Collins & Co. Room 204

Week 7 update: October 5th - October 9th

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Hi Parents,

Student Council's first project is underway. The students have decided to facilitate a Halloween costume drive. To help underprivileged children students may donate gently used costumes between October 13-16. Students may bring in their costumes and add them to the collection bins by the front entrance. All donations will be sent to the charity, "Donations for Dress Up".

It's been a great week full of many accomplishments! Read below to find out about everything we did.

Enjoy your Monday off of school,

Ms. Collins and Mrs. Cucco


This week in Math the students learned how multiply a 2-, 3-, or 4-digit number by a 2-digit number. They practiced and reviewed last week's concept of multiplying by 10's, 100's, and 1,000's to help them understand the methods of multiplying by the ones place and then the tens place. They then practiced estimating to check to see if their answers were reasonable.

Next, students learned how to divide numbers by 10's, 100's, or 1,00's by using number patterns. They discovered that when you divide, the quotient should get smaller, therefore the place value moves to the right instead of the left. They also divided numbers up to 4-digits using the same rules of the Associative Property that was learned last week to help with division. Students then used rounding to estimate quotients by rounding to compatible numbers.

Next week they will tackle dividing a 2-, 3-, or 4-digit number by a 2-digit number... aka Long Division!!

Math Antics - Multi-Digit Multiplication Pt 2
Supports for Students - D28 Family Math Connections

Click here to access the math links.

Reading Workshop

This week the students learned about the first Notice and Note Signpost. We discussed "Again and Again" moments. These are words, phrases, objects, or situations that we notice over and over again. By noticing these moments readers can stop and ask themselves, "Why does this keep happening?" Finding answers to these questions will likely tell us about the theme, conflict, or give us clues to foreshadow what happens next.

We read an excerpt from Gary Paulsen's book Hatchet, and Patricia Polacco's book My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother.

Writing Workshop

We are continuing to look at mentor texts to look at models of author's crafts. This week we read Dream Weaver and clips from Wonder. We looked at dialogue in Wonder to see how the author used it to help tell the story. The students found that it helped include other characters and keep the reader interested by adding talking to the story. In Dream Weaver the students noticed the author using a variety of short and long sentences. They decided that this gave a good rhythm or flow to the book. The long sentences gave us lots of details and the short sentences let us stop and think.

Social Studies

The students did a great job getting ready for their Causes of the American Revolution test this week. They wrapped up any incomplete work and used our class discussions as a way to review what we've learned. These tests are still being graded and will come home on Tuesday of next week.

We also began the presentations of our "Hanger People". The students who didn't get a change to present will share next week!

Second STEP

We took a break from Second STEP this week to discuss strategies to think more positively. This came from some frustration during math when students had to start thinking outside the box to solve problems that were a bit more challenging. We read the book, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. Students found that while the character became frustrated, she learned and did something different each time. We then came up with a list of things that we could say instead of those negative ideas. These positive ideas are already working!!
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Ask your Student about:

•Mrs. Cucco's Birthday

•David's movie- "Charlie the Dog"

The Most Magnificent Thing

•Gourmet Gorilla

Wonder and their thoughts about the new narrator. (Miranda)

•When Ms. Collins cried during Wonder

•Spelling, Vocab, and Mentor Sentence

Things to come:

  • Monday, October 12th
  • NO SCHOOL (Columbus Day)

  • Wednesday, October 21st
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (4:30pm - 7:30pm )

  • Thursday, October 22nd
  • Half Day of School- Noon Dismissal
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (1pm - 8pm)

  • Friday, October 23rd
  • No School
Weekly Vocabulary

No Vocab next week!