# The Bond Brief

## Busy, Busy Weeks!

I have been so super busy in school and life, so I apologize for not having formal newsletters. I began this newsletter on Feb. 27, and I never finished it, so I thought I would expand upon it and get it sent out. This is the magic time of the year where connections are made, responsibility is growing, and curiosities and possibilities are endless! From the success of Market Day to our focus on digital learning this week, we have been enjoying our learning experiences. Check out some of the highlights below!

## Learning Highlights

Math: We worked on fact extensions, which means by knowing that 4 x 6 =240, 40 x 60= 2400. This helped set the stage for our work with the partial product algorithm. Hopefully your child was able to show it to you while they were completing their homelink on Monday night. Today some of the students played Factor Bingo, and we did a whole group lesson on the Greatest Common Factor! At the end of Unit 7 we figured out the differences between national high and low temperatures and plotted them on a line graph.. This was challenging for them. Please continue to work on multiplication fact mastery, as well as addition and subtraction fact mastery. So far we have 5 students who have mastered their x facts. They are Lavena, Caeden, Zach, Sara, and Danny! Students are working on their math fact mastery using the Moby Max app in Edmodo, and they are moving along well! They are welcome to use it at home too!

Last week in reading we worked on I Wonder statements to guide our reading along, as questioning is a great comprehension strategy. This week we checked out Wonderopolis, a site that publishes Wonders of the Day for kids to learn from. Yesterday kids read through some of the wonders and created short wonder reports. Today, kids created wonders about the Time for Kids article, and we watched animal web cams and created wonders from our observations.

Today the kids were able to select books that give global perspectives of issues around the the world that include animals losing their habitats, cities that are overcrowded, and tourism that impacts the ecosystem. The students will be in small groups to have discussions, as well as work on comprehension activities together.

March is Reading Month is here! We are almost done with our door decoration celebrating our favorite book, The Secret Zoo! I told the kids to put their March Reading Calendars on their refrigerators so they can easily record the time spent reading. Next week kids will go on QR code hunts around the school to learn more about books.

## Digital Learning Week

Digital learning is my passion, so I love celebrating it when Digital Learning Day comes! These past 2 weeks we have had so many neat experiences. Last week I had the kids learn about writing reviews, and we created our own app reviews of the ABCya.com apps. Below you will find a video of the kids that wanted to share their app reviews with the founder of ABCya.

To generate what we already know about Rocks and Minerals, I had the kids jot down their ideas using Padlet. Here is our Padlet with our Rocks and Mineral Prior Knowledge.

Today we watched animals on the zoo web cams while we were in computer lab, and we filled out Google forms that had observation note areas to fill out. Then I took the observation notes and created a word cloud with the key words!