Gregg at Claxton
News From Room 211, January 4, 2016
Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful break spent with friends and family.
We started 2016 with a snow dance (we go outside each year at the first sign of snow), a discussion and sharing of New Years traditions, a toast to 2016 with grape juice, and setting some goals for the year. It appeared students enjoyed a positive start to the rest of our year.
Students know how to find the answers to multiplication problems by skip-counting (multiples), using arrays, drawing groups of, and repeated addition. This week students begin memorizing multiplication facts. I sent a practice test home tonight for you to see. Students will be tested on 0's, 1's, and 2's Friday. It is a timed quiz (5 minutes) and will be graded. We will go to 3's, 4's, 5's, etc. until students reach the 12's. As you know, it is much more efficient to memorize multiplication facts than use a calculator, so I appreciate your help with this undertaking.
Students have also begun writing their own homework in their planners. Please let me know if this is a problem for your child and I'll be sure to continue typing the assignments for your child.
I've also increased reading time to 30 minutes a day. Students will be receiving a short reading passage with questions to answer each evening for homework. Part of the reading time can be used to complete these assignments.
I'd also like permission to have your child sign up for Khan Academy. It is a free website for math practice and enrichment. Students need to sign up using their gmail password at school. I have pass codes for student to use once they've logged on. Mrs. Eggett, and tech lead teacher will assist us as we sign in and begin using this valuable resource which your child can also use at home. I'll include the link below and you can sign-up to view the activities.
Please be sure to check your child's planner each night and initial. If you child has lost his/her planner, please send in $5.00 for another.
As always, I appreciate the support you show your child and our class. It is truly appreciated.
Have a great week,
January 12 - Spirit Night at Barley's
January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - no school
January 19 - Teacher Work Day - no school for students
If You Missed Curriculum Night
Week of January 4, In Room 211
Reading: Students will be reading myths and determining the central message or lesson
Fundations: Unit 6, Open Syllables
Writing: Students will write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Science: Force and motion