## WHAT'S NEW? (November 14, 2014)

Hi Parents,
The picture above is our class relaxing during our Pizza/Movie Party that they earned this trimester. How did they earn it? By being kind and helpful to each other. Each time they are "caught" being nice, they get to place a rock in a jar. When all the rocks have been used, the class votes on what they would like to do to celebrate.

We have one more week until Thanksgiving Break, which will bring us to the end of the first trimester. Report cards will be going home on Friday, December 4th. Time sure flies when you are having fun!

Have a nice weekend,
Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Mirza

## Math

We had a busy week in math! Adding and subtracting unlike fractions was the focus of our lessons this week. In order to do this, we reviewed adding and subtracting "like" fractions and watched a few videos from Think Central so the students could get a picture in their minds of the sizes of fractions. Adding and subtracting "unlike" fractions requires students to find a common denominator. Students are encouraged to use their fraction strips when solving problems in class and for homework. They also practiced simplifying fractions and using benchmarks (0, 1/2, 1) to estimate the sums and differences of fractions.

Next Week: Students will express fractions, division expressions, and mixed numbers as decimals.

## Writer's Workshop

This week in writing, the students continued to work on descriptive writing and finally finished describing their turkeys. Next week, we will try to identify who owns the turkey based on the description.

This week in Reader's Workshop, the students learned about Literary Devices. Some examples are alliteration, simile, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia. We watched a few videos from Youtube, which showed movie clips explaining each literary device. Why learn about literary devices? These elements will help writers become intentional about how they craft their thoughts into words.

The students also spent time finishing up their research project. They will present next week.

## Science

In Science we read a picture book called, One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss. Students analyzed the amount and percentage of water on Earth.

To get the students to visualize the amount of fresh water we have available on Earth, we conducted an experiment. We poured water (dyed blue) into three cups. Each cup represented where on Earth we found freshwater; ice and glaciers, underground, and lakes and rivers. We concluded that there is approximately 68.7% of all freshwater found on Earth in ice and glaciers, 30.06% fresh water in underground/aquifers, 1.22% of the freshwater found in lakes and rivers. The students discussed why they thought we have water shortages in different places on Earth and why it is important to find ways to conserve water on Earth.

They continued to work on their animal environmental group project from last week.

## Science Lab

This week in Science Lab, the students identified the cause of the contaminated well. They also completed an activity involving chocolate chip cookies (yum!) to see the true cost of mining. Mining by private companies can disrupt land, air, and water systems.

## Upcoming Events/Reminders

• Friday, November 20th
• End of the First Trimester

• Monday, November 30th
• School Resumes

• Friday, December 4th
• Report Cards distributed