# News from Room 208

## Valentine's Day Party

We are having a Valentine's Day Party on Friday, February 12th. Students are responsible for bringing their own valentine boxes and valentines. We will be distributing them to everyone at our party. If your child would like to bring valentines, please make sure they bring enough for everyone. We have 26 students in our class, and I have attached our class list below. There is also a link below to the Sign Up Genius for those that would like to bring a treat. Thanks!

## Math

We started this week talking about the "equal to" sign and the "not equal to" sign. The students learned that if there is a "=" that separates two equations, they have to be the same number when they are simplified. We practiced simplifying equations such as,

4+8-2=5x2. We also made up our own equations using the "equal to" and "not equal to" signs.

We have taken all that we have learned about algebra and are applying it to word problems. This is a more difficult skill, and we've been practicing a lot. It's easy for the students to solve a word problem, but when they have to put their information into an equation with a variable, that's when it starts to get tricky. We started with addition and subtraction word problems. We practiced writing situation and solution equations. A situation equation follows the language of a word problem. For example,

Miss DeWitt had 2 ponies. Her neighbor gave her some more. Now she has 7 ponies. How many ponies did her neighbor give her? (2 + P = 7)

A solution equation is an equation where the variable is the answer. (7 - 2 = P) A lot of times, the solution equation uses the inverse operation of the situation equation, which shows how to solve the problem.

We started learning about this same process but with multiplication and division word problems. We will continue to practice this next week!

## Social Studies

We are learning about all types of Native Americans that lived in Wisconsin. This week we discussed the Mysterious Mississippians and Oneota natives. These two lived a lot later than the Paleo, Archaic, and Woodland Native Americans. We learned about the houses that they built, food they ate, resources they collected from the wild, and tools they used. We noticed a big difference between the three groups we learned about last week and the groups we talked about this week!

## Language Arts From Mrs. Edwards

We have had a busy week. Between having the Dairy Ladies visit us, to our first Junior Achievement class, to having to complete a survey for the District Office we were still able to fit in plenty of reading and writing!

The Book Clubs: Most of the students are about half way done with their book. Our goal is to finish the book by the end of February. Most are well on their way! Your children are getting to be really good at discussing and arguing their thoughts about the week’s reading. Thank you for the support at home to help make sure they have their role ready by Wednesday night for the Thursday Book Club discussion.

Writing: Poetry: This week the students were asked to write a ‘Metaphor’ poem on their favorite family- YOU! They had to pick at least 5 family members to include in their poem! They were excellent! We also completed an Active Verb Poem. The students had to think of an event and start each line with a verb. This has been a great way for us to fit more grammar into our curriculum while the students are having fun with poetry.

Personal Essay: The majority of our writing time was spent on drafting up our essay. Most students are on their second draft. We ‘dissected’ an essay done by a former student. The students had to find the student’s thesis, reasons, supports, and their new spin (final statement using figurative language). They did a fabulous job taking apart the essay, and finding a lot of ways to improve his writing. Next week we hope to finish up our final draft!

### Miss DeWitt's Room

Please make sure your child brings enough valentines for the whole class and a box or bag to place theirs in.