Jan. 10, 2015
NatureBridge Informational Meeting
Chapters 5 and 6
Multiplication and Division
We have been talking a lot about the properties of multiplication and how they can help us solve problems efficiently and accurately. We started multi-digit by multi-digit multiplication last week. We will be focusing on the use of partial products before going on to master the algorithm. Division follows. Then fractions.
Slow recall of the facts is holding some of the students back at this point. JiJi to the rescue. ST Fluency. Every night, 10 minutes. It's a great program. Maintenance of the facts they know. Conceptual instruction and rate practice for those they don't. Thank goodness. Please be sure to follow up and make sure your child commits to this daily task.
The genre we are currently reading is Fantasy. Three books by Feb. 10. Students are making some excellent choices as they feel more capable and competent. Skill-wise we will be focusing on summarizing and determining the author's intent.I cannot repeat often enough that at this point in your child's reading development the amount of daily practice and the consistency of the practice determines his/her progress.
Upon our return from break, I was very disappointed to discover that only three of the twenty six students in the class had completed the Mystery Reading Log contract. Three mysteries were to be read between Nov. 29 and Jan. 4.
It is essential that child, teacher, and parent all work together. Please be sure that your child is reading nightly.
We have begun to look at the crafting of stories. Last week we started to write a narrative as a group. We wrote using a wordless picture book, Good Dog, Carl as the prompt. This month we will do some mini-stories both true and fictional.
For the second year in a row I am loving the spelling program. I think it is working! Thank you, Blakely PTO.
Then we will spend the next two weeks studying Washington State geography.
Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 8am
201 Thomas Street
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