under each heading.

5. Interpreting and reflecting on the text (Example: “What was the most important thing you learned from reading this book?” “Why do you think that was important?”)

## Folk tale puppet shows at the Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium

Garbage Monster: a Karagoz Performance

With The Istanbul Karagoz Puppet Foundation

8 May, 9 May, 6pm

Join us for a contemporary Karagoz performance by the Istanbul Karagoz Puppet Foundation in celebration of the 'Marvellous Creatures: Animal Fables in Islamic Art' exhibition. Karagoz shadow puppetry began in the Mamluk period in Egypt, and travelled to Turkey with the Ottoman conquest of the region. Puppetry is an exciting visual and aural performance with live music and traditional songs to delight the whole family.

## International Children's Digital Library

The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children.

## Ongoing Extension at home....

• Please wait until Wednesday to complete Math homework as we often have not completed teaching the Math points until then.
• Practice 'Accountable talk' with your family during dinner.
• Be a Math Hero - know all the combinations to 20 by heart! Play Close to 20 game.
• How many different ways can you show the number that is today's date? (standard form, expanded form, word form...)

## Elementary Playground after school

We would like to remind you that the elementary playgrounds are closed until3:15pm. Once the playground opens at 3:15 all students must be supervised directly by a parent or an adult. Thank you for your support.

## Absence from School

We kindly request that you contact the Lower Elementary Office Manager, Mrs. Krista Wilson if you know your child will be absent. Her contact information is kwilson@asd.edu.qa or you may prefer to call the elementary office at 4459-1550

## Important Dragon Band Announcement:

If your child uses their Dragon Band to purchase lunch at school it is important to "top up" the band at the vending machine on a regular basis. Campus Card will send reminders to parents once the card dips below 100 QR.